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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / April 8, 2001

April 08, 2001

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER by Amy Tan (Putnam: $25.95) A ghostwriter uncovers her family's anguished past in China as her mother struggles with Alzheimer's disease.

Last Week: 1; Weeks On List: 6

2 CHEMICAL PINK by Katie Arnoldi (Forge: $23.95) A single mother loses herself in the pursuit of her dream to be a bodybuilder and falls under the control of a manipulative trainer.

Last Week: 14; Weeks On List: 5

3 SCARLET FEATHER by Maeve Binchy (Dutton: $25.95) A pair of caterers make the best food in all of Dublin, feeding their clients' stomachs as well as their souls.

Last Week: 10; Weeks On List: 3

4 DREAMCATCHER by Stephen King (Scribner: $28) Four boyhood friends return to a cabin in the Maine woods to recall old times and face horrifying bodysnatchers.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

5 A PAINTED HOUSE by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) Tensions between two groups of farm workers result in a brutal murder in this tale of an Arkansas boyhood in 1952.

Last Week: 7; Weeks On List: 7

6 1st TO DIE by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $26.95) Four female professionals dubbed "The Women's Murder Club" track a killer with a penchant for newlyweds.

Last Week: 2; Weeks On List: 3

7 OFF KECK ROAD by Mona Simpson (Alfred A. Knopf: $19) A novella about a tight-knit group of people coming of age and then growing old together in Green Bay, Wis.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 5

8 THE VILLA by Nora Roberts (Putnam: $25.95) The merger of two powerful family wineries in Napa, Calif., results in romance, intrigue, sabotage and murder.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

9 THE VENDETTA DEFENSE by Lisa Scottoline (HarperCollins: $25) An attorney struggles to defend a good man who is on trial for a crime of passion.

Last Week: 5; Weeks On List: 3

10 A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT by Terry McMillan (Viking: $25.95) A matriarch, her husband and her children see life-and one another-on their own terms.

Last Week: 11; Weeks On List: 9

11 THE FIRST COUNSEL by Brad Meltzer (Warner: $25.95) In love with the president's daughter, a young White House lawyer uncovers a murder plot that extends to the Oval Office.

Last Week: 15; Weeks On List: 11

12 EDGE OF DANGER by Jack Higgins (Putnam: $25.95) A British agent thwarts the plans of a wealthy half-British, half-Arab family intent on world domination.

Last Week: 13; Weeks On List: 3

13 LAST REFUGE OF SCOUNDRELS by Paul Lussier (Warner: $26.95) In Revolutionary War-era America, a naive merchant's son falls in love with a spy for George Washington.

Last Week: 12; Weeks On List: 2

14 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: 9

15 SHOPGIRL by Steve Martin (Hyperion: $17.95) A young artist working days in the glove department of Neiman Marcus falls in love with a millionaire businessman.

Last Week: 11; Weeks On List: 22

NONFICTION

1 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) The coauthor of "The One Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to show people how to manage change.

Last Week: 4; Weeks On List: 54

2 FAST FOOD NATION by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin: $25) A journalist exposes the fast-food industry's strategies, from meatpacking to the boardroom, to control American consumers.

Last Week: 1; Weeks On List: 7

3 SEABISCUIT by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House: $24.95) How three men transformed a thoroughbred horse from a neurotic also-ran into an American sports icon.

Last Week: 8; Weeks On List: 4

4 DARWIN AWARDS by Wendy Northcutt (Dutton: $16.95) Stupid human tricks: Honoring those who improve our gene pool by eliminating themselves from it.

5 Last Week: 11; Weeks On List: 13

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: 5; Weeks On List: 20

6 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: 2; Weeks On List: 160

7 ICE BOUND by Jerri Nielsen (Talk Miramax: $23.95) A doctor struggles with breast cancer while serving at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica.

Last Week: 14; Weeks On List: 7

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

Last Week: 11; Weeks On List: 24

9 AN HOUR BEFORE DAYLIGHT by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster: $26) Memories of the former president's boyhood on a Georgia farm during the Great Depression.

Last Week: 13; Weeks On List: 11

10 CHANCES OF A LIFETIME by Warren Christopher (Scribner: $26) The former secretary of state shares his recollection of leaders and events that shaped the end of the 20th century.

-- Last Week: ; Weeks On List: 7

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