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November 24, 1996

Fiction

THE TAILOR OF PANAMA by John le Carre. (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.) Clothier to Central America's elite turns British agent for the power and the money (3)*. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 5

THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS by Scott Turow. (Farrar Straus & Giroux: $26.95.) (4)*. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 5

"M" IS FOR MALICE by Sue Grafton. (Henry Holt: $25.) Jealousy among the heirs to a fortune ends in murder, and it's up to Kinsey Millhone to nab the culprit (2). Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 3

SILENT HONOR by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte: $24.95.) A successful Japanese family's world is overturned by World War II and the struggle to survive in a relocation center (9). Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 2

THE THIRD TWIN by Ken Follett. (Crown: $25.95.) A researcher stumbles onto a right-wing plot to reshape American society using genetics (5). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 3

ALIAS GRACE by Margaret Atwood. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $24.95.) A 19th century psychologist helps a murderess with memory loss to recall her crime. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

BORDERSNAKES by James Crumley. (Warner: $22.) A pair of hard-drinking gumshoes search the American southwest for two would-be killers. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN by Jacquelyn Mitchard. (Viking: $23.95.) A child's vanishing and the cruel aftershock felt by his family (1). Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 9

TABLOID DREAMS by Robert Olen Butler. (Henry Holt: $22.50.) Universal problems presented in surreal tales of spaceship abductions, child killers and a magical glass eye. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

MY OTHER LIFE by Paul Theroux. (Houghton Mifflin: $24.95.) An autobiographical novel that blurs the line between fiction and the author's life. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

Nonfiction

MY SERGEI: A Love Story by Ekaterina Gordeeva with E.M. Swift. (Warner: $18.95.) The romance and tragedy of Olympic ice-skating's Romeo and Juliet (6). Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 10; Week on List: 2

BAKING WITH JULIA by Julia Child with Dorie Greenspan. (Morrow: $40.) Heaping spoonfuls of baking wisdom, based on the new PBS series. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

THE ZONE by Barry Sears with Bill Lawren. (HarperCollins/ReganBooks: $22.) (5)*. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 37

MY DARK PLACES: An L.A. Crime Memoir by James Ellroy. (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.) The writer's exhaustive search for answers to his mother's murder in 1958. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 2

CINDY CRAWFORD'S BASIC FACE: A Makeup Workbook by Cindy Crawford. (Broadway: $25.) (7). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 3

THE SOUL'S CODE: In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman. (Random House: $23.) How every human carries a blueprint for a unique identity (2). Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 3

MEN ARE FROM MARS: Women Are From Venus by John Gray, PhD. (HarperCollins: $23) (3)*. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 8; Week on List: 136

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt. (Scribner: $24.) A memoir of childhood in a gloomy Irish city (13). Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 5

AMERICAN TRAGEDY: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson Defense by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth. (Random House: $27.50) (8). Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 4

LACHAPELLE LAND photographs by David LaChapelle. (Simon & Schuster: $50.) A blend of '50s kitsch and '90s cyberculture from a top pop photographer. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. THE ENGLISH PATIENT by Michael Ondaatje. (Vintage: $11.)

2. HIDE AND SEEK by James Patterson. (Warner: $6.99.)

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

4. ABSOLUTE POWER by David Baldacci. (Warner: $7.50.)

5. THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES by Amy Tan. (Ballantine: $6.99.)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

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

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

3. CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE WOMAN'S SOUL by J. Canfield, M.V. Hansen, J. Hawthorne and M. Shimoff. (Health Communications: $12.95.)

4. VIEW WITH A GRAIN OF SAND by Wislawa Szymborska. (Harcourt Brace and Company: $12.)

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

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).

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