Southern California Rating:FICTION1 THE COLD SIX THOUSAND...

Southern California Rating:

FICTION

1 THE COLD SIX THOUSAND by James Ellroy (Alfred A. Knopf: $25.95) Mobsters, cops, government agents and provocateurs collide in the midst of America's turbulent 1960s.

Last Week: 2; Weeks On List: 3

2 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS by Anne Tyler (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) A fiftysomething widow and loving mom, coping with midlife, begins to question the decisions she has made.

Last Week: 1; Weeks On List: 4

3 DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS by P.D. James (Alfred A. Knopf: $25) In East Anglia, a theological college is torn apart by a string of sacrilegious and horrifying murders.

Last Week: 5; Weeks On List: 7

4 CHOSEN PREY by John Sandford (Putnam: $26.95) Lucas Davenport hunts for the killer responsible for a field of corpses. Reviewed by Eugen Weber, Page 18.

Last Week: 4; Weeks On List: 3

5 THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (Random House: $26.95) In World War II Brooklyn, two Jewish cousins break into the comic-book business.

Last Week: 3; Weeks On List: 14

6 SNOW MOUNTAIN PASSAGE by James D. Houston (Alfred A. Knopf: $24) A fictionalized account of the Donner Party from the perspective of one of the group's leaders.

Last Week: 5; Weeks On List: 7

7 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster: $26) In a sleepy resort town, an attorney believes that a serial killer from a century ago has returned.

Last Week: 14; Weeks On List: 6

8 THE DYING ANIMAL by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin: $23) An aging cultural critic recalls a devastating, all-consuming affair he had with a 24-year-old ex-student.

Last Week: 12; Weeks On List: 3

9 CARRY ME ACROSS THE WATER by Ethan Canin (Random House: $23.95) A German beer magnate is haunted by memories of his tragic encounter with a soldier in World War II.

Last Week: 13 Weeks On List: 2

10 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: 7; Weeks On List: 15

11 1st TO DIE by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $26.95) Four female professionals dubbed "The Women's Murder Club" track a killer with a penchant for newlyweds.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 9

12 THE LAST TIME THEY MET by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown: $24.95) Two poets sustain a lifelong passion though they've been together only three times.

Last Week: 8; Weeks On List: 9

13 A COMMON LIFE by Jan Karon (Viking: $24.95) The villagers in Mitford celebrate, from pre-nup counseling to the walk down the aisle, when Father Tim marries his next-door neighbor.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 7

14 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: --; Weeks On List: 13

15 CHOKE by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday: $24.95) A medical school dropout devises a complicated scam to pay for his mother's expensive elder care.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

NONFICTION

1 JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster: $35) The story of our second president, a man Thomas Jefferson called "the colossus of independence."

Last Week: 3; Weeks On List: 2

2 A YEAR IN VAN NUYS by Sandra Tsing Loh (Crown: $23) Coming to terms with writer's block and approaching middle age in a place far from Provence--the San Fernando Valley.

Last Week: 2; Weeks On List: 4

3 A SHORT GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE by Anna Quindlen (Random House: $12.95) The columnist reflects on what it takes to "get a life" by living deeply rather than merely existing.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 28

4 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam: $19.95) The co-author of "The One Minute Manager" uses the parable of mice in a maze to show people how to manage change.

Last Week: 8; Weeks On List: 63

5 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.

Last Week: 3; Weeks On List: 13

6 IN HARM'S WAY by Doug Stanton (Henry Holt: $25) The sinking of the USS Indianapolis by a Japanese submarine and the testimony of survivors of the disaster.

Last Week: 6; Weeks On List: 3

7 FOUNDING BROTHERS by Joseph J. Ellis (Alfred A. Knopf: $26) The lives of America's founders, their squabbles and collaborations, long before they were deified in history books.

Last Week: 8; Weeks On List: 8

8 GHOST SOLDIERS by Hampton Sides (Doubleday: $24.95) How a small group of elite American soldiers made a daring rescue of British and American war prisoners in 1945.

