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July 29, 2001

Southern California Rating:


1 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: 2; Weeks On List: 2

2 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: 13; Weeks On List: 21

3 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: 7; Weeks On List: 2

4 HOW TO BE GOOD by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $24.95) An altruistic doctor wages a carnal and philosophical war between her desires for adultery and being a faithful wife.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

5 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: 15; Weeks On List: 2

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

Last Week: 11; Weeks On List: 11

7 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: 1; Weeks On List: 4

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: 8; Weeks On List: 7

9 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: 4; Weeks On List: 6

10 DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS by P.D. James (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) In East Anglia, a theological college is torn apart by a string of sacrilegious and horrifying murders.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 12

11 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: 9; Weeks On List: 3

12 THE JASMINE TRADE by Denise Hamilton (Scribner: $24) A young Chinese girl's death leads a reporter into the world of Asian gangs and wealthy teens with money to burn.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

13 LITTLE AMERICA by Henry Bromell (Alfred A. Knopf: $24 ) A fiftysomething history professor plunges into the shadowy past of his father, a CIA operative in a tiny Middle Eastern kingdom.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 2

14 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: 3; Weeks On List: 2

15 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: 12; Weeks On List: 3


1 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: 2; Weeks On List: 9

2 NICKEL AND DIMED by Barbara Ehrenreich (Henry Holt: $23) Concealing her identity, the author worked a series of low-paying jobs to see if the American dream is available to everyone.

Last Week: 12; Weeks On List: 6

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: 9; Weeks On List: 20

4 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: 36

5 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: 3; Weeks On List: 3

6 THE BOTANY OF DESIRE by Michael Pollan (Random House: $24.95) How four plants and their products--apple, potato, tulip and cannabis--have influenced human destiny.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

7 A YEAR IN VAN NUYS by Sandra Tsing Loh (Crown: $23) Coming to terms with writer's block and growing older in a place far from Provence: the San Fernando Valley.

Last Week: 15; Weeks On List: 9

8 NATASHA by Suzanne Finstad (Crown: $25) The lifelong struggle between Natalie Zakharenko, born to Russian immigrants, and her alter ego, Hollywood's glamorous Natalie Wood.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 3

9 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.

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