Rankings for hardcover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected bookstores:
1. "The Water Dancer," by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World: $28) A gifted young man with mysterious powers becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.
2. "The Testaments," by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: $28.95) The sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale" picks up after 15 years.
3. "The Dutch House," by Ann Patchett (Harper: $27.99) A brother and sister's lives are changed when a stepmother enters their family.
4. "The Ninth House," by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron: $27.99) A tale of privilege, dark magic and murder set among the Ivy League elite.
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5. "Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman becomes a murder suspect.
6. "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.
7. "The Topeka School," by Ben Lerner (FSG: $27) A high school debate in 1990s Kansas explains the present.
8. "Grand Union," by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press: $27) The author's first collection of short stories, set mostly in the U.S.
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 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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