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THE 'WIZARD' OF ID

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IF ANYONE HAS a potion for producing best-sellers, Deepak Chopra does. His last book has been lodged on the list for 45 weeks. And his newest, The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want, is already conjuring up magic numbers, with some 275,000 copies in print. The narrator is none other than Merlin, that mythical magician whose 20 lessons to young King Arthur of Camelot, as told here, are meant to help modern-day readers find their own happy endings. Guess you could call it a round-table book.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 THE CHRISTMAS BOX Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster, $12.95 9 2 THE LOST WORLD Michael Crichton, Knopf, $25.95 14 3 THE HORSE WHISPERER Nicholas Evans, Delacorte, $23.95 16 4 FIVE DAYS IN PARIS Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $15.95 6 5 SHOCK WAVE Clive Cussler, Simon & Schuster, $25 3 6 SILENT NIGHT Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $16 12 7 THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES Amy Tan, Putnam, $23.95 10 8 THE CELESTINE PROPHECY James Redfield, Warner, $17.95 96 9 POLITICALLY CORRECT HOLIDAY STORIES James Finn Garner, Macmillan, $9.95 12 10 THE FINAL JUDGMENT Richard North Patterson, Knopf, $25 5

NONFICTION

1 THE ROAD AHEAD Bill Gates, Viking, $29.95 5 2 MISS AMERICA Howard Stern, ReganBooks, $27.50 7 3 MY AMERICAN JOURNEY Colin Powell with Joseph E. Persico, Random House, $25.95 15 4 CHARLES KURALT’S AMERICA Charles Kuralt, Putnam, $24.95 10 5 MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS John Gray, Ph.D., HarperCollins, $23 143 6 THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS Deepak Chopra, New World Library, $14 45 7 DAVID BRINKLEY David Brinkley, Knopf, $25 8 8 THE WAY OF THE WIZARD Deepak Chopra, Harmony, $15.95 1 9 EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Daniel Goleman, Bantam, $23.95 14 10 LINCOLN David Herbert Donald, Simon & Schuster, $35 9

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1 CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen, Health Communications, $12.95 75 2 SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS David Guterson, Vintage, $12 13 3 THE CALVIN & HOBBES TENTH ANNIVERSARY BOOK Bill Watterson, Andrews & McMeel, $14.95 14 4 A 2ND HELPING OF CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen, Health Communications, $12.95 37 5 THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 1996 Robert Famighetti, World Almanac, $9.95 4 6 THE STONE DIARIES Carol Shields, Penguin, $10 36 7 THE CHRISTMAS BOX Richard Paul Evans, Steinway, $4.95 4 8 THE FAR SIDE GALLERY 5 Gary Larson, Andrews & McMeel, $12.95 10 9 THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE Stephen R. Covey, Fireside, $12 257 10 THE REAL REAL WORLD Hillary Johnson and Nancy Rommelmann, MTV Books, $16 11

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY