Fiction weeks on list

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

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

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

2 A Man in Full [1]

By Tom Wolfe (Bantam, $8.50)

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

3 Southern Cross [2]

By Patricia Cornwell (Berkley, $7.99)

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

4 A Map of the World [2]

By Jane Hamilton (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $12.95)

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

5 The Poisonwood Bible [10]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

6 Memoirs of a Geisha [41]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

7 Shadow Watch (Clancy's Power Play #3) [5]

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

Ex-military commandos save the world for us again.

8 The Simple Truth [8]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $7.99)

A legal thriller involving a massive conspiracy in Washington.

9 Snow Falling on Cedars [1]

By David Guterson (Random House, $14)

In the Pacific Northwest of the '50s, a murder unearths racial tensions.

10 Vinegar Hill [6]

By A. Manette Ansay (HarperCollins, $13)

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


1 Angela's Ashes [29]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

2 The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000 [3]

(World Almanac, $10.95)

3 Leonard Maltin's 2000Movie and Video Guide [2]

Edited by Leonard Maltin (Signet, $9.99)

4 The Professor and the Madman [9]

By Simon Winchester (Harper Perennial, $13)

5 Blind Man's Bluff [11]

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

6 Guns, Germs and Steel [30]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

7 The Perfect Storm [46]

By Sebastian Junger (Harper, $6.99)

8 The Gifts of the Jews [6]

By Thomas Cahill (Doubleday, $14)

9 Into Thin Air [39]

By Jon Krakauer (Anchor, $7.99)

10 The Seat of the Soul [20]

By Gary Zukav (Simon & Schuster, $13)


Fiction weeks on list

1 Timeline [5]

By Michael Crichton (Knopf, $26.95)

Advances in quantum physics unleash new wonders and terrors.

2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [10]

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 [12]

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

Harry completes his third year at Hogwarts.

4 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [11]

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

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

5 Atlantis Found [3]

By Clive Cussler (Penguin Putnam, $26.95)

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

6 Pop Goes the Weasel [9]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

7 Saving Faith [6]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95)

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

8 Hearts in Atlantis [6]

By Stephen King (Scribner, $28)

Four disturbing tales of baby-boomer America.

9 Irresistible Forces [3]

By Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $26.95)

A bi-coastal couple feel their love pulled in opposite directions.

10 Personal Injuries [10]

By Scott Turow (Farrar Straus Giroux, $27)

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


1 Tuesdays With Morrie [103]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

2 The Greatest Generation [43]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $24.95)

3 The Greatest Generation Speaks [3]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $19.95)

4 'Tis [13]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

5 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [12]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

6 Letters of the Century [4}

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

7 Life: Our Century [2]

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

8 People of the Century [1]

By Time Magazine and CBS News (Simon & Schuster, $35)

9 Faith of My Fathers [14]

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

10 Guinness World Records 2000 [4]

(Guinness Media, $25.95)

Washington Is Also Reading

Selling well in local independent bookstores:


By J. M. Coetzee (Viking Penguin, $23.95)

Set in post-apartheid Cape Town, a white professor struggles to deal with the new and sometimes violent complexities of life in South Africa. (F)

Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future

By Mark Hertsgaard (Random House, $26)

Spanning almost a decade across 19 countries, Hertsgaard reports on environmental predicaments that affect us all through the eyes of local inhabitants. (NF)

First Snow on Fuji

By Yasunari Kawabata (Counterpoint, $24)

A collection of nine short stories and one play from Japan's first Nobel laureate. (F)

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)

Secrets of the Flesh:

A Life of Colette

By Judith Thurman (Knopf, $30)

A comprehensive biography of the French novelist. (NF)

You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day

By Scott Dikkers (Andrews & McMeel, $9.95) (NF)

The darker, flip side response to the feel-good, self-help `nuggets of wisdom' genre. (NF)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 12/19 - 12/25. 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. (1/16/00)