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LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLERS / March 11, 2001

March 11, 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 in her mother's memoir, written before the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 2

2 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 as he tries to solve the riddle of his own mortality.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 5

3 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: 6; Weeks on List: 6

4 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: 1; Weeks on List: 3

5 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: 4; Weeks on List: 6

6 MYSTIC RIVER by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow: $25) A young girl's murder in a Massachusetts neighborhood causes three friends to confront the skeletons in their closets.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 5

7 THIS HEART OF MINE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (William Morrow: $24) A children's book author, scion of a football team-owning family, has a crush on the star quarterback.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8 THE BODY ARTIST by Don DeLillo (Scribner: $22) In a ghostly seaside house, an artist encounters a strange, ageless man. Reviewed by Nicole Krauss, Page 8.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 6

9 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: 2; Weeks on List: 7

10 AIDING AND ABETTING by Muriel Spark (Doubleday: $21) A novel based on the story of the seventh earl of Lucan, missing since 1974, when he accidentally killed his children's nanny.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11 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: 7; Weeks on List: 21

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: --; Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 18

14 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: 10; Weeks on List: 7

15 CHEMICAL PINK by Katie Arnoldi (Forge: $23.95) A poor single mother loses herself in the pursuit of her dream to be a world-class bodybuilder, as she falls under the control of a manipulative trainer.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

NONFICTION

1 RULES FOR AGING by Roger Rosenblatt (Harcourt Brace: $18) Fifty-six rules for navigating the golden years, living longer and seeking to attain perfection.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

2 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: 1; Weeks on List: 50

3 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: 16

4 BUDDHA by Karen Armstrong (Viking/Lippert: $19.95) This short biography explores the life of Sidhatta Gotama and makes connections between his time and our own.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

5 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: 4; Weeks on List: 4

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: 13; Weeks on List: 157

7 CONSTANTINE'S SWORD by James Carroll (Houghton Mifflin: $28) A Catholic novelist wrestles with the roots of his church's 2,000-year relationship with Judaism.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 4

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