weeks on list

1. Memoirs of a Geisha


By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

2. The Pilot's Wife


By Anita Shreve (Little Brown, $13.95)

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

3. Rainbow Six


By Tom Clancy (Berkley, $8.50)

An elite team of counterterrorists struggle to save the day.

4. Summer Sisters


By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)

Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.

5. Murder at the Watergate


By Margaret Truman (Fawcett, $6.99)

Presidential hopefuls and Mexican drug lords cross paths.

6. Bridget Jones' Diary


By Helen Fielding (Penguin, $12.95)

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

7. Widow for One Year


By John Irving (Ballantine, $14.95)

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

8. Unspeakable


By Sandra Brown (Warner, $7.99)

The lives of a cowboy drifter, a killer and a deaf widow collide.

9. The Reader


By Bernhard Schlink (Vintage, $11)

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

10. Point of Origin


By Patricia Cornwell (Berkley, $7.99)

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


1. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution


By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil


By John Berendt (Random House, $25)

3. Angela's Ashes


By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

4. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff


By Richard Carlson (Hyperion, $10.95)

5. Chicken Soup for the College Soul


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

6. Guns, Germs and Steel


By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

7. Maximum Security: A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Internet Site and Network


By Anonymous (Sams, $49.99)

8. Don't Give It Away


By Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $11)

9. Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter


By Robert C. Atkins (M. Evans, $4.95)

10. Healing Back Pain


By John E. Sarno (Hyperion, $10.95)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 8/8 - 8/14. 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. (9/5/99)