Fiction weeks on list

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [4]

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

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

2 Vinegar Hill [2]

By A. Manette Ansay (HarperCollins, $13)

A woman searches for spiritual freedom in a small Midwest town.

3 River, Cross My Heart [4]

By Breena Clarke (Little, Brown, $14.95)

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

4 The Poisonwood Bible [6]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

5 Hammer of Eden [2]

By Ken Follett (Fawcett, $7.99)

A New Age hippie guru plots mayhem and destruction.

6 The Simple Truth [4]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

7 Jewels of the Sun [1]

By Nora Roberts (Jove, $7.50)

A modern-day romance in Ireland with a supernatural twist.

8 Shadow Watch (Clancy's Power Play #3) [2]

By Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg (Berkley, $7.99)

Ex-military commandos save the world.

9 Memoirs of a Geisha [37]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

10 A Man in Full [5]

By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)

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


1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [120]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [7]

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

3 The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program [6]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Plume, $15.95)

4 Angela's Ashes [25]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

5 Blind Man's Bluff [7]

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

6 Dr. Atkin's New Carbo Gram Counter [10]

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

7 The Professor and the Madman [5]

By Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial, $13)

8 The Carbohydrate Addict's Gram Counter [5]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Signet, $4.99)

9 A Walk in the Woods [4]

By Bill Bryson (Broadway, $13)

10 Guns, Germs and Steel [28]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)


Fiction weeks on list

1 Timeline [1]

By Michael Crichton (Knopf, $26.95)

Advances in quantum physics unleash new wonders and terrors.

2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [6]

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

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

3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [8]

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

Harry completes his third year at Hogwarts.

4 Saving Faith [2]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95)

Shady lobbyists and the CIA do business in N. Virginia.

5 Pop Goes the Weasel [5]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [7]

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

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

7 Blue at the Mizzen [4]

By Patrick O'Brian (Norton, $24)

A daring captain heads for high adventure on the high seas.

8 Hunting Badger [2]

By Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins, $26)

Navajo Reservation police and the FBI hunt a cop-killer.

9 A Walk to Remember [6]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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

10 Personal Injuries [6]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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


1 'Tis [9]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

2 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [8] By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

3 Tuesdays With Morrie [99]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

4 Faith of My Fathers [11]

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

5 Galileo's Daughter [1]

By Dava Sobel (Walker, $27)

6 Have a Nice Day!

A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks [1]

By Mick Foley (HarperTrade, $24.95)

7 The Century [18]

By Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster (Doubleday, $60)

8 The Greatest Generation [39]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $24.95)

9 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love [5]

By Richard and Kristine Carlson (Hyperion, $15.95)

10 All the Best, George Bush [6]

By George Bush (Scribner, $24.95)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

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 an ancient sect and partly convinced he's a saint in 5th-century Byzantium. (F)

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 Postively Final Appearance:

A Journal 1996-1998

By Alec Guinness (Viking Penguin, $24.95)

Opinions and reflections from the famous actor. (NF)

Race to Incarcerate

By Marc Mauer (New Press, $22.95)

A close examination of America's booming prison population and analysis of the unintended consequences of "get tough on crime" laws. (NF)

Soccer in Sun and Shadow

By Eduardo Galeano (Verso, $15)

The Uruguayan novelist and critic traces the origins and worldwide popularity of the game. (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)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Borders, Crown and Olsson's based on sales from 11/14 - 11/20. 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. (12/12/99)