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



1."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.

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

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

4."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.

5."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.

6."Normal People," by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: $26) A high school star athlete and a loner connect while attending Trinity College in Dublin.

7."Old Bones," by Douglas Preston (Grand Central: $28) A young curator and historian lead a team in search of the infamous "Lost Camp" of the tragic Donner Party.

8."The Last Good Guy," by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam: $27) Private Investigator Roland Ford's hunt for a missing teenager finds a group of American Nazis hidden in a desert compound.

9."Chances Are," by Richard Russo (Knopf: $26.95) Three college friends in their 60s reunite on Martha's Vineyard to recall the mysterious disappearance of the woman each of them loved.

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

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