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August 20, 2000

1 WINTER SOLSTICE by Rosamunde Pilcher (St. Martin's Press: $27.95) On the shortest day of the year, five people find themselves in a house in Northern Scotland learning to live with loss.

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2 PURPLE CANE ROAD by James Lee Burke (Bantam: $24.95) While helping out an old friend, a man discovers that his mother was murdered by cops 30 years ago .

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3 ECHO PARK by Steve Scott (San Diego Writers' Monthly Press: $24) Eccentric lives intersect in a multistory house overlooking the famous park.

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4 OMERTA by Mario Puzo (Random House: $25.95) A family on the brink of legitimacy finds itself caught in the middle of one last Mafia war. Reviewed by Eugen Weber, Page 9.

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5 GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier (Dutton: $21.95) Who was the girl in Vermeer's famous painting? A fictionalized life of one of art's most enigmatic heroines.

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6 BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg (Doubleday: $22.95) A 9-year-old girl's sudden success in spelling bees divides her family and causes each member to reassess the meaning of love and relationships.

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7 MOVE TO STRIKE by Perri O'Shaughnessy (Delacorte: $23.95) A lawyer must navigate a tangled family web in order to defend a 16-year-old girl accused of murdering her uncle.

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8 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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9 LIAR'S GAME by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton: $23.95) In order for their new relationship to blossom, a thirtysomething African American couple must be honest about the details of their past.

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

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11 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.

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12 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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13 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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14 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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15 DISGRACE by J.M. Coetzee (Viking: $23.95) Fired from academe, a South African professor pursues the simple life on his daughter's farm but finds danger in the post-apartheid world.

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1 BRAVE JOURNEYS by David Mixner and Dennis Bailey (Bantam: $24.95) Profiles in gay and lesbian courage, of seven men and women who worked to transform the political and societal landscape.

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

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3 PAD by Matt Maranian (Chronicle Books: $24.95) Hipster housing: From lava lamps to hammocks as couches, a guide to decorating and redecorating in swanky style.

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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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5 AMERICAN RHAPSODY by Joe Eszterhas (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.95) Speedy ruminations on our national id accompanied by a techno-rave drumbeat of paranoia and sleaze.

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6 IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins (Putnam: $24.95) Triumph in the life of a champion cyclist, from overcoming cancer to winning the Tour de France.

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7 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain (Bloomsbury: $24.95) Tools of the culinary trade and tales from the trenches by the acclaimed chef of Les Halles in New York. --2

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8 FROM DAWN TO DECADENCE by Jacques Barzun (HarperCollins: $36) A magnum opus from the eminent historian on the rise and fall of Western culture over the last 500 years.

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