Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."Grant," by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press: $40) A biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Union general and two-term U.S. president, by the author of "Hamilton."
2."Leonardo da Vinci," by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: $35) The award-winning biographer, known for profiling geniuses, turns his attention to da Vinci.
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3."What Happened," by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster: $18) The presidential candidate's memoir of losing the 2016 election.
4."We Were Eight Years in Power," by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World: $28) Eight essays previously published in the Atlantic, from each year of the Obama administration.
5."Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," by Neil Degrasse Tyson (Norton: $18.95) A quick and easy introduction to the cosmos from the astrophysicist.
6."Devotion," by Patti Smith (Yale University Press: $18) The rocker-writer's exploration of the nature of creative invention.
7."The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump," by Bandy X. Lee & Robert Jay Lifton (Thomas Dunne: $27.99) 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts give their assessments of the president.
8."Born a Crime," by Trevor Noah (Spiegel & Grau: $28) The comedian and host of "The Daily Show" recounts the challenges of growing up mixed-race under apartheid in South Africa.
9."Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders," by Joshua Foer & Dylan Thuras (Workman: $35) A celebration of 700 of the world's most curious places.
10."Hitler in Los Angeles," by Steven J. Ross (Bloomsbury: $30) The rise of Nazism in 1930s Los Angeles and the Jewish leaders and spies who stopped it.