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


1."Educated," by Tara Westover (Random House: $28) A young woman raised without schooling by survivalists describes her path to Cambridge University.

2."Becoming," by Michelle Obama (Crown: $32.35) The former first lady recounts her childhood in Chicago, meeting Barack and their years in the White House.

3."The Library Book," by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster: $28) The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library.

4."The Second Mountain," by David Brooks (Random House: $28) How to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.

5."Save Me the Plums," by Ruth Reichl (Random House: $27) The former editor of Gourmet magazine shares an insider account of the world of food culture.

6."Working," by Robert A. Caro (Knopf: $25) A brief look into the writing process of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer.

7."Life Will Be the Death of Me," by Chelsea Handler (Spiegel & Grau: $27) A presidential election, her brother's death and a midlife crisis, fuel the new memoir from the author and comedian.

8."America Before," by Graham Hancock (St. Martin's: $29.99) An exploration of past mysteries, archaeological discoveries and implications for our lives today.

9."White," by Bret Easton Ellis (Knopf: $25.95) The "Less Than Zero" author takes on political correctness.

10."Nearing Ninety," by Judith Viorst (Simon & Schuster: $17) A new poetry collection focuses on what it means to be an impending nonagenarian.