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September 07, 1997

Fiction

COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier (Atlantic Monthly: $24) A Confederate soldier quits the Civil War and heads home. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 10

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy (Random House: $23) The rise and fall of a South Indian family. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 10

CHASING CEZANNE by Peter Mayle (Knopf: $23) An art theft on the Co^te d'Azur plunges a photographer into the world of the super chic. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 5

UNNATURAL EXPOSURE by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $25.95) A serial killer returns, leaving clues for Kay Scarpetta in cyberspace. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 7

SERPENT'S TOOTH by Faye Kellerman (Morrow: $24) Lt. Peter Decker tracks a killer after a mass murder at a posh L.A. eatery. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 4

A CUP OF TEA by Amy Ephron (Morrow: $20) Romance amid the drawing rooms of New York high society right before World War I. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

PLUM ISLAND by Nelson DeMille (Warner: $25) Convalescing in a fishing town, a New York cop links local lore with two deaths. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 14

WOMEN WITH MEN by Richard Ford (Knopf: $23) Moral fables for our times. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

LONDON by Edward Rutherfurd (Crown: $25.95) From its origins to the present, London's history is told through the lives of six families. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 12

LARRY'S PARTY by Carol Shields (Viking: $22.95) A late-20th century guy with a fin de siecle 'tude. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

Nonfiction

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Scribner: $24) A bittersweet Irish childhood. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 45

THE PERFECT STORM: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger (Norton: $23.95) An account of fishermen trapped in the awesome fury of a hurricane. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 11

INTO THIN AIR: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (Villard: $24) Risk and recklessness on a mountaintop. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 19

BABYHOOD by Paul Reiser. (Rob Weisbach Books/Morrow: $22) Squishy diaper surprises and other tales from the parenting trenches. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK ONE by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: $19.95) Channeling Mr. Big. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 19

THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES by Monty Roberts with Lucy Grealy (Random House: $23) Turning wild horses into pussycats. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 3

BURNING THE DAYS: Recollection by James Salter (Random House: $24) A veteran in love and war. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko (Longstreet: $22) Lives of the rich and fearless. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 5

MY NAME ESCAPES ME: The Diary of a Retiring Actor by Alec Guinness (Viking: $23.95) Prim and proper mischief at his comfy Hampshire home. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

THE NAPOLEON OF CRIME: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief by Ben Macintyre (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $24) A gentleman among thieves. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS by Scott Turow (Warner: $7.99)

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

3. CAUSE OF DEATH by Patricia Cornwell (Berkley: $7.50)

4. THE THIRD TWIN by Ken Follett (Fawcett Crest: $7.99)

5. IDORU by William Gibson (Berkley: $6.99)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. THE COLOR OF WATER by James McBride (Riverhead: $12)

2. L.A. BIZARRO by Anthony Lovett and Matt Maranian (A Buzz Book/St. Martin's: $16.95)

3. INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer (Anchor/Doubleday: $12.95)

4. LEONARD MALTIN'S 1998 MOVIE AND VIDEO GUIDE by Leonard Maltin (NAL Dutton: $7.99)

5. EIGER DREAMS: Ventures Among Men and Mountains by Jon Krakauer (Anchor/Doubleday: $12.95)

Rankings are based upon Times' poll of Southland bookstores.

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