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August 4, 2013

Best-selling books

FICTION

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

1.“The English Girl,” by Daniel Silva (Harper: $27.99) Art-restorer and spy Gabriel Allon is brought in when the mistress of the prime minister vanishes.

2.“And the Mountains Echoed,” by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead: $28.95) A father’s decision to give his 3-year-old daughter to a wealthy family in Kabul begins a 60-year Afghan history lesson.

3.“The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow: $25.99) A bookish English boy goes on an otherworldly adventure when he discovers a neighbor’s supernatural secret.

4.“Inferno,” by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $29.95) In Florence with a case of amnesia, Robert Langdon must find a destructive virus before it infects the world.

5.“Love, Dishoner, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish,” by David Rakoff (Doubleday: $26.95) Essays in verse by the late writer details 20th century America.

6.“The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green (Dutton: $17.99) Two teenagers fighting cancer fall in love.

7.“Bad Monkey,” by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf: $26.95) An ex-Miami cop tries to convince a cast of characters that a severed arm found in his fridge is evidence of a murder.

8.“Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn (Crown: $25) A wife mysteriously disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary.

9.“Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio (Knopf: $15.99) The trials and triumphs of a 10-year-old boy starting school for the first time.

10.“William Shakespeare’s Star Wars,” by Ian Doescher (Quirk Books: $14.95) A retelling of the epic sci-fi adventure in the style and rhythm of the Bard’s plays.

NONFICTION

1.“Zealot,” by Reza Aslan (Random House: $27) The religion scholar sheds new light on Jesus by examining his life during first-century Palestine.

2.“Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls,” by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $27) The essayist’s recent collection of his life’s travails and travel tales.

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