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"Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts" by Kate Racculia; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (359 pages, $26) ___ If there is a magic trick in this novel, it's that Kate Racculia somehow has managed to make a series of outlandish events seem reasonably believable. The premise stretches credulity: A billionaire dies, but leaves a treasure hunt with clues planted across Boston. The pivotal character, Tuesday ...

If you attend an author's reading, you could walk away with a signed book, a brief connection with someone whose work you admire, possibly a tote bag. Or maybe the author will write a book inspired by your life. The writer in the last scenario is Alice Hoffman. After a reading at a Florida library, a well-dressed woman collared Hoffman, whose best-sellers include "Practical Magic" and "The ...

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

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores: ___ Fiction 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."Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman living on her own in the coastal ...

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores: ___ Fiction 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."Nickel Boys," by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: $24.95) A dramatization of American history told through the story of ...

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores: ___ Fiction 1."Nickel Boys," by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: $24.95) A dramatization of American history told through the story of two boys sentenced to a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. 2."The New Girl," by Daniel Silva (Harper: $28.99) The chief of Israeli intelligence partners with the ...