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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / November 1, 1998

November 01, 1998

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1. BLUE LIGHT by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown: $23) Flashes of blue light fall to Earth in the 1960s, and several Northern Californians gain superhuman powers.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2. THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice (Alfred A. Knopf: $26.95) Is Lestat dead? As vampires from around the globe gather near his body, Armand tells his own story.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 2

3. PURPLE DOTS by Jim Lehrer (Random House: $23.95) A group of eccentric ex-spies embarks on a wildly unorthodox power struggle to help a comrade gain confirmation as Chief Spook.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) The life and loves of a poor fisherman's daughter who becomes a teahouse entertainer in Tokyo during WWII.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 50

5. THE PATH OF DAGGERS by Robert Jordan (Tor: $27.95) The Wheel of Time series continues; as Book Eight opens, the Seanchan force is in possession of Ebou Dar.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

6. THE ROAD HOME by Jim Harrison (Atlantic Monthly: $25) First-person narratives tell the story of three generations of a Nebraska family in this sequel to "Dalva."

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7. THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins: $27.50) A Baptist missionary takes his wife and children to the Congo. Reviewed by Richard Eder, Page 2.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 3

8. THE HAMMER OF EDEN by Ken Follett (Crown: $25.95) A young FBI agent must track down a terrorist group with the power to create earthquakes.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9. RED, WHITE AND BLUE by Susan Isaacs (HarperCollins: $25) An FBI agent in Wyoming and a reporter for the Jewish News in New York share a great-great-grandmother.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

10. THE HUNDRED DAYS by Patrick O'Brian (W.W. Norton: $24) The latest Aubrey-Maturin adventure, set against the backdrop of the final defeat of Napoleon.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

11. ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster: $17) A Christmas suspense story, complete with abandoned baby, jewel thief and a cleaning woman-turned-detective.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

12. THE WAKE OF THE WIND by J. California Cooper (Doubleday: $22.95) A family saga begins when two friends are taken from Africa and brought to America as slaves.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

13. BIRDS OF AMERICA by Lorrie Moore (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) An orphaned woman, an ill child and other wounded characters find affection in unlikely places.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 8

14. MILK IN MY COFFEE by Eric J. Dickey (Dutton: $24.95) A young African American professional crosses the color barrier to date a white woman.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

15. I MARRIED A COMMUNIST by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin: $26) The story of a radio actor whose private dramas become national scandal when his wife pens a tell-all memoir.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 4

****

NONFICTION

1. THE BEST THAT I CAN BE by Rafer Johnson with Philip Goldberg (Doubleday: $23.95) Faster, higher, stronger: the story of the 1960 Olympic decathlon gold medalist.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2. ODD MAN IN by Suzanne Muchnic (University of California Press: $29.95) The life and times of industrialist and art collector Norton Simon by Times staff writer Suzanne Muchnic.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 3

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

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 43

4. LINDBERGH by A. Scott Berg (Putnam: $30) Daring aviator, loving father, isolationist and, finally, fallen hero--a dramatic American story.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 6

5. PURE DRIVEL by Steve Martin (Hyperion: $21) A collection of humorous riffs and comical sketches on various topics, most written by the entertainer for the New Yorker.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 5

6. ECOLOGY OF FEAR by Mike Davis (Metropolitan Books: $25) Los Angeles' precarious environmental history and some apocalyptic warnings about its future.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 11

7. KADDISH by Leon Wieseltier (Alfred A. Knopf: $27.50) A son's philosophical reflections on the mourner's kaddish he recites in the year following his father's death.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 4

8. A DREAM DEFERRED by Shelby Steele (HarperCollins: $24) A series of essays examining how race policies have affected African Americans.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9. FOR LAUGHING OUT LOUD by Ed McMahon with David Fisher (Little, Brown: $23) Professional sidekick looks back at 50 years in and on television.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

10. 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: --; Weeks on List: 28

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