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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / October 1, 2000

October 01, 2000

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

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$26) A narrative tour de force of self-deceit and revenge that joins the lives of two sisters with an unpublished sci-fi novel.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

2 THE SKY IS FALLING by Sidney Sheldon (William Morrow: $26) When five members of a family are killed in a series of accidents, a young journalist decides to investigate.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

3 PAGAN BABIES by Elmore Leonard (Dell: $24.95) A hard-boiled priest and a fast-talking tough girl team up against a Detroit mobster to raise money for Rwandan orphans.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 2

4 MOVE TO STRIKE by Perri O'Shaughnessy (Delacorte: $23.95) A lawyer must navigate a tangled family web in order to defend a 16-year-old girl accused of murdering her uncle.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

5 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: 1; Weeks on List: 4

6 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: 5; Weeks on List: 4

7 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: --; Weeks on List: 1

8 OPEN HOUSE by Elizabeth Berg (Random House: $23.95) After her husband leaves, a woman must deal with her loneliness and begin a new life with their 11-year-old son.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

9 AN INVISIBLE SIGN OF MY OWN by Aimee Bender (Doubleday: $22.95) A second-grade math teacher finds her obsession with control threatened by the affections of her students and a colleague.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 6

10 THE ROYAL FAMILY by William T. Vollmann (Viking: $40) Amid San Francisco's outcasts, an unsuccessful private investigator hunts for a legendary prostitute.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11 WINTER SOLSTICE by Rosamunde Pilcher (St. Martin's Press: $27.95) On the shortest day of the year, five people find themselves in a house in Northern Scotland learning to live with loss.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 7

12 SHATTERED by Dick Francis (Putnam: $25.95) Violent thugs and the death of a jockey friend threaten a glass-blower's world, unless he can learn the secret of a stolen videotape.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 2

13 THE MAN WHO ATE THE 747 by Ben Sherwood (Bantam: $19.95) The romantic foibles of a Nebraskan farmer who eats a plane, crashed in his field, for his ladylove.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 2

14 STALKER by Faye Kellerman (William Morrow: $25) Cynthia Decker, a young L.A. cop, wonders whether she's being hazed by her colleagues or pursued by more violent offenders.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 5

15 DIAMOND DOGS by Alan Watt (Little, Brown: $23.95) A young football player plans to get out of town on his million-dollar arm, until the night he accidentally commits a terrible crime.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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: 3; Weeks on List: 4

2 FAITH OF MY FATHERS by John McCain (Random House: $25) A self-described hell-raiser, the Arizona senator rebelled in the U.S. Naval Academy but found maturity in Vietnam.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 16

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: 2; Weeks on List: 29

4 NOT ONE OF THE BOYS by Brenda Feigen (Alfred A. Knopf: $26) A memoir of life as a feminist from a founder of Ms. Magazine and leader of the women's movement.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

5 I LOVE YOU, RONNIE The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan (Random House: $24.95) Glimpses of the private life of the Gipper and his first lady, from his movie-making days to the presidency.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 2

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: 1

7 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: 9; Weeks on List: 137

8 AMERICAN RHAPSODY by Joe Eszterhas (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.95) Speedy ruminations on our national id accompanied by a techno-rave drumbeat of paranoia and sleaze.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 8

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