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February 04, 1996

Southern California ranking: [1] PRIMARY COLORS by Anonymous. (Random House: $24.) A thinly-veiled story of the 1992 Democratic primaries by a political insider a la Deep Throat.

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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Southern California ranking: [2] THE MOOR'S LAST SIGH by Salman Rushdie. (Pantheon: $25.) The rise and fall of a Portuguese family in India through four generations.(12)

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 4

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Southern California ranking: [3] INTENSITY by Dean Koontz. (Knopf: $25.) The survivor of a killer tries to save his next intended victim.(2)

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 3

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Southern California ranking: [4] THE HORSE WHISPERER by Nicholas Evans. (Delacorte Press: $23.95.) A beautiful journalist escapes New York to find love on the range in Montana.(1)

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 19

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Southern California ranking: [5] THE POET by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown and Company: $22.95.) A crime reporter tracks a murderer who has outwitted law enforcement's best investigators.

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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Southern California ranking: [6] IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES by John Updike. (Knopf: $25.95.) The life choices of a 20th century American family as it wrestles with religious faith.(13)

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 3

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Southern California ranking: [7] THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY MOTHER by Jamaica Kincaid. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $20.) An orphaned West Indian woman rages against sexual and historical oppression.

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 2

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Southern California ranking: [8] THE WEB by Jonathan Kellerman. (Bantam: $23.95.) Alex Delaware vacations on a tiny island and faces the horrible secret of a wealthy scientist.(8)

Last Week: 9

Weeks on List: 3

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Southern California ranking: [9] CONTAGION by Robin Cook. (Putnam: $24.95.) A mysterious epidemic hits a group of clinics and hospitals.(3)

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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Southern California ranking: [10] SHOCK WAVE by Clive Cussler. (Simon & Schuster: $25.) Adventurer Dirk Pitt fights an insane diamond miner bent on killing sea life in the Pacific.(7)

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 4

Nonfiction

Southern California ranking: [1] RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A BIG FAT IDIOT And Other Observations by Al Franken. (Delacorte: $21.95.) Wise guy solutions to government red tape and other parts of the political world.(5)

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 2

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Southern California ranking: [2] IT TAKES A VILLAGE: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster: $20.) Observations on the needs of children by the First Lady.(2)

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 3

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Southern California ranking: [3] YOU'LL NEVER MAKE LOVE IN THIS TOWN AGAIN by Robin, Liza, Linda and Tiffany. (Dove Books: $22.95.) Members of the world's oldest profession talk about their Hollywood clientele.

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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Southern California ranking: [4] THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS by Deepak Chopra. (Amber-Allen Publishing: $12.95.)(6)

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 42

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Southern California ranking: [5] THE WAY OF THE WIZARD: 20 Lessons for Living a Magical Life by Deepak Chopra. (Crown/Harmony: $15.)(3)

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 4

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Southern California ranking: [6] HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?! by Laura Schlessinger. (HarperCollins: $22.) The syndicated radio host looks at crummy love relationships and the perils of mindless pleasure-seeking.

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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Southern California ranking: [7] MEN ARE FROM MARS: Women Are From Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. (HarperCollins: $23.) Interpreting relationships for Martians and Venusians.(1)

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 99

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Southern California ranking: [8] EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE by Daniel Goleman. (Bantam Doubleday Dell: $23.95.)(4)

Last Week: 6

Weeks on List: 16

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Southern California ranking: [9] THE ROAD AHEAD by Bill Gates. (Penguin: $29.95.) One tycoon's vision of the computer future.(7)

Last Week: 7

Weeks on List: 8

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Southern California ranking: [10] ORSON WELLES: The Road to Xanadu by Simon Callow. (Viking: $32.95.) First installment of a planned two-volume biography that ends with the dizzying success of "Citizen Kane."

Last Week: -

Weeks on List: 1

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

Paperbacks

FICTION

1. SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson. (Vintage: $12.)

2. THE RAINMAKER by John Grisham. (Bantam: $7.99.)

3. THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields. (Penguin: $10.95.)

4. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen. (Signet/NAL: $5.99.)

5. ORIGINAL SIN by P.D. James. (Warner: $6.99.)

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NONFICTION

1. ZAGAT SURVEY 1996 L.A./SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT GUIDE edited by Merrill Shindler and Karen Berk. (Zagat Survey: $10.95.)

2. THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen R. Covey. (Fireside/Simon and Schuster: $12.)

3. THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron. (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam: $13.95.)

4. CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL edited by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. (Health Communications: $12.95.)

5. HELPING YOURSELF HELP OTHERS: A Book for Caregivers by Rosalynn Carter with Susan K. Golant. (Random House: $14.)

Rankings based on Times' poll of local bookstores. For information on Times bestsellers, call (213) 237-4336 after 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

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