Rankings for hardcover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected bookstores:
1. “The Mirror & the Light,” by Hilary Mantel (Holt: $30) The rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII.
2. “Weather,” by Jenny Offill (Knopf: $23.95) A librarian navigates the psychological burden of an impending climate crisis.
3. “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: $26) A young woman living on her own becomes a murder suspect.
4. “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.
5. “My Dark Vanessa,” by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Morrow: $27.99) The dynamics between a naive teenage girl and her manipulative 42-year-old English teacher.
6. “American Dirt,” by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron: $27.99) A Mexican woman and her son are forced to escape as refugees to the U.S.
7. “A Long Petal of the Sea,” by Isabel Allende (Ballantine: $28) A pregnant young widow and an army doctor marry in order to survive during the Spanish Civil War.
8. “Such a Fun Age,” by Kiley Reid (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: $26) A young black baby-sitter and her well-intentioned employer, and a connection that threatens to undo them both.
9. “House of Earth and Blood,” by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury: $28) A half-Fae and half-human, Bryce Quinlan seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic.
10. “The Night Watchman,” by Louise Erdrich (Harper: $28.99) A humble night watchman fights to persuade the U.S. government to honor treaties protecting what remained of already picked-over lands.
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