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January 18, 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: 29

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Knopf: $25) The life and loves of a teahouse entertainer. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 11

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

PARADISE by Toni Morrison (Knopf: $25) A fable of a small town founded by black settlers and destroyed by fear and prejudice. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy (Random House: $23) The rise and fall of a South Indian family. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 28

ANOTHER CITY, NOT MY OWN: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir by Dominick Dunne (Crown: $25) A reporter lashes out at the spectacle surrounding the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Southern California ranking: 6; Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 9

CAT & MOUSE by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $24.95) Alex Cross joins forces with an English private eye to foil two psychopaths. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 10

THE WINNER by David Baldacci (Warner Books: $25) A woman's role in a lottery scheme comes to light during an FBI murder probe. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 4

UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo (Scribner: $ 27.50) Coming of age in the Cold War and beyond. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 14

SHADOWS ON THE HUDSON by Isaac Bashevis Singer, translated by Joseph Sherman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $28) Lives of Holocaust refugees intersect in New York, Reviewed by Kenneth Turan, Page 10. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 2

Nonfiction

ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Scribner: $24) A bittersweet Irish childhood. Southern California ranking: 1; Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 64

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Doubleday: $19.95) A writer's story of his regular visits to a dying friend. Southern California ranking: 2; Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 3

INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer (Villard: $24) Tragedy during a 1996 Mt. Everest expedition. Southern California ranking: 3; Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 38

MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt (Random House: $24) Outcasts and eccentrics people this account of a sensational murder in an old Southern town. Southern California ranking: 4; Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 40

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK ONE by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: $19.95) Channeling Mr. Big. Southern California ranking: 5; Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 35

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: 6; Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 27

THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES by Monty Roberts (Random House: $23) Turning wild horses into pussycats. Southern California ranking: 7; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 16

CITIZEN SOLDIERS by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster: $27.50) The guts and glory of America's front-line fighters in World War II. Southern California ranking: 8; Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 6

TRUMAN CAPOTE by George Plimpton (Nan Talese/Doubleday: $35) Portraits of the artist by those who knew him. Southern California ranking: 9; Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 6

A PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH MARTIN SCORSESE THROUGH AMERICAN MOVIES by Martin Scorsese and Michael Henry Wilson (Miramax Books/Hyperion: $40) The filmmaker discusses the A- and B-movies that inspired him. Southern California ranking: 10; Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

Paperbacks: FICTION

1. THE PARTNER by John Grisham (Dell: $7.99)

2. HORNET'S NEST by Patricia Cornwell (Berkley: $7.50)

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

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

5. SOLE SURVIVOR by Dean Koontz (Ballantine: $7.99)

Paperbacks: NONFICTION

1. THE SIMPSONS edited by Ray Richmond and Antonia Coffman, created by Matt Groening (HarperPerennial: $15.95)

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

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

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

5. UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN by Frances Mayes (Broadway Books: $13)

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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