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BEST SELLERS

The top-selling books of the week as compiled by the New York Times.

Fiction

1. Where is Joe Merchant? (Jimmy Buffett) A couple on a wild chase through the Caribbean on the trail of a deceased rock star.

2. The Pelican Brief (John Grisham) A woman law student seeks to discover the truth about the murder of two Supreme Court justices.

3. Waiting to Exhale (Terry McMillan) The friendships and romances of four black women in Phoenix.

4. Gerald's Game (Stephen King) Twenty-eight hours of horror suffered by a woman chained to a bedpost after her husband has a heart attack.

5. The Secret History (Donna Tartt) A half-dozen close friends at a small college must deal with the consequences of a crime they committed.

6. The Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller) A photographer and a lonely farmer's wife in Iowa.

7. All That Remains (Patricia D. Cornwell) Searching for the truth behind the strange deaths of five young couples in Virginia.

8. The Volcano Lover (Susan Sontag) A romantic novel about Lord Nelson, his lover Emma Hamilton, her husband and Neapolitan society in the 18th century.

9. Tangled Vines (Janet Dailey) Visiting her native Napa Valley, a television star encounters shades of her unhappy childhood and romance with the heir to a winery.

10. The Legacy (R. A. Salvatore) A fantasy tale about a spider queen's war to stop a band of elves in their quest for peace and security.

Non-fiction

1. The Way Things Ought To Be (Rush Limbaugh) Anecdotes and opinions offered by the radio talk show host.

2. Every Living Thing (James Herriot) Continuing the memoirs of the Yorkshire veterinarian.

3. The Silent Passage (Gail Sheehy) The psychological and social significance of menopause for today's women.

4. Truman (David McCullough) A biography of the 33rd president.

5. Earth in the Balance (Al Gore) The vice presidential candidate discusses factors affecting the environment and what must be done.

6. The Te of Piglet? (Benjamin Hoff) Aspects of Taoist philosophy explained through the actions of A.A. Milne's character Piglet.

7. Diana: Her True Story (Andrew Morton) A biography of the Princess of Wales.

8. Women Who Run With the Wolves (Clarissa Pinkola Estes) A Jungian analyst reinterprets myths and folk tales to enable women to understand their psyches.

9. The Last Tsar (Edvard Radzinsky) The life of Nicholas II and his family, and their assassination in 1918.

10. Young Men & Fire (Norman Maclean) An account of a disastrous fire in a Montana forest in 1949.

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