Fiction weeks on list
1 When the Wind Blows 
By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)
A Colorado vet discovers a secret genetic research conspiracy.
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 Rainbow Six 
By Tom Clancy (Berkley, $8.50)
An elite team of counterterrorists struggles to save the day.
6 The Countess 
By Catherine Coulter (Signet, $7.50)
A rewriting of an earlier Coulter Regency romance.
7 The Loop 
By Nicholas Evans (Dell, $7.99)
Ranchers and a biologist quarrel over the reintroduction of wolves.
8 Field of Thirteen 
By Dick Francis (Jove, $6.99)
A collection of 13 short stories with an equine motif.
9 Summer Sisters 
By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)
Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.
10 Murder at the Watergate 
By Margaret Truman (Fawcett, $6.99)
Presidential hopefuls and Mexican drug lords cross paths.
1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution 
By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)
2 Angela's Ashes 
By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)
3 Protein Power 
By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades
4 In the Meantime 
By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)
5 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter 
By Robert C. Atkins (M. Evans, $4.95)
6 Guns, Germs and Steel 
By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)
7 The Professor and the Madman 
By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)
8 The Seat of the Soul 
By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)
9 The Gifts of the Jews 
By Thomas Cahill (Doubleday, $14)
10 The Perfect Storm 
By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)
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 The Alibi 
By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)
Passions and career ambitions collide at a murder trial in Charleston.
4 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner 
By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)
New Scotland Yard detectives Lynley and Havers are back on the case.
5 Black Notice 
By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)
Kay Scarpetta is back with more enemies than ever before.
6 Dark Lady 
By Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $25.95)
Corruption and murder abound in a Midwestern city.
7 Hard Times 
By Sara Paretsky (Delacorte, $24.95)
Private investigator V.I. Warshawski finds corruption in Chicago.
8 The Girl's 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 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.
1 'Tis 
By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)
2 Isaac's Storm 
By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)
3 Faith of My Fathers 
By John McCain with Mark Salter (Random House, $25)
4 Tuesdays With Morrie 
By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)
5 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive
and the Secret History of the KGB 
By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)
6 Children Are From Heaven 
By John Gray (HarperCollins, $25.95)
7 Front Row at the White House 
By Helen Thomas (Simon & Schuster, $26)
8 Sugar Busters 
By H. Leighton Steward, Morrison C. Berhen, Sam S. Andrews & Luis A. Balart (Ballantine, $22)
9 A Republic Not an Empire 
By Patrick J. Buchanan (Regnery, $29.95)
10 The Art of Happiness 
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)
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)
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. , 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)