Alta Journal’s California Bestsellers List (October 5, 2022)

This week’s bestselling titles include Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin, The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik, and Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber by Andy Borowitz.

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With reporting from the California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Alta Journal brings you the bestselling titles at independent bookstores across Northern and Southern California for the week ending October 2, 2022.

Emily Ratajkowski’s book of essays, My Body, advances to second place on our list this week. The Encinitas, California–raised writer chronicles moments from her life as a model as she examines feminism, sexuality, and the commodification of women. And just in time for Halloween, Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Louise Erdrich’s ghost story, The Sentence, also earns a spot in this week’s rankings. You can find more of Erdrich’s writing in Freeman’s: Love, edited by California Book Club host John Freeman.

For a full list of titles and categories, visit the California Independent Booksellers Alliance.•

Southern California


HARDCOVER FICTION

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  1. Lucy by the Sea, Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $28
  2. The Bullet That Missed, Richard Osman, Pamela Dorman Books, $27
  3. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zevin, Knopf, $28
  4. The Marriage Portrait, Maggie O’Farrell, Knopf, $28
  5. Less Is Lost, Andrew Sean Greer, Little, Brown, $29. Read the Alta review

    HARDCOVER NONFICTION

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    1. I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
    2. You Owe You: Ignite Your Power, Your Purpose, and Your Why, Eric Thomas, PhD, Rodale Books, $27
    3. Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Henry Holt and Co., $28.99
    4. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, James Clear, Avery, $27
    5. The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017–2021, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, Doubleday, $32

      TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

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      1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Washington Square Press, $17
      2. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria Books, $16.99
      3. Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $20
      4. Verity, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central Publishing, $16.99
      5. The Sentence, Louise Erdrich, Harper Perennial, $18

        TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

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        1. All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks, William Morrow, $16.99
        2. My Body, Emily Ratajkowski, Metropolitan Books, $16.99
        3. Gay Bar: Why We Went Out, Jeremy Atherton Lin, Little, Brown, $17.99
        4. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, Mary Roach, W.W. Norton & Company, $16.95
        5. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen Publishing, $12.95

          Northern California


          HARDCOVER FICTION

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          1. The Golden Enclaves, Naomi Novik, Del Rey, $28
          2. Fairy Tale, Stephen King, Scribner, $32.50
          3. Lucy by the Sea, Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $28
          4. Less Is Lost, Andrew Sean Greer, Little, Brown, $29. Read the Alta review
          5. The Bullet That Missed, Richard Osman, Pamela Dorman Books, $27

            HARDCOVER NONFICTION

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            1. I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
            2. Solito: A Memoir, Javier Zamora, Hogarth Press, $28
            3. What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe, Riverhead Books, $30
            4. Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships, Nina Totenberg, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
            5. Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber, Andy Borowitz, Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, $28.99

              TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

              alta journal california bestsellers, october 5 2022, northern california, trade paperback fiction
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              1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Washington Square Press, $17
              2. Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $20
              3. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria Books, $16.99
              4. The Sentence, Louise Erdrich, Harper Perennial, $18
              5. Verity, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central Publishing, $16.99

                TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

                alta journal california bestsellers, october 5 2022, northern california, trade paperback nonfiction
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                1. All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks, William Morrow, $16.99
                2. Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $20
                3. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, Mary Roach, W.W. Norton & Company, $16.95
                4. Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings, Neil Price, Basic Books, $19.99
                5. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Penguin Books, $19

                  Source: California Independent Booksellers Alliance

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