Fiction

weeks on list

1. The Pilot's Wife

[10]

By Anita Shreve (Little Brown, $13.95)

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

2. Memoirs of a Geisha

[17]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

3. Serpent: The NUMA Files

[1]

By Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos (Pocket, $16)

Two special agents uncover an ancient conspiracy.

4. The Reader

[13]

By Bernhard Schlink (Vintage, $11)

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

5. I Know This Much is True

[9]

By Wally Lamb (Regan, $16)

A man's complicated relationship with his schizophrenic brother.

6. Bridget Jones' Diary

[2]

By Helen Fielding (Penguin, $12.95)

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

7. A Widow for One Year

[10]

By John Irving (Ballantine, $14.95)

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

8. Summer Sisters

[4]

By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)

Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.

9. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

[62]

By Rebecca Wells (HarperPerennial, $13)

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

10. Charming Billy

[17]

By Alice McDermott (Delta, $12.95)

A colorful man remembered by friends and loved ones.

Nonfiction/General

1. Angela's Ashes

[2]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

2. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

[97]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

3. Guns, Germs and Steel

[9]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

4. Real Boys

[9]

By William Pollack (Owl, $13.95)

5. Falling Leaves

[6]

By Adeline Yen Mah (Broadway, $13)

6. How Computers Work

[1]

By Ron White (Que, $29.95)

7. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up

[26]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Fireside, $13)

8. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

[24]

By Richard Carlson (Hyperion, $10.95)

9. Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul

[2]

By Jack Canfield, M. V. Hansen, J. Aubery, M. Donnelly and C. Donnelly

(Health Communications, $12.95)

10. Our Dumb Century

[9]

By The Onion (Crown, $15)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 5/30 - 6/3x. 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, Reprint, Trover and Vertigo. Book World bestsellers hotline is 202-334-9000, category code 4175.

(6/27/99)