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


1. "The Testaments," by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: $28.95) The sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale" picks up after 15 years.

2. "Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman becomes a murder suspect.

3. "The Nickel Boys," by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: $24.95) American history told through the story of two boys sentenced to a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

4. "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.

5. "The Last Train to London," by Meg Waite Clayton (Harper: $27.99) How one woman helped rescue a Kindertransport of 10,000 children from Nazi-occupied Europe – based on a true story.

6. "A Better Man," by Louise Penny (St. Martin's: $28.99) The story of a marriage straining under the weight of parenthood.

7. "Fleishman Is in Trouble," by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House: $27) A divorced father confronts his perception of his actions when his ex-wife drops off their two kids at his place and disappears.

8. "Dog Man for Whom the Ball Rolls," by Dav Pilkey (Graphic: $12.99) Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain.

9. "The Ten Thousand Doors of January," by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook: $27) A young girl finds a blue door in a field and discovers a world of enchantment.

10. "Killer Instinct," by James Patterson (Little, Brown: $30) Dr. Reinhart and Detective Needham go after a sociopath when an act of terror strikes New York.