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August 11, 1996

Fiction

THE LAST DON by Mario Puzo. (Random House: $25.95.) Blood and money are tough to shake when a mafia boss tries going legit for his childrens' sake (3). Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 2

CAUSE OF DEATH by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam: $25.95.) A body found in a frozen river draws medical expert Kay Scarpetta into a conspiracy (1)*. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 5

THE RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham. (Doubleday: $26.95) (2)*. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 12

I'M LOSING YOU by Bruce Wagner. (Villard: $23.) A collection of characters trapped (sometimes willingly) in the sleaze of Hollywood. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 3

SERVANT OF THE BONES by Anne Rice. (Knopf: $25.95.) A demon with a heart of gold finds himself at the mercy of whatever magician calls him. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

SACRAMENT by Clive Barker. (HarperCollins: $24.) Ancient magic, a wildlife photographer and earth-threatening evil. Need we say more? Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

LILY WHITE by Susan Isaacs. (HarperCollins: $25.) (8)*. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 7

THE TENTH INSIGHT: Holding the Vision by James Redfield. (Warner: $19.95.) (5)*. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 10; Week on List: 15

THE STATEMENT by Brian Moore. (Dutton: $22.95.) A portrait of an unrepentant Nazi collaborator in old age. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 5

THE CELESTINE PROPHECY by James Redfield. (Warner: $17.95.) An ancient manuscript is discovered in the rain forest of Peru (4)*. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: 9; Week on List: 75

Nonfiction

THE ZONE by Barry Sears with Bill Lawren. (HarperCollins/ReganBooks: $22.) (2). Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 22

POWER TO BURN: Michael Ovitz and the New Business of Show Business by Stephen Singular. (Carol/Birch Lane: $22.50.) An unauthorized portrait of Michael Eisner's right-hand man at Disney. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 2

HIT AND RUN: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood by Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters. (Simon & Schuster: $25.)*. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 10

OUTRAGE: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder by Vincent Bugliosi. (W.W. Norton: $25.) (6). Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 9

UNLIMITED ACCESS: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House by Gary Aldrich. (Regnery: $24.95.) (1). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 3

THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE: A Cubicle's Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams. (HarperBusiness: $20.) (4). Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 12

MEN ARE FROM MARS: Women Are From Venus by John Gray, PhD. (HarperCollins: $23.) Interpreting relationships for Martians and Venusians (3)*. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 124

WAITING FOR THE SUN: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, and the Sound of Los Angeles by Barney Hoskyns. (St. Martin's: $27.50.) The nasty, seamy history of pop music, L.A.-style. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS by Deepak Chopra. (Amber-Allen Publishing: $12.95.) (12)*. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 10; Week on List: 67

BAD AS I WANNA BE by Dennis Rodman with Tim Keown. (Delacorte: $22.95.) (5)*. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: 8; Week on List: 9

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. THE GREEN MILE PART FIVE: Night Journey by Stephen King. (Signet: $2.99.)

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

3. A TIME TO KILL by John Grisham. (Dell/Island: $6.99.)

4. TRAINSPOTTING by Irvine Welsh. (Norton: $13.)

5. FROM POTTER'S FIELD by Patricia Cornwell. (Berkley: $6.99.)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. ZAGAT SURVEY 1996 L.A./SO. CAL RESTAURANTS edited by Merrill Shindler and Karen Berk. (Zagat Survey: $10.95.)

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

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

4. REVIVING OPHELIA by Mary Pipher. (Ballantine: $12.50.)

5. MIND HUNTER: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker. (Pocket: $6.99.)

Rankings based on Times' poll of local bookstores. National hardcover rankings (in parentheses) are those of Publishers Weekly. Asterisk (*) indicates book also available on audio (source: Sound Audio Books Distributing, Agoura Hills). For early information on Times bestsellers, call (213) 237-4336 after 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

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