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Los Angeles Times Bestsellers / April 18, 1999

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April 18, 1999

FICTION

1. MOONLIGHT ON THE AVENUE OF FAITH by Gina B. Nahai (Harcourt Brace: $24.) A little girl's search for her magical missing mother in a Tehran ghetto.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 3

2. THE TESTAMENT by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) The 10th richest man in the United States has died, and his greedy heirs are circling like hungry vultures.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 10

3. BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY edited by Katrina Kenison and John Updike (Houghton Mifflin: $28) Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Raymond Carver and Co.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 3

4. BITTERSWEET by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: $26.95) A dissatisfied woman who gave up ambitions for marriage and motherhood finds comfort in the arms of a financier.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 2

5. TARA ROAD by Maeve Binchy (Delacorte: $24.95) People facing heartbreak and disappointment are drawn to a Victorian home on a shabby Dublin street.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 6

6. VITTORIO THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice (Alfred A. Knopf: $19.95) Another vampire tale, set in Florence, in the orbit of the Medicis and the painter Fra Filippo Lippi.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 4

7. SINGLE & SINGLE by John le Carre (Scribner: $26) Corrupt liaisons between the new Russian states and the West and of the downfall of two families.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 6

8. TEETH OF THE DOG by Jill Ciment (Crown: $22) A couple travel to the Melanesian Island of Vanduu only to discover Paradise Ruined in this novel of disappointment.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9. THE HANDYMAN by Carolyn See (Random House: $22.95) The picaresque adventures of a $10-an-hour handyman, drifter and painter in L.A who fixes hearts as well as cabinets.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 4

10. GO WEST YOUNG F*CKED-UP CHICK by Rachel Resnick (St. Martin's: $22.95) A 20-year-old woman's desperate, surreal experiences among the lowlifes and big shots of L.A.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 2

11. 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: 97; Weeks on List: 28

12. BE COOL by Elmore Leonard (Delacorte: $24.95) Fresh from his movie success, Chili Palmer faces a pack of punks, thugs and other Tinsel Town toughies when he enters the music biz.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 9

13. ABIDE WITH ME by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday: $24.95) The third volume in the Invisible Life trilogy, same characters (five thirtysomething African Americans), set in Seattle.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

14. THE TRIALS OF NIKKI HILL by Christopher Darden and Dick Lochte (Warner: $25) A prosecutor takes on a music mogul with money to burn in the case of a murdered TV personality.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 2

15. DREAMLAND by Kevin Baker (HarperCollins: $26) A sprawling novel of turn-of-the-century New York that follows the lives of Kid Twist, Trick the Dwarf and assorted city dwellers.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 2

****

NONFICTION

1. THE COURAGE TO BE RICH by Suze Orman (Riverhead: $24.95) Attention, 'fraidy-cats: Dump that savings account earning 2% and look for better investments.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 5

2. WOMAN by Natalie Angier (Houghton Mifflin: $25) A poetic, exuberant celebration of womanhood and its unique qualities and influence on the world.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 2

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: 3; Weeks on List: 67

4. ALL TOO HUMAN by George Stephanopoulos (Little, Brown: $27.95) Behind the scenes in the Oval Office with one of President Clinton's best and brightest.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 5

5. LIGHTPOSTS FOR LIVING by Thomas Kinkade (Warner: $20) Meditations on home, family and tradition by the artist known as "the Painter of Light."

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 2

6. BELLA TUSCANY by Frances Mayes (Broadway Books: $25) More reasons to envy the author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" as she returns to her cozy home, Bramasole.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7. MORGAN by Jean Strouse (Random House: $34.95) Not the richest man in the world, but in his time, Pierpont Morgan proved to be the most economically powerful.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8. BUSINESS @ THE SPEED OF THOUGHT by Bill Gates (Warner: $30) Microsoft's CEO offers a corporate strategy for competing on today's digital playing field.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 2

9. 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: 7; Weeks on List: 44

10. THE CENTURY by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster (Doubleday: $60) The story of our last 100 years; a companion to an upcoming ABC special.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 18

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