Rankings for hardcover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected bookstores and reported in the Los Angeles Times.

Rankings for hardcover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected bookstores and reported in the Los Angeles Times.

1."The Amateur," by Edward Klein. An expose of an arrogant and radical side of Barack Obama.

2."Imagine: How Creativity Works," by Jonah Lehrer. A scientific explanation and exploration of the creative process.

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

4."Unbroken," by Laura Hillenbrand. The story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II bombardier, POW and Olympian.

5."The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson," by Robert A. Caro. LBJ's sudden presidency, the Civil Rights Act and war on poverty.

6."American Grown," by Michelle Obama. The first lady tells how her White House Kitchen Garden grows.

7."The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook," by Fred Bronson. The cast shares their memorabilia and memories.

8."It Worked for Me," by Colin Powell and Tony Koltz. The former secretary of state on successful leadership.

9."Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake," by Anna Quindlen. The author and journalist reflects on marriage, mothers and feminism.

10."Killing Lincoln," by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The dramatic events in spring 1865 leading to Lincoln's assassination.

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

2."Canada," by Richard Ford. A 15-year-old fends for himself after his parents are arrested for robbing a bank.

3. "Bring Up the Bodies," by Hilary Mantel. Vicious maneuvering continue in this sequel to "Wolf Hall."

4."In One Person," by John Irving. Irving's newest involves AIDS, sexual identity and loss.

5."Istanbul Passage," by Joseph Kanon. An American ex-pat takes one last secret assignment.

6."Kiss the Dead," by Laurell K. Hamilton. U.S. Marshall Anita Blake tracks down a 15-year-old girl abducted by vampires.

7."Darth Vader and Son," by Jeffrey Brown. A comic reimagining with the Dark Lord as a doting dad.

8."Mission to Paris," by Alan Furst. A Hollywood star becomes a valuable ally to a network of spies in 1938 Paris.

9."Calico Joe," by John Grisham. An estranged father-son relationship set against the backdrop of Major League Baseball.

10."Mockingjay," by Suzanne Collins. No one is safe in the final installment of the "Hunger Games."