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September 29, 1996

Fiction

IDORU by William Gibson. (Putnam: $24.95.) Two heroes chase an elusive pop celebrity through a media-crazed futureworld (10). Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 9; Week on List: 2

OUT OF SIGHT by Elmore Leonard. (Delacorte Press: $22.95.) Bad guy and good gal find love on the lam (12)*. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 5

JACK AND JILL by James Patterson. (Little, Brown: $24.95.) A detective probes a string of murders and only a nursery rhyme holds the answer (2)*. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 2

EXECUTIVE ORDERS by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $27.95.) Jack Ryan is president and facing problems in the Middle East (1)*. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 6

THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN by Jacquelyn Mitchard. (Viking: $23.95.) A child's vanishing, and the cruel aftershock felt by his family (15). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

THE RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham. (Doubleday: $26.95) (5)*. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 10; Week on List: 19

I'M LOSING YOU by Bruce Wagner. (Villard: $23.) A collection of characters trapped (sometimes willingly) in the sleaze of Hollywood.* Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 10

THE LAST THING HE WANTED by Joan Didion. (Knopf: $23.) A journalist turns sacrificial lamb for her father's arms smuggling operation in Central America (11)*. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 4

THE LAST DON by Mario Puzo. (Random House: $25.95.) (4)*. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 9

LYING ON THE COUCH by Irvin D. Yalom. (Basic: $25.) A woman impersonates a patient to wreak havoc on a hapless psychotherapist. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

Nonfiction

HELLO, HE LIED: And Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches by Lynda Obst. (Little, Brown: $23.95.) Surviving in the movie industry. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 3

MAKE THE CONNECTION: Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life by Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey. (Little, Brown: $18.95.) (1)*. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 2

THE ZONE by Barry Sears with Bill Lawren. (HarperCollins/ReganBooks: $22.) (4)*. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 29

THE RUN OF HIS LIFE: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. (Random House: $24.) (5). Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 2

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt. (Scribner: $24.) A memoir of childhood and hope sustained in a gray, gloomy Irish city. (See review, page 6) (14). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

GREAT BOOKS: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World by David Denby. (Simon & Schuster: $30.). Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 10; Week on List: 3

POWER TO BURN: Michael Ovitz and the New Business of Show Business by Stephen Singular. (Carol/Birch Lane: $22.50.)*. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 8

THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE: A Cubicle's Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams. (HarperBusiness: $20.) (2)*. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 18

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: 9; Last Weeks: 9; Week on List: 16

MEN ARE FROM MARS: Women Are From Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. (HarperCollins: $23.) (3)*. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: 8; Week on List: 130

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. THE LOST WORLD by Michael Crichton. (Ballantine: $6.99.)*

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

3. THE FIRST WIVES CLUB by Olivia Goldsmith. (Pocket: $6.99.)

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

5. THE GREEN MILE PART SIX: Coffey on the Mile by Stephen King. (Signet: $3.99.)*

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. IT'S A MAGICAL WORLD: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson. (Andrews & McMeel: $14.95.)

2. THE RULES: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider. (Warner: $14.95.)

3. ZAGAT SURVEY 1996 LOS ANGELES/SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT GUIDE edited by Merrill Shindler and Karen Berk. (Zagat Survey: $10.95.)

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

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

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).

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