weeks on list

1. The Pilot's Wife [9]

By Anita Shreve (Little Brown, $13.95)

After a pilot crashes, his wife finds out he was a bigamist.

2. Memoirs of a Geisha [16]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

3. The Reader [12]

By Bernhard Schlink (Vintage, $11)

A brief tale of sex, love, reading and shame in postwar Germany.

4. I Know This Much is True [8]

By Wally Lamb (Regan, $16)

A man's complicated relationship with his schizophrenic brother.

5. Bridget Jones' Diary [1]

By Helen Fielding (Penguin, $12.95)

The intimate diary of an anxiety-plagued woman in the '90s.

6. A Widow for One Year [9]

By John Irving (Ballantine, $14.95)

The story of a woman's path to true love.

7. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood


By Rebecca Wells (HarperPerennial, $13)

A woman tries to resolve some difficult issues in her life.

8. Summer Sisters [3]

By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)

Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.

9. Charming Billy [16]

By Alice McDermott (Delta, $12.95)

A colorful man remembered by friends and loved ones.

10. Where the Heart Is [12]

By Billie Letts (Warner, $12)

A pregnant teen discovers the kindness of strangers.


weeks on list

1. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution


By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2. Guns, Germs and Steel


By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

3. Real Boys


By William Pollack (Owl, $13.95)

4. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up


By Iyanla Vanzant (Fireside, $13)

5. Falling Leaves


By Adeline Yen Mah (Broadway, $13)

6. Tender at the Bone


By Ruth Reichl (Broadway, $10.95)

7. Our Dumb Century


By The Onion (Crown, $15)

8. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff


By Richard Carlson (Hyperion, $10.95)

9. Angela's Ashes


By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

10. Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul


By Jack Canfield, M. V. Hansen, J. Aubery, M. Donnelly and C. Donnelly (Health Communications, $12.95)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 5/23 - 5/29. Numbers within brackets, e.g. [5], represent the total number of weeks on the list. The "Washington Is Also Reading" list is based on reports from Chapters, Chuck & Dave's, Maryland Book Exchange, Politics & Prose, Trover and Vertigo. Book World bestsellers hotline is 202-334-9000, category code 4175.