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Los Angeles Times Bestsellers / May 9, 1999

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May 09, 1999

FICTION

1. EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS by David Guterson (Harcourt Brace: $25) A retired heart surgeon goes on his last hunt. Reviewed by Jonathan Levi, Page 2.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

2. FLEUR DE LEIGH'S LIFE OF CRIME by Diane Leslie (Simon and Schuster: $23) A Hollywood "Upstairs, Downstairs" about a poor little rich girl and her L.A. childhood.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

3. BONE BY BONE by Peter Matthiessen (Random House: $26.95) The third in the trilogy that begins and ends with Mr. Watson, a Southerner who died in 1910.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4. BLUES FOR ALL THE CHANGES by Nikki Giovanni (Morrow: $15) Fifty-two intensely personal new poems on sex and politics and love "among Black folk."

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

5. 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: 2; 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: 7

7. THE GROUND BENEATH HER FEET by Salman Rushdie (Henry Holt: $26) Orpheus and Eurydice are a couple of modern day rock'n'roll stars.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 2

8. 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: 14; Weeks on List: 4

9. A NEW SONG by Jan Karon (Viking: $24.95) A clergyman and his wife leave their beloved Mitford to shepherd a small congregation on Whitecap Island.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 3

10. FOR THE RELIEF OF UNBEARABLE URGES by Nathan Englander (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A debut collection of stories rooted in Jewish history and orthodox life.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11. 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 bigshots of L.A.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

12. 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: 13; Weeks on List: 9

13. THE GIRL IN THE FLAMMABLE SKIRT by Aimee Bender (Doubleday: $21.95) Stories of men and women living on the wacky front lines of need and desire.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 8

14. 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: 10; Weeks on List: 7

15. 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: 13; Weeks on List: 31

****

NONFICTION

1. THE LEXUS AND THE OLIVE TREE by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux: $27.50) Globalization is the system that replaced the Cold War system.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 4

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

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 19

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

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 5

5. 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: 2; Weeks on List: 70

6. IN THE GARDEN OF OUR DREAMS by Shirlee T. Haizlip and Harold C. Haizlip (Kodansha: $24) Memoirs of a marriage; the shocking tale of a perfectly happy couple.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 12

7. THE GREATEST GENERATION by Tom Brokaw (Random House: $24.95) TV anchor tells the stories of the generation that came of age during the Depression and World War II.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 21

8. 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: 6; Weeks on List: 8

9. TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott (Pantheon: $23) The growth of Lamott's beliefs and how they helped her overcome grief, alcoholism and bad hair days.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 9

10. 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: 8; Weeks on List: 5

11. 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.

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