Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."Where the Crawdads Sing," by Dellia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman living on her own in the coastal marshes of North Carolina must engage with the people around her.
2."Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild," by Dav Pilkey (Graphix : $9.99) A heroic hound and his pals work to prove his innocence for a crime he didn't commit.
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3."The New Iberia Blues," by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster: $27.99) Detective Robicheaux and his new partner investigate the death of a young woman by crucifixion.
4."There There," by Tommy Orange (Knopf: $25.95) A powerful tale of contemporary Native American life.
5."The Friend," by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead: $25) A grieving woman's obsession with a Great Dane left by her late friend.
6."My Year of Rest and Relaxation," by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press: $26) A New Yorker deals with depression, relationships and an inept therapist.
7."My Sister, the Serial Killer," by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday: $22.95) A nurse with a flair for cleaning helps cover up her sister's habit of killing her boyfriends.
8."Circe," by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown: $27) A retelling of the story of Circe, who draws the wrath of men and gods.
9."The Reckoning," by John Grisham (Doubleday: $29.95) A respected World War II hero guns down the local pastor inside a church in Mississippi.
10."In a House of Lies," by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown: $27) A cold case involving a missing private investigator threatens to unearth skeletons from a retired Edinburgh police detective.