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Los Angeles Times Bestsellers / May 23, 1999

Southern California Rating:

May 23, 1999

FICTION

1. 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: 7; Weeks on List: 4

2. STAR WARS, EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE by Terry Brooks (Lucasbooks/Del Rey: $25) The "Star Wars" saga unfolds with Darth Vader's childhood on a desert planet.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

3. CERTAIN PREY by John Sandford (Putnam: $24.95) The 10th in the "Prey" series features the antihero Davenport against a pair of strange and cunning killers.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 2

5. 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: 8; Weeks on List: 9

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: 7

7. CRYPTONOMICON by Neal Stephenson (Avon: $27.50) A hunt for gold bullion that connects World War II cryptographers with present-day computer whizzes.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 2

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

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

9. EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS by David Guterson (Harcourt Brace: $25) A retired heart surgeon with terminal cancer goes on his last hunt in the woods of the Northwest.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 4

10. WE'LL MEET AGAIN by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster:$25) A suspense novel that explores the evil inner workings of an HMO and some risky medical experiments.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 3

11. 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: 14

12. 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: --; Weeks on List: 4

13. 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: 5; Weeks on List: 11

14. 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: 13; Weeks on List: 2

15. 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: 9; Weeks on List: 6

****

NONFICTION

1. 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: --; Weeks on List: 14

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: 6

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: 7; Weeks on List: 7

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

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 21

5. 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: 5; Weeks on List: 10

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: 2; Weeks on List: 72

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: 3; Weeks on List: 23

8. EVERY MAN A TIGER by Tom Clancy and Chuck Horner (Putnam: $27.95) The art of war, particularly modern air power, as told by a master storyteller and a general.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9. HOME TOWN by Tracy Kidder (Random House: $25.95) A portrait of a Massachusetts town at the end of the 20th century that focuses on members of its community.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 2

10. THE MAJORS by John Feinstein (Little, Brown: $25) The quest for golfing greatness in four prestigious events: the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and the PGA.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 5

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