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 Island of Sea Women," by Lisa See (Simon & Schuster: $27) An ancient guild of female divers on a South Korean Island reckon with the destruction of modernity from 1938 to 2008.

4. "Exhalation," by Ted Chiang (Knopf: $25.95) An alien scientist makes a shocking discovery along with eight other short sci-fi stories.

5. "The Guest Book," by Sarah Blake (Flatiron: $27.99) The course of an American family over three generations, from the 1930s to present day.

6. "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.

7. "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.

8. "Circe," by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown: $27) A retelling of the story of Circe, who draws the wrath of both men and gods.

9. "The 18th Abduction," by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $29) Lindsay Boxer investigates the disappearance of three female teachers.

10. "The American Agent," by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper: $27.99) When the Germans attack the British Isles, Maisie Dobbs must solve a case and protect a young evacuee.

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