Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."The Sentry," by Robert Crais. After saving a man from an attack, former mercenary Joe Pike is drawn into a web of deception and murder.
2."The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," by Stieg Larsson. The final book of the "Millennium Trilogy" has Lisbeth Salander in peril.
3."The Border Lords," by T. Jefferson Parker. An L.A. County Sheriff's deputy helps the ATF suppress the gun trade along the Mexico border.
4."Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen. The breakdown of a Midwestern family.
5."An Object of Beauty," by Steve Martin. An ambitious young art dealer knows the art of manipulation.
6."Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth." by Jeff Kinney. Greg confronts puberty without his best friend.
7."The Help," by Kathryn Stockett. The Southern lives of a maid, cook and college graduate intertwine.
8."What the Night Knows," by Dean Koontz. Has a serial killer returned from the dead to re-enact his murder spree?
9."The Inner Circle," by Brad Meltzer. A secret in the national archives leads to a high-level conspiracy linked to the president.
10."Mockingjay," by Suzanne Collins. No one is safe in the final installment of the "Hunger Games" trilogy.
1."Unbroken," by Laura Hillenbrand. The story of Louis Zamperini: World War II bombardier, POW and Olympian.
2."Cleopatra," by Stacy Schiff. The infamous queen of Egypt as a political power player.
3."Life," by Keith Richards with James Fox. The seemingly eternal musician shares his life as a Rolling Stone.
4."Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," by Amy Chua. Why Chinese mothers raise children who are superior.
5."Love for No Reason," by Marci Shimoff. How to create a life of inner fulfillment and lasting unconditional love.
6."I Remember Nothing," by Nora Ephron. Reflections on life and the relentless march of time.
7."Of Thee I Sing," by Barack Obama. The president invites children to meet 13 famous Americans.
8."Strength Finders 2.0," by Tom Rath. An upgraded assessment on how to find your top talents.
9."The 4-Hour Body," by Timothy Ferriss. How to produce the best physical results with small changes.
10."Sexy Forever," by Suzanne Somers. Keys to fighting toxins, losing weight and staying healthy.