Paperback

Fiction weeks on list

1 When the Wind Blows [2]

By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)

A secret genetic research conspiracy is uncovered.

2 The Pilot's Wife [24]

By Anita Shreve (Little, Brown/Back Bay, $13.95)

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

3 Memoirs of a Geisha [30]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

4 The Reef [2]

By Nora Roberts (Berkley, $7.50)

A love story develops during a hunt for buried treasure.

5 The Countess [1]

By Catherine Coulter (Signet, $7.50)

A re-writing of an earlier Coulter Regency romance.

6 Murder at the Watergate [4]

By Margaret Truman (Fawcett, $6.99)

Presidential hopefuls and Mexican drug lords cross paths.

7 Field of Thirteen [2]

By Dick Francis (Jove, $6.99)

A collection of 13 short stories with an equine motif.

8 Rainbow Six [5]

By Tom Clancy (Berkley, $8.50)

An elite team of counterterrorists struggles to save the day.

9 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2]

By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $5.99)

A neglected orphan boy is invited to attend a school for wizards. 10 The Disappearance [1]

By J. F. Freedman (Signet, $6.99)

An abduction and murder wreaks havoc in a small town.

Nonfiction/General

1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [111]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 Angela's Ashes [6]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

3 The Seat of the Soul [15]

By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)

4 In the Meantime [4]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)

5 The Gifts of the Jews [4]

By Thomas Cahill (Doulbleday, $14)

6 Guns, Germs and Steel [23]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

7 Protein Power [26]

By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades

(Bantam, $6.50)

8 Don't Give It Away [10]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $11)

9 The Perfect Storm [38]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

10 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [10]

By John Berendt (Vintage, $12)

Hardcover

Fiction weeks on list

1 Hearts in Atlantis [1]

By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster, $28)

Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.

2 Tara Road [1]

By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)

A home swap for a summer bonds two women .

3 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner [3]

By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)

New Scotland Yard detectives Lynley and Havers are back on the case.

4 The Alibi [3]

By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)

Passions and career ambitions collide at a murder trial in Charleston.

5 Black Notice [7]

By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)

Kay Scarpetta is back with more evil enemies than ever before.

6 Dark Lady [4]

By Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $25.95)

Corruption and murder abound in a Midwestern city.

7 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [2]

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 [12]

By Melissa Bank (Viking, $23.95)

Lessons learned by a young girl growing up.

9 Big Trouble [1]

By Dave Barry (Putnam, $23.95)

A tongue-in-cheek south Florida mystery novel. 10 Family Honor [2]

By Robert B. Parker (Putnam, $22.95)

A tough lady P.I. stirs up trouble after saving a girl from prostitution.

Nonfiction/General

1 Faith of My Fathers [2]

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 [1]

By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)

3 Isaac's Storm [4]

By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)

4 Tuesdays with Morrie [89]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

5 Children Are From Heaven [4]

By John Gray (HarperCollins, $25.95)

6 Yesterday I Cried [17]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Simon & Schuster, $22)

7 Diana, in Search of Herself [5]

By Sally Bedell Smith (Times Books, $25)

8 Ethics for the New Millennium [1]

By the Dalai Lama and Alexander Norman (Putnam, $24.95)

9 Sugar Busters [53]

By H. Leighton Steward, et al. (Ballantine, $22)

10 The Art of Happiness [23]

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)

Selected Non-Fictions

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. [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. (10/10/99)