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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / March 26, 2000

March 26, 2000

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 THE BARBARIANS ARE COMING by David Wong Louie (Putnam: $23.95) A young man struggles to be both Chinese and American as he works toward the American dream of affluence.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2 BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON by Helen Fielding (Viking: $24.95) Bridget finds the perfect mate--do they really exist?--in this sequel to the bestselling "Bridget Jones'sDiary."

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

3 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books: $17.95) Harry risks his life to solve a mystery at the Hogwarts School.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 24

4 THE BRETHREN by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) A scam by three former judges doing time in federal prison goes awry and ensnares a powerful man on the outside.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 6

5 HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic: $19.95) Sirius Black--an escaped convict--is on the loose, and he's after Harry.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 24

6 TOUGH COOKIE by Diane Mott Davidson (Bantam: $23.95) Murder, mystery and meringue: The latest in the recipe-rich crime caper of chef-turned- sleuth Goldy Schulz.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7 BEOWULF by Seamus Heaney (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $25) An Irish poet breathes new life into an Anglo-Saxon masterpiece, with his new translation of the epic poem.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 3

8 DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE by Isabel Allende (HarperCollins: $26) A young woman escapes from the bonds of her youthful passion to Gold Rush California.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 14

9 THE WHOLE TRUTH by Nancy Pickard (Pocket: $22.95) A true-crime author seeks out the origins of a child-killer as she covers his trial in search of material for her latest book.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

10 IN AMERICA by Susan Sontag (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $26) Tale of the travels and travails of a Polish actress on the frontier in 19th century America.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 2

11 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.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 7

12 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.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 15

13 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.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 3

14 BLINDSIDED by Clyde Phillips (William Morrow: $24) Jane Candiotti returns in search of a cop killer who's bumping off her colleagues at a rather alarming rate.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

15 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic: $16.95) Unhappy at home, a young boy discovers that he is a magician with great powers.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 21

NONFICTION

1 THE OPERATOR by Tom King (Random House: $25.95) The patience, cunning and unbridled egotism behind David Geffen's transformation into a powerful media mogul.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 2

2 A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers (Simon & Schuster: $23) Memoir of a twentysomething slacker, who must bring up his baby brother when their parents die of cancer.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 6

3 WHICH LIE DID I TELL? by William Goldman (Pantheon: $26.95) Adventures in the screen trade from the writer behind "All the President's Men." Reviewed by David Freeman, Page 1.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 WOODEN by John Wooden with Steve Jamison (NTC/Contemporary Publishing: $25) A lifetime of observations and reflections on and off the court from UCLA's living legend.

Last Week: --; 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: 4; Weeks on List: 114

6 THE DARK SIDE OF FORTUNE by Margaret Leslie Davis (University of California Press: $35) From itinerant prospector to oil tycoon, triumph and scandal in the life of Edward L. Doheny.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

7 GEORGIANA by Amanda Foreman (Random House: $29.95) Love affairs, drugs, gambling and scandals in the life of an 18th century ancestor of the late Princess Diana.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 6

8 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: --; Weeks on List: 55

9 PEANUTS: A GOLDEN CELEBRATION by Charles Schulz (HarperResource: $45) Good grief: almost 50 years of art and stories from America's favorite comic strip.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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