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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / November 26, 2000

November 26, 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: 3

2 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Talese/Doubleday: $26) A narrative tour de force of self-deceit and revenge that joins the lives of two sisters with an unpublished sci-fi novel.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: 13; Weeks on List: 9

3 THE SITUE STORIES by Frances Khirallah Noble (Syracuse University Press: $22.95) Eleven interconnected short stories form a drama about an extended Arabic family in America.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 GUESS AGAIN by Bernard Cooper (Simon & Schuster: $21) Short stories explore the nature of love, sex, relationships and loss in the age of AIDS. Reviewed by Susan Salter Reynolds, Page 11.

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: 8; Weeks on List: 7

6 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

7 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: 2; Weeks on List: 7

8 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: --; Weeks on List: 5

9 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: --; Weeks on List: 5

10 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: 3

11 ROADHOUSE BLUES by Baron Birtcher (Durban House: $24.95) Former police officer Mike Travis is called out of retirement to solve one last mystery for the LAPD's Homicide unit.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

12 THE FAMILY ORCHARD by Nomi Eve (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) A multi-generational saga encompasses 200 years in the life of a family in and around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

13 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: 9

14 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: --; Weeks on List: 4

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

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 5

NONFICTION

1 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: 14; Weeks on List: 12

2 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: 8; Weeks on List: 143

3 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: 66

4 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: 2; Weeks on List: 3

5 A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE by Anna Quindlen (Random House: $12.95) The columnist reflects on what it takes to "get a life" by living deeply rather than merely existing.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

6 KING DAVID by Jonathan Kirsch (Ballantine: $28) Beyond the blockbusters and the epics, a search for the real history of the the man who ruled Israel.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

7 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: 5; Weeks on List: 6

8 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: 1; Weeks on List: 4

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