Southern California Rating:


1. HANNIBAL by Thomas Harris (Delacorte: $27.95) The cleverly repulsive sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," featuring the villainous hero Hannibal the Cannibal.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 3

2. WHITE OLEANDER by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown: $24) When a woman murders her lover, her daughter must learn to face womanhood in a foster home.

Last Week: 2; Weeks on List: 8

3. THE GIRLS' GUIDE TO HUNTING AND FISHING by Melissa Bank (Viking: $23.95) As a modern girl grows up looking for love, to whom should she turn?

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 5

4. THE TESTAMENT by John Grisham (Doubleday: $27.95) The 10th richest man in the United States has died, and his greedy heirs are circling like hungry vultures.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 20

5. DANGEROUS KISS by Jackie Collins (Simon and Schuster: $25) An Italian duke kidnaps a supermodel and faces the wrath of her aunt, sexy film exec Lucky Santangelo.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 4

6. A GOD IN RUINS by Leon Uris (HarperCollins: $26) An 11th-hour scandal threatens to ruin a scrappy ex-Marine's run for the U.S. presidency in 2008.

Last Week: 14; Weeks on List: 4

7. TURN OF THE CENTURY by Kurt Anderson (Random House: $24.95) A twisted adventure, set in the year 2000, when corruption permeates society.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

8. STAR WARS, EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE by Terry Brooks (Lucasbooks/Del Rey: $25) The "Star Wars" saga unfolds with Darth Vader's childhood on a desert planet.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 7

9. MOTHER OF PEARL by Melinda Haynes (Hyperion: $23.95) A story of friendship across race lines and the tragic struggles of private citizens in a 1950s Southern town.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 2

10. THE ENOCH REVELATION by James Hendricks (Vantage: $18.95) Ancient prophecy meets modern technology, as government agents investigate extraterrestrial activity.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11. THE BLUE HOUR by T. Jefferson Parker (Little, Brown: $23.95) Two detectives team up to catch the "Purse Snatcher," a kidnaping slayer of beautiful Laguna County women.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

12. THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster: $16.95) When a young girl loses her way on a hiking trip, a dangerous creature is not far behind.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

13. WE'LL MEET AGAIN by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon and Schuster: $25) A suspense novel that explores the evil inner workings of an HMO and some risky medical experiments.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 4

14. HIGH FIVE by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's: $23.95) The fifth book in the series starring Stephanie Plumb, the "Bounty Hunter from Hell."

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

15. EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS by David Guterson (Harcourt Brace: $25) A retired heart surgeon with terminal cancer goes on his last hunt in the woods of the Northwest.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 6



1. SHADOW by Bob Woodward (Simon and Schuster: $27.50) The impact of Watergate on the management of White House scandals, from Ford to Clinton.

Last Week: 1; Weeks on List: 2

2. 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: 3; Weeks on List: 30

3. 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: 6; Weeks on List: 78

4. HIGH EXPOSURE by David Breashears (Simon and Schuster: $26) The autobiography of a mountain climber-filmmaker who has climbed Mt. Everest four times.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 4

5. ENCORE PROVENCE by Peter Mayle (Alfred A. Knopf: $23) A return to southern France prompts memories of good times. Reviewed by Susan Salter Reynolds, Page 11.

Last Week: 9; Weeks on List: 6

6. ANOTHER LIFE by Michael Korda (Random House: $26.95) An insider's delicious dish on the personalities behind a popular publishing house.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 6

7. SHOW ME THE MAGIC by Paul Mazursky (Simon and Schuster: $25) A memoir of the actor-director's life including portraits of Peter Sellers, Federico Fellini and others.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 2

8. THE MAJORS by John Feinstein (Little, Brown: $25) The quest for golfing greatness in four prestigious events: the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and the PGA.

Last Week: 4; Weeks on List: 7

9. CINDERELLA STORY by Bill Murray with George Peper (Doubleday: $19.95) Adventures in golf, from the actor who began his working career as a caddy.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

10. I AIN'T GOT TIME TO BLEED by Jesse Ventura (Villard: $19.95) The story of a Minnesota governor: How a wrestler with a body beautiful became a leader of the body politic.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

11. EVERY MAN A TIGER by Tom Clancy and Chuck Horner (Putnam: $27.95) The art of war, particularly modern air power, as told by a master storyteller and a general.

Last Week: 15; Weeks on List: 5

12. BELLA TUSCANY by Frances Mayes (Broadway: $25) Rich, colorful stories of cuisine and Italian life in the villages by the author of "Under the Tuscan Sun."

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 10

13. BETRAYAL by Bill Gertz (Regnery: $27.95) A Washington Times reporter says the Clinton administration has sold out on national security and covered it up.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

14. COMRADES by Stephen Ambrose (Simon and Schuster: $21) The war historian reflects on male friendship in his own life and in the lives of people he has written about.

Last Week: 7; Weeks on List: 2

15. TRAVELING MERCIES by Anne Lamott (Pantheon: $23) The growth of Lamott's beliefs and how they helped her overcome grief, alcoholism and bad hair days.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 15



1. BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY by Helen Fielding (Penguin: $12.95) A thirtysomething deals with love.

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

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

4. THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER by Nelson DeMille (Warner: $7.50) A military woman's murder reveals Army secrets.

5. SUMMER SISTERS by Judy Blume (Dell: $7.50) An unlikely friendship blossoms between two girls.

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

7. A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR by John Irving (Ballantine: $14.95) A Dickensian story of a woman with great expectations.

8. BAG OF BONES by Stephen King (Pocket: $7.99) An author is haunted by writer's block and ghosts.

9. YOU BELONG TO ME by Mary Higgins Clark (Pocket: $7) A psychologist attracts a killer with an ear for music.

10. OP-CENTER: STATE OF SIEGE by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik (Berkley: $7.99) U.N. soldiers gone bad.



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

2. A WALK IN THE WOODS by Bill Bryson (Broadway: $13) Memoirs told while hiking the American wilderness.

3. REAL BOYS by William Pollack (Owl Books: $13.95) Raising a healthy male child in spite of society's mixed messages.

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

5. SEAT OF THE SOUL by Gary Zukav (Fireside: $13) The inward transformation of the human soul.

6. GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL by Jared Diamond (W.W. Norton: $14.95) The part played by this triad in history.

7. RICKY MARTIN: A SCRAPBOOK IN WORDS AND PICTURES by Anne M. Raso (Dell: $7.95) Livin' La Vida Loca.

8. THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko (Pocket: $14) Secrets of the wealthy.

9. OUR DUMB CENTURY by the Onion staff (Three Rivers: $15) Satiric headlines from a popular humor publication.

10. FALLING LEAVES by Adeline Yen Mah (Broadway: $13) Life under an oppressive stepmother in mainland China.

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

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