Fiction weeks on list

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

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

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

2 Vinegar Hill [4]

By A. Manette Ansay (HarperCollins, $13)

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

3 Jewels of the Sun [3]

By Nora Roberts (Jove, $7.50)

A modern day romance in Ireland with a supernatural twist.

4 River, Cross My Heart [6]

By Breena Clarke (Little, Brown, $14.95)

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

5 Hammer of Eden [4]

By Ken Follett (Fawcett, $7.99)

A New Age hippie guru plots mayhem and destruction.

6 The Poisonwood Bible [8]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

7 The Simple Truth [6]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

8 Shadow Watch (Clancy's Power Play #3) [4]

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

Ex-military commandos save the world for us again.

9 Memoirs of a Geisha [39]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

10 The Green Mile [1]

By Stephen King (Pocket, $7.99)

A prison gaurd encounters a paranormal inmate on death row.


1 Angela's Ashes [27]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

2 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [122]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

3 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [9]

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

4 The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000 [1]

(World Almanac, $10.95)

5 The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program [8]

By Richard and Rachel Heller (Plume, $15.95)

6 Blind Man's Bluff [9]

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

7 The Professor and the Madman [7]

By Simon Winchester (Harper Perennial, $13)

8 The Old Farmers Almanac 2000 [2]

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

9 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II [23]

By J. Canfield, M.V. Hansen & K. Kirberger (HCI, $12.95)

10 A Walk in the Woods [6]

By Bill Bryson (Broadway, $13)


Fiction weeks on list

1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [8]

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 [10]

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

Harry completes his third year at Hogwarts.

3 Timeline [3]

By Michael Crichton (Knopf, $26.95)

Advances in quantam physics unleash new wonders and terrors.

4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [9]

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

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

5 Saving Faith [4]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95)

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

6 Hunting Badger [4]

By Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins, $26)

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

7 Pop Goes the Weasel [7]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

8 A Walk to Remember [8]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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

9 Personal Injuries [8]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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

10 Blue at the Mizzen [6]

By Patrick O'Brian (Norton, $24)

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


1 Tuesdays With Morrie [101]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

2 The Greatest Generation Speaks [1]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $19.95)

3 The Greatest Generation [41]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $24.95)

4 'Tis [11]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

5 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [10]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

6 Life: Our Century [1]

Edited by Richard B. Stolley and Tony Chiu (Bullfinch, $60)

7 Guinness World Records 2000 [2]

(Guinness Media, $25.95)

8 Letters of the Century [2]

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

9 The Century [19]

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

10 Have a Nice Day!

A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks [3]

By Mick Foley (HarperTrade, $24.95)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War 1941-1945

By Leo Marks (Free Press, $27.50)

The memoirs of England's top cryptographer describe some of the war's most dramatic and secret operations. (NF)

A Gesture Life

By Chang-Rae Lee (Putnam, $23.95)

The life of an upstanding, honest and hardworking Japanese American slowly unravels as secrets from his past come back to haunt him. (F)

Henry of Atlantic City

By Frederick Reuss (MacMurray & Beck, $22)

A six-year-old boy with a photographic memory lives a bizarre life in present-day Atlantic City, obsessed with the ancient sect of Gnostics 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)

Letters of the Century

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

More than 400 letters from both the famous and ordinary that encapsulate the people, places and events that have transformed the nation's history. (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)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Borders, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 11/28 - 12/4. 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. (1/2/00)