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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / November 19, 2000

November 19, 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: 1; Weeks on List: 2

2 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: 6; Weeks on List: 6

3 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: --; Weeks on List: 7

4 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: 11; Weeks on List: 3

5 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: 12; Weeks on List: 3

6 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: 3; Weeks on List: 2

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: 7; Weeks on List: 2

8 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: 6

9 THE PROMETHEUS DECEPTION by Robert Ludlum (St. Martin's: $27.95) A spy infiltrates his former shadowy agency in this story of post-Cold War double-crosses and Wall Street conspiracies.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

10 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: 14; Weeks on List: 8

11 THE LAST CITY ROOM by Al Martinez (St. Martin's: $22.95) A novel by the Times columnist tells the story of the decline of a San Francisco newspaper during the turbulent '60s.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

12 JOE COLLEGE by Tom Perrotta (St. Martin's: $23.95) The life of a Yale junior who finds his life divided between coed antics and a growing sense of the world beyond the ivy-covered walls.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

13 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: --; Weeks on List: 8

14 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: 4

15 THE ROSE AND THE BEAST by Francesca Lia Block (HarperCollins: $14.95) The Seven Dwarfs in Topanga Canyon, Bluebeard as an aging film producer and other fairy tales retold.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

NONFICTION

1 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: 9; Weeks on List: 3

2 PARIS TO THE MOON by Adam Gopnik (Random House: $24.95) A personal homage to years spent in the City of Lights by a longtime New Yorker writer.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 2

3 HOOKING UP by Tom Wolfe (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $25) An anthology of commentary pieces satirizing celebritydom, the literati and other aspects of American society.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 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: 7; Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 5

6 VANITY FAIR'S HOLLYWOOD edited by Graydon Carter and David Friend (Viking: $60) A collection of essays, photographs and caricatures portraying Tinsel Town from 1914 until today.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7 AL GORE: A USER'S MANUAL by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair (Verso: $23) An unsparing look at the man from Tennessee, his life and political career.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 2

8 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Doubleday: $19.95) A sportswriter's story of the life lessons he received during weekly visits to an older dying friend.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 142

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