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December 01, 1996

Fiction

THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS by Scott Turow. (Farrar Straus & Giroux: $26.95) (4)*. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 6

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 (7)*. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 6

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: 3; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 2

THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN by Jacquelyn Mitchard. (Viking: $23.95) A child's vanishing and the cruel aftershock felt by his family (2). Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 8; Week on List: 10

"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 (3). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 4

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 (1). Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 3

TEN INDIANS by Madison Smartt Bell. (Pantheon Books: $23) Disasters confront a Baltimore family when it opens a martial arts school in the city's ghetto. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

THE FAMILY MARKOWITZ by Allegra Goodman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $22) Interconnected tales of the crises affecting a Jewish American family. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

THE THIRD TWIN by Ken Follett. (Crown: $25.95) A researcher stumbles onto a right-wing plot to reshape American society using genetics (8). Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 4

BORDERSNAKES by James Crumley. (Warner: $22) A pair of hard-drinking gumshoes search the American southwest for two would-be killers. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 2

Nonfiction

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt. (Random House: $24) Life in an isolated remnant of the old South. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 29

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: 2; Last Weeks: 4; 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 (1). Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 4

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 (3). Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 3

WHAT MY HEART HAS SEEN by Tony Bennett. (Rizzoli International: $40) The life and painting talents of a legendary singer. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

MY STORY by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with Jeff Coplon. (Simon & Schuster: $24). Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

THE ZONE by Barry Sears with Bill Lawren. (HarperCollins/ReganBooks: $22) (6)*. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 38

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt. (Scribner: $24) A memoir of childhood in a gloomy Irish city. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 8; Week on List: 6

HELLO, HE LIED: And Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches by Lynda Obst. (Little, Brown: $23.95). Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 11

THE JOFFREY BALLET: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company by Sasha Anawalt. (Scribner's: $35). Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

Paperbacks: FICTION

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

2. SILENT NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark. (Star: $5.99)

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

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

5. SONG OF SOLOMON by Toni Morrison. (Plume: $11.95)

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 BOOK OF RUTH by Jane Hamilton. (Anchor: $11.95)

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

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

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

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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