Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."Leonardo da Vinci," by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: $35) The award-winning biographer, known for profiling geniuses, turns his attention to Da Vinci.
2."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."
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3."The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(ASTERISK)ck," by Mark Manson (HarperOne: $24.99) How stopping to try to be positive all the time will make us become better, happier people.
4."Women & Power," by Mary Beard (Liveright: $15.95) A manifesto tracing the origins of misogyny to its ancient roots.
5."Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," by Neil Degrasse Tyson (Norton: $18.95) An easy-to-understand introduction to the universe and the forces that govern it.
6."Promise Me, Dad," by Joe Biden (Flatiron: $27) The former vice president recalls the challenging year in office as his son battled brain cancer.
7."Barking to the Choir," by Gregory Boyle (S&S: $26) The Jesuit priest shares what working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith and compassion.
8."The Book of Joy," by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama (Avery: $26) The Nobel Prize-winning spiritual leaders share their wisdom.
9."Sapiens," by Yuval Norah Harari (Harper: $35) An examination of humanity's creation and evolution.
10."Devotion," by Patti Smith (Yale University Press: $18) The rocker-writer's exploration of the nature of creative invention.