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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / October 22, 2000

October 22, 2000

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 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: 8; Weeks on List: 2

2 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: 3; Weeks on List: 2

3 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: 6

4 SHOPGIRL by Steve Martin (Hyperion: $17.95) A wallflower working in the Neiman Marcus glove department falls for a restless millionaire. Reviewed by Jonathan Levi, Page 4.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 2

5 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: 2

6 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: 12; Weeks on List: 4

7 THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $26) A narrative tour de force joins two sisters with an unpublished sci-fi novel. Reviewed by Merle Rubin, Page 7.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 5

8 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: 3

9 SHATTERED by Dick Francis (Putnam: $25.95) Violent thugs, a stolen videotape and the death of a jockey friend threaten a glass-blower's world. Reviewed by Eugen Weber, Page 9.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

10 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: 4; Weeks on List: 2

11 MORGAN'S RUN by Colleen McCullough (Simon & Schuster: $28) Things go profoundly wrong for a master gunsmith, who becomes one of the first convicts sent to Australia.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 2

12 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: 3

13 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: 10; Weeks on List: 4

14 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: 2; Weeks on List: 5

15 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: --; Weeks on List: 8

NONFICTION

1 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: --; Weeks on List: 1

2 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: 5; Weeks on List: 32

3 THE HEAD GAME by Roger Kahn (Harcourt: $25) Sportswriter Kahn analyzes the game of wits that pitchers play, from Cy Young and Candy Cummings to the present.

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: --; Weeks on List: 1

5 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: 7

6 NATURAL BLONDE by Liz Smith (Hyperion: $25.95) The "Grande Dame of Dish" describes her climb from small-time journalism to gossip column stardom. Reviewed by Laurie Stone, Page 8.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 3

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: 15; Weeks on List: 140

8 IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BIKE by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins (Putnam: $24.95) Triumph in the life of a champion cyclist, from overcoming cancer to winning the Tour de France.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 12

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