SMELLS LIKE…VICTORY! Don’t read my diary when I’m gone,” Kurt Cobain implores in the self-scrawled epigraph to his new Journals, just before inviting us to ”look through his things” after all. C’mon, Kurt, you really wanted us to take a peek, right? Right? Well, let’s hope so, because the late grunger’s impeccably packaged facsimilied musings (”I like to taunt small, barking dogs in parked cars”) are premiering at No. 1 on this week’s nonfiction list, which means an awful lot of people are reading his diary now that he’s gone.



1 CHESAPEAKE BLUE Nora Roberts, Putnam, $25.95 1 2 VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $19.95 1 3 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 20 4 REVERSIBLE ERRORS Scott Turow, FSG, $28 2 5 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS John Grisham, Doubleday, $14.95 18 6 BLACKWOOD FARM Anne Rice, Knopf, $26.95 2 7 Q IS FOR QUARRY Sue Grafton, Putnam, $26.95 4 8 ANSWERED PRAYERS Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $26.95 2 9 THE LITTLE FRIEND Donna Tartt, Knopf, $26 3 10 QUENTINS Maeve Binchy, Dutton, $25.95 2


1 JOURNALS Kurt Cobain, Riverhead, $29.95 1 2 LEADERSHIP Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson, Miramax, $25.95 6 3 MY LOSING SEASON Pat Conroy, Doubleday, $27.95 4 4 A LONG WAY FROM HOME: GROWING UP IN THE AMERICAN HEARTLAND Tom Brokaw, Random House, $24.95 1 5 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 149 6 LIVE FROM NEW YORK: AN UNCENSORED HISTORY OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, Little, Brown, $25.95 5 7 GOOD TO GREAT: WHY SOME COMPANIES MAKE THE LEAP…AND OTHERS DON’T Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, $27.50 20 8 THE CONQUERORS Michael R. Beschloss, Simon & Schuster, $26.95 2 9 GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Bob Greene, Simon & Schuster, $24 17 10 I MAY BE WRONG BUT I DOUBT IT Charles Barkley, Random House, $22.95 1