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Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

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Nonfiction

1. "Permanent Record," by Edward Snowden (Metropolitan: $30) The story of the whistleblower who exposed the U.S. government's system of mass surveillance.

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

3. "Trick Mirror," by Jia Tolentino (Random House: $27) Essays on self-deception, surging beneath the surface of our lives from scammer culture to reality television.

4. "Educated," by Tara Westover (Random House: $28) A young woman raised without schooling by survivalists describes her path to Cambridge University.

5. "That Will Never Work," by Marc Randolph (Little, Brown: $29) The untold story of how a Silicon Valley entrepreneur co-founded Netflix.

6. "We Are the Weather," by Jonathan Safran Foer (FSG: $25) The author explores a fresh take on climate change and what to do about it.

7. "Bitcoin Billionaires," by Ben Mezrich (Flatiron: $27.99) The story of how Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the twins who sued Mark Zuckerberg, bet big on crypto-currency and how it all paid off.

8. "She Said," by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (Penguin Press: $28) The investigation into Harvey Weinstein's alleged serial sexual abuses and disclosure of women's stories recounted by the New York Times reporters.

9. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(ASTERISK)ck," by Mark Manson (HarperOne: $24.99) How not being positive all the time will make us become happier people.

10. "Call Sign Chaos," by Bing West and Jim Mattis (Random House: $28) Learning to lead in a chaotic world from former secretary of Defense.

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