Southern California Rating:FICTION1 HARRY POTTER AND THE...


Southern California Rating:


1 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic: $16.95) Unhappy at home, a young boy discovers that he is a great magician.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 6

2 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine Books: $17.95) Harry risks his life to solve a mystery at the Hogwarts School.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 8

3 TIMELINE by Michael Crichton (Random House: $26.95) Investigators battle mad lords, crazed giants and peasant bandits after time-traveling to 14th-century France.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic: $19.95) Sirius Black--an escaped convict--is on the loose, and he’s after Harry.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 8

5 SAVING FAITH by David Baldacci (Warner: $26.95) Two Washington lobbyists have made some very dangerous enemies and must cut a deal with the FBI.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 2

6 HUNTING BADGER by Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins: $26) Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee work to catch the right-wing militiamen who pulled off a violent heist.


Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 2

7 DISGRACE by J.M. Coetzee (Viking: $23.95) Fired from academe, a South African professor pursues the simple life on his daughter’s farm but finds danger in the post-apartheid world.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8 THE ROAD TO MARS by Eric Idle (Pantheon: $24) The 21st century adventures of an android and a comedy duo touring the outer vaudeville circuit of the solar system.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9 O IS FOR OUTLAW by Sue Grafton (Henry Holt: $26) New information on an old crime forces Kinsey Millhone to look back at her ill-fated marriage.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 7

10 AHAB’S WIFE by Sena Jeter Naslund (William Morrow: $28) The life of a 19th century seafaring adventuress before her fateful encounter with the legendary Captain Ahab.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11 BLUE AT THE MIZZEN by Patrick O’Brian (W.W. Norton: $24) The continuing maritime adventures of Aubrey and Maturin in the age of Napoleon.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 3

12 PERSONAL INJURIES by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27) Dirty lawyers, dirtyjudges and one equally soiled informant face off in fictional Kindle County.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 9

13 POP GOES THE WEASEL by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $26.95) Detectives probe the link between a “Jane Doe killer” in the ghettos of Washington, D.C., and a rich man’s death.


Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 5

14 BIG TROUBLE by Dave Barry (Putnam: 23.95) The male ego runs amok in the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist’s first novel, set in the fabled world of Miami’s vice.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

15 DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE by Isabel Allende (HarperCollins: $26) A young woman escapes from the bonds of her youthful passion to Gold Rush California.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 7


1 THE GREATEST GENERATION by Tom Brokaw (Random House: $24.95) TV anchor tells the stories of the generation that came of age during the Depression and World War II.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 45

2 THE MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID by Esther Williams with Digby Diehl (Simon & Schuster: $26) Behind-the-scenes gossip at MGM, as told by the queen of “swimming musicals.”

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 5

3 ‘TIS by Frank McCourt (Scribner: $26) A young McCourt arrives from Ireland in New York, with all its peril and promise, in this sequel to “Angela’s Ashes.”

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 10

4 DUTCH by Edmund Morris (Random House: $35) This long-anticipated official biography of President Reagan features a fictionalized narrator.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 8

5 ISAAC’S STORM by Erik Larson (Crown: $25) The engrossing tale of a hurricane that slammed into Galveston in 1900 and of a weather forecaster heralded as a hero.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 7

6 THE NEW NEW THING by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton: $25.95) The genius and ruthlessness of Silicon Valley giant Jim Clark, told from the vantage point of Clark’s cutting-edge yacht.


Last Week: 11; Weeks on List: 3

7 GARY COOPER OFF CAMERA by Maria Cooper Janis (Abrams: $35) Pictorial remembrances of the Hollywood icon as family man, sportsman and friend to Hemingway, Picasso and others.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

8 A TASTE OF HOLLYWOOD by Patrick Terrail (Lebhar-Friedman: $29.95) The story of legendary restaurant Ma Maison, eatery to the rich and famous.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9 THE LONGEST SILENCE by Thomas McGuane (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) Essays on a modern man’ssearch for self and soul amid the rigging and tackle of the fisherman’s life.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

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

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 98

11 HAVE A NICE DAY! by Mick Foley (ReganBooks: $25) The blood-and-guts autobiography of a professional wrestling giant, also known as Mankind, Dude Love and Cactus Jack.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

12 ALL THE BEST by George Bush (Scribner: $30) Autobiography by documentation: a collection of writings, speeches, diary entries and other contributions by the former president.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

13 FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: $22.95) The “Conversations withGod” author relates how anyone can start up a dialogue with the Almighty.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

14 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) This co-author of “The OneMinute Manager” advises managers on how to get employees Y2K ready.


Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

15 THE WAY WE LIVED THEN by Dominick Dunne (Crown: $27.50) A personal photo album and memoir of Hollywood by a self-proclaimed name-dropper.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 9



1 THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperPerennial: $14) A missionary family’s ordeals.

2 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE by J.K. Rowling (Arthur A. Levine: $5.99) A young wizard-in-training.

3 VINEGAR HILL by A. Manette Ansay (Avon: $13) A woman and her family live with her tough, bitter in-laws.

4 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA by Arthur Golden (Vintage: $14) The life and loves of a teahouse entertainer in Kyoto.

5 LOST IN TRANSLATION by Nicole Mones (Delacorte: $12.95) Archeologists search for Peking Man’s remains in China.

6 SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS by David Guterson (Vintage: $14) Turmoil on Puget Sound during a fisherman’s trial.

7 THE READER by Bernhard Schlink (Vintage: $11) A boyhood fling with an older woman and its aftermath.

8 THE PRODIGAL SPY by Joseph Kanon (Dell: $7.50) A young man fights Cold War demons.

9 THE SIMPLE TRUTH by David Balducci (Warner: $7.99) A convicted killer finds out he’s not guilty.

10 THE PILOT’S WIFE by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown: $13.95) A woman’s disturbing discoveries after a fatal plane crash.



1 SPIRIT INTO SOUND by Mickey Hart and Fredric Lieberman (Acid Test: $16.95) Insights on the power of music.

2 THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht (Chronicle: $14.95) SOS!

3 WORLD ALMANAC & BOOK OF FACTS 2000 (World Almanac: $10.95) Includes “Countdown to the Millennium.”

4 THE OLD FARMERS ALMANAC 2000 Edited by Judson Hale (Villard: $5.95) Weather forecasts, tide tables and more.

5 ANGELA’S ASHES by Frank McCourt (Touchstone: $14) Overcoming an Irish childhood during the Depression.

6 GIRL, INTERRUPTED by Susanna Kaysen (Vintage: $12) A memoir of mental recovery and life in an institution.

7 THE PERFECT STORM by Sebastian Junger (HarperPaperback: $13) Fishermen trapped in a storm.

8 THE GIFTS OF THE JEWS by Thomas Cahill (Anchor Books: $14) How a group of desert nomads changed the world.

9 BLIND MAN’S BLUFF by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew (HarperPerennial: $7.99) American submarine espionage.

10 THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN by Simon Winchester (HarperPerennial: $13) A madman with a flair for words.


Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.