Aug. 09-- Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," by Neil Degrasse Tyson (Norton: $18.95) A quick and easy introduction to the cosmos from the astrophysicist.
2."Al Franken, Giant of the Senate," by Al Franken (Twelve: $28) The senator from Minnesota's memoir of his surprising evolution from "Saturday Night Live" comedian to serious politician.
3."Devil's Bargain," by Joshua Green (Penguin Press: $27) An examination of the relationship between Donald Trump and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
4."Hillbilly Elegy," by J.D. Vance (Harper: $27.99) The former Marine and Yale Law School graduate's account of growing up poor in a white working-class neighborhood.
5."The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck," by Mark Manson (HarperOne: $24.99) How stopping to try to be positive all the time will make us become better, happier people.
6."Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)," by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: $28) The early years of the private diaries of the popular humorist.
7."Make Your Bed," by William H. McRaven (Grand Central: $18) A graduation speech from Adm. William H. McRaven at the University of Texas.
8."You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown: $28) A powerful memoir about the author's childhood near Spokane and his troubled relationship with his mother.
9."Blindsided," by James Ferraro (Gildan Press: $28) The decade-long courtroom battle against DuPont for a boy born with no eyes after his mother was doused with chemical fungicide.
10."I Can't Make This Up," by Kevin Hart (Atria: $27.99) The comedian's story of growing up poor in Philadelphia and his ups and downs in Hollywood.
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