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Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

March 18, 2001

Southern California Ratings

FICTION

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: 3

2 THE DEATH OF VISHNU by Manil Suri (W.W. Norton: $24.95) A dying man's soul eavesdrops on his colorful neighbors in a Bombay apartment building.

Last week: 2

Weeks on List: 6

3 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: 4

Weeks on List: 4

4 THE 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: 8

Weeks on List: 7

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

Last week: 13

Weeks on List: 19

6 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: 5

Weeks on List: 7

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

Last week: 15

Weeks on List: 2

8 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: 9

Weeks on List: 8

9 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: 1

10 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.

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Weeks on List: 8

11 KINGDOM OF SHADOWS by Alan Furst (Random House: $24.95) A Hungarian aristocrat living in Paris becomes a freedom fighter for his homeland in the years before World War II.

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Weeks on List: 1

12 THE TIN COLLECTORS by Stephen J. Cannell (St. Martin's: $24.95) The LAPD's internal affairs cops discover that corruption reaches all the way to the top in the City of Angels.

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Weeks on List: 4

13 DEMONOLOGY by Rick Moody (Little, Brown: $24.95) Intricate short stories about troubled people and the powerful force that dead loved ones exert on their lives.

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Weeks on List: 8

14 PROTECT AND DEFEND by Richard North Patterson (Random House: $26.95) A newly elected president faces the unexpected chance to nominate a new chief justice.

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Weeks on List: 5

15 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: 6

Weeks on List: 6

NONFICTION

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

Last week: 7

Weeks on List: 6

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: 2

Weeks on List: 51

3 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: 11

Weeks on List: 4

4 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.

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Weeks on List: 1

5 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: 9

Weeks on List: 8

6 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: 8

Weeks on List: 5

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

Last week: 4

Weeks on List: 2

8 KING DAVID by Jonathan Kirsch (Ballantine: $28) Beyond the blockbusters, epics, and cartoons , a search for the real history of the man who ruled Israel.

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Weeks on List: 5

9 A LIFE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Houghton Mifflin: $28.95) The historian's memoirs parallel his development with America's from 1917 to 1950.

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Weeks on List: 5

10 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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Weeks on List: 1

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