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

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Fiction

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

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."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.

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

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."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.

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

8."American Royals," by Katherine McGee (Random House: $18.99) Sibling princesses vie for the crown and the Prince's heart in this tale of American royalty.

9."The Turn of the Key," by Ruth Ware (Gallery Books: $27.99) A nanny working in a technology-laden house in Scotland goes to jail when one of the children dies.

10."Exhalation," by Ted Chiang (Knopf: $25.95) An alien scientist makes a shocking discovery and eight other short sci-fi stories.

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