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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / November 12, 2000

November 12, 2000

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins: $26) In southern Appalachia, three stories of human love intersect within a larger tapestry.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2 MERRICK by Anne Rice (Alfred A. Knopf: $26.95) The haunting tale of a New Orleans witch transcends place and time and delves into voodoo and the realm of vampires.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

3 WISH YOU WELL by David Baldacci (Warner Books: $24.95) Tragedy sends two children from New York City to live with their great grandmother in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 THE LAST PRECINCT by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $26.95) At Christmastime, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her staff have not a moment to spare as mangled corpses crowd their morgue.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

5 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: 7; Weeks on List: 5

6 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: 5

7 THE ICE HARVEST by Scott Phillips (Ballantine: $19.95) On the last Christmas eve of the 1970s, three people face decisions that will alter the course of their lives.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8 DECK THE HALLS by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster: $18) Two famous sleuths meet in a dentist's office and team up to solve a kidnapping.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9 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: 15; Weeks on List: 5

10 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: 11; Weeks on List: 4

11 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: 9; Weeks on List: 2

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

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 2

13 THE BEAR AND THE DRAGON by Tom Clancy (Putnam: $28.95) CIA warrior and U.S. president Jack Ryan faces brewing trouble in Russia and China and a global struggle for Siberian oil.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 8

14 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: 3; Weeks on List: 7

15 MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Ridley Pearson (Hyperion: $23.95) As a police department fights an outbreak of "blue flu," a police lieutenant investigates a serial attacker who may in fact be a cop.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

NONFICTION

1 GET YOUR SHARE by Julie Stav (Berkeley: $19.95) A financial planner shares her life story and offers tips for women who want to strike it rich in the stock market.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2 AMERICA'S QUEEN by Sarah Bradford (Viking: $29.95) A new look at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the woman who captured America's imagination as young bride, first lady and grieving widow.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

3 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.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 35

4 NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD by Stephen Ambrose (Simon & Schuster: $28) The historian looks at the building of the transcontinental railroad and its impact on the growth of the nation.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 10

5 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: 4

6 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: 7; Weeks on List: 4

7 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: 4

8 JOE DIMAGGIO by Richard Ben Cramer (Simon & Schuster: $28) A new biography seeks to capture the allegedly selfish, resentful private life of an American hero, an icon in Yankee pinstripes.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 2

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