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February 04, 2001

February 4, 2001

Southern California Rating

FICTION

1. FROM THE CORNER OF HIS EYE by Dean Koontz (Bantam: $26.95) A boy born on a day of tragedy and terror finds that the events of his life live up to the remarkable circumstances of his birth.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 3

2 A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $25.95) A retired FBI agent teams with an LAPD homicide detective to investigate a series of ritual killings.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

3 BODY ARTIST by Don DeLillo (Scribner: $22) In a ghostly seaside house, an artist encounters a strange, ageless man with an uncanny knowledge of her own life.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 THE CONSTANT GARDENER by John le Carre (Scribner: $28) A British diplomat quits his Nairobi home and garden to avenge the murder of his wife, who uncovered multinational misdeeds in Kenya.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 7

5 SHOPGIRL by Steve Martin (Hyperion: $17.95) A young artist who works days in the glove department at Neiman Marcus falls abruptly in love with a millionaire businessman.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 17

6 LYING AWAKE by Mark Salzman (Alfred A. Knopf: $21) A meditation on spirituality in the life of an Angeleno nun facing a dilemma: Should she have surgery that will cure her of mystical visions?

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 17

7 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: 6; Weeks on List: 2

8 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Talese/Doubleday: $26) A narrative tour de force of self-deceit and revenge that joins the lives of two sisters with an unpublished sci-fi novel.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: --; Weeks on List: 18

9 CODE TO ZERO by Ken Follett (Dutton: $26.95) A man wakes up in a train station in Washington, D.C., in 1958 with no idea who he is or how he got there.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 6

10 PRODIGAL SUMMER by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins: $26) In southern Appalachia, three stories of human love intersect within a larger tapestry.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 13

11 THE DEATH OF VISHNU by Manil Suri (W.W. Norton: $24.95) A dying man's soul eavesdrops on his neighbors in a Bombay apartment building. Reviewed by Shashi Tharoor, Page 3.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

12 SOUL MOUNTAIN by Gao Xingjian (HarperCollins: $27) The Nobel Prize winner shares a story of a man's inner journey and search for freedom in rural China.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 7

13 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: --; Weeks on List: 1

14 ROSES ARE RED by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $26.95) Alex Cross battles a cunning murderer, nicknamed "Mastermind," who orchestrates teams of criminals while hiding in the shadows.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 8

15 TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG by Peter Carey (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.95) The gunslinging, word-slinging exploits of Australian robber and raconteur Ned Kelly.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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: 3; Weeks on List: 45

2 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: 3; Weeks on List: 11

3 PARIS TO THE MOON by Adam Gopnik (Random House: $24.95) A personal homage to years spent in the City of Light by a longtime New Yorker writer.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 13

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

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 16

5 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: 8

6 AN INVITATION TO THE WHITE HOUSE by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster: $35) Upstairs, downstairs with the former first lady, who narrates the fascinating history of the White House.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 5

7 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: 4; Weeks on List: 2

8 CONSTANTINE'S SWORD by James Carroll (Houghton Mifflin: $28) A Catholic writer looks at the roots of his church's two-thousand-year relationship with Judaism.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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