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September 14, 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: 11

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: 11

THE BEST LAID PLANS by Sidney Sheldon (Morrow: $25) A political dreamer meets a sexy schemer. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo (Scribner: $27.50) Coming of age in the Cold War and beyond. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

HERE ON EARTH by Alice Hoffman (Putnam: $23.95) A New England funeral forces a middle-aged mother to look at her life. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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: 6; Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 13

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

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: 8; Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 15

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

LARRY'S PARTY by Carol Shields (Viking: $22.95) A late-20th century guy has a fin de siecle 'tude. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 2

Nonfiction

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 storm. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 12

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK ONE by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: $19.95) Channeling Mr. Big. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 20

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Scribner: $24) A bittersweet Irish childhood. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 46

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: 4; Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 20

MARCUS by Marcus Allen with Carlton Stowers (St. Martin's: $24.95) The triumphs and tabloid controversies of a football hero. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

KILLER INSTINCT: How Two Young Producers Took on Hollywood and Made the Most Controversial Film of the Decade by Jane Hamsher (Broadway Books: $25) The story behind Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers." Southern California ranking: 6; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

BURNING THE DAYS: Recollection by James Salter (Random House: $24) A veteran in love and war. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 2

BABYHOOD by Paul Reiser (Rob Weisbach Books/Morrow: $22) Squishy diaper surprises and other tales from the parenting trenches. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 3

THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko (Longstreet: $22) Lives of the rich and fearless. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 6

THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES by Monty Roberts with Lucy Grealy (Random House: $23) Turning wild horses into pussycats. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 4

Paperbacks: FICTION

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

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

3. SONGS IN ORDINARY TIME by Mary McGarry Morris (Penguin: $12.95.)

4. I'M LOSING YOU by Bruce Wagner (Plume: $12.95)

5. MARTIN DRESSLER by Steven Millhauser (Vintage: $12.)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. DIRECTOR'S JOURNEY: The Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers and Actors by Mark W. Travis (Michael Wiese Productions: $26.95)

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

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

4. THE HEART OF A WOMAN by Maya Angelou (Bantam: $12)

5. A CIVIL ACTION by Jonathan Harr (Vintage: $13)

Rankings are based upon Times' poll of Southland bookstores.

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