Los Angeles Times
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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.
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.
3.“My Lunches With Orson,” by Henry Jaglom and Peter Biskand (Metropolitan: $28) Private lunchtime chats recorded during the last years of the director’s’ life.
4.“Lean In,” by Sheryl Sandberg (Knopf: $24.95) The Facebook executive offers observations on gender inequities in the professional world.
5.“The Unwinding,” by George Packer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $27) A novelistic portrait of America’s boom and bust covering the past 35 years.
6.“Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House: $27) The remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II bombardier, POW and Olympian.
7.“I Could Pee on This,” by Francesco Marciuliano (Chronicle: $12.95) A quirky collection of feline poetry.
8.“This Town,” by Mark Leibovich (Blue Rider Press: $27.95) Inside the culture of Beltway politics where funerals are big ticket networking events.
9.“Sleepless in Hollywood,” by Lynda Obst (Simon & Schuster: $26) The film producer dishes on the current state of the entertainment industry.
10.“Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversation,” by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner (Simon & Schuster: $26) The Hollywood star detailed her private and personal relationships during late-night conversations with journalist Evans.