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'Garden' Blooms

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The sun just won’t stop shining on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The colorful Savannah murder story has sprouted 2 million copies since its 1994 release, not to mention an offshoot book deal with Pocket for one of its characters, the transvestite Lady Chablis. With such fecund sales figures, don’t expect the Vintage paperback anytime soon. Instead, sister imprint Random House will reap publicity from the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed movie version by wrapping 400,000 new hardcovers with special golden mini-sleeves. The seeds of profit have been sown.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 COLD MOUNTAIN Charles Frazier, Atlantic Monthly, $24 19 2 VIOLIN Anne Rice, Knopf, $25.95 2 3 THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS Caleb Carr, Random House, $25.95 7 4 FLOOD TIDE Clive Cussler, Simon & Schuster, $26 6 5 10 LB. PENALTY Dick Francis, Putnam, $24.95 5 6 TEMPLE OF THE WINDS Terry Goodkind, Tor, $26.95 3 7 THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS Arundhati Roy, Random House, $23 13 8 UNDERWORLD Don DeLillo, Scribner, $27.50 7 9 THE BEST LAID PLANS Sidney Sheldon, Morrow, $25 8 10 THE MATARASE COUNTDOWN Robert Ludlum, Bantam, $27.50 2

NONFICTION

1 DIANA: HER TRUE STORY. A COMMEMORATIVE EDITION Andrew Morton, Simon & Schuster, $22.95 3 2 THE ROYALS Kitty Kelley, Warner, $27 6 3 ANGELA’S ASHES Frank McCourt, Scribner, $24 58 4 THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES Monty Roberts, Random House, $23 12 5 INTO THIN AIR Jon Krakauer, Villard, $24.95 27 6 MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL John Berendt, Random House, $25 142 7 DON’T WORRY, MAKE MONEY Richard Carlson, Ph.D., Hyperion, $15.95 1 8 MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS John Gray, Ph.D., HarperCollins, $25 223 9 CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK I Neale Donald Walsch, Putnam, $19.95 42 10 THE PERFECT STORM Sebastian Junger, Norton, $23.95 19

MASS-MARKET PAPERBACKS

1 AIRFRAME Michael Crichton, Ballantine, $7.99 3 2 JACK & JILL James Patterson, Warner Vision, $7.50 3 3 THE CLINIC Jonathan Kellerman, Bantam, $6.99 4 4 KISS THE GIRLS James Patterson, Warner, $6.99 6 5 MY GAL SUNDAY Mary Higgins Clark, Pocket, $6.99 2 6 SILENT WITNESS Richard North Patterson, Ballantine, $7.99 8 7 THE FALLEN MAN Tony Hillerman, HarperPaperbacks, $6.99 7 8 CAUSE OF DEATH Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, $7.50 11 9 THE MACGREGOR BRIDES Nora Roberts, Silhouette, $6.99 2 10 DR. ATKINS’ NEW DIET REVOLUTION Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $6.50 41

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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