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March 16, 1997

Fiction

THE PARTNER by John Grisham. (Doubleday: $26.95) (1). Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 2

LE DIVORCE by Diane Johnson. (Dutton: $23.95) Americans abroad struggle with the barbs and mores of French society (15). Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 7

SOLE SURVIVOR by Dean Koontz. (Knopf: $25.95) Grieving the loss of his family in a plane crash, a reporter meets a mysterious woman who knows the secrets behind the tragedy (2). Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 5

TOTAL CONTROL by David Baldacci. (Warner: $24) A successful lawyer learns that her husband may have faked his own death in a fiery plane crash (3). Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 7

LOVE WARPS THE MIND A LITTLE: A Novelby John Dufresne. (Norton: $23). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

3001: The Final Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke. (Del Rey: $25) Astronaut Dave Bowman is awakened 1,000 years later to witness a new civilization and the meaning of the mysterious monoliths (9). Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

NOTHING BUT YOU: Love Stories from The New Yorker edited by Roger Angell. (Random House: $25). Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 2

ALIAS GRACE by Margaret Atwood. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $24.95). Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 12

ASYLUM by Patrick McGrath. (Random House: $22) A passionate affair explodes between a psychiatrist's wife and a murderous sculptor in a mental hospital. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 3

SILENT WITNESS by Richard North Patterson. (Knopf: $25.95) (12). Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: 8; Week on List: 7

Nonfiction

MONSTER: Living Off the Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne. (Random House: $21) Our reviewer, Michael Crichton, called Dunne's book "a remarkable narrative ... that tells more about the experience of writing for Hollywood than any other book ever written." Southern California ranking: 1; Last Weeks: 4; Week on List: 4

PERSONAL HISTORY by Katharine Graham. (Knopf: $29.95) The heiress at the helm of the Washington Post (2). Southern California ranking: 2; Last Weeks: 2; Week on List: 6

8 WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power by Andrew Weil. (Knopf: $23). Southern California ranking: 3; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt. (Scribner: $24) (4). Southern California ranking: 4; Last Weeks: 6; Week on List: 20

MURDER IN BRENTWOOD by Mark Fuhrman. (Regnery: $24.95) The controversial former LAPD detective promises new revelations and facts about the Simpson case (1). Southern California ranking: 5; Last Weeks: 1; Week on List: 3

WHAT FALLS AWAY: A Memoir by Mia Farrow. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $25) Our reviewer, Celia McGee, wrote that "her confession provokes the reader to think thorny thoughts about the relationships between art and life, perversion and creativity, amorality and genius." Southern California ranking: 6; Last Weeks: 3; Week on List: 4

SIMPLE ABUNDANCE: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. (Warner: $17.95) (3). Southern California ranking: 7; Last Weeks: 7; Week on List: 30

THE ARTHRITIS CURE by Jason Theodosakis, Barry Fox and Brenda Adderly. (St. Martin's: $22.95) (5). Southern California ranking: 8; Last Weeks: 5; Week on List: 5

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD by Neale Donald Walsch. (Putnam: $19.95) (9). Southern California ranking: 9; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

A SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I'LL NEVER DO AGAIN: Essays and Ruminations by David Foster Wallace. (Little, Brown & Co.: $23.45) A miscellany of musings on cruise ships, playing on the tennis circuit and the oddities found at state fairs. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Weeks: --; Week on List: 1

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. SHE'S COME UNDONE by Wally Lamb. (Pocket: $14)

2. THE RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham. (Bantam: $7.99)

3. STONES FROM THE RIVER by Ursula Hegi. (Simon & Schuster Trade: $12)

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

5. SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW by Peter Hoeg. (Dell: $9.95)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. ZAGAT SURVEY 1997 LOS ANGELES/SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT GUIDE edited by Merrill Shindler and Karen Berk. (Zagat Survey: $10.95)

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

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

4. HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION by Thomas Cahill. (Anchor: $12.95)

5. INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer. (Anchor: $12.95)

Rankings based on Times' poll of local bookstores. National hardcover rankings (in parentheses) are those of Publishers Weekly.

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