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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / July 22, 2001

July 22, 2001

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 A TRAITOR TO MEMORY by Elizabeth George (Bantam: $26.95) A sensational child murder case from years ago holds clues to the identity of a vicious hit-and-run killer of a divorcee.

Last Week: 3; Weeks On List: 3

2 THE FOURTH HAND by John Irving (Random House: $26.95) A television reporter loses his hand to a hungry lion in a freak accident that is broadcast on TV.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

3 WHITE SWAN, BLACK SWAN by Adrienne Sharp (Random House: $21.95) A collection of short stories about ballet dancers and choreographers seeking perfection in dance and in life.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

4 THE WIND DONE GONE by Alice Randall (Houghton Mifflin: $22) A tale of plantation life on Tara, told by Scarlett's half-sister, and infused with irony and Gothic satire.

Last Week: 5; Weeks On List: 5

5 ECHO BURNING by Lee Child (Putnam: $24.95) A former cop finds himself in the midst of trouble when he agrees to serve as a bodyguard for a woman and her daughter.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

6 THE JURY by Steve Martini (Putnam: $25.95) Lawyer-hero Paul Madriani defends a doctor involved in gene research with plenty of motive for killing an ambitious colleague.

Last Week: 9; Weeks On List: 2

7 PARALLEL LIES by Ridley Pearson (Hyperion: $23.95) An ex-homicide detective investigates a series of train derailments that look suspiciously like sabotage.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

8 P IS FOR PERIL by Sue Grafton (Putnam: $26.95) Kinsey Millhone is hired to find a missing doctor with skeletons in the closet at work and a dysfunctional family at home.

Last Week: 1; Weeks On List: 6

9 SEVEN UP by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: $24.95) Sassy New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum returns, on the trail of a mean senior citizen with a corpse in his garden shed.

Last Week: 7; Weeks On List: 2

10 FEARLESS JONES by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown: $24.95) A used-book shop owner crosses paths with a beautiful, mysterious woman, and his life is quickly turned upside-down. 8 5

11 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS by Anne Tyler (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) A 50-something widow and loving mom, coping with midlife, meets an old flame and ponders the road not taken.

Last Week: 6; Weeks On List: 10

12 CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy (Warner: $24.95) A family chronicle about the experiences of four generations of women born into slavery on the Cane River in Louisiana.

Last Week: 10; Weeks On List: 2

13 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (Random House: $26.95) In World War II Brooklyn, two Jewish cousins break into the comic book business.

Last Week: 12; Weeks On List: 20

14 LEAP OF FAITH by Danielle Steel (Dell: $19.95) A young woman flees her wicked aunt for a sinister French Prince Charming only to realize that her true love is an Iowa farmboy.

Last Week: 11; Weeks On List: 3

15 OPEN SEASON by C.J. Box (Putnam: 23.95) A game warden finds himself in a nest of trouble when three elk hunters are killed under mysterious circumstances.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

NONFICTION

1 A PASSION TO WIN by Sumner Redstone with Peter Knobler (Simon & Schuster: $26) A media monarch's progress: fFrom childhood in a tough Boston neighborhood to his takeover of Viacom.

Last Week: 0; Weeks On List: 2

2 JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster: $35) The story of our second president, a man Thomas Jefferson called "the colossus of independence."

Last Week: 1; Weeks On List: 8

3 JUSTICE by Dominick Dunne (Crown: $24) The bespectacled writer describes the high-profile crimes he's covered, as well as a painfully private one: his daughter's murder.

Last Week: 4; Weeks On List: 2

4 STOLEN LIVES by Malika Oufkir with Michele Fitoussi (Talk Miramax: $24) A young woman spends 20 years in jail after her father tries to assassinate the king of Morocco.

Last Week: 6; Weeks On List: 5

5 FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph J. Ellis (Alfred A. Knopf: $26 ) The intertwined lives of America's founders, their squabbles and collaborations, long before they were deified in history books.

Last Week: 13; Weeks On List: 12

6 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) The co-author 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: 69

7 GHOST SOLDIERS by Hampton Sides (Doubleday: $24.95) How a small group of elite American soldiers made a daring rescue of British and American war prisoners in 1945.

Last Week: 15; Weeks On List: 8

8 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: 35

9 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.

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