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March 15, 1998


1. 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: 1 ; Weeks on List: 5

2. BLOOD WORK by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $23.95) An ailing FBI investigator gets a new heart from a murder victim and probes the donor's death.

Last Week: 7 ; Weeks on List: 2

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: 2 ; Weeks on List: 19

4. PARADISE by Toni Morrison (Knopf: $25) Generations of struggle in a small town founded by black pioneers with dreams of creating a utopia.

Last Week: 5 ; Weeks on List: 9

5. COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier (Atlantic Monthly: $24) A confederate soldier deserts the Civil War and takes a long walk home to his farm and lady love.

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6. BIRTHDAY LETTERS by Ted Hughes (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $20) Breaking his silence about the suicide of Sylvia Plath. Reviewed by Carol Muske, Page 7

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7. 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.

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8. THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy (Random House: $23) A chronicle of the rise and fall of a prosperous merchant family in modern India.

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9. CLOUDSPLITTER by Russell Banks (HarperFlamingo: $27.50) The fire-and-brimstone life of abolitionist John Brown as told by his son Owen.

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10. RIVEN ROCK by T.C. Boyle (Viking: $24.95) A sex-crazed heir goes to his family's estate to detox his libido and face an odd assortment of locals.

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11. NIGHT TRAIN by Martin Amis (Harmony: $20) Police hunt for the cause of an astrophysicist's death and wax philosophical on the human condition.

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12. CHARMING BILLY by Alice McDermott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $21) An Irish family reflects on the destructive, drink-spattered life of its deceased patriarch.

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13. WHERE SERPENTS LIE by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion: $23.95) A detective faces a child kidnapper who leaves pieces of snakeskin as his calling cards.

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14. SPENDING by Mary Gordon (Scribner: $24) A passionate painter joins with a stock broker who serves as her muse, supporter and sugar daddy.

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15. ENDURING LOVE by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese / Doubleday: $23.95) After a tragic accident, a marriage is threatened by a young man with an unhealthy obsession.

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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.

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2. THE ROAD TO UBAR by Nicholas Clapp (Houghton Mifflin: $24) The search for the ruins of an infamous Arabian city recorded in the Koran.

Last Week: 9 ; Weeks on List: 3

3. CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK ONE by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: $19.95) Channeling messages from Mr. Big about good, evil and the meaning of life.

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4. STORY by Robert McKee (ReganBooks: $25) Tips for turning those amateur aspirations into a real career as a writer for the big screen.

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5. ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Scribner: $24) A lyrical, bittersweet memoir about a poor Irish childhood in a gray, rain-soaked city.

Last Week: 5 ; Weeks on List: 72

6. HAPPINESS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM by Dennis Prager (ReganBooks: $23) Avoiding the cliches and finding the true sources of satisfaction in your life.

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7. THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Lanko (Longstreet Press: $22) Lives of the rich and famous, including golden parachutes.

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8. JACKIE AFTER JACK by Christopher Andersen (Morrow: $25) The transformation from First Lady into a jet-set woman of independent means.

Last Week: 7 ; Weeks on List: 2

9. THE PERFECT STORM by Sebastian Junger (Norton: $23.95) An account of fisherman trapped in the harrowing fury of an Atlantic storm.

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10. THE LONG HARD ROAD OUT OF HELL by Marilyn Manson with Neil Strauss (ReganBooks: $24) Turning ugliness into a million-dollar recording career.

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11. INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer (Villard: $24.95) An account of tragedy and recklessness during a 1996 ascent of Mount Everest.

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12. SLAVES IN THE FAMILY by Edward Ball (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $30) A writer looks at his slaveholding ancestors and their impact on his own life.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 2

13. THE UNIVERSE AND THE TEACUP by K. C. Cole (Harcourt Brace: $21) The glorious order that numbers impose on all aspects of the cosmos.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 5

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