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Los Angeles Times Bestsellers / July 25, 1999

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July 25, 1999


1. 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: 11

2. 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: 6

3. TRUE AT FIRST LIGHT by Ernest Hemingway, edited by Patrick Hemingway (Scribner: $26) Hemingway's account of a 1953 Kenyan safari written as a fictional memoir.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4. 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?

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 8

5. FOR THE RELIEF OF UNBEARABLE URGES by Nathan Englander (Knopf: $22) Stories that explore identity and obligation from Berkeley to the Soviet Union.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 5

6. 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: 17

7. 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: 4; Weeks on List: 14

8. 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: 11; Weeks on List: 4

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: 9; Weeks on List: 10

10. 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: 12; Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 3

12. 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: 8; Weeks on List: 2

13. 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: 14; Weeks on List: 4

14. 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: 10; Weeks on List: 4

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: 17



1. SHADOW by Bob Woodward (Simon and Schuster: $27.50) The impact of Watergate on the White House, from Ford to Clinton, by a front-line reporter.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 5

2. 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: 3; Weeks on List: 13

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

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 14

4. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT by Blanche Wiesen Cook (Viking: $34.95) A privileged ugly duckling becomes a socially conscious swan during the years 1933 to 1938.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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: 5; Weeks on List: 9

6. THE BOOK OF THE PENIS by Maggie Paley (Grove: $20) The penis: its physiology and psychology, as well as its place in history, art, fashion and literature.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7. IN THE WINGS by Diana Douglas Darrid (Barricade Books: $22) Darrid's life after the tempestuous breakup of her marriage to Kirk Douglas.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8. 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: 7; Weeks on List: 11

9. 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: 8; Weeks on List: 5

10. 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: 4; Weeks on List: 5

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