Paperback

Fiction weeks on list

1 River, Cross My Heart [2]

By Breena Clarke (Little, Brown, $14.95)

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

2 The Simple Truth [3]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

3 The Poisonwood Bible [4]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

4 A Man in Full [3]

By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)

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

5 The Pilot's Wife [29]

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

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

6 Net Force: Hidden Agenda [2]

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

The elite net force yet again saves the world for us all.

7 Memoirs of a Geisha [35]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

8 Enchanted: The Donovan Legacy [2]

By Nora Roberts (Harlequin, $4.25)

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

9 Stargazey [1]

By Martha Grimes (Onyx, $6.99)

Richard Jury uncovers chicanery in the art world.

10 When the Wind Blows [7]

By James Patterson (Warner Books, $7.99)

A Colorado vet discovers a secret genetic research conspiracy.

Nonfiction/General

1 The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program [2]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Plume, $15.95)

2 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [116]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

3 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [3]

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

4 Angela's Ashes [21]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

5 Blind Man's Bluff [3]

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

6 Protein Power [31]

By Michael R. Eades & Mary Dan Eades

(Bantam, $6.50)

7 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter [7]

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

8 The Seat of the Soul [19]

By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)

9 The Professor and the Madman [1]

By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)

10 The Perfect Storm [43]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

Hardcover

Fiction weeks on list

1 Pop Goes the Weasel [1]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

A series of killings in Southeast D.C .prompts Alex Cross to investigate.

2 "O" Is For Outlaw [2]

By Sue Grafton (Henry Holt, $26)

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

3 Personal Injuries [3]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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

4 A Walk to Remember [2]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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

5 Second Wind [2]

By Dick Francis (Putnam, $24.95)

A BBC weatherman uncovers a sinister plot in the Caribbean.

6 Tara Road [5]

By Maeve Binchy (Bantam Doubleday, $24.95)

A home swap for a summer binds two women.

7 Dune: House Atreides [1]

By Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Bantam, $27.50)

A prequel to the bestselling original, focusing on young Leto Atreides.

8 In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner [7]

By Elizabeth George (Bantam, $25.95)

Detectives Lynley and Havers are back on the case.

9 Black Notice [11]

By Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $25.95)

Kay Scarpetta is back with more enemies than ever before.

10 Hearts in Atlantis [5]

By Stephen King (Scribner, $28)

Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.

Nonfiction/General

1 'Tis [5]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

2 Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan [5]

By Edmund Morris (Random House, $35)

3 Body For Life [11]

By Bill Phillips with Michael D'Orso (HarperCollins, $25)

4 Faith of My Fathers [7]

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

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

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

6 Tuesdays With Morrie [95]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

7 Isaac's Storm [8]

By Erik Larson (Crown, $25)

8 Sugar Busters [57]

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

9 The Sword and the Shield:

The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB [6]

By Christopher Andrew (Basic, $32.50)

10 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love [2]

By Richard and Kristine Carlson (Hyperion, $15.95)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do

By Valerie Wilson Wesley (Avon, $24)

The story of an African-American family dealing with change, loss, heartache and living life to the fullest. (F)

Losing Nelson

By Barry Unsworth (Doubleday, $23.95)

Horatio Nelson becomes the object of an acute obsession in a tale that explores the dark side of patriotism and hero worship, and the bleakness of living one's life through another's. (F)

Lenin's Embalmers

By Ilya Zbarsky (Harvill, $20)

The strange and engrossing tale of the scientists behind the Committee of Immortalization, created by Stalin in 1924 to turn Lenin's body into a nationalist relic. (NF)

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)

Waste and Want

By Susan Strasser (Metropolitan, $27.50)

A cultural and economic history of trash and its changing meaning, and our attitudes toward it, from the pre-industrial 18th-century to the consumer culture of our own. (NF)

Correction: In the October 3 "Washington Is Also Reading" column, under Woman: An Intimate Geography, the author's name was incorrect. The author is Natalie Angier. We apologize for the error.

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 10/17-10/23. 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. (11/14/99)