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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / October 25, 1998

October 25, 1998

Southern California Rankings:

FICTION

1. 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: 12; Weeks on List: 2

2. THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice (Alfred A. Knopf: $26.95) Is Lestat dead? Vampires from around the globe gather around his body.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

3. FOR KINGS AND PLANETS by Ethan Canin (Random House: $24.95) Two friends in college in New York forge their separate destinies.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 4

4. WALTZING THE CAT by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton: $23.95) Interrelated stories chart the unconventional life of an adventure photographer.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

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

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 4

6. WATERMELON NIGHTS by Greg Sarris (Hyperion: $24.95) A family saga that captures the destruction of U.S. Indian culture and efforts to renew it.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7. 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: 3

8. TOMCAT IN LOVE by Tim O'Brien (Bantam: $26) A college professor navigates his complicated relationships with the many women in his life.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 3

9. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) The life and loves of a teahouse entertainer growing up in Tokyo during WWII.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 49

10. EVENING by Susan Minot (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A dying woman relives the grand passions of her life as she slips between consciousness and unconsciousness.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 2

11. 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: 7

12. THE EVOLUTION OF JANE by Cathleen Schine (Houghton Mifflin: $24) Jane visits the Galapagos Islands and conquers an obsession over the loss of a childhood friend.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

13. DAY OF CONFESSION by Allan Folsom (Little, Brown: $25) An L.A. entertainment attorney tumbles into a sinister plot in Rome hatched by a shadowy Vatican official.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 6

14. WELCOME TO THE WORLD, BABY GIRL! by Fannie Flagg (Random House: $25.95) A corn-fed Midwestern girl goes bad in the big city and goes home.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

15. RAINBOW SIX by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $27.95) Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark heads an international special operations anti-terrorist strike force.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 10

****

NONFICTION

1. 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: 10

2. 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: 5

3. TO BEGIN AGAIN by Naomi Levy (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A book of comfort and faith that takes on the questions that come up after personal tragedy.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 3

5. JUST JACKIE by Edward Klein (Ballantine: $25.95) New details on what lay beneath the glamour and glitter of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 2

6. 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: 42

7. EX LIBRIS by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $23.95) Reflections on the reading life, spiritual, physical, past, present and future.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8. STUFF OF HEROES by William A. Cohen (Longstreet Press: $24) Basic rules of experience from combat can be translated into business success.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 2

9. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS by Laura C. Schlessinger and Stewart Vogel (Cliff Street/HarperCollins: $24) Applying ancient teachings to modern life.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 3

10. PURE DRIVEL by Steve Martin (Hyperion: $21) A collection of humorous riffs and comical sketches on various topics by the entertainer.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 4

11. 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: 11; Weeks on List: 5

12. WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? by Erica Jong (HarperCollins: $25) Essays on the travails of womanhood--and women's lives--in the 1990s.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 2

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

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 2

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