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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / November 22, 1998

November 22, 1998

Southern California Rankings:

FICTION

1. A MAN IN FULL by Tom Wolfe (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $28.95) The story of a real estate tycoon's crash and burn and the sleaze who warm themselves by the fire.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

2. PARABLE OF THE TALENTS by Octavia E. Butler (Seven Stories Press: $24.95) Survival in a dangerous early-21st century California. Reviewed by Susan Salter Reynolds, p. 15.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 52

4. 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: 7; Weeks on List: 5

5. THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins: $27.50) An evangelical Baptist missionary takes his wife and children to the Belgian Congo in 1959.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 6

6. 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: 4; Weeks on List: 4

7. MIRROR IMAGE by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: $26.95) Beautiful, young, wealthy twins share adventures--and a husband--in the early part of the century.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8. ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster: $17) A Christmas suspense story, complete with abandoned baby and jewel thief.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 4

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

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 19

10. THE JEWELS OF TESSA KENT by Judith Krantz (Crown: $25.95) The workings of an auction house and the lives of two women, the men they love and their families.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 2

11. WHEN THE WIND BLOWS by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $25) An astonishing discovery in the woods brings together a recently widowed veterinarian and a troubled FBI agent.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 2

12. THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN by Alice Munro (Alfred A. Knopf: $24) Eight new stories from Munro deal with love, passion, chaos and human desire.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

13. 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: 3

14. 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. 5 4

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 4

15. BAG OF BONES by Stephen King (Scribner: $27.50) A best-selling writer is haunted by writer's block and ghosts at his Maine summer home.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 6

****

NONFICTION

1. CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK THREE by Neale Donald Walsch (Hampton Roads: $22.95) Further dispatches on life and death dictated by the Man Upstairs.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 2

2. 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: 1; Weeks on List: 46

3. 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: 2; Weeks on List: 8

4. THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN by Simon Winchester (HarperCollins: $22) The editor of the Oxford English Dictionary was helped by a brilliant mental patient.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 9

5. THE GOOD LIFE by Tony Bennett (Simon and Schuster: $25) The guy who left his heart in San Francisco shares a half century of memories from on and off the stage.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

6. KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST by Adam Hochschild (Houghton Mifflin: $26) How a Belgian king's rule of terror in the Congo led to the deaths of 4 million indigenous people.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7. WORK IN PROGRESS by Michael Eisner with Tony Schwartz (Random House: $27.50) The corporate rise and rise of Disney's No. 1 mouseketeer.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 9

9. 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.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 73

10. THE NUMBER DEVIL by Hans Magnus Enzensberger (Metropolitan: $22) A young boy visits the world of numbers--prime, infinite and otherwise.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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