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August 25, 1996

Fiction

EXECUTIVE ORDERS by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $27.95.) Jack Ryan's president and facing problems in the Middle East (Reviewed on page 5)*. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

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 (2)*. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 4

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 (1). Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 3

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: 3; Week on List: 5

THE RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham. (Doubleday: $26.95) (3)*. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 14

CAUSE OF DEATH by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam: $25.95.) (4)*. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 7

THE STATEMENT by Brian Moore. (Dutton: $22.95.) A portrait of an unrepentant Nazi collaborator in old age. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 7

OUT OF SIGHT by Elmore Leonard (Delacorte Press: $22.95.) Bad guy and good gal find love on the lam. (Reviewed on page 3)*. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

LILY WHITE by Susan Isaacs. (HarperCollins: $25.) (8)*. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 9

SLOWNESS by Milan Kundera. Translated from the French by Linda Asher. (HarperCollins: $21.) A meditation on the accelerated pace of modern life. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: 10; Week on List: 9

Nonfiction

THE ZONE by Barry Sears with Bill Lawren. (HarperCollins/ReganBooks: $22.) (4). Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 24

AARON SPELLING: A PRIME-TIME LIFE by Aaron Spelling and Jefferson Graham. (St. Martin's: $22.95.) Riding high on waves of TV pablum. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 2

BARE KNUCKLES AND BACK ROOMS: My Life in American Politics by Ed Rollins with Tom DeFrank. (Broadway Books: $27.50.) Putting a wrecking ball to some facades he helped erect (8). Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 2

UNLIMITED ACCESS: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House by Gary Aldrich. (Regnery: $24.95.) (2)*. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 5

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: 5; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 12

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: 6; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 4

MEN ARE FROM MARS: Women Are From Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. (HarperCollins: $23.)(3). Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 125

SIMPLE ABUNDANCE: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. (Warner: $17.95.) (5)*. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 14

THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS by Deepak Chopra. (Amber-Allen Publishing: $12.95.)*. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 9; Week on List: 69

THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE: A Cubicle's Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams. (HarperBusiness: $20.) (1). Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 13

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. "L" IS FOR LAWLESS by Sue Grafton. (Fawcett: $6.99.)

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

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

4. INDEPENDENCE DAY by Richard Ford. (Random: $13.)

5. STORMY WEATHER by Carl Hiaasen. (Warner: $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. BEING DIGITAL by Nicholas Negroponte. (Vintage: $12.)

3. DEAD MAN WALKING by Helen Prejean. (Vintage: $12.)

4. NO ORDINARY TIME by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster: $16.)

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

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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