Paperback

Fiction weeks on list

1 The Simple Truth [1]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

2 The Pilot's Wife [27]

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

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

3 The Poisonwood Bible [2]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

4 A Man in Full [1]

By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)

The story of a Southern good ol' boy's fall from grace.

5 Memoirs of a Geisha [33]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

6 Billy Straight [2]

By Jonathan Kellerman (Random House, $7.99)

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

7 When the Wind Blows [6]

By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)

A Colorado vet discovers a secret genetic research conspiracy.

8 Loyalty in Death [1]

By J. D. Robb (Berkley, $6.99)

A New York cop confronts an ingenious and taunting killer.

9 Summer Sisters [18]

By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)

Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.

10 Hidden Agendas [1]

By Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik (Berkley, $7.99)

The elite Net Force yet again saves the world for us all.

Nonfiction/General

1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [114]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [1]

By Richard F. and Rachel F. Heller (Signet, $6.99)

3 Protein Power [29]

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

4 Angela's Ashes [19]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

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

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

6 In the Meantime [7]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)

7 The Carbohydrate Addict's Gram Counter [1]

By Richard F. and Rachel F. Heller (Signet, $4.99)

8 Blind Man's Bluff [1]

By Sherry Sontas, Christopher Drew and Annette Drew (HarperCollins, $7.99)

9 The Professor and the Madman [3]

By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)

10 The Perfect Storm [41]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

Hardcover

Fiction weeks on list

1 Personal Injuries [2]

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

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

2 Second Wind [1]

By Dick Francis (Putnam, $24.95)

A BBC weatherman uncovers a sinister plot in the Caribbean.

3 A Walk to Remember [1]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

A man reflects on his first true love, a Baptist minister's daughter.

4 Tara Road [4]

By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)

A home swap for a summer bonds two women.

5 Hearts in Atlantis [4]

By Stephen King (Scribner, $28)

Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.

6 The Alibi [6]

By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)

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

7 Black Notice [10]

By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)

Kay Scarpetta is back with more enemies than ever before.

8 Big Trouble [3]

By Dave Barry (Putnam, $23.95)

A tongue-in-cheek south Florida mystery novel.

9 The Looking Glass [1]

By Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster, $17.95)

Two lost souls find each other amid the gold rush of mid-1800s. 10 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner [6]

By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)

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

Nonfiction/General

1 'Tis [3]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

2 Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan [2]

By Edmund Morris (Random House, $35)

3 When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi [2]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

4 All the Best, George Bush [1]

By George Bush (Scribner, $24.95)

5 Aretha: From These Roots [2]

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

6 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive

and the Secret History of the KGB [4]

By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)

7 Faith of My Fathers [5]

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

8 The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy Heart Program [1]

By Richard F. Heller, Rachel F. Heller

and Frederic J. Vagnini (Ballantine, $24.95)

9 Sugar Busters [56]

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

10 Tuesdays With Morrie [92]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

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)

Imagining Atlantis

By Richard Ellis (Vintage, $13)

A close look at the major theories concerning that lost undersea world, ranging from those of Plato to current extra-terrestrial explanations. (NF)

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)

Selected Non-Fictions

By Jorge Luis Borges (Viking Penguin, $40)

A wide-ranging compilation of essays, lectures, book and film reviews, magazine articles and journalistic commentaries from the late Argentine fantasist. (NF)

The Sun King

By David Ignatius (Random House, $21.95)

A publishing mogul buys two large newspapers in the nation's capital in an underhanded ploy to woo his old Harvard flame, an icy-tongued journalist. (F)

Walkin' the Dog

By Walter Mosley (Little, Brown, $24.95)

The story of Socrates Fortlow, a philosophizing ex-con whose protests against a murderous, raping LAPD cop unintentionally spark a riot. (F)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 10/3 - 10/9. 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. (10/31/99)