Best-sellers

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


Fiction

1. "Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn. A wife mysteriously disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary.

2. "Sweet Tooth," by Ian McEwan. A new MI-5 recruit must secretly enlist a novelist as part of a propaganda campaign.

3. "This Is How You Lose Her," by Junot Diaz. A collection of stories centered on a young Dominican man's search for love.

4. "The Round House," by Louise Erdrich. A young boy sets out to uncover who brutally attacked his mother on an Indian reservation.

5. "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," by Ayna Mathis. A black woman's plight beginning in the mid-1920s with the great migration north.

6. "The Black Box," by Michael Connelly. LAPD Detective Harry Bosch gets another chance to solve a murder from the L.A. riots.

7. "Flight Behavior," by Barbara Kingsolver. A nature-loving woman attempts to save monarch butterflies in an unenlightened Appalachian town.

8. "The Fault in Our Stars," by John Green. Two teenagers fighting cancer fall in love.

9. "Dear Life," by Alice Munro. The latest short story collection from the Canadian author.

10. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel," by Jeff Kinney. A Valentine's Day dance has Greg scrambling for a date.


Nonfiction

1. "Help, Thanks, Wow," by Anne Lamott. Three simple prayers to get through the tough times.

2. "The World Until Yesterday," by Jared M. Diamond. What past primitive cultures and societies can teach us about contemporary life.

3. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," by Jon Meacham. A new and distinct portrait of the Founding Father and statesman.

4. "Grace," by Grace Coddington. Vogue's longtime creative director writes about the names behind the pages.

5. "I Could Pee on This," by Francesco Marciuliano. A quirky collection of feline poetry.

6. "Wild," by Cheryl Strayed. A woman on the verge embarks on an 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.

7. "Why Does the World Exist?" by Jim Holt. Decoding the mystery of existence from the ancient world to modern times.

8. "The Patriarch," by David Nasaw. The life and times of Joseph P. Kennedy, head of America's most famous political dynasty.

9. "The Signal and the Noise," by Nate Silver. An examination of the world of prediction.

10. "Along the Way," by Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen. The actors examine how their father/son relationship has informed their lives.


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