Rankings for hardcover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected bookstores:
1."The Water Dancer," by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World: $28) A gifted young man with mysterious powers becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.
2."The Dutch House," by Ann Patchett (Harper: $27.99) A brother and sister's lives are changed when a stepmother enters their family.
3."The Testaments," by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: $28.95) The sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale" picks up after 15 years.
4."The Night Fire," by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $29) Harry Bosch's first mentor dies leaving behind a murder book from a cold case 30 years ago.
5."The Guardians," by John Grisham (Doubleday: $29.95) Lawyer and Episcopal minister Cullen Post antagonizes ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.
6."Olive Again," by Elizabeth Strout (Random House: $27) This sequel follows Olive Kitteridge from her 70s into her 80s.
7."Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman becomes a murder suspect.
8."The Institute," by Stephen King (Scribner: $30) Children with special skills are abducted in an institution where a sinister staff extracts their gifts through barbaric methods.
9."Ninth House," by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron: $27.99) A tale of privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite.
10."Grand Union," by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press: $27) The author's first collection of short stories, set mostly in the U.S.