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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / May 28, 2000

May 28, 2000

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 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. Reviewed by Jonathan Levi, Page 2.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 2

2 BEFORE I SAY GOOD-BYE by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster: $26) An ambitious young woman uses gumshoe tactics and psychic powers to probe her late husband's murky past.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 4

3 EASY PREY by John Sandford (Putnam: $25.95) When a supermodel is found strangled after a party, millionaire Lucas Davenport is called to investigate.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 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.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 3

5 THE EMPTY CHAIR by Jeffrey Deaver (Simon & Schuster: $25) "The Bone Collector's" foremost criminalist, Lincoln Rhyme, clashes with his sidekick Amelia over a brutal kidnapper's guilt.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 2

6 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.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7 RED LIGHT by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion: $23.95) Two murders, decades apart, shake Orange County homicide investigator Merci Rayborn's world and her memories of her deceased lover.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 5

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.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 3

9 RAVELSTEIN by Saul Bellow (Viking: $24.95) An old writer tries to write a memoir of his friend, a college professor who has died of AIDS, in a story that echoes Bellow's own life.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 3

10 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: --; Weeks on List: 12

11 HORSE HEAVEN by Jane Smiley (Alfred A. Knopf: $26) Life among the trainers, money men, apprentice jockeys and owners who share a love for the sport of kings.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 5

12 BLONDE by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco Press: $27.50) The story of Norma Jeane Baker's transformation into Marilyn Monroe, as seen through the imagined eyes of the doomed starlet.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 413 FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES by Tom Robbins (Bantam: $27.50) A philosophical, hedonistic CIA agent gets zapped by a shaman's spell and then travels the globe trying to shake it.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

14 LE MARIAGE by Diane Johnson (Dutton: $23.95) American expatriates navigate French high society, not to mention Parisian flea markets, elegant cha^teaus and jail cells.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 6

15 THE WEDDING by Danielle Steel (Doubleday: $26.95) Anxieties and broken promises linger for a high-powered Hollywood clan as one of its members plans a September wedding.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

NONFICTION

1 ORDINARY RESURRECTIONS by Jonathan Kozol (Crown: $25) Life in the South Bronx through the eyes of the schoolchildren in its most dismal neighborhood.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2 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.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 5

3 NOW THIS by Judy Muller (Putnam: $23.95) Adventures in radio, television and the real world, as a single mother balances her career as a reporter with raising two girls after a divorce.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 ROGER CORMAN by Beverly Gray (Renaissance Books: $23.95) An unauthorized biography of the man who filled the silver screen with bloodsucking vampires and rampaging biker gangs.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

5 THE END OF FASHION by Teri Agins (William Morrow: $25) The death of the rag trade? An in-depth look at how haute couture has fallen victim to name-brand marketing.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

6 WHICH LIE DID I TELL? by William Goldman (Pantheon: $26.95) Further adventures in the screen trade from a veteran screenwriter whose work includes "All the President's Men."

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 107 FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS by James Bradley with Ron Powers (Bantam: $24.95) A son pieces together the history of his father, who helped raise the American flag at Iwo Jima.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) This co-author of "The One Minute Manager" advises managers on how to get employees Y2K ready.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 15

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