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Bestsellers List Sun., Oct. 18

SoCal Bestsellers

Hardcover Fiction


1. The Searcher by Tana French (Viking: $27) A recently divorced retired Chicago cop settles down in a quiet Irish village where he gets dragged into a mystery.

2. 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.

3. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco: $28) Hoping to enjoy a quiet getaway, a New York City couple and their two teenage kids get word of a disaster unfolding in the city.

4. 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.

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5. The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (Viking: $36) At the end of the Dark Ages, England is attacked from two sides in this prequel to “The Pillars of the Earth.”

6. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf: $28) A Stanford PhD candidate and Ghanaian immigrant seeks to cure depression and addiction.

7. 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.

8. Just Like You by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: $27) A 41-year-old mother of two starts a relationship a 22-year-old man who is living at home with his mother.

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9. Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland: $29) While visiting family in Cornwall, England, private detective Cormoran Strike is drawn into a long-cold case of a missing person.

10. The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa: $26) A teenage girl comes of age, with difficulty, in ‘90s Naples, Italy.

Hardcover nonfiction


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

2. Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter: $35) The host of TV’s “Barefoot Contessa” shares a collection of 85 new recipes.

3. The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars, Kurt Kohlstedt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: $30) Writers from the “99% Invisible” podcast explore hidden design elements in the urban environment.

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4. Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld (Simon & Schuster: $35) A compilation of the comic’s favorite jokes, bits and routines from his five decades in comedy.

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

6. Rage by Bob Woodward (Simon & Schuster: $30) The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s account of President Trump’s conduct as the COVID-19 pandemic spread.

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

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8. Forward by David Jeremiah (Thomas Nelson: $27) The author and Bible teacher offers spiritual guidance to Christians.

9. 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.

10. Humans by Brandon Stanton (St. Martin’s: $35) The creator of “Humans of New York” expands his visual catalog to the entire globe.

Paperback fiction


1. Dune by Frank Herbert (Ace: $11)

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

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

4. When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (Morrow: $17)

5. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Grove Press: $17)

6. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ecco: $17)

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7. The Topeka School by Ben Lerner (Picador: $17)

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

9. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: $17)

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

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Paperback nonfiction

1. My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Simon & Schuster: $18)

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

3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Amber-Allen: $13)

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

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5. The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster: $17)

6. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino (Random House: $18)

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

8. Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith (Vintage: $16)

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

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


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