Fiction weeks on list
1 When the Wind Blows 
By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)
A secret genetic research conspiracy is uncovered.
2 The Pilot's Wife 
By Anita Shreve (Little, Brown/Back Bay, $13.95)
After a pilot crashes, his wife discovers a shocking secret.
3 Memoirs of a Geisha 
By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)
A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.
4 The Reef 
By Nora Roberts (Berkley, $7.50)
A love story develops during a hunt for buried treasure.
5 The Countess 
By Catherine Coulter (Signet, $7.50)
A re-writing of an earlier Coulter Regency romance.
6 Murder at the Watergate 
By Margaret Truman (Fawcett, $6.99)
Presidential hopefuls and Mexican drug lords cross paths.
7 Field of Thirteen 
By Dick Francis (Jove, $6.99)
A collection of 13 short stories with an equine motif.
8 Rainbow Six 
By Tom Clancy (Berkley, $8.50)
An elite team of counterterrorists struggles to save the day.
9 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 
By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $5.99)
A neglected orphan boy is invited to attend a school for wizards. 10 The Disappearance 
By J. F. Freedman (Signet, $6.99)
An abduction and murder wreaks havoc in a small town.
1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution 
By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)
2 Angela's Ashes 
By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)
3 The Seat of the Soul 
By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)
4 In the Meantime 
By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)
5 The Gifts of the Jews 
By Thomas Cahill (Doulbleday, $14)
6 Guns, Germs and Steel 
By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)
7 Protein Power 
By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades
8 Don't Give It Away 
By Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $11)
9 The Perfect Storm 
By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)
10 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 
By John Berendt (Vintage, $12)
Fiction weeks on list
1 Hearts in Atlantis 
By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster, $28)
Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.
2 Tara Road 
By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)
A home swap for a summer bonds two women .
3 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner 
By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)
New Scotland Yard detectives Lynley and Havers are back on the case.
4 The Alibi 
By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)
Passions and career ambitions collide at a murder trial in Charleston.
5 Black Notice 
By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)
Kay Scarpetta is back with more evil enemies than ever before.
6 Dark Lady 
By Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $25.95)
Corruption and murder abound in a Midwestern city.
7 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $19.95)
A villain escapes from a wizard's prison and threatens Harry.
8 The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing 
By Melissa Bank (Viking, $23.95)
Lessons learned by a young girl growing up.
9 Big Trouble 
By Dave Barry (Putnam, $23.95)
A tongue-in-cheek south Florida mystery novel. 10 Family Honor 
By Robert B. Parker (Putnam, $22.95)
A tough lady P.I. stirs up trouble after saving a girl from prostitution.
1 Faith of My Fathers 
By John McCain with Mark Salter (Random House, $25)
2 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB 
By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)
3 Isaac's Storm 
By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)
4 Tuesdays with Morrie 
By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)
5 Children Are From Heaven 
By John Gray (HarperCollins, $25.95)
6 Yesterday I Cried 
By Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $22)
7 Diana, in Search of Herself 
By Sally Bedell Smith (Times Books, $25)
8 Ethics for the New Millennium 
By the Dalai Lama and Alexander Norman (Putnam, $24.95)
9 Sugar Busters 
By H. Leighton Steward, et al. (Ballantine, $22)
10 The Art of Happiness 
By the Dalai Lama (Riverhead, $22.95)
Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:
France on the Brink
By Jonathan Fenby (Arcade, $27.95)
A detailed picture of modern France depicting both the nation's glorious past and its current social and economic problems. (NF)
A Gesture Life
By Chang-rae Lee (Putnam, $23.95)
The life of an upstanding, honest and hardworking Japanese American slowly unravels as secrets from his past come back to haunt him. (F)
The Hidden Jesus: A New Life
By Donald Spoto (St. Martin's, $14.95)
Examining ancient texts and the latest discoveries in Biblical scholarship, Spoto paints a new portrait of the man and historical figure. (NF)
My Father, Dancing
By Bliss Broyard (Knopf, $22)
Eight stories exploring the relationships between men and women, especially between fathers and daughters. (F)
Plain and Normal
By James Wilcox (Little, Brown, $12.95)
After he comes out of the closet in middle age, a man's quest for Mr. Right and happiness is complicated by the supportive and sometimes meddlesome efforts of friends, colleagues and his ex-wife. (F)
By Jorge Luis Borges (Viking Penguin, $40)
A wide-ranging compilation of essays, lectures, book and film reviews and journalistic commentaries from the late Argentine fantasist. (NF)
The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 9/12 - 9/18. Numbers within brackets, e.g. , 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. (10/10/99)