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Bestsellers List Sun., Aug. 30, 2020

SoCal Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction


1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: $27) A woman is summoned to a mysterious home in rural Mexico to rescue her newlywed cousin.

2. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: $27) Identical twin sisters run away from their small Black community in the South and live very different lives.

3. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf: $27) An Elizabethan tale of love and grief in 16th century Stratford-Upon-Avon.

4. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (Morrow: $28) On a remote island off the Irish coast, the wedding of a TV star and a magazine publisher is disrupted by a murder.

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5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Putnam: $26) A young woman living on her own becomes a murder suspect.

6. Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy (Flatiron: $27) As the environment collapses a woman is on a quest to find the world’s last flock of Arctic terns.

7. Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead: $28) The aftermath of a shooting at a housing project in 1960s Brooklyn.

8. A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf: $26) A Muslim girl from the slums is accused of a terrorist attack because of a careless comment on social media.

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9. Then She Vanished by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam: $27) A private investigator is hired by an ambitious California politician to find his missing wife.

10. Luster by Raven Leilani (FSG: $26) A young Black woman in New York City has an affair with a married man who has an open marriage and an adopted Black daughter.

Hardcover nonfiction

1. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House: $32) A hidden caste system influences the lives of Americans.

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2. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World: $27) The author weaves ethics, history, law, science and personal narrative into a work that illuminates how racism works.

3. Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Dial: $28) The activist explores the peace that comes when we stop striving to meet the world’s expectations.

4. Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump (S&S: $28) A tell-all from the niece of President Trump.

5. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World: $26) The hazards and hopes of Black male life.

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6. Breath by James Nestor (Riverhead: $28) New research yields breathtaking results.

7. The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson (Crown: $32) A portrait of Winston Churchill and his defiance during the Blitz.

8. Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad (Sourcebooks: $26) How to dismantle white privilege and stop inflicting damage on people of color.

9. What It’s Like to Be a Bird by David Allen Sibley (Knopf: $35) The expert details the lives of birds.

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10. It Was All a Lie by Stuart Stevens (Knopf: $27) The author traces the arc of Republican Party leadership from Goldwater, Reagan and the Bushes to Donald Trump.

Paperback fiction


1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Penguin: $17)

2. Normal People by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: $17)

3. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (Grand Central: $17)

4. Circe by Madeline Miller (Back Bay: $17)

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5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Anchor: $16)

6. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Anchor: $16)

7. The Overstory by Richard Powers (Norton: $19)

8. Cape May by Chip Cheek (Celadon : $17)

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9. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (HarperOne: $17)

10. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Anchor: $16)

Paperback nonfiction

1. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon : $16)

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2. The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (Liveright: $18)

3. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (One World: $18)

4. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (Vintage: $18)

5. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed: $18)

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6. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (New Press: $19)

7. Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (Crossing: $17)

8. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal: $17)

9. Intimations by Zadie Smith (Penguin: $11)

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10. The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard (Other Press: $15)


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