June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

JUST ‘DESERT’

It’s no surprise when an Oprah book club pick hits the best-seller list. But when the talk-show host chooses a serious work of nonfiction, something she’s done only once before, the publishing world takes notice. This month’s pick, Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail (577,500 copies in print after five pressruns), climbs to No. 4 this week. Malika Oufkir, who spent two decades in a Moroccan prison, appeared on the Today show, 60 Minutes, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show when her book was first launched in April. Thanks to Oprah, the author can put her promoting days behind her and enjoy some newfound freedom.

FICTION

WEEKS ON LIST

1 CHOSEN PREY John Sandford, Putnam, $26.95 2 2 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $26 5 3 BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25 3 4 A COMMON LIFE: THE WEDDING STORY Jan Karon, Viking, $24.95 6 5 DREAMCATCHER Stephen King, Scribner, $28 9 6 THE LAST TIME THEY MET Anita Shreve, Little, Brown, $24.95 8 7 A PAINTED HOUSE John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 15 8 DEATH IN HOLY ORDERS P.D. James, Knopf, $25 6 9 THE SUMMERHOUSE Jude Deveraux, Pocket, $24.95 3 10 THE BONESETTER’S DAUGHTER Amy Tan, Putnam, $25.95 13

NONFICTION

1 THE PRAYER OF JABEZ Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah, $9.99 14 2 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 73 3 BODY FOR LIFE Bill Phillips and Michael D’Orso, HarperCollins, $25 96 4 STOLEN LIVES: TWENTY YEARS IN A DESERT JAIL Malika Oufkir and Michele Fitoussi, Talk/Miramax, $24 2 5 LIFE MAKEOVERS Cheryl Richardson, Broadway, $21.95 10 6 NAPALM & SILLY PUTTY George Carlin, Hyperion, $22.95 4 7 FOLEY IS GOOD: AND THE REAL WORLD IS FAKER THAN WRESTLING Mick Foley, ReganBooks, $26.95 2 8 AN ALBUM OF MEMORIES: PERSONAL HISTORIES FROM THE GREATEST GENERATION Tom Brokaw, Random House, $29.95 3 9 SEABISCUIT: AN AMERICAN LEGEND Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $24.95 10 10 SECRETS OF THE VINE Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah, $9.99 2

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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