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Best-sellers

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

1. "The Sense of an Ending," by Julian Barnes. A middle-age retiree re-evaluates his mediocre existence.

2. "Death Comes to Pemberley," by P.D. James. "Pride and Prejudice" characters are drawn into a mystery.

3. "Taken," by Robert Crais. Elvis Cole goes undercover to buy back a rich industrialist's son from kidnappers.

4. "The Art of Fielding," by Chad Harbach. The nature of relationships in the life of a gifted college baseball player.

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

6. "Catching Fire," by Suzanne Collins. Hunger Games winners face the consequences of their victory.

7. "The Orphan Master's Son," by Adam Johnson. A young soldier turned kidnapper navigates treacherous North Korea.

8. "Rules of Civility," by Amor Towles. A year in the social life of three twentysomethings in Jazz Age New York City.

9. "The Paris Wife," by Paula McLain. A tale of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, set in 1920s Paris.

10. "The Marriage Plot," by Jeffrey Eugenides. A love triangle among Ivy League graduates.

1. "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson. A portrait of the late Apple visionary as revealed by those in his inner circle.

2. "Thinking Fast and Slow," by Daniel Kahneman. Trusting our intuition in business and personal decisions.

3. "The End of Illness," by David B. Agus. New perspectives and ideas to transform the way we think about our health.

4. "Quiet," by Susan Cain. Successful introverts and their ideals.

5. "Taking People With You," by David Novak. How getting employees to work together boosts business.

6. "Elizabeth the Queen," by Sally Bedell Smith. New interviews with the queen's relatives and friends uncover her hidden layers.

7. "Ameritopia," by Mark R. Levin. An argument for conservatism that is against statism.

8. "The Obamas," by Jodi Kantor. A look at the first couple's arrival in the White House and their struggles to adapt to Washington.

9. "American Sniper," by Chris Kyle, et al. The battlefield experiences of the Navy SEAL with the most kills in U.S. military history.

10. "In the Garden of Beasts," by Erik Larson. Complex ties between the U.S. ambassador's family and the Nazi elite in 1930s Berlin.