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1 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. Reviewed by Eugen Weber, Page 11.

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 2


2 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: 3

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

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 4


4 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: 3

5 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: 4; Weeks on List: 3

6 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: --; Weeks on List: 1

7 A WALK TO REMEMBER by Nicholas Sparks (Warner: $19.95) An old man looks back at his own bittersweet love story from the vantage point that 40 years can offer.

Last Week: 8; Weeks on List: 3


8 WALKIN’ THE DOG by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown: $24.95) The continuing adventures of Socrates Fortlow, an ex-con struggling to make a life in Watts.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

9 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: 11; Weeks on List: 3

10 WHITE ROSE by Amy Ephron (William Morrow: $23) An American reporter and a Cuban freedom fighter find love in 1890s Havana during Cuba’s revolt against Spain.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11 TARA ROAD by Maeve Binchy (Delacorte: $24.95) People facing heartbreak and disappointment are drawn to a Victorian home on a shabby Dublin side street.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 13


12 HEARTS IN ATLANTIS by Stephen King (Scribner: $28) Young people come of age in the shadow of the Vietnam War in this collection of linked stories.

Last Week: 12; Weeks on List: 5

13 AIN’T NOBODY’S BUSINESS IF I DO by Valerie Wilson Wesley (Avon: $24) Love and rage in an African American family struggling to come to terms with the world and one another.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

14 HARD TIME by Sara Paretsky (Delacorte: $24.95) When V.I. Warshawski nearly runs over an escaped convict, she finds herself framed for murder.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 3

15 DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Bantam: $27.50) This prequel to Frank Herbert’s epic “Dune” series describes turmoil in a faraway galactic empire.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 2


1 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: 2; Weeks on List: 4

2 ‘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: 1; Weeks on List: 5

3 LANDING IT by Scott Hamilton with Lorenzo Benet (Kensington: $25.95) The trials and glories of the Olympian ice skater on and off the ice.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

4 STIFFED by Susan Faludi (William Morrow: $27.50) From Sylvester Stallone to the Spur Posse, a look at the plight of the American male.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 3

5 THE LONG PROGRAM by Peggy Fleming with Peter Kaminsky (Pocket: $24.95) A memoir of Fleming’s many roles as Olympic skating champion, mother, wife and cancer survivor.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

6 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: 4; Weeks on List: 93

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

Last Week: 3; Weeks on List: 4

8 THE PLAY GOES ON by Neil Simon (Simon & Schuster: $27) A memoir of the second half of life by one of America’s most prolific playwrights.

Last Week: 6; Weeks on List: 4

9 ETHICS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM by The Dalai Lama (Riverhead Books: $24.95) Tibetan Buddhism’s leading voice presents a road map for achieving a global spiritual revolution.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 5

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

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 1

11 THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin (Basic Books: $32.50) How a disillusioned KGB archivist defected to the West with Soviet secrets.

Last Week: 13; Weeks on List: 4

12 FAITH OF MY FATHERS by John McCain (Random House: $25) A self-described hell-raiser, the Arizona senator rebelled in the U.S. Naval Academy but found maturity in Vietnam.

Last Week: 5; Weeks on List: 7

13 CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK ONE by Neale Donald Walsch (Putnam: $19.95) Divinely channeled messages about good, evil and the meaning of life.

Last Week: 10; Weeks on List: 91

14 WRITING IN FLOW by Susan Perry (Writers Digest Books: $19.99) Interviews with 76 writers about the ways in which they overcome the intimidation of facing a blank page.

Last Week: --; Weeks on List: 2

15 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: 7; Weeks on List: 3



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

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

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

4 BILLY STRAIGHT by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine: $7.99) A detective races to find a young murder witness.

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

6 A MAN IN FULL by Tom Wolfe (Bantam: $8.50) The story of a real estate tycoon’s crash and burn.

7 RIVER, CROSS MY HEART by Breena Clarke (Little, Brown: $14.95) Segregation and grief in 1920s Georgetown.

8 THE STARGAZEY by Martha Grimes (Onyx Books: $6.99) The mystery of a missing Chagall and a beautiful corpse.

9 THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho (HarperSanFrancisco: $13) A shepherd’s journey to find gold in Egypt.

10 FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk (Henry Holt: $13) Unwind from a day at the office with blood sport and anarchy.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 THE ALPHABET VERSUS THE GODDESS by Leonard Shlain (Arkana: $14.95) Language and women’s status in history.

9 THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON by George S. Clason (NAL: $6.99) Tips from the Ancients on making money.

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

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.