Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman living on her own in the coastal marshes of North Carolina becomes a murder suspect.
2."Normal People," by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: $26) A high school star athlete and a loner connect while attending Trinity College in Dublin.
3."The Guest Book," by Sarah Blake (Flatiron: $27.99) The course of an American family over three generations, from the 1930s to present day.
4."Lost Roses," by Martha Hall Kelly ($28) A New York socialite helps White Russian families escape from the revolution during World War I.
5."Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid," by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $13.99) Rowley Jefferson agrees to be the biographer for his best friend, Greg Heffley, while writing in a diary of his own.
6."The Island of Sea Women," by Lisa See An ancient guild of female divers on a South Korean Island reckon with the destruction of modernity from 1938 to 2008.
7."Machines Like Me," by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: $26.95) A love triangle between a couple and a synthetic human set in an alternative 1980s London.
8."Exhalation," by Ted Chiang (Knopf: $25.95) An alien scientist makes a shocking discovery along with eight other short sci-fi stories.
9."Paris Diversion," by Chris Pavone (Crown: $27) A massive terror attack across Paris involving a CIA agent's family is not what it seems.
10."Neon Prey," by John Sandford (Putnam: $29) Lucas Davenport tracks a bail skipping serial killer who can bring down his boss' entire operation.
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