Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."The Testaments," by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: $28.95) The sequel to the dystopian "Handmaid's Tale" picks up after 15 years.
2."The Institute," by Stephen King (Scribner: $30) Children with special skills are abducted in an institution where a sinister staff extracts their gifts through barbaric methods.
3."Dog Man for Whom the Ball Rolls," by Dav Pilkey (Graphic: $12.99) Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain.
4."The Nickel Boys," by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: $24.95) American history told through the story of two boys sentenced to a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
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5."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.
6."Quichotte," by Salman Rushdie (Random House: $28) A refined salesman obsessed with television falls in love with a TV star.
7."The Secrets We Kept," by Lara Prescott (Knopf: $26.95) Secretaries turn spies in order to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR during the Cold War.
8."A Better Man," by Louise Penny (St. Martin's: $28.99) The story of a marriage straining under the weight of parenthood.
9."On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," by Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press: $26) A son in his late 20s writes a letter to his mother who cannot read, unearthing a family's history rooted in Vietnam.
10."The Girl Who Lived Twice," by David Lagercrantz (Knopf: $27.95) The girl with the dragon tattoo confronts her nemesis in the Millennium series.
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