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'World' Domination

This week’s best-sellers list

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It’s delightful, it’s de-lovely, it’s … DeLillo! Never mind that PEN/Faulkner Award — he’s still in the best-selling company of schlocky Sidney Sheldon. What’s more, his shady new book is 54 pages longer than fellow heavyweight Thomas Pynchon’s Mason & Dixon, which charted earlier this year — nyah, nyah, nyah. The two will have to whack it out later for Serious Tome of the Year, but in the meantime, note that other long-awaited, high-minded works from Caleb Carr and Kurt Vonnegut are also opening pocketbooks. Underworld has 190,000 copies in print after seven trips to press.

FICTION

WEEKS ON LIST 1 FLOOD TIDE Clive Cussler, Simon & Schuster, $26 2 2 THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS Caleb Carr, Random House, $25.95 3 3 COLD MOUNTAIN Charles Frazier, Atlantic Monthly, $24 15 4 THE BEST LAID PLANS Sidney Sheldon, Morrow, $25 4 5 10 LB. PENALTY Dick Francis, Putnam, $24.95 1 6 UNDERWORLD Don DeLillo, Scribner, $27.50 3 7 TIMEQUAKE Kurt Vonnegut, Putnam, $23.95 1 8 UNNATURAL EXPOSURE Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $25.95 11 9 THE NOTEBOOK Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $16.95 50 10 NIGHT PASSAGE Robert B. Parker, Putnam, $21.95 1

NONFICTION

1 THE ROYALS Kitty Kelley, Warner, $27 2 2 ANGELA’S ASHES Frank McCourt, Scribner, $24 54 3 THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES Monty Roberts, Random House, $23 8 4 MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS John Gray, HarperCollins, $23 219 5 THE PERFECT STORM Sebastian Junger, Norton, $23.95 15 6 INTO THIN AIR Jon Krakauer, Villard, $24.95 23 7 CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK I Neale Donald Walsch, Putnam, $19.95 38 8 BABYHOOD Paul Reiser, Rob Weisbach, $22 6 9 TEN STUPID THINGS MEN DO TO MESS UP THEIR LIVES Dr. Laura Schlessinger, HarperCollins/Cliff Street, $24 3 10 DIRTY JOKES AND BEER Drew Carey, Hyperion, $22.95 1

MASS-MARKET PAPERBACKS

1 DIANA: HER TRUE STORY Andrew Morton, Pocket, $7.50 3 2 SILENT WITNESS Richard North Patterson, Ballantine, $7.99 4 3 A THOUSAND ACRES Jane Smiley, Ivy, $7.50 3 4 DIANA: HER NEW LIFE Andrew Morton, Pocket Star, $7.50 3 5 CAUSE OF DEATH Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, $7.50 7 6 THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS Scott Turow, Warner Vision, $7.99 8 7 THE FALLEN MAN Tony Hillerman, HarperPaperbacks, $6.99 3 8 TO THE HILT Dick Francis, Berkley, $6.99 2 9 DR. ATKINS’ NEW DIET REVOLUTION Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $6.50 37 10 REMEMBER WHEN Judith McNaught, Pocket, $7.99 3

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY