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



1."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.

2."A Better Man," by Louise Penny (St. Martin's: $28.99) The story of a marriage straining under the weight of parenthood.

3."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.

4."The Testaments," by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: $28.95) The sequel to the dystopian "Handmaid's Tale" picks up after 15 years offering a tinge of hope.

5."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.

6."The Secrets We Kept," by Lara Prescott (Knopf: $26.95) How secretaries turned spies to smuggle Dr. Zhivago out of the USSR during the Cold War.

7."Dog Man for Whom the Ball Rolls," by Dav Pilkey (Graphic: $12.99) Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain.

8."The Girl Who Lived Twice," by David Lagercrantz (Knopf: $27.95) The girl with the dragon tattoo confronts her nemesis in the sixth Millennium series.

9."A Dangerous Man," by Robert Crais (Putnam: $28) Elvis Cole and Joe Pike attempt to determine why a young Los Angeles bank teller was seized by kidnappers.

10."Inland," by Tea Obreht (Random House: $27) A frontierswoman in 1893 Arizona Territory awaits the return of her husband and elder sons.

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