Selling well in local independent bookstores:

The Crime of Olga Arbyelina

By Andrei Makine (Arcade, $24.95)

A beautiful Russian princess and her young son live with the torments and pleasures of dark secrets after fleeing from the Bolsheviks to a small French village. (F)

King Leopold's Ghost

By Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin, $15)

The story of King Leopold II of Belgium and his attempt to turn a large part of the Congo into his personal fiefdom through terror and brutality. (NF)

My Year of Meats

By Ruth L. Ozeki (Penguin Putnam, $12.95)

A documentary filmmaker produces a series about red meat for Japanese network television and raises questions on the reliability of the media and the profit-driven practices of the U.S. beef industry. (F)

Woman: An Intimate Geography

By Natalie Tangier Tillich

(Houghton Mifflin, $25)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times science writer, a thorough examination of what it is exactly to be woman. (NF)

The Women Who Wrote the War

By Nancy Caldwell Smith (Arcade, $27.95)

A history of the female correspondents who chronicled World War II. (NF)

Write to Kill

By Daniel Pennac (Harvill, $23)

The life of a downtrodden Parisian publisher takes a turn towards the absurd when he assumes the identity of the world's best-loved yet hitherto anonymous author. (F)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 9/5 - 9/11. 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. Book World bestsellers hotline is 202-334-9000, category code 4175. (10/3/99)