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Southern California Rankings:FICTION1. POINT OF ORIGIN by...

Southern California Rankings:

FICTION

1. POINT OF ORIGIN by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam: $25.95) Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner, takes on a psychopathic serial killer, her former lover.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

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2. BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY by Helen Fielding (Viking: $22.95) The New Year’s resolutions of a single thirtysomething girlie Brit, from personal appearance to the perfect man.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 7

3. MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Knopf: $25) The life and loves of a teahouse entertainer growing up in Kyoto during World War II.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 37

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4. SUMMER SISTERS by Judy Blume (Delacorte: $21.95) Friendship between two unlikely girls blossoms and grows through years of hardship and maturity.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 10

5. I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE by Wally Lamb (ReganBooks: $27.50) A man with a twin brother searches for meaning in the story of an Italian ancestor.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 6

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6. A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR by John Irving (Random House: $27.95) From childhood to middle age, a woman learns that one must wait a long time to fall in love.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 12

7. AI! PEDRITO! by L. Ron Hubbard and Kevin J. Anderson (Bridge Publications: $25) Naval Lt. Tom Smith discovers that his look-alike is a South American revolutionary.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 2

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8. COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier (Atlantic Monthly: $24) A Confederate soldier deserts the Civil War and walks home to his farm and sweetheart.

Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 50

9. THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT by Jeffrey Archer (HarperCollins: $26) A CIA agent specializing in assassination discovers that treachery begins at home.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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10. THE ARCHIVIST by Martha Cooley (Little, Brown: $22.95) A librarian’s solitary existence is challenged by a vivacious young poet.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Nicholas Sparks (Warner: $20) A single mother searches for a lonely heart who threw a lover’s plea into the ocean.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 9

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12. ICE FIRE by (Pocket: $23) A race against time to save the world from a killer tsunami.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

13. THE GIRL IN THE FLAMMABLE SKIRT by Aimee Bender (Doubleday: $21.95) Short stories of men and women living in a world turned on its axis.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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14. THE READER by Bernhard Schlink (Pantheon: $21) The story of a boyhood interlude with a woman, a sexual awakening and its aftermath.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

15. THE KLONE AND I by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: $17.95) Finding the right chemistry in a story of high-tech love among the test tubes.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 5

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NONFICTION

1. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by Mitch Albom (Doubleday: $19.95) A sportswriter’s empowering story of his weekly visits to see an older dying friend.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 30

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2. LIGHT MY FIRE by Ray Manzarek (Putnam: $26.95) The Doors’ former keyboardist recounts his life with Jim Morrison and the rest of the band.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

3. THE NINE STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM by Suze Orman (Crown: $23) Practical tips for avoiding stress, making good savings plans and managing money.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 15

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4. EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS by Peter Biskind (Simon & Schuster: $25) How the sex -drugs-and rock ‘n’ roll generation of filmakers saved Hollywood.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 15

5. WALKING WITH THE WIND by John Lewis and Michael D’Orso (Simon & Schuster: $25) The story of the civil rights movement, as told by one of its leaders.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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6. ANGELA’S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Scribner: $24) A bittersweet lyrical memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in a rain-soaked Irish city.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 88

7. ABSOLUTELY NOW by Lynne Franks (Overlook: $23.95) The P.R. guru recounts her worldwide quest for personal and spiritual meaning.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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8. THE GIFTS OF THE JEWS by Thomas Cahill (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: $23.50) How a nomadic people heard the Almighty’s voice and transformed the world.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 15

9. TITAN by Ron Chernow (Random House: $30) A biography of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. that draws upon unpublished interviews with the industrial tycoon.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 8

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10. A WALK IN THE WOODS by Bill Bryson (Broadway: $25) After 20 years in England, a writer gets reacquainted with America by hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11. SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Gary Kinder (Atlantic Monthly: $27.50) A modern-day adventure to retrieve $450 million from a sunken steamer.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 8

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12. PHILISTINES AT THE HEDGEROW by Steven Gaines (Little, Brown: $26.95) A social history of the elite living on walled estates in the Hamptons.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 5

13. CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK ONE by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: 19.95) Channeling messages from Mr. Big about good, evil and the meaning of life.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 60

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14. YOUR LIFE AS A STORY by Tristine Rainer (Tarcher/Putnam: $24.95) Analysis, examples and exercises designed to help life into literature.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

15. TRIUMPH OF JUSTICE by Daniel M. Petrocelli with Peter Knobler (Crown: $25.95) The prosecutor’s road to a $33.5 million victory in the O.J. Simpson civil trial.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 5

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PAPERBACK

FICTION

1. DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD by Rebecca Wells (HarperCollins: $13) Sisterhood in the South.

2. THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy (HarperPerennial: $13) The rise and fall of an Indian family.

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3. UNNATURAL EXPOSURE by Patricia Cornwell (Berkley: $7.99) Kay Scarpetta hunts for a killer in cyberspace.

4. THE BEST LAID PLANS by Sidney Sheldon (Warner: $7.99) A political dreamer meets a sexy schemer.

5. THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks (Warner Vision: $5.99) Old flames recall their former combustion.

6. UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo (Scribner: $14) The world comes of age in the turbulent 1950s.

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7. THE COMEDY WRITER by Peter Farrelly (Main Street: $12.95) An East Coast screenwriter gets a surreal taste of L.A.

8. HIGH FIDELITY by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $12.95) A 35-year-old man squelches heartbreak with pop music.

9. Rising Tides by Nora Roberts (Jove: $7.50) Brothers struggle to fulfill their father’s dying wish.

10. THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho (HarperFlamingo: $13) Transforming life experiences into gold.

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NONFICTION

1. INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer (Anchor Books: $7.99) Risk and recklessness on Mt. Everest.

2. THE PERFECT STORM by Sebastian Junger (HarperPerennial: $13) Fishermen trapped in the fury of an Atlantic storm.

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3. UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN by Frances Mayes (Broadway: $13) Making a home in a glorious Italian landscape.

4. HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION by Thomas Cahill (Anchor: $12.95) What Irish monks did after Rome’s fall.

5. NAKED by David Sedaris (Little Brown: $12.95) Autobiographical essays from the NPR commentator.

6. PERSONAL HISTORY by Katharine Graham (Vintage: $15) The heiress at the helm of the Washington Post.

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7. TEAM RODENT by Carl Hiaasen (Ballantine: $8.95) The greed behind the gleam of the Walt Disney company.

8. WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN by Budd Schulberg (Vintage: $14) The classic tale of Hollywood agent Sammy Glick.

9. HELLO, HE LIED by Lynda Obst (Broadway: $13) Cutting deals and dodging egos in Tinsel Town.

10. HIT & RUN by Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster: $15) Peters, Guber and the fight for the Sony throne.

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Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.


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