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January 11, 1998

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: 28

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Knopf: $25) The life and loves of a teahouse entertainer. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 10

ANOTHER CITY, NOT MY OWN: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir by Dominick Dunne (Crown: $25) A reporter lashes out at the vulgarity and spectacle of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 8

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy (Random House: $23) The rise and fall of a South Indian family. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 27

THE WINNER by David Baldacci (Warner Books: $25) A woman's part in a crooked lottery scheme comes to light during an FBI murder investigation. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

A CERTAIN JUSTICE by P.D. James (Knopf: $25) An attorney's murder draws Adam Dalgliesh into the strange closed world of London's legal community. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 6

CAT & MOUSE by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $24.95) Alex Cross joins forces with an English private eye to hunt down a pair of psychopaths. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 9

THE GHOST by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: $25.95) A heartbroken man finds solace in an ancient chateau haunted by an 18th century English countess. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 6

SHADOWS ON THE HUDSON by Isaac Bashevis Singer, translated by Joseph Sherman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $28) Lives of Holocaust refugees in New York intersect in this novel first serialized in a Yiddish newspaper. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Jonathan Kellerman (Bantam: $24.95) Alex Delaware probes the link between a girl's murder and a policeman's mysterious suicide. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

Nonfiction

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Scribner: $24) A bittersweet Irish childhood. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 63

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt (Random House: $24) Outcasts and eccentrics people this account of a murder in an old Southern town. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 39

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK ONE by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: $19.95) Channeling Mr. Big. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 34

THE PERFECT STORM by Sebastian Junger (Norton: $23.95.) An account of fisherman trapped in the awesome fury of a storm at sea. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 26

MAKING FACES by Kevyn Aucoin (Little, Brown: $29.95) Transforming today's stars into yesterday's starlets. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 7

CITIZEN SOLDIERS: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945 by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster: $27.50) The guts and glory of America's front-line fighters. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 5

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom (Doubleday: $19.95) A writer's story of his regular visits to a dying friend. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

TRUMAN CAPOTE: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, And Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career by George Plimpton (Nan Talese/Doubleday: $35) Portraits of the artist. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 5

THE DARK SIDE OF CAMELOT by Seymour M. Hersh (Little, Brown: $26.95) How John F. Kennedy's private life and personal obsessions affected the affairs of the nation. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 8

INTO THIN AIR: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (Villard: $24) Tragedy on a mountaintop. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 37

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. M IS FOR MALICE by Sue Grafton (Fawcett: $7.99)

2. LE DIVORCE by Diane Johnson (William Abrahams/Plume: $12.95)

3. THE BLUE FLOWER by Penelope Fitzgerald (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin: $12)

4. TOM CLANCY'S POWER PLAYS: Politika created by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg (Berkley: $7.50)

5. LYING ON THE COUCH by Irvin D. Yalom (HarperPerennial: $13)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. JAMES CAMERON'S TITANIC by James Cameron, Douglas Kirkland and Ed Marsh (HarperCollins: $20)

2. THE SIMPSONS: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family edited by Ray Richmond and Antonia Coffman, created by Matt Groening (HarperPerennial: $15.95)

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

4. UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes (Broadway Books: $13)

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

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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