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'GEISHA' WHIRL

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Memoirs — feh. Most of us had pretty much had it with the confessional genre. But then the aptly named Arthur Golden put a whole new silky spin on matters with his Memoirs of a Geisha: He made the whole thing up. So chalk up another point for those literary first novels that have been raking in the lucre lately. This one has 150,000 copies in print after 10 pressruns, and Columbia’s optioned the film rights. And remember this: Winter Olympics-generated interest in Japan isn’t going to hurt sales either.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 COLD MOUNTAIN Charles Frazier, Atlantic Monthly, $24 28 2 THE WINNER David Baldacci, Warner Vision, $25 4 3 CAT & MOUSE James Patterson, Little, Brown, $24.95 8 4 A CERTAIN JUSTICE P.D. James, Knopf, $25 5 5 ANOTHER CITY, NOT MY OWN Dominick Dunne, Crown, $25 7 6 THE GHOST Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $25.95 8 7 MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA Arthur Golden, Knopf, $25 8 8 THE LETTER Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster, $15.95 9 9 THE CHRISTMAS BOX Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster, $14.95 20 10 THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS Arundhati Roy, Random House, $23 22

NONFICTION

1 MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL John Berendt, Random House, $25 152 2 ANGELA’S ASHES Frank McCourt, Scribner, $24 67 3 SIMPLE ABUNDANCE Sarah Ban Breathnach, Warner, $20 92 4 JOY OF COOKING Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker, Scribner, $30 8 5 INTO THIN AIR Jon Krakauer, Villard, $24.95 36 6 CITIZEN SOLDIERS Stephen E. Ambrose, Simon & Schuster, $27.50 8 7 THE PERFECT STORM Sebastian Junger, Norton, $23.95 28 8 THE DARK SIDE OF CAMELOT Seymour M. Hersh, Little, Brown, $26.95 7 9 THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES Monty Roberts, Random House, $23 21 10 CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD, BOOK I Neale Donald Walsch, Putnam, $19.95 47

MASS-MARKET PAPERBACKS

1 M IS FOR MALICE Sue Grafton, Fawcett Crest, $7.99 4 2 TOM CLANCY’S POWER PLAYS — POLITIKA Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg, Berkley, $7.50 7 3 TOTAL CONTROL David Baldacci, Warner Vision, $7.50 8 4 SEA SWEPT Nora Roberts, Jove, $7.50 3 5 AIRFRAME Michael Crichton, Ballantine, $7.99 12 6 JACK & JILL James Patterson, Warner Vision, $7.50 12 7 THE LIST Steve Martini, Jove, $7.50 7 8 KISS THE GIRLS James Patterson, Warner Vision, $6.99 15 9 SOLE SURVIVOR Dean Koontz, Ballantine, $7.99 8 10 KILL AND TELL Linda Howard, Pocket, $6.99 3

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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