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Rankings for hardcover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected bookstores:

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Nonfiction

1. "Acid for the Children," by Flea (Grand Central: $30) The bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tells his origin story, from L.A. streets to rock star.

2. "Talking to Strangers," by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: $30) Examples of miscommunication explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.

3. "The Library Book," by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster: $16.99) The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library.

4. "The Body," by Bill Bryson (Doubleday: $30) A guide through the human body.

5. "The Beautiful Ones," by Prince (Spiegel & Grau: $30) Never before seen photos, lyric sheets and an unfinished memoir from Prince, who died in 2016.

6. "Year of the Monkey," by Patti Smith (Knopf: $24.95) Memoir explores a troubled year in the singer's life.

7. "Catch and Kill," by Ronan Farrow (Little, Brown: $30) The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter shares his account of how a network of powerful men conspired to silence women.

8. "Say Nothing," by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday: $28.95) The 1972 murder of a mother of 10 during conflict in Northern Ireland.

9. "Me," by Elton John (Henry Holt: $30) The musician's memoir reveals the ups and downs of his roller coaster life.

10. "Trick Mirror," by Jia Tolentino (Random House: $27) Essays on self-deception.

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