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August 6, 2000

August 06, 2000

FICTION

Southern California Rating: 1

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 4

HOT SIX by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: $24.95) Arms dealers, thugs and Grandma get in the way of New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's efforts to find a vanished colleague.

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Southern California Rating: 2

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 2

IN THE NAME OF SALOME by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: $23.95) A professor at Vassar learns the story of her mother, the Dominican Republic's most celebrated poet.

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Southern California Rating: 3

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 4

HOT SPRINGS by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster: $25) World War II veteran Earl Swagger is hired to clean up an Arkansas town controlled by an oddball gangster.

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Southern California Rating: 4

Last Week: 5

Weeks on List: 13

ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) A forensic anthropologist arrives in Ceylon to investigate the source of the organized campaign of murder engulfing the island.

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Southern California Rating: 5

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 13

WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith (Random House: $24.95) The intertwined stories of two North London families capture an empire's worth of cultural identity, history and hope.

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Southern California Rating: 6

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 3

OMERTA by Mario Puzo (Random House: $25.95) A family on the brink of legitimacy in a world of criminals finds itself caught in the middle of one last Mafia war.

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Southern California Rating: 7

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 7

THE INDWELLING by Tim F. Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Tyndale: $22.95) In Chapter Seven of the "Left Behind" series, the members of Tribulation Force face both judgment and salvation.

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Southern California Rating: 8

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 3

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Ridley Pearson (Hyperion: $23.95) As the blue flu fells most of the Seattle Police Department, a police lieutenant must deal with an increasing crime wave.

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Southern California Rating: 9

Last Week: 8

Weeks on List: 12

THE HUMAN STAIN by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin: $26) The chronicle of an academic scandal and its impact on the aging faculty dean at its center and on his friend, Nathan Zuckerman.

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Southern California Rating: 10

Last Week: 14

Weeks on List: 9

DEMOLITION ANGEL by Robert Crais (Doubleday: $24.95) Carol Starkey must confront some old demons as she looks into the death by detonation of a former colleague.

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Southern California Rating: 11

Last Week: 15

Weeks on List: 14

WAITING by Ha Jin (Pantheon: $24) An absurd loophole in Chinese law allows a pair of star-crossed lovers to be united after a long separation.

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Southern California Rating: 12

Last Week: 12

Weeks on List: 2

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JULIE AND ROMEO by Jeanne Ray (Harmony Books: $21) Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman, rival florists in Boston, fall in love late in life, in spite of their families' rivalry.

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Southern California Rating: 13

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 6

RAVELSTEIN by Saul Bellow (Viking: $24.95) A writer chronicles the life of his dying professor friend, exposing both of their vices and virtues in the process.

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Southern California Rating: 14

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 1

AN INVISIBLE SIGN OF MY OWN by Aimee Bender (Doubleday: $22.95) A second-grade math teacher finds her obsession with control threatened by the affections of her students and a colleague.

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Southern California Rating: 15

Last Week: 13

Weeks on List: 4

BECOMING MADAME MAO by Anchee Min (Houghton Mifflin: $25) Portrait of a Chinese revolutionary, who fled family and foot-binding for the Shanghai theater and the arms of Mao Tse-tung.

NONFICTION

Southern California Rating: 1

Last Week: 1

Weeks on List: 22

WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) This co-author of "The One Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to show people how to manage change.

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Southern California Rating: 2

Last Week: 3

Weeks on List: 10

ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $22.95) Wisecracking essays on life with his quirky father and the cultural confusion and humiliation of learning French in Paris.

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Southern California Rating: 3

Last Week: 10

Weeks on List: 15

TEN THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE I WENT INTO THE REAL WORLD by Maria Shriver (Warner: $19.95) Notes from life's trenches, expanded from a commencement speech.

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Southern California Rating: 4

Last Week: --

Weeks on List: 130

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Doubleday: $19.95) A sportswriter's empowering story about his weekly visits to see an older dying friend.

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Southern California Rating: 5

Last Week: 4

Weeks on List: 2

THE DAY JOHN DIED by Christopher Andersen (William Morrow: $26) A year after the crash, Andersen recreates the events leading up to the death of John F. Kennedy Jr.

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Southern California Rating: 6

Last Week: 2

Weeks on List: 5

THE CHIEF by David Nasaw (Houghton Mifflin: $35) Newly discovered letters augment this retelling of the life of media mogul extraordinaire William Randolph Hearst.

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Southern California Rating: 7

Last Week: 12

Weeks on List: 18

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