Selling well in local independent bookstores:


By Thomas Harris (Dell, $27.95)

Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling return, this time in the company of a sadistic pedophile, the lone survivor of Lecter's previous cannabilistic rampages. (F)

Hemingway's Chair

By Michael Palin (Griffin, $12.95)

An English postman with a Hemingway obsession soon finds himself living as recklessly as the macho writer himself as his carefully contructed world disintegrates around him. (F)

India: From Midnight To the Millennium

By Shashi Tharoor (HarperCollins, $14)

The author raises significant questions about the future of a nation that will soon account for one-sixth of the world's population. (NF)

The Intuitionist

By Colson Whitehead (Anchor, $19.95)

In a surreal Gotham, the city's first black female elevator inspector is set up to take a fall. (F)

Slaying the Mermaid: Women and the Culture of Sacrifice

By Stephanie Golden (Three Rivers, $13)

Alternating between myths, religous mysticism, pop culture and psychology, the author illuminates the many ways women view sacrifice and the pleasures of denial. (NF)


By Paul Auster (Holt, $23)

A brilliant poet-saint from Brooklyn goes on a last quest with his canine friend and sidekick, Mr. Bones. (F)

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.