Selling well in local independent bookstores:

Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834, Volume Two

By Richard Holmes (Knopf, $32)

This biography of the 19th-century English poet focuses on the latter half of his life. (NF)

A Dangerous Friend

By Ward Just (Houghton Mifflin, $23)

A meditation on the Vietnam War that traces a young idealist's gradual disillusionment with America's involvement. (F)

Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians

By Noam Chomsky (South End, $22)

Chomsky argues against America's policy toward Israel. (NF)

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

By Nathan Englander (Knopf, $22)

A debut collection of nine stories on the condition of being Jewish. (F)

The Hours

By Michael Cunningham (St. Martin's, $23)

An hommage to Virginia Woolf, this novel tells the interwoven stories of three women, all linked by the novel "Mrs. Dalloway." (F)

Narcissus Leaves the Pool

By Joseph Epstein (Houghton Mifflin, $25)

The latest collection of Epstein's semi-autobiographical essays. (NF)

Unvanquished: A U.S. -- U.N. Saga

By Boutros Boutros-Ghali

(Random House, $29.95)

The former U.N. secretary general ponders the future of the U.N. under American domination. (NF)

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.