weeks on list

1. The Pilot's Wife


By Anita Shreve (Little Brown, $13.95)

After a pilot crashes, his wife discovers a shocking secret.

2. Memoirs of a Geisha


By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

3. The Reader


By Bernhard Schlink (Vintage, $11)

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

4. Summer Sisters


By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)

Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.

5. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood


By Rebecca Wells (HarperPerennial, $13)

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

6. Point of Origin


By Patricia Cornwell (Berkley, $7.99)

Kay Scarpetta returns to face a dark shadow from her past.

7. Bridget Jones' Diary


By Helen Fielding (Penguin, $12.95)

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

8. Where the Heart Is


By Billie Letts (Warner, $12)

A pregnant teen discovers the kindness of strangers.

9. Widow for One Year


By John Irving (Ballantine, $14.95)

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

10. I Know This Much Is True


By Wally Lamb (Regan, $16)

A man's complicated relationship with his schizophrenic brother.


1. Angela's Ashes


By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

2. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


By John Berendt (Random House, $25)

3. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution


By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

4. Guns, Germs and Steel


By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

5. Chicken Soup for the College Soul


By J. Canfield, M. V. Hansen, D. Clark & K. Kirberger (Health Communications, $12.95)

6. Don't Give It Away


By Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $11)

7. Falling Leaves


By Adeline Yen Mah (Broadway, $13)

8. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People


By Stephen R. Covey (Simon & Schuster, $14)

9. Real Boys


By William Pollack (Owl, $13.95)

10. The One Minute Manager


By Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (Berkley, $12.95)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 8/1 - 8/7. 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, Reprint, Trover and Vertigo. Book World bestsellers hotline is 202-334-9000, category code 4175. (8/29/99)