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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / September 3, 2000

September 03, 2000

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 THE JAMES DEAN AFFAIR by Robert S. Levinson (Forge: $24.95) When a James Dean look-alike kills a soap opera star, amateur sleuths Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner decide to investigate.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2 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: 14; Weeks on List: 3

3 PURPLE CANE ROAD by James Lee Burke (Bantam: $24.95) While helping out an old friend, a man discovers that his mother was murdered by cops 30 years ago .

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 3

4 WAITING by Ha Jin (Pantheon: $24) An absurd loophole in Chinese law allows a pair of star-crossed lovers to be united after a long separation.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 17

5 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: --; Weeks on List: 1

6 WHITE TEETH by Zadie Smith (Random House: $24.95) Intertwined stories of two North London families reflect an empire's worth of cultural identity, history and hope.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 17

7 ECHO PARK by Steve Scott (San Diego Writers' Monthly Press: $24) Eccentric lives intersect when a body is discovered near a house overlooking the famous park.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

8 BECOMING MADAME MAO by Anchee Min (Houghton Mifflin: $25) Portrait of a Chinese revolutionary, who fled family and foot-binding for the Shanghai theater and the arms of Mao Tse-tung.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 8

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: 15; Weeks on List: 5

10 DEADLY DECISIONS by Kathy Reichs (Scribner: $25) A forensic anthropologist investigates the connections between a skull found in Montreal and the skeleton of a teenager in North Carolina.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11 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: 2

12 GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier (Dutton: $21.95) Who was the girl in Vermeer's famous painting? A fictionalized life of one of art's most enigmatic heroines.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 9

13 THE HUMAN STAIN by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin: $26) The chronicle of an academic scandal and its impact on the aging faculty dean at its center and on his friend, Nathan Zuckerman.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 15

14 BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg (Doubleday: $22.95) A 9-year-old girl's sudden success in spelling bees divides her family and causes each member to reassess the meaning of love and relationships.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

15 RAVELSTEIN by Saul Bellow (Viking: $24.95) A writer chronicles the life of his dying professor friend, exposing both of their vices and virtues in the process.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 8

NONFICTION

1 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: 13; Weeks on List: 25

2 ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $22.95) Wisecracking essays on life with dad and the confusion and humiliation of learning French in Paris.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 14

3 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: 5; Weeks on List: 5

4 BRAVE JOURNEYS by David Mixner and Dennis Bailey (Bantam: $24.95) Profiles in gay and lesbian courage, of seven men and women who worked to transform the political and societal landscape.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 3

5 TEN THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE I WENT INTO THE REAL WORLD by Maria Shriver (Warner: $19.95) Notes from life's trenches, expanded from a commencement speech.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 19

6 GREENE & GREENE by Randell L. Makinson and Thomas A. Heinz (Gibbs Smith: $49.95) Photographs of the newly restored Blacker House, the largest most elaborate Greene & Greene home.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

7 A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers (Simon & Schuster: $23) Memoir of a twentysomething slacker, who must bring up his baby brother when their parents die of cancer.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 28

8 DANCES WITH LUIGI by Paul E. Paolicelli (St. Martin's: $24.95) A journalist moves to Italy in an attempt to piece together the mysteries surrounding both his grandfathers.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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