Paperback

Fiction weeks on list

1 The Poisonwood Bible [1]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

The 30-year chronicle of a missionary family's life in the Congo.

2 The Pilot's Wife [26]

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

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

3 When the Wind Blows [5]

By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)

A Colorado vet discovers a genetic research conspiracy.

4 Memoirs of a Geisha [32]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

5 The Reef [4]

By Nora Roberts (Berkley, $7.50)

A love story develops during a hunt for buried treasure.

6 Summer Sisters [17]

By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)

Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.

7 The Loop [2]

By Nicholas Evans (Dell, $7.99)

Ranchers and a biologist quarrel over the reintroduction of wolves.

8 Rainbow Six [7]

By Tom Clancy (Berkley, $8.50)

An elite team of counterterrorists struggles to save the day.

9 Field of Thirteen [4]

By Dick Francis (Jove, $6.99)

A collection of 13 short stories with an equine motif.

10 Billy Straight [1]

By Jonathan Kellerman (Random House, $7.99)

After witnessing a murder, a homeless boy is in the spotlight.

Nonfiction/General

1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [113]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 Angela's Ashes [18]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

3 The Seat of the Soul [17]

By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)

4 Protein Power [28]

By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades (Bantam, $6.50)

5 The Professor and the Madman [2]

By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)

6 The Perfect Storm [40]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

7 In the Meantime [6]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)

8 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter [4]

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

9 Guns, Germs and Steel [25]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

10 What to Expect When You're Expecting [10]

By A. Eisenberg, H. Murkoff and S. Hathaway

(Workman, $11.95)

Hardcover

Fiction weeks on list

1 Personal Injuries [1]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus & Giroux, $27)

A crooked lawyer works with the FBI to help snag corrupt judges.

2 Hearts in Atlantis [3]

By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster, $28)

Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.

3 Tara Road [3]

By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)

A home swap for a summer bonds two women.

4 The Lamorna Wink [1]

By Martha Grimes (Viking Penguin, $22.95)

Richard Jury returns to solve a string of murders in Cornwall.

5 The Alibi [5]

By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)

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

6 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner [5]

By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)

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

7 Hard Times [2]

By Sara Paretsky (Delacorte, $24.95)

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

8 Black Notice [9]

By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)

Kay Scarpetta is back with more enemies than ever before.

9 Dark Lady [6]

By Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $25.95)

Corruption and murder abound in a Midwestern city. 10 Family Honor [3]

By Robert B. Parker (Putnam, $22.95)

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

Nonfiction/General

1 'Tis [2]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

2 Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan [1]

By Edmund Morris (Random House, $35)

3 Faith of My Fathers [4]

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

4 When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi [1]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

5 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive

and the Secret History of the KGB [3]

By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)

6 Aretha: From These Roots [1]

By Aretha Franklin and David Ritz (Villard, $25)

7 Tuesdays With Morrie [91]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

8 Isaac's Storm [6]

By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)

9 Sugar Busters [55]

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

10 The Art of Happiness [25]

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)

The Treatment

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. [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. (10/24/99)