Paperback

Fiction weeks on list

1 When the Wind Blows [4]

By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)

A Colorado vet discovers a secret genetic research conspiracy.

2 The Pilot's Wife [25]

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

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

3 Memoirs of a Geisha [31]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

4 The Reef [3]

By Nora Roberts (Berkley, $7.50)

A love story develops during a hunt for buried treasure.

5 Rainbow Six [6]

By Tom Clancy (Berkley, $8.50)

An elite team of counterterrorists struggles to save the day.

6 The Countess [2]

By Catherine Coulter (Signet, $7.50)

A rewriting of an earlier Coulter Regency romance.

7 The Loop [1]

By Nicholas Evans (Dell, $7.99)

Ranchers and a biologist quarrel over the reintroduction of wolves.

8 Field of Thirteen [3]

By Dick Francis (Jove, $6.99)

A collection of 13 short stories with an equine motif.

9 Summer Sisters [16]

By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)

Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.

10 Murder at the Watergate [5]

By Margaret Truman (Fawcett, $6.99)

Presidential hopefuls and Mexican drug lords cross paths.

Nonfiction/General

1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [112]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 Angela's Ashes [17]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

3 Protein Power [27]

By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades

(Bantam, $6.50)

4 In the Meantime [5]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)

5 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter [3]

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

6 Guns, Germs and Steel [24]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

7 The Professor and the Madman [1]

By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)

8 The Seat of the Soul [16]

By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)

9 The Gifts of the Jews [5]

By Thomas Cahill (Doubleday, $14)

10 The Perfect Storm [39]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

Hardcover

Fiction weeks on list

1 Hearts in Atlantis [2]

By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster, $28)

Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.

2 Tara Road [2]

By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)

A home swap for a summer bonds two women.

3 The Alibi [4]

By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)

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

4 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner [4]

By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)

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

5 Black Notice [8]

By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)

Kay Scarpetta is back with more enemies than ever before.

6 Dark Lady [5]

By Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $25.95)

Corruption and murder abound in a Midwestern city.

7 Hard Times [1]

By Sara Paretsky (Delacorte, $24.95)

Private investigator V.I. Warshawski finds corruption in Chicago.

8 The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing [13]

By Melissa Bank (Viking, $23.95)

Lessons learned by a young girl growing up.

9 Big Trouble [2]

By Dave Barry (Putnam, $23.95)

A tongue-in-cheek south Florida mystery novel. 10 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [3]

By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $19.95)

A villain escapes from a wizard's prison and threatens Harry.

Nonfiction/General

1 'Tis [1]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

2 Isaac's Storm [5]

By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)

3 Faith of My Fathers [3]

By John McCain with Mark Salter (Random House, $25)

4 Tuesdays With Morrie [90]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

5 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive

and the Secret History of the KGB [2]

By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)

6 Children Are From Heaven [5]

By John Gray (HarperCollins, $25.95)

7 Front Row at the White House [5]

By Helen Thomas (Simon & Schuster, $26)

8 Sugar Busters [54]

By H. Leighton Steward, Morrison C. Berhen, Sam S. Andrews & Luis A. Balart (Ballantine, $22)

9 A Republic Not an Empire [1]

By Patrick J. Buchanan (Regnery, $29.95)

10 The Art of Happiness [24]

By the Dalai Lama (Riverhead, $22.95)

Washington Is Also Reading 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)

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)

Headlong

By Michael Frayn (Henry Holt, $26)

Convinced that a dusty painting is a missing Bruegel masterpiece, a philosopher sets out to deceive its unsuspecting owner. (F)

The Lamorna Wink

By Martha Grimes (Viking Penguin, $22.95)

Richard Jury is back to solve a string of eccentric murders along the Cornwall coast. (F)

A Postively Final Appearance:

A Journal 1996-1998

By Alec Guiness (Viking Penguin, $24.95)

Opinions and reflections from the famous actor. (NF)

Soccer in Sun and Shadow

By Eduardo Galeano (Verso, $15)

The well-known Uruguayan novelist and critic traces the origins and worldwide popularity of the game. (NF)

Spanking Watson

By Kinky Friedman (Simon & Schuster, $23)

When someone sends a threatening note to Kinky Friedman's neighbor, Friedman and his troupe of merry assistants attempt to locate the culprit. (F)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 9/19 - 9/25. 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. (10/17/99)