Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."City of Girls," by Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead: $28) A group of young women romps through the theater world of 1940s New York City.
2."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.
3."Normal People," by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: $26) A high school star athlete and a loner connect while attending Trinity College in Dublin.
4."This Storm," by James Ellroy (Knopf: $29.95) A body is unearthed in Griffith Park in the wake of Pearl Harbor.
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."Fall; or, Dodge in Hell," by Neal Stephenson (Morrow: $35) The owner of a multibillion gaming company pronounced brain dead, awakes to a strange new world.
7."Exhalation," by Ted Chiang (Knopf: $25.95) An alien scientist makes a shocking discovery and eight other short sci-fi stories.
8."The Island of Sea Women," by Lisa See. An ancient guild of female divers on a South Korean Island reckons with the destruction of modernity from 1938 to 2008.
9."The Hate U Give," by Angie Thomas (Balzer plus Bray: $17.99) A 16-year-old girl witnesses the police shooting of her childhood friend.
10. "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 a diary of his own.
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