Fiction weeks on list

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [2]

By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $5.99)

A neglected young boy is invited to attend a school for wizards.

2 The Simple Truth [2]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

3 River, Cross My Heart [1]

By Breena Clarke (Little, Brown, $14.95)

The story of an African-American family in Georgetown circa 1925.

4 A Man in Full [2]

By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)

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

5 The Poisonwood Bible [3]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

6 The Pilot's Wife [28]

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

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

7 Loyalty in Death [2]

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

A New York cop confronts an ingenious and taunting killer.

8 Billy Straight [3]

By Jonathan Kellerman (Random House, $7.99)

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

9 Memoirs of a Geisha [34]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

10 Enchanted: The Donovan Legacy [1]

By Nora Roberts (Harlequin, $4.25)

A school teacher falls for a hunk while summering in Oregon.


1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [115]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program [1]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Plume, $15.95)

3 Blind Man's Bluff [2]

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

4 Protein Power [30]

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

5 Angela's Ashes [20]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

6 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter [6]

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

7 The Perfect Storm [42]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

8 In the Meantime [8]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)

9 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [2]

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

10 The Seat of the Soul [18]

By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)


Fiction weeks on list

1 "O" Is For Outlaw [1]

By Sue Grafton (Henry Holt, $26)

P.I. Kinsey Millhone reexamines an old murder and a failed marriage.

2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [2]

By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $17.95)

Mischeif and magic reign in Harry's second year of wizard school.

3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [4]

By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $19.95)

An imprisoned villain escapes, threatening young Harry.

4 A Walk to Remember [1]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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

5 Personal Injuries [2]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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

6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [3]

By J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, $17.95)

A neglected young boy is invited to attend a school for wizards.

7 Tara Road [4]

By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)

A home swap for a summer bonds two women.

8 Second Wind [1]

By Dick Francis (Putnam, $24.95)

A BBC weatherman uncovers a sinister plot in the Caribbean.

9 Hearts in Atlantis [4]

By Stephen King (Scribner, $28)

Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America. 10 Big Trouble [3]

By Dave Barry (Putnam, $23.95)

A tongue-in-cheek south Florida mystery novel.


1 'Tis [4]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

2 Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan [4]

By Edmund Morris (Random House, $35)

3 Faith of My Fathers [6]

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

4 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive

and the Secret History of the KGB [5]

By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)

5 Tuesdays With Morrie [94]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

6 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love [1]

By Richard and Kristine Carlson (Hyperion, $15.95)

7 All the Best, George Bush [2]

By George Bush (Scribner, $24.95)

8 Sugar Busters [56]

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

9 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [3]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

10 Isaac's Storm [7]

By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

By Mark Kurlansky (Viking Penguin, 11.95)

Spanning a thousand years, a history of codfish and its social and economic implications ranging from the Vikings hunts across the Atlantic to the enigmatic Basques to the current plight of the fish today. (NF)

Ecology of Fear

By Mike Davis (Vintage, $14)

An unravelling of the secret history of disaster, both real and imaginary, in L.A., underlining the connections between social injustice and perceptions of natural disorder. (NF)

The Fencing Master

By Arturo Perez-Reverte

(Simon & Schuster, $25)

In 1868 Madrid a fencing master is sucked into a plot involving seduction, politics and murder. (F)

The Hungry Ocean

By Linda Greenlaw (Hyperion, $22.95)

Written by one of the only female sea captains in the industry, an inside look at the gruelling world of swordfishing. (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)

A Star Called Henry

By Roddy Doyle (Viking Penguin, $24.95)

Out of the depths of poverty, a boy comes of age in turn-of-the-century Dublin, progressing from small time thief to full-blown IRA killer. (F)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Borders, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 10/10 - 10/16. 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. (11/07/99)