Fiction weeks on list
1 The Poisonwood Bible 
By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)
The 30-year chronicle of a missionary family's life in the Congo.
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 When the Wind Blows 
By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)
A Colorado vet discovers a genetic research conspiracy.
4 Memoirs of a Geisha 
By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)
A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.
5 The Reef 
By Nora Roberts (Berkley, $7.50)
A love story develops during a hunt for buried treasure.
6 Summer Sisters 
By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)
Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.
7 The Loop 
By Nicholas Evans (Dell, $7.99)
Ranchers and a biologist quarrel over the reintroduction of wolves.
8 Rainbow Six 
By Tom Clancy (Berkley, $8.50)
An elite team of counterterrorists struggles to save the day.
9 Field of Thirteen 
By Dick Francis (Jove, $6.99)
A collection of 13 short stories with an equine motif.
10 Billy Straight 
By Jonathan Kellerman (Random House, $7.99)
After witnessing a murder, a homeless boy is in the spotlight.
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 Protein Power 
By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades (Bantam, $6.50)
5 The Professor and the Madman 
By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)
6 The Perfect Storm 
By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)
7 In the Meantime 
By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)
8 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter 
By Robert C. Atkins (M. Evans, $4.95)
9 Guns, Germs and Steel 
By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)
10 What to Expect When You're Expecting 
By A. Eisenberg, H. Murkoff and S. Hathaway
Fiction weeks on list
1 Personal Injuries 
By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27)
A crooked lawyer works with the FBI to help snag corrupt judges.
2 Hearts in Atlantis 
By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster, $28)
Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.
3 Tara Road 
By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)
A home swap for a summer bonds two women.
4 The Lamorna Wink 
By Martha Grimes (Viking Penguin, $22.95)
Richard Jury returns to solve a string of murders in Cornwall.
5 The Alibi 
By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)
Passions and career ambitions collide at a murder trial in Charleston.
6 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner 
By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)
New Scotland Yard detectives Lynley and Havers are back on the case.
7 Hard Times 
By Sara Paretsky (Delacorte, $24.95)
Private investigator V.I. Warshawski finds corruption in Chicago.
8 Black Notice 
By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)
Kay Scarpetta is back with more enemies than ever before.
9 Dark Lady 
By Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $25.95)
Corruption and murder abound in a Midwestern city. 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 'Tis 
By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)
2 Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan 
By Edmund Morris (Random House, $35)
3 Faith of My Fathers 
By John McCain with Mark Salter (Random House, $25)
4 When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi 
By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)
5 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive
and the Secret History of the KGB 
By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)
6 Aretha: From These Roots 
By Aretha Franklin and David Ritz (Villard, $25)
7 Tuesdays With Morrie 
By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)
8 Isaac's Storm 
By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)
9 Sugar Busters 
By H. Leighton Steward, Morrison C. Berhen, Sam S. Andrews & Luis A. Balart (Ballantine, $22)
10 The Art of Happiness 
By the Dalai Lama (Riverhead, $22.95)
Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:
Blue vs. Black
By John L. Burris with Catherine Whitney
(St. Martin's, $23.95)
From the Oakland-based civil rights attorney who represented Rodney King, an alarming chronicle of police brutality toward minorities in America. (NF)
The Book on the Bookshelf
By Henry Petroski (Knopf, $26)
As Michael Dirda wrote, "This is a tightly focused overview of how, over the past two millennia, scrolls and bound volumes have been housed, arranged and cared for." (NF)
Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban
By J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, $19.95)
An evil wizard's henchman, the murderer of young Harry's parents, escapes from a seemingly impregnable prison and threatens to kill the lad. (F)
Interpreter of Maladies
By Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin, $12)
This debut collection of short stories charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love from Bombay to Boston. (F)
Race to Incarcerate
By Marc Mauer (New Press, $22.95)
A close examination of America's booming prison population and analysis of the unintended consequences of "get tough on crime" laws. (NF)
By Daniel Menaker (Simon & Schuster, $14)
The life of an anxiety -- plagued schoolteacher takes some bizarre turns while he's under psychoanalysis by a maniacal, Cuban-Catholic Freudian. (F)
The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 9/26 - 10/2. 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. (10/24/99)