Who would have thought Jonathan Franzen and Danielle Steel had so much in common? Both dismiss the value of good publicity. In this week’s amusing head-to-head, Steel’s The Kiss (800,000 copies in print) one-ups Franzen’s The Corrections (790,000 copies in print), which glowers moodily at No. 2. Steel won’t be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show either; the author of 53 best-sellers feels no need to shill her stuff on author tours or media appearances. Speaking of Oprah’s influence, her personal chef, Art Smith, hits the list at No. 6 with his new cookbook, Back to the Table.


1 THE KISS Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $26.95 1 2 THE CORRECTIONS Jonathan Franzen, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26 8 3 BLOOD AND GOLD Anne Rice, Knopf, $26.95 2 4 ISLE OF DOGS Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95 3 5 A BEND IN THE ROAD Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 6 6 MIDNIGHT BAYOU Nora Roberts, Putnam, $25.95 2 7 THE BEST-LOVED POEMS OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS Selected and Introduced by Caroline Kennedy, Hyperion, $21.95 4 8 BLACK HOUSE Stephen King and Peter Straub, Random House, $28.95 7 9 SEPARATION OF POWER Vince Flynn, Pocket, $25 4 10 THE MITFORD SNOWMEN Jan Karon, Viking, $10.95 4


1 THE NO SPIN ZONE: CONFRONTATIONS WITH THE POWERFUL AND FAMOUS IN AMERICA Bill O’Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 2 2 THE FINAL DAYS: THE LAST, DESPERATE ABUSES OF POWER BY THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE Barbara Olson, Regnery, $27.95 2 3 HOW I PLAY GOLF Tiger Woods with the editors of Golf Digest, Warner, $34.95 3 4 GERMS: BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS AND AMERICA’S SECRET WAR Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad, Simon & Schuster, $27 5 5 JACK: STRAIGHT FROM THE GUT Jack Welch with John A. Byrne, Warner, $29.95 7 6 BACK TO THE TABLE: THE REUNION OF FOOD AND FAMILY Art Smith, Hyperion, $29.95 1 7 THE PRAYER OF JABEZ Bruce Wilkinson, Multnomah, $9.99 37 8 JOHN ADAMS David McCullough, Simon & Schuster, $35 23 9 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 96 10 FIRE Sebastian Junger, Norton, $24.95 5