Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during a book tour to promote her memoir "Becoming." Charles Platiau/Reuters
Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1.“Becoming,” by Michelle Obama. The former first lady recounts her childhood in Chicago, meeting Barack and their years in the White House.
2.“Educated,” by Tara Westover. A young woman raised without schooling by survivalists describes her path to Cambridge University.
3.“Save Me the Plums,” by Ruth Reichl . The former editor of Gourmet Magazine shares an insider account of the world of food culture.
4.“Bad Blood,” by John Carreyrou. The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to make blood testing more efficient.
5.“The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean. The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library.
6.“The Path Made Clear,” by Oprah Winfrey. The talk show host shares discoveries and lessons learned on the road to success.
7.“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” by Mark Manson. How not being positive all the time will make us become happier people.
8.“Commander in Cheat,” by Rick Reilly. President Donald Trump’s alleged misdeeds on and around the golf course.
9.“The Matriarch,” by Susan Page. A biography of former first lady Barbara Bush.
10.“Dreyer’s English,” by Benjamin Dreyer. A guide to clarity and style from the Random House copy chief.
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