Selling well in local independent bookstores:

An Instance of the Fingerpost

By Iain Pears (Penguin, $7.99)

A Rashomonesque murder mystery set in Oxford during the year 1663. (F)

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

By Salman Rushdie (Holt, $27.50)

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, this time set in the contemporary world of rock and roll. (F)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $17.95)

Back at the Hogswart School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, young Harry unearths fresh torments and outrageous terrors. (F)

Imagining Atlantis

By Richard Ellis (Vintage, $13)

A close look at the major theories concerning that lost undersea world, ranging from those of Plato to current extra-terrestrial explanations. (NF)

Into the Porcupine Cave and Other Odysseys

By William W. Warner (National Geographic, $25)

A naturalist's adventures take him from one end of the globe to the other. (NF)

A Rich Full Death

By Michael Dibdin (Knopf, $12)

In 1855 Florence, when several members of the American and English expat community are murdered, Robert Browning takes on the case as a private investigator. (F)

Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story, From Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris

By Michael Allin (Dell, $9.95) (NF)

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)