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Southern California Ratings

Fiction

April 22, 2001

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: 8

2 SILENT JOE by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion: $23.95) A young sheriff's deputy, his face horribly scarred, uncovers his mysterious past when he hunts the killers of his adopted father.

Last Week: -

Weeks On List: 1

3 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: 11

Weeks On List: 5

4 MY DREAM OF YOU by Nuala O'Faolain (Riverhead: $25.95) In researching a 150-year-old divorce case, an Irish writer uncovers a story of love and devotion.

Last Week: 3

Weeks On List: 2

5 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: 10

Weeks On List: 24

6 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: 4

Weeks On List: 3

7 THE LAST TIME THEY MET by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown: $24.95) Two poets sustain a lifelong passion though they've been together only three times.

Last Week: 5

Weeks On List: 2

8 A COMMON LIFE by Jan Karon (Viking: $24.95) The villagers in Mitford celebrate, from pre-nup counseling to the walk down the aisle, when Father Tim marries his next-door neighbor.

Last Week: -

Weeks On List: 1

9 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: 8

Weeks On List: 11

10 THE LAST REPORT ON THE MIRACLES AT LITTLE NO HORSE by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins: $26) A priest suffers a crisis of conscience in an Ojibwe community in North Dakota.

Last Week: -

Weeks On List: 1

11 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: 2

Weeks On List: 3

12 RESURRECTING MINGUS by Jenoyne Adams (The Free Press: $23) In the aftermath of her parents' divorce, a young attorney strives to find her own identity.

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Weeks On List: 3

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

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Weeks On List: 6

14 THE ORANGE CURTAIN by John Shannon (Carroll & Graf: $24) Jack Liffey finds himself on the trail of a killer when he investigates the disappearance of a Vietnamese American girl.

Last Week: 15

Weeks On List: 2

15 SINGING BOY by Dennis McFarland (Henry Holt: $25) After a man is gunned down by a stranger while his wife and son watch, his widow and best friend suffer the consequences.

Last Week: 1

Weeks On List: 2

NONFICTION

1 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: 1

Weeks On List: 6

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: 3

Weeks On List: 9

3 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: 2

Weeks On List: 56

4 LOST HOLLYWOOD by David Wallace (St. Martin's: $23.95) A tour of the movie capital's locations and the stories, glamour and romance associated with them.

Last Week: 5

Weeks On List: 2

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: 8

Weeks On List: 22

6 MORE THAN A GAME by Phil Jackson and Charley Rosen (Seven Stories Press: $24.95) The Laker coach shares strategy and locker room gossip. Reviewed by Bill Plaschke, Page 4.

Last Week: 4

Weeks On List: 2

7 BIRTH OF THE COOL by Lewis Macadams (The Free Press: $27.50) From bebop to Beat and Parker to Pollock, the genesis of the hip generation by one of its players.

Last Week: -

Weeks On List: 2

8 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: 7

Weeks On List: 162

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: 10

Weeks On List: 13

10 RAISING FENCES by Michael Datcher (Putnam: $23.95) A poet's memoir of his chaotic childhood in the inner city of L.A. and an impassioned indictment of absentee fathers.

Last Week: -

Weeks On List: 1

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