By EW Staff
Updated April 14, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

He’s the guy who has put paperbacks back in the hands of common readers, the publishing industry’s best friend at court. Dis him if you will, but you’re still going to read his next book! John Grisham’s latest legal thriller, The Chamber, which presided over the hardcover chart for eight weeks last year, has taken its anticipated seat atop the mass-market list-a spot claimed by his previous four novels. There are currently more than 4 million paperback copies in print after five pressruns. Now we know how they thought up the title for his next book, The Rainmaker, due this month. Weeks on Fiction List

1 The Celestine Prophecy James Redfield, Warner, $17.95 57 2 Our Game John Le Carre, Knopf, $24 4 3 Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales For Our Life and Times James Finn Garner, Macmillan,$8.95 38 4 Border Music Robert James Waller, Warner, $17.95 7 5 The Glass Lake Maeve Binchy, Delacorte, $23.95 6 6 Original Sin P.D. James, Knopf, $24 10 7 A Dog’s Life Peter Mayle, Knopf, $20 2 8 The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller, Warner, $16.95 135 9 Kiss The Girls James Patterson, Little, Brown, $22.95 12 10 Moo Jane Smiley, Knopf, $24 1

Nonfiction

1 Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus John Gray, Ph.D., HarperCollins, $23 104 2 The Hot Zone Richard Preston, Random House, $23 25 3 Breaking the Surface Greg Louganis, Random House, $23 4 4 Sisters Carol Saline and Sharon J. Wohlmuth, Running Press, $27.50 11 5 The Death of Common Sense Philip K. Howard, Random House, $18 7 6 An Anthropologist on Mars Oliver Sacks, Knopf, $24 5 7 The Beardstown Ladies’ Common-Sense Investment Guide Leslie Whitaker, Hyperion, $19.95 10 8 Couplehood Paul Reiser, Bantam, $19.9528 9 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success Deepak Chopra, New World Library, $12.95 6 10 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt, Random House, $24 49

Mass-Market Paperbacks 1 The Chamber John Grisham, Dell, $7.50 2 2 Until You Judith McNaught, Pocket Books, $6.50 3 3 Tom Clancy’s Op-Center Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik, Berkley, $6.99 11 4 Daybreak Belva Plain, Dell, $6.99 3 5 The Day After Tomorrow Allan Folsom, Warner, $6.99 11 6 Inca Gold Clive Cussler, Pocket Books, $6.99 6 7 Angel Barbara Taylor Bradford, Ballentine, $6.99 3 ) 8 Decider Dick Francis, Jove, $5.99 4 9 Circle of Friends Maeve Binchy, Dell, $6.50 2 10 Embraced by the Light Betty J. Eadie, Bantam, $5.99 28

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