Fiction weeks on list

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

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

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

2 Vinegar Hill [3]

By A. Manette Ansay (HarperCollins, $13)

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

3 Jewels of the Sun [2]

By Nora Roberts (Jove, $7.50)

A modern day romance in Ireland with a supernatural twist.

4 River, Cross My Heart [5]

By Breena Clarke (Little, Brown, $14.95)

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

5 Hammer of Eden [3]

By Ken Follett (Fawcett, $7.99)

A New Age hippie guru plots mayhem and destruction.

6 The Poisonwood Bible [7]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

7 The Simple Truth [5]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

8 Memoirs of a Geisha [38]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

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

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

Ex-military commandos save the world for us again.

10 A Man in Full [6]

By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)

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


1 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [121]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

2 Angela's Ashes [26]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

3 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [8]

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

4 The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program [7]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Plume, $15.95)

5 Blind Man's Bluff [8]

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

6 The Professor and the Madman [6]

By Simon Winchester (Harper Perennial, $13)

7 A Walk in the Woods [5]

By Bill Bryson (Broadway, $13)

8 The Old Farmers Almanac 2000 [1]

Edited by Judson D. Hale (Villard, $5.95)

9 Dr. Atkins' New Carbo Gram Counter [11]

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

10 The Perfect Storm [44]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)


Fiction weeks on list

1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [7]

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

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

2 Timeline [2]

By Michael Crichton (Knopf, $26.95)

Advances in quantum physics unleash new wonders and terrors.

3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [9]

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

Harry completes his third year at Hogwarts.

4 Saving Faith [3]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95)

Shady lobbyists and the C.I.A. do business in N. Virginia.

5 Pop Goes the Weasel [6]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [8]

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

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

7 Hunting Badger [3]

By Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins, $26)

Navaho Reservation police and the FBI struggle to hunt a cop-killer.

8 A Walk to Remember [7]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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

9 Personal Injuries [7]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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

10 Blue at the Mizzen [5]

By Patrick O'Brian (Norton, $24)

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


1 Tuesdays With Morrie [100]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

2 'Tis [10]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

3 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [9]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

4 The Greatest Generation [40]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $24.95)

5 Letters of the Century [1]

Edited by Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Adler (Dell, $35)

6 Guinness World Records 2000 [1] (Guinness Media, $25.95)

7 Have a Nice Day!

A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks [2]

By Mick Foley (HarperTrade, $24.95)

8 Faith of My Fathers [12]

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

9 All the Best, George Bush [7]

By George Bush (Scribner, $24.95)

10 Galileo's Daughter [2]

By Dava Sobel (Walker, $27)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

Ahab's Wife

By Sena Jeter Naslund (Morrow, $28)

Inspired by a brief passage in "Moby-Dick", Naslund begins where Melville left off, telling the life story of the woman married to the obsessive sea captain. (F)

The Boisterous Sea of Liberty: A Documentary History of America from Discovery through the Civil War

Edited by David Brion Davis and Steven Mintz

A rich portrait of America drawn from over 366 original documents, including letters, diary entries, political speeches and newspaper articles. (NF)

Gore Vidal: A Biography

By Fred Kaplan (Doubleday, $35)

James Joyce

By Edna O'Brien (Viking Penguin, $19.95)

A short biography of the literary giant from an award-winning Irish novelist. (NF)

T. C. Boyle Stories

By T. Coraghessan Boyle

(Viking Penguin, $16.95)

A mammoth collection of eclectic short stories. (F)

The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the

Telegraph and the Nineteenth

Century's On-line Pioneers

By Tom Standage (Penguin Putnam, $12)


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 11/21 - 11/27. 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, and Trover. Book World bestsellers hotline is 202-334-9000, category code 4175. (12/19/99)