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THE GOOD 'LIFE'

Life’s a kaffeeklatsch, and then you write a book – if you’re a TV news anchor, that is. Two of the trusted talksters (Walter Cronkite, formerly of CBS, and ABC’s David Brinkley) grace the nonfiction top 10 this week, showing that Americans have a hearty appetite for sound bites from these retired, respected, often crusty father figures. Cronkite wins this particular ratings race: His autobiography rests at No. 1, with a 525,000-copy initial pressrun. Brinkley’s latest, a collection of musings, checks in at No. 6, with 250,000 books in print; his memoir, published last year, never made it above No. 5. Still, it’s nothing but good news for Knopf, which not only published all three of these best-sellers but retains the current No. 1 fiction slot as well.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 AIRFRAME Michael Crichton, Knopf, $26 3 2 EXECUTIVE ORDERS Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 19 3 THE CHRISTMAS BOX Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster, $14.95 15 4 SILENT HONOR Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $24.95 7 5 THE NOTEBOOK Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $16.95 11 6 THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN Jacquelyn Mitchard, Viking, $23.95 16 7 THE FALLEN MAN Tony Hillerman, HarperCollins, $24 5 8 THE LAWS OF OUR FATHERS Scott Turow, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.95 10 9 DESPERATION Stephen King, Viking, $27.95 13 10 MY GAL SUNDAY Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $23 9

NONFICTION

1 A REPORTER’S LIFE Walter Cronkite, Knopf, $26.95 3 2 MY SERGEI: A LOVE STORY Ekaterina Gordeeva, with E.M. Swift, Warner, $18.95 9 3 DOGBERT’S TOP SECRET MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK Scott Adams, HarperBusiness, $16 10 4 SIMPLE ABUNDANCE Sarah Ban Breathnach, Warner, $17.95 40 5 ANGELA’S ASHES Frank McCourt, Scribner, $24 15 6 EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO MY OPINION David Brinkley, Knopf, $20 6 7 MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS John Gray, HarperCollins, $23 194 8 THE DILBERT PRINCIPLE Scott Adams, HarperBusiness, $20 36 9 MAKE THE CONNECTION Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey, Hyperion, $18.95 15 10 LIVING FAITH Jimmy Carter, Times Books, $23 2

MASS-MARKET PAPERBACKS

1 THE RULES: TIME-TESTED SECRETS TO CAPTURING THE HEART OF MR. RIGHT Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, Warner, $5.99 12 2 THE LOST WORLD Michael Crichton, Ballantine, $7.99 16 3 THE HORSE WHISPERER Nicholas Evans, Dell, $7.50 12 4 THE CRY OF THE HALIDON Robert Ludlum, Bantam, $7.50 7 5 THE FINAL JUDGMENT Richard North Patterson, Ballantine, $6.99 3 6 THE HUNDRED SECRET SENSES Amy Tan, Ivy, $6.99 7 7 ABSOLUTE POWER David Baldacci, Warner, $7.50 11 8 SILENT NIGHT Mary Higgins Clark, Pocket, $5.99 11 9 SHOCKWAVE Clive Cussler, Pocket, $7.99 6 10 HIDE AND SEEK James Patterson, Warner, $6.99 7