Fiction weeks on list
1 The Simple Truth 
By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)
A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.
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 The Poisonwood Bible 
By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)
The 30-year chronicle of missionary family's life in the Congo.
4 A Man in Full 
By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)
The story of a Southern good ol' boy's fall from grace.
5 Memoirs of a Geisha 
By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)
A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.
6 Billy Straight 
By Jonathan Kellerman (Random House, $7.99)
After witnessing a murder, a homeless boy is thrown in the spotlight.
7 When the Wind Blows 
By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)
A Colorado vet discovers a secret genetic research conspiracy.
8 Loyalty in Death 
By J. D. Robb (Berkley, $6.99)
A New York cop confronts an ingenious and taunting killer.
9 Summer Sisters 
By Judy Blume (Dell, $7.50)
Childhood friends reunite, with unexpected results.
10 Hidden Agendas 
By Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik (Berkley, $7.99)
The elite Net Force yet again saves the world for us all.
1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution 
By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)
2 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet 
By Richard F. and Rachel F. Heller (Signet, $6.99)
3 Protein Power 
By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades (Bantam, $6.50)
4 Angela's Ashes 
By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)
5 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter 
By Robert C. Atkins (M. Evans, $4.95)
6 In the Meantime 
By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)
7 The Carbohydrate Addict's Gram Counter 
By Richard F. and Rachel F. Heller (Signet, $4.99)
8 Blind Man's Bluff 
By Sherry Sontas, Christopher Drew and Annette Drew (HarperCollins, $7.99)
9 The Professor and the Madman 
By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)
10 The Perfect Storm 
By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)
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 Second Wind 
By Dick Francis (Putnam, $24.95)
A BBC weatherman uncovers a sinister plot in the Caribbean.
3 A Walk to Remember 
By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)
A man reflects on his first true love, a Baptist minister's daughter.
4 Tara Road 
By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)
A home swap for a summer bonds two women.
5 Hearts in Atlantis 
By Stephen King (Scribner, $28)
Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.
6 The Alibi 
By Sandra Brown (Warner, $25.95)
Passions and career ambitions collide at a murder trial in Charleston.
7 Black Notice 
By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)
Kay Scarpetta is back with more enemies than ever before.
8 Big Trouble 
By Dave Barry (Putnam, $23.95)
A tongue-in-cheek south Florida mystery novel.
9 The Looking Glass 
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 
By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)
New Scotland Yard detectives Lynley and Havers are back on the case.
1 'Tis 
By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)
2 Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan 
By Edmund Morris (Random House, $35)
3 When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi 
By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)
4 All the Best, George Bush 
By George Bush (Scribner, $24.95)
5 Aretha: From These Roots 
By Aretha Franklin and David Ritz (Villard, $25)
6 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive
and the Secret History of the KGB 
By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)
7 Faith of My Fathers 
By John McCain with Mark Salter (Random House, $25)
8 The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy Heart Program 
By Richard F. Heller, Rachel F. Heller
and Frederic J. Vagnini (Ballantine, $24.95)
9 Sugar Busters 
By H. Leighton Steward,et al. (Ballantine, $22)
10 Tuesdays With Morrie 
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)
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)
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. , 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)