Fiction weeks on list

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

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

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

2 Hammer of Eden [1]

By Ken Follett (Fawcett, $7.99)

A New Age hippie guru plots mayhem and destruction.

3 The Simple Truth [3]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

4 River, Cross My Heart [3]

By Breena Clarke (Little, Brown, $14.95)

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

5 The Poisonwood Bible [5]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

The 30-year chronicle of a missionary family's life in the Congo. 6 A Man in Full [4]

By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)

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

7 Net Force: Hidden Agenda [3]

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

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

8 Memoirs of a Geisha [36]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

9 When the Wind Blows [8]

By James Patterson (Warner, $7.99)

A Colorado vet discovers a genetic research conspiracy.

10 Ransom [1]

By Julie Garwood (Pocket, $7.99)

Two Scottish chieftains come to the aid of some damsels in distress.


1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [118]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program [4]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Plume, $15.95)

3 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [5]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Signet, $6.99)

4 Blind Man's Bluff [5]

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

5 Angela's Ashes [23]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

6 The Carbohydrate Addict's Gram Counter [3]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Signet, $4.99)

7 Guns, Germs and Steel [26]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

8 The Professor and the Madman [3]

By Simon Winchester (Harper Perennial, $13)

9 Protein Power [33]

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

10 My Boys Can Swim! [1]

By Ian Davis (Prima, $9.99)


Fiction weeks on list

1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [4]

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

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

2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [6]

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

Harry completes his third year at Hogwarts.

3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [5]

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

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

4 Pop Goes the Weasel [3]

James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

5 A Walk to Remember [4]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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

6 Personal Injuries [5]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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

7 Irresistible Forces [1]

By Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $26.95)

A bicoastal couple feels their love pulled in opposite directions.

8 "O" Is For Outlaw [4]

By Sue Grafton (Henry Holt, $26)

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

9 Blue at the Mizzen [2]

By Patrick O'Brian (Norton, $24)

A daring captain heads for high adventure on the high seas of old. 10 Second Wind [4]

By Dick Francis (Putnam, $24.95)

A BBC weatherman encounters a sinister plot in the Caribbean.


1 'Tis [7]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

2 Sugar Busters [58]

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

3 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [6]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

4 Tuesdays With Morrie [97]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

5 Faith of My Fathers [9]

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

6 All the Best, George Bush [4]

By George Bush (Scribner, $24.95)

7 The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy

Heart Program [3]

By Richard Heller, et al. (Ballantine, $24.95)

8 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love [3]

By Richard and Kristine Carlson (Hyperion, $15.95)

9 Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan [7]

By Edmund Morris (Random House, $35)

10 The New, New Thing [1]

By Michael Lewis (Norton, $25.95)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

Black Wings and Blind Angels

By Sapphire (Knopf, $20)

A collection of poems about growing up poor, tough and African-American. (F)

Come Back Alive: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Disasters, Kidnapping, Animal Attacks and Other Nasty Perils of Modern Travel

By Robert Young Pelton

(Doubleday, $14.95)

Henry of Atlantic City

By Frederick Reuss

(MacMurray & Beck, $22)

A 6-year-old boy with a photographic memory lives a bizarre life in present-day Atlantic City, obsessed with the ancient sect of Gnostics and half-way convinced he's a saint in 5th-century Byzantium. (F)

The Nothing That Is:

A Natural History of Zero

By Robert Kaplan (Oxford, $22)

An expert elucidation of the history and uses of the symbol for nothing, ranging from those in math and science to historical linguistics, medieval metaphysics, accounting, pedagogy and literary interpretation. (NF)

Secrets of the Flesh:

A Life of Colette

By Judith Thurman (Knopf, $30)

A comprehensive biography of the French novelist. (NF)

Slapboxing With Jesus

By Victor D. LaValle (Vintage, $11)

A collection of partially interrelated stories dealing with the harsh and violent life of minorities struggling for survival in New York. (F)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Borders, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 10/31 - 11/6. 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. (11/28/99)