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September 01, 1996

Fiction

EXECUTIVE ORDERS by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $27.95.) Jack Ryan's president and facing problems in the Middle East (1)*. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 2

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 (2). Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 4

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: 3; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 5

THE RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham. (Doubleday: $26.95) (4)*. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 5; 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: 5; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 8

I'M LOSING YOU by Bruce Wagner. (Villard: $23.) A collection of characters trapped (sometimes willingly) in the sleaze of Hollywood.* Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 6

CAUSE OF DEATH by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam: $25.95.) (5)*. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 8

LILY WHITE by Susan Isaacs. (HarperCollins: $25.) (9)*. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 9; Week on List: 10

THE CELESTINE PROPHECY by James Redfield. (Warner: $17.95.) An ancient manuscript is discovered in the rain forest of Peru (6)*. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 76

I WAS AMELIA EARHART by Jane Mendelsohn. (Knopf: $18.) A fictional account of the famous flyer who vanished in the Pacific. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 4

Nonfiction

AARON SPELLING: A PRIME-TIME LIFE by Aaron Spelling and Jefferson Graham. (St. Martin's: $22.95.) Riding high on waves of TV pablum through three decades. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 3

THE ZONE by Barry Sears with Bill Lawren. (HarperCollins/ReganBooks: $22.) (4). Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 25

PICTURE THIS: A Visual Diary by Tipper Gore (Broadway: $32.50.) Four years of life in the White House, as seen through Gore's camera lens. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

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: 4; Last Weeks: 10; Week on List: 14

MEN ARE FROM MARS: Women Are From Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. (HarperCollins: $23.)(2). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 126

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 (5). Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 3

UNLIMITED ACCESS: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House by Gary Aldrich. (Regnery: $24.95.) (3)*. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 6

SIMPLE ABUNDANCE: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. (Warner: $17.95.) (6)*. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 8; Week on List: 15

THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS by Deepak Chopra. (Amber-Allen Publishing: $12.95.) (12)*. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 9; Week on List: 70

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt. (Random House: $24.) Life in an isolated remnant of the old South (11)*. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 28

Paperbacks: FICTION

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

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

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

4. GOOSEBUMPS #47: LEGEND OF THE LOST LEGEND by R.L. Stine. (Scholastic: $3.99.)

5. MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT by Sidney Sheldon. (Warner Vision: $7.50.)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE, 1996? A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers by Richard N. Bolles. (Ten Speed Press: $14.95.)

2. LEONARD MALTIN'S 1997 MOVIE AND VIDEO GUIDE edited by Leonard Maltin. (Signet: $7.99.)

3. CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD by Neale D. Walsch. (Hampton Roads: $11.95.)

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

5. IF by Amy Carmichael. (Christian Literature Crusade: $3.95.)

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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