Fiction weeks on list

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

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

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

2 A Map of the World [1]

By Jane Hamilton (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $12.95)

A tragic event spins a rural Midwestern woman's life out of orbit.

3 Southern Cross [1]

By Patricia Cornwell (Berkley, $7.99)

Police Chief Judy Hammer returns in this sequel to "Hornet's Nest."

4 Memoirs of a Geisha [40]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

5 The Green Mile [2]

By Stephen King (Pocket, $7.99)

A prison gaurd encounters a paranormal inmate on death row.

6 The Poisonwood Bible [9]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

7 Vinegar Hill [5]

By A. Manette Ansay (HarperCollins, $13)

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

8 Jewels of the Sun [4]

By Nora Roberts (Jove, $7.50)

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

9 River, Cross My Heart [7]

By Breena Clarke (Little, Brown, $14.95)

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

10 The Simple Truth [7]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

Nonfiction/General

1 Angela's Ashes [28]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

2 The Professor and the Madman [8]

By Simon Winchester (Harper Perennial, $13)

3 Guns, Germs and Steel [29]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

4 The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000 [2]

(World Almanac, $10.95)

5 Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 2000 [1]

Edited by Leonard Maltin (Signet, $9.99)

6 Dr. Atkin's New Diet Revolution [123]

By Robert C. Atkin's (Avon, $6.50)

7 Blind Man's Bluff [10]

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

8 The Perfect Storm [45]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

9 Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II [24]

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

10 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [10]

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

Hardcover

Fiction weeks on list

1 Timeline [4]

By Michael Crichton (Knopf, $26.95)

Advances in quantum physics unleash new wonders and terrors.

2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [9]

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 [11]

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

Harry completes his third year at Hogwarts.

4 Atlantis Found [2]

By Clive Cussler (Penguin Putnam, $26.95)

Neo-Nazis and their knowledge of the lost city threaten the world.

5 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [10]

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

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

6 Saving Faith [5]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95)

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

7 Pop Goes the Weasel [8]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

8 Personal Injuries [9]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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

9 A Walk to Remember [9]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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

10 Hunting Badger [5]

By Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins, $26)

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

Nonfiction/General

1 Tuesdays With Morrie [102]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

2 The Greatest Generation Speaks [2]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $19.95)

3 The Greatest Generation [42]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $24.95)

4 'Tis [12]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

5 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [11]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

6 Letters of the Century [3]

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

7 Faith of My Fathers [13]

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

8 Galileo's Daughter [3]

By Dava Sobel(Walker, $27)

9 Guinness World Records 2000 [3] (Guinness Media, $25.95)

10 The Art of Happiness [26]

By the Dalai Lama (Riverhead, $22.95)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

By Wayne Johnson (Doubleday, $24.95)

The fictional biography of a historical figure, Joe Smallwood, traces his Dickensian rise to power, from scholarship student to premier of Newfoundland. (F)

King Leopold's Ghost

By Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin, $15)

The story of King Leopold II of Belgium and his attempt to turn a large part of the Congo into his personal fiefdom through terror and brutality. (NF)

My Year of Meats

By Ruth L. Ozeki (Penguin Putnam, $12.95)

A documentary filmmaker produces a series about red meat for Japanese network television and in so doing raises questions on the reliability of the media and the profit-driven practices of the U.S. beef industry. (F)

Race to Incarcerate

By Marc Mauer (New Press, $22.95)

An examination of America's booming prisons and the unintended consequences of "get tough on crime" laws. (NF)

The Sun King

By David Ignatius (Random House, $21.95)

A publishing mogul buys two large newspapers in the nation's capital in an underhanded ploy to woo his old flame, an icy-tongued journalist. (F)

Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II

By George Weigel (Cliff Street, $35)

Written with the Pope's encouragement and assistance, this life provides an insider's view of the religious leader. (NF)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 12/12 - 12/18. 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. (1/9/00)