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June 28, 1998

Southern California Rankings:


1. BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY by Helen Fielding (Viking: $22.95) The New Year's resolutions of a single, thirty-something girlie Brit, from personal appearance to the perfect man.

Last Week: 1 ; Weeks on List: 3

2. A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR by John Irving (Random House: $27.95) From childhood to middle age, a woman learns that one must wait a long time to fall in love.

Last Week: 2 ; Weeks on List: 8

3. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Knopf: $25) The life and loves of a teahouse entertainer growing up in Kyoto during World War II.

Last Week: 3 ; Weeks on List: 33

4. I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE by Wally Lamb (ReganBooks: $27.50) A man with a twin brother and dysfunctional parents finds his ancestral roots in Sicily.

Last Week: 4 ; Weeks on List: 2

5. SUMMER SISTERS by Judy Blume (Delacorte: $21.95) Friendship between two unlikely girls blossoms and grows through years of hardship and maturity.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 6

6. FREEDOMLAND by Richard Price (Broadway Books: $25) The hunt for an abducted child turns up the heat in a hellish New Jersey town.

Last Week: 8 ; Weeks on List: 6

7. THE KLONE AND I by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: $17.95) Finding the right chemistry in a story of high-tech love among the test tubes.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8. THE STREET LAWYER by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) After being confronted on a city street, an arrogant lawyer becomes a hero for the homeless.

Last Week: 12 ; Weeks on List: 20

9. CITIES OF THE PLAIN by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf: $25) A New Mexico rancher duels with a pimp to save the life and win the love of a 16-year-old girl.

Last Week: 9 ; Weeks on List: 7

10. THE LAST FULL MEASURE by Jeff Shaara (Ballantine: $25.95) The final novel in a trilogy about the Civil War in the years after the Gettysburg turning point.

Last Week: 6 ; Weeks on List: 4

11. ABOUT A BOY by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $22.95) A London bachelor's comfy existence is upended by a needy youngster who squeezes into his life.

Last Week: 7 ; Weeks on List: 6

12. THE VOLUNTEER by Carter Coleman (Warner: $24) A Peace Corps member saves a Tanzanian girl from a barbaric ritual but puts their lives in danger.

Last Week: -- ; Weeks on List: 1

13. IDENTITY by Milan Kundera (HarperFlamingo: $23) Portrait d'une femme craving new sensations. Reviewed by Susan Salter Reynolds, Page 4.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

14. YOU BELONG TO ME by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster: $25) A psychologist's interest in a missing woman attracts a killer with an ear for music.

Last Week: 15 ; Weeks on List: 10

15. BLACK AND BLUE by Anna Quindlen (Random House: $23) A battered wife's past looms menacingly on the horizon of her new life in another town.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 18


1. DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD by Rebecca Wells (HarperCollins: $13) Sisterhood in the South.

2. THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy (HarperPerennial: $13) The rise and fall of an Indian family.

3. UNNATURAL EXPOSURE by Patricia Cornwell (Berkley: $7.99) Kay Scarpetta hunts for a killer in cyberspace.

4. THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS by Caleb Carr (Ballantine: $7.99) In this sequel to "The Alienist," the victims are infants.

5. SHE'S COME UNDONE by Wally Lamb (Pocket: $14) A woman's painful journey of self-discovery.

6. BREATH, EYES, MEMORY by Edwidge Danticat (Vintage: $11) A struggling young woman finds affirmation on returning to Haiti.

7. HIGH FIDELITY by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $12.95) A 35-year-old man squelches heartbreak with pop music.

8. THE CLUB DUMAS by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Vintage: $13) An old text to summon the devil creates a hell for a book dealer.

9. FAT TUESDAY by Sandra Brown (Warner Vision: $8.99) Lust, greed and murder converge in New Orleans.

10. ASYLUM by Patrick McGrath (Vintage: $12) Murderous sculptor meets psychiatrist's wife in a mental hospital.


1. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Doubleday: $19.95) A sportswriter's empowering story of his weekly visits to see an older dying friend.

Last Week: 1 ; Weeks on List: 26

2. EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS by Peter Biskind (Simon & Schuster: $25) How the sex-drugs-and rock 'n' roll generation of filmmakers saved Hollywood.

Last Week: 4 ; Weeks on List: 11

3. TITAN by Ron Chernow (Random House: $30) A biography of John D. Rockefeller Sr. that draws upon unpublished interviews with the industrial tycoon.

Last Week: 5 ; Weeks on List: 4

4. THE NINE STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM by Suze Orman (Crown: $23) Practical tips for avoiding stress, making good savings plans and managing money.

Last Week: 3 ; Weeks on List: 12

5. SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Gary Kinder (Atlantic Monthly: $27.50) A modern-day adventure to retrieve $450 million from a sunken steamer.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 4

6. A MONK SWIMMING by Malachy McCourt (Hyperion: $23.95) The brother of Frank McCourt offers a bawdy antidote to a sad childhood.

Last Week: 8 ; Weeks on List: 3

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