Fiction weeks on list

1 The Testament [1]

By John Grisham (Dell, $7.99)

An eccentric billionaire's will causes turmoil.

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

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

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

3 A Map of the World [3]

By Jane Hamilton (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $12.95)

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

4 Southern Cross [3]

By Patricia Cornwell (Berkley, $7.99)

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

5 Welcome to the World, Baby Girl [1]

By Fannie Flagg (Ivy, $7.50)

A successful TV talk show host confronts her cloudy past.

6 Snow Falling on Cedars [2]

By David Guterson (Random House, $14)

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

7 The Poisonwood Bible [11]

By Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial, $14)

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

8 Memoirs of a Geisha [42]

By Arthur Golden (Vintage, $14)

A little girl's transformation into a beguiling temptress.

9 The Green Mile [3]

By Stephen King (Pocket, $7.99)

A prison guard encounters a paranormal inmate on death row.

10 Vinegar Hill [7]

By A. Manette Ansay (HarperCollins, $13)

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


1 Angela's Ashes [30]

By Frank McCourt (Touchstone, $14)

2 Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution [124]

By Robert C. Atkins (Avon, $6.50)

3 Zagat Survey 2000 Update: DC/Baltimore [1]

Ed. by Olga Boikess and Marty Katz (Zagat Survey, $10.95)

4 The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet [10]

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

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

(World Almanac, $10.95)

6 The Professor and the Madman [10]

By Simon Winchester (Harper Perennial, $13)

7 Blind Man's Bluff [12]

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

8 Girl, Interrupted [1]

By James Mangold (Faber & Faber, $13)

9 Guns, Germs and Steel [32]

By Jared Diamond (Norton, $14.95)

10 In the Meantime [11]

By Iyanla Vanzant (Universe, $13.95)


Fiction weeks on list

1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [11]

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 [13]

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

Harry completes his third year at Hogwarts.

3 Timeline [6]

By Michael Crichton (Knopf, $26.95)

Advances in quantum physics unleash new wonders and terrors.

4 Atlantis Found [4]

By Clive Cussler (Penguin Putnam, $26.95)

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

5 False Memory [1]

By Dean Koontz (Bantam, $26.95)

A supposed therapist plants horrible phobias in his patient's minds.

6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone [12]

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

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

7 Saving Faith [7]

By David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95)

Shady lobbyists and the CIA do business in Northern Virginia.

8 Monster [1]

By Jonathan Kellerman (Random House, $25.95)

A murder mystery with a dollop of medical thriller on top.

9 Pop Goes the Weasel [10]

By James Patterson (Little, Brown, $26.95)

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

10 A Walk to Remember [9]

By Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $19.95)

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


1 Tuesdays With Morrie [104]

By Mitch Albom (Doubleday, $19.95)

2 The Greatest Generation [44]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $24.95)

3 Letters of the Century [5}

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

4 'Tis [14]

By Frank McCourt (Scribner, $26)

5 The Greatest Generation Speaks [4]

By Tom Brokaw (Random House, $19.95)

6 When Pride Still Mattered:

A Life of Vince Lombardi [13]

By David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster, $26)

7 Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth [1]

By Ric Edelman (HarperCollins, $25)

8 Guinness World Records 2000 [5]

(Guinness Media, $25.95)

9 Have a Nice Day!

A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks [4]

By Mick Foley (HarperTrade, $24.95)

10 Body For Life [8]

By Bill Phillips with Michael D'Orso (HarperCollins, $25)

Washington Is Also Reading Selling well in local independent bookstores:

The Black Room at Longwood: Napoleon's Exile on St. Helena

By Jean Paul Kauffman

(Four Walls Eight Windows, $25)

A French journalist, who spent three years as a hostage in Beirut, ponders the emperor's life in exile. (NF)

Fasting, Feasting

By Anita Desai (Houghton Mifflin, $13)

A close look at an Indian family's struggle to deal with Western influences while still bound by Eastern traditions. (F)

Opened Ground:

Selected Poems 1966-1996

By Seamus Heaney

(Farrar Straus Giroux, $15)

A collection spanning 30 years of the Irish Nobel Laureate's career. (F)

Shame the Devil

By George P. Pelecanos

(Little, Brown, $24.95)

In the gritty world of D.C.'s dive bars, greasy spoons and church basements, the perpetrators and targets of a multiple homicide attempt move violently toward closure. (F)

The Talented Mr. Ripley

By Patricia Highsmith (Black Lizard, $12)

This tale of a sociopathic killer and his no-holds-barred attempt to assume a young playboy's identity has spawned three major films to date. (F)

A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President

By Jeffrey Toobin

(Random House, $25)

A fresh look at the impeachment of Bill Clinton. (NF)

The bestseller lists this week are culled from information submitted by Barnes & Noble, Borders, Crown, Olsson's and Waldenbooks based on sales from 1/2 - 1/8. 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. (1/23/00)