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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / November 5, 2000

November 05, 2000

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 SHOPGIRL by Steve Martin (Hyperion: $17.95) A young artist who works days in the glove department at Neiman Marcus falls abruptly in love with a millionaire businessman.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 4

2 THE NIGHT LISTENER by Armistead Maupin (HarperCollins: $26) A writer meets an abused 13-year-old boy with AIDS and finds all of his relationships profoundly changed.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 3

3 WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS by Kazuo Ishiguro (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) An English boy is "orphaned" when his mother and father vanish; years later, he returns as a detective to solve the disappearances.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 6

4 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (Random House: $26.95) In 1939 Brooklyn, two Jewish cousins, one American, one Czech, collaborate to create a comic book.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 4

5 THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $26) A narrative tour de force of self-deceit and revenge that joins the lives of two sisters with an unpublished sci-fi novel.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 7

6 HIT LIST by Lawrence Block (HarperCollins: $25) Hired gun John Keller faces a greedy hit man who knows how to increase his clientele--eliminate his competitors.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7 LYING AWAKE by Mark Salzman (Alfred A. Knopf: $21) A meditation on spirituality in the life of an Angeleno nun facing a dilemma: Should she have surgery that will cure her of mystical visions?

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 4

8 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.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 6

9 DARWIN'S BLADE by Dan Simmons (William Morrow: $25) A glimpse into the world of accident reconstruction in which an expert suspects foul play in a string of high-speed car crashes.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

10 FOUR BLONDES by Candace Bushnell (Atlantic Monthly: $24) Interconnected stories from the "Sex and the City" author about four women caught up in the glitz and glamour of New York.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 6

11 DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz (Doubleday: $23.95) In early 20th century Wisconsin, a family is torn apart by a tragic death and the secrets that follow.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 4

12 THE GOLDEN AGE by Gore Vidal (Doubleday: $27.50) The seventh of Vidal's "Novels of Empire" evokes the Beltway and Tinsel Town from World War II to the beginnings of the Cold War.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

13 COLD IS THE GRAVE by Peter Robinson (William Morrow: $24) Sex, scandal, murder and corruption force Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks to investigate his most powerful enemy.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 2

14 PERISH TWICE by Robert B. Parker (Putnam: $23.95) A private investigator goes to the aid of three very different women: her sister, her best friend and the CEO of a feminist organization.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 4

15 THE RESCUE by Nicholas Sparks (Warner: $22.95) A volunteer fireman in a North Carolina town helps a waitress rebuild her life when her son disappears after a car accident.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 5

NONFICTION

1 THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY by The Beatles (Chronicle Books: $60) Previously unreleased photos, memorabilia and reminiscences that should make any Fab Four fan want to twist and shout.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 3

2 MY FATHER'S DAUGHTER by Tina Sinatra with Jeff Coplon (Simon & Schuster: $26) A portrait of Frank Sinatra by his youngest daughter, describing the heights, slumps and loneliness of his career.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

3 ON WRITING by Stephen King (Scribner: $25) Autobiography of the writer's formative years, from his misbehaving youth to a janitorial stint that led to the idea for "Carrie."

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 3

4 CHERRY by Mary Karr (Viking: $24.95) A memoir of a young girl's sexual and pharmaceutical coming-of-age in rural Texas, a follow-up to "The Liars' Club."

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

5 STARS IN MY EYES by Don Bachardy (University of Wisconsin: $34.95) Drawings and prose sketches of the artists and Hollywood elite that Bachardy and his partner Christopher Isherwood knew.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

6 FREUD by Louis Breger (John Wiley & Sons: $30) A psychoanalyst puts Freud on the couch, creating a portrait of a man whose theories grew out of his own encounters with pain and tragedy.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 3

7 THE O'REILLY FACTOR by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway Books: $23) The TV pundit pontificates on what he sees as the good, the bad and the completely ridiculous in American life.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 4

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