Last Week: 13; Weeks On List: 2

9 FRENCH LESSONS by Peter Mayle (Alfred A. Knopf: $24) A celebration of France's wine, cheese and other gastronomic treasures by the author of "A Year in Provence."

Last Week: 1; Weeks On List: 3

10 STOLEN LIVES by Malika Oufkir with Michele Fitoussi (Talk Miramax: $24) A young woman spends 20 years in jail after her father tries to assassinate the king of Morocco.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

11 POSITIVELY 4th STREET by David Hajdu (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $25) The story of Richard and Mimi Farina, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez during folk music's golden age.

Last Week: 10; Weeks On List: 2

12 NAPALM AND SILLY PUTTY by George Carlin (Hyperion: $22.95) Carlin offers a series of his unique comedic meditations on life's annoying universal truths.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 4

13 IN OUR OWN BEST INTEREST by William F. Schulz (Beacon Press: $25) The executive director of Amnesty International explains why defending human rights benefits all Americans.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

14 KILLING PABLO by Mark Bowden (Atlantic Monthly: $25) The story of the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, a Colombian drug lord and one of the narcotics trade's first billionaires.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 2

15 AT ANY COST by Bill Sammon (Regnery: $27.95) A Washington Times reporter explains how he believes Al Gore tried to steal the 2000 presidential election.

Last Week: --; Weeks On List: 1

Paperbacks

FICTION

1 GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Tracy Chevalier (Plume: $12) The woman who inspired a Vermeer painting.

2 BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY by Helen Fielding (Penguin: $12.95) A thirtysomething Londoner's quest for a mate.

3 THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant (Picador USA: $14) The blossoming of Dinah, Jacob's only daughter, in Genesis.

4 LOVE AND LIBERATION by Ralph David Fertig (iUniverse.com: $17.95) Romance in a Jewish ghetto.

5 THE FEAST OF LOVE by Charles Baxter (Vintage: $13) Love, sacrifice and redemption in Michigan lives.

6 BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON by Helen Fielding (Penguin: $13) Has Bridget found the perfect mate?

7 THE HUMAN STAIN by Philip Roth (Vintage: $14) An academic scandal and the aging faculty dean at its center.

8 BEE SEASON by Myla Goldberg (Vintage: $13) A young girl wins her family's attention after excelling at spelling bees.

9 ATLANTIS FOUND by Clive Cussler (Berkeley: $7.99) The latest undersea adventure for Cussler hero Dirk Pitt.

10 ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje (Vintage: $13) An anthropologist investigates murder in Ceylon. Southern California

NONFICTION

1 THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK: TRAVEL by J. Piven & D. Borgenicht (Chronicle: $14.95)

2 A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS by Dave Eggers (Vintage: $14) A 22-year-old raises his brother.

3 IN THE HEART OF THE SEA by Nathaniel Philbrick (Penguin: $14) The tragedy that inspired "Moby-Dick."

4 RICH DAD, POOR DAD by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter (Techpress: $15.95) Adventures in fiscal parenting.

5 ETHICS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM by the Dalai Lama (Riverhead Books: $13) Achieving a spiritual revolution.

6 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco Press: $14) Tales from the culinary trenches.

7 ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $14.95) Wisecracking essays on life in Paris.

8 A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Howard Zinn (HarperPerennial: $14) From 1492 onward.

9 YOU ARE BEING LIED TO edited by Russ Kick (Razorfish: $19.95) : On media distortion and historical whitewashes.

10 THE GREATEST GENERATION by Tom Brokaw (Dell: $12.95) The generation that came of age during the Depression.

Rankings are based on a Times poll of Southland bookstores.

FOR THE RECORD Los Angeles Times Tuesday June 12, 2001 Home Edition Part A Part A Page 2 A2 Desk 1 inches; 34 words Type of Material: Correction Bestseller list--James D. Houston's novel "Snow Mountain Passage," which appeared on The Los Angeles Times Bestseller List on June 10, was inadvertently identified as having previously appeared on the list. Sunday marked its debut at #6.
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