Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
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 Dutch House," by Ann Patchett (Harper: $27.99) A brother and sister lives are changed when a stepmother enters their family.
3."The Testaments," by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: $28.95) The sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale" picks up after 15 years.
4."Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman becomes a murder suspect.
5."Red at the Bone," by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead: $26) A teenage daughter reckons with her mother's past.
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."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.
8."Quichotte," by Salman Rushdie (Random House: $28) A salesman obsessed with TV falls in love with a TV star.
9."Dog Man for Whom the Ball Rolls," by Dav Pilkey (Graphic: $12.99) Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain.
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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