PaperbackFiction1THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.472THE RULE OF FOUR (Dell, $7.99). By Ian Caldwell and

Dustin Thomason. Four roommates at Princeton attempt to unlock the secrets of a 15th-century manuscript.123THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

(Vintage, $12.95). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle's death, unearthing some dark family secrets.654ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a mysterious cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.845WHITE HOT (Pocket, $9.95). By Sandra Brown

Sayre Lynch is aghast when she learns of her brother's death -- more so when all signs point to murder.66WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED

WITCH OF THE WEST (Regan, $15). By Gregory Maguire

This riff on the "Oz" tales features a misunderstood witch.27TRACE (Berkley, $7.99). By Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.98THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES (Penguin, $14)

By Sue Monk Kidd. Three women beekeepers offer an abused girl comfort and a safe haven.379LOST CITY (Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. A protein found in the ocean's depths, able to sustain life, is key to a plot of world domination.510NIGHT TALES (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two tales of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one volume.4Nonfiction/General1WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.32THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.353IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE: MY JOURNEY BACK TO LIFE

(Berkley, $14). By Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins

Memoir by the seven-time Tour de France champion.94GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.385THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer H.H. Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.786THE WISDOM OF CROWDS (Doubleday, $14)

By James Surowiecki. The New Yorker magazine writer's dogged faith in the power of collective wisdom.17DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty essays starring the humorist's family.138READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.829BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.2210ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.29HardcoverFiction1POINT BLANK (Putnam, $25.95). By Catherine Coulter

Married FBI agents Sherlock and Savich track a psychopath who's has kidnapped a popular comedian.12THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.113INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING (Viking, $25.95)

By Terry McMillan. Marilyn Grimes's midlife angst throws into question her marriage, love life and identity.64LIFEGUARD (Little, Brown, $26.95). By James Patterson

and Maxine Paetro. A Boston boy's promising life in Palm Beach goes to pot after a failed $60 million art heist.75THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.856CHILL FACTOR (Simon & Schuster, $25.95)

By Sandra Brown. A blizzard strands Lily Burton in a rural cabin with a man who may be a serial killer.27VANISH (Ballantine, $24.95). By Tess Gerritsen

A desperate woman, motives unknown, takes hostages at a hospital, including pregnant detective Jane Rizzoli.18WITHOUT MERCY (Putnam, $25.95). By Jack Higgins

Gen. Charles Ferguson's covert ops team seeks revenge for the murder of one of their agents by Russian hit men.19THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS (Dial, $23)

By Sophie Kinsella. After a costly error, a star London attorney accepts a housekeeping position in the country.610TYRANNOSAUR CANYON (Forge, $24.95)

By Douglas Preston. A murdered prospector's notebook contains clues that could yield an archeological treasure.1Nonfiction/General11776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.132THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE


By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.213FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES



(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.335CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN (Amistad, $24.95)

By Karrine Steffans. The hip-hop video actress exposes her painful past and the gritty side of a glittering industry.96NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID OBSERVER

(Rodale, $24.95). By Bill Maher. The comedian's political-themed barbs, a staple of his cable show.47100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

(AND AL FRANKEN IS #37) (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."78HERDING CATS: A LIFE IN POLITICS (Regan, $27.50)

By Trent Lott. The Mississippi politician's rise from the House of Representatives to Senate majority leader.19REFLECTIONS OF A PEACEMAKER: A PORTRAIT

THROUGH HEARTSONGS (Andrews McMeel, $16.95)

By Mattie J.T. Stepanek. A posthumous collection of verse.110THE FAIRTAX BOOK: SAYING GOODBYE TO THE

INCOME TAX AND THE IRS (Regan, $24.95)

By Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder4

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