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Bestsellers : FICTION

October 22, 1995

Southern California ranking: (1) THE LOST WORLD by Michael Crichton. (Knopf: $25.95.) What is extinction? Six years after the end of Jurassic Park, and something has survived.(1)

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 4

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Southern California ranking: (2) SILENT NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster: $16.) A young boy sets out to save his father's life.

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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Southern California ranking: (3) THE HORSE WHISPERER by Nicholas Evans. (Delacorte Press: $23.95.) A beautiful journalist escapes type-A New York and a dubious marriage to find love on the range in Montana.(3)

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 6

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Southern California ranking: (4) MORNING NOON AND NIGHT by Sidney Sheldon. (Morrow: $24.) A ruthless tycoon leaves a viper's nest of mean and greedy heirs after his questionable death.(2)

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 4

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Southern California ranking: (5) DEAD MAN'S WALK by Larry McMurtry. (Simon & Schuster: $26.) Gus and Call on the frontier.

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 2

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Southern California ranking: (6) COME TO GRIEF by Dick Francis. (Putnam: $23.95.) The return of ex-jockey turned investigator Sid Halley from "Whip Hand."(6)

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 4

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Southern California ranking: (7) THE UNCONSOLED by Kazuo Ishiguro. (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.) A famous pianist, arriving in an unnamed city for a concert, forgets who and what he is.

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 2

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Southern California ranking: (8) LOVE IN ANOTHER TOWN by Barbara Taylor Bradford. (HarperCollins: $15.) A 29-year-old man finds a new life in a different town. Potential BoMCC ("Bridges of Madison County" clone.)

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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Southern California ranking: (9) BEACH MUSIC by Pat Conroy. (Doubleday: $27.50.) Suicide, schizophrenia, the high culture of Italy and emotional rage. All this and plot, too.(8)

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 16

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Southern California ranking: (10) COMING HOME by Rosamunde Pilcher. (St. Martin's Press: $21.95.)(5)

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 7

NONFICTION

Southern California ranking: (1) THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS by Deepak Chopra. (Amber-Allen Publishing: $12.95.)(3)

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 29

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Southern California ranking: (2) A GOOD LIFE: Newspapering and Other Adventures by Ben Bradlee. (Simon & Schuster: $27.50.)

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 3

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Southern California ranking: (3) MY AMERICAN JOURNEY by Colin Powell with Joseph E. Persico. (Random House: $25.95.) The modest beginnings of an American hero.(1)

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 4

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Southern California ranking: (4) EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE by Daniel Goleman. (Bantam Doubleday Dell: $23.95.)(9)

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 3

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Southern California ranking: (5) AN UNQUIET MIND: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison. (Knopf: $22.)

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 2

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Southern California ranking: (6) MEN ARE FROM MARS: Women Are From Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. (HarperCollins: $23.) Interpreting for the Martians and Venusians.(2)

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 87

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Southern California ranking: (7) PALIMPSEST: A Memoir by Gore Vidal. (Random House: $27.50.)

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 2

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Southern California ranking: (8) A GOOD WALK SPOILED by John Feinstein. (Little Brown: $23.95.)(5)

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 11

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Southern California ranking: (9) THE END OF RACISM by Dinesh D'Souza. (Free Press: $30.) The author argues that racism is a uniquely Western phenomenon and that we are dangerously obsessed with race.

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 2

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Southern California ranking: (10) A CIVIL ACTION by Jonathan Harr. (Random House: $25.) The story of a group of victims of industrial pollution in a suburb of Boston.

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 4

Southern California rankings (left) are based on The Times' poll of local bookstores. National rankings (parentheses) are those of Publishers Weekly. For early information on Times bestsellers, call (213) 237-4336 after 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

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