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Los Angeles Times Bestsellers / July 18, 1999

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July 18, 1999

FICTION

1. HANNIBAL by Thomas Harris (Delacorte: $27.95) The cleverly repulsive sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," featuring the villainous hero Hannibal the Cannibal.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 5

2. WHITE OLEANDER by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown: $24) When a woman murders her lover, her daughter must learn to face womanhood in a foster home.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 10

3. THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO HUNTING AND FISHING by Melissa Bank (Viking: $23.95) As a modern girl grows up looking for love, to whom should she turn? Reviewed by Susan Reynolds, Page 11.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 7

4. BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF THE CENTURY edited by Katrina Kenison and John Updike (Houghton Mifflin: $28) Reviewed by Patricia Hampl, Page 3.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 13

5. BLUE RAIN by Chuck Freadhoff (HarperCollins: $24) Reporter Jonny Rose will be lucky if the only thing that gets killed is his story on a series of burning bodies in the Mojave Desert.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

6. 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: 10; Weeks on List: 11

7. THE HOURS by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $22) A haunting triptych of stories structured around Virginia Woolf's novel "Mrs. Dalloway."

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 16

8. A VERY STRANGE TRIP by L. Ron Hubbard and Dave Wolverton (Bridge: $24) Everett Dumphee transports the prototype time machine to prehistoric America.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9. CLOSE RANGE by Annie Proulx (Scribner: $25) A collection of raw and lusty stories about luckless characters living in the rough wasteland of Wyoming.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 9

10. HIGH FIVE by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: $23.95) The fifth book in the series starring Stephanie Plumb, the "Bounty Hunter from Hell."

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 3

11. L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais (Doubleday: $23.95) The eighth in the Elvis Cole series, focusing on Cole's tough sidekick, Joe Pike, and the murder of Pike's ex-girlfriend.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 3

12. MOTHER OF PEARL by Melinda Haynes (Hyperion: $23.95) A story of friendship across race lines and the tragic struggles of private citizens in a 1950s Southern town.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 4

13. TEETH OF THE DOG by Jill Ciment (Crown: $22) A couple finds love, disappointment and suspense in the village of Vanduu on a mythical Melanesian island.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

14. JUNETEENTH by Ralph Ellison (Random House: $25) A dying senator relives memories with an African American pastor from his youth and discovers what has bonded the two together.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 3

15. DANGEROUS KISS by Jackie Collins (Simon and Schuster: $25) An Italian duke kidnaps a supermodel and faces the wrath of her aunt, sexy film exec Lucky Santangelo.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 6

****

NONFICTION

1. SHADOW by Bob Woodward (Simon and Schuster: $27.50) The impact of Watergate on the White House, from Ford to Clinton. Reviewed by Kenneth Anderson, Page 8.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 4

2. 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: --; Weeks on List: 11

3. BELLA TUSCANY by Frances Mayes (Broadway: $25) Rich, colorful stories of cuisine and Italian life in the villages by the author of "Under the Tuscan Sun."

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 12

4. COMRADES by Stephen Ambrose (Simon and Schuster: $21) The war historian reflects on male friendship in his own life and in the lives of people he has written about.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 4

5. ENCORE PROVENCE by Peter Mayle (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A return to southern France prompts memories of good times and a critique of American culture.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 8

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

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 13

7. THE LEXUS AND THE OLIVE TREE by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $27.50) Globalization has replaced the Cold War system, though many resist its call.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 10

8. ANOTHER COUNTRY by Mary Pipher, Ph.D. (Riverhead Books: $24.95) Navigating the emotional terrain of our elders by the author of "Reviving Ophelia."

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

9. MY ONE GOOD NERVE by Ruby Dee (John Wiley and Sons: $16.95) Musings and memories detailing the African American experience, specifically raising a family in America.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 4

10. BETRAYAL by Bill Gertz (Regnery: $27.95) A Washington Times reporter says the Clinton administration has sold out on national security and covered it up.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 3

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