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Alta Journal California Bestseller List (May 2, 2024)

With reports from the California Independent Booksellers Alliance, Alta diary brings you a list of the best-selling titles at independent bookstores in Northern and Southern California for the week ending April 28, 2024.

There are two authors on this week's bestseller list Alta's orbit. At the top of the charts is the California Book Club Contributor Rosecrans Baldwin's widely acclaimed 2021 book Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles. Through interviews with notorious Angelenos and analyzes of classic LA literature, this California Book Award-winning title exposes everything we misunderstood about the Great American City-State. Speaking of classics: Alta2022 cover star Joan Didion returns to the list with her must-read novel Play it as it lies. The later author's romantic descriptions of Las Vegas and Hollywood in the 1960s will evoke nostalgia in even the youngest Didion reader.

For a complete list of titles and categories, see California Independent Booksellers Alliance.•

Southern California


HARDCOVER FICTION

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  1. Funny storyEmily Henry, Berkley, $29
  2. James, Percival Everett, Doubleday, $28. Read one abstract In Alta.
  3. The womenKristin Hannah, St. Martin's Press, $30
  4. Table for Two: FictionsCupid Towles, Viking, $32
  5. The familiarLeigh Bardugo, Flatiron Books, $29.99

Hardcover non-fiction books

Books, Southern California Bestsellers, Hardcover Nonfiction, May 2, 2024

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  1. The Creative Act: A Way of BeingRick Rubin, Penguin Press, $32
  2. An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960sDoris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, $35
  3. The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental IllnessJonathan Haidt, Penguin Press, $30
  4. Messer: Meditations after an attempted murderSalman Rushdie, Random House, $28
  5. Somehow: thoughts on loveAnne Lamott, Riverhead Books, $22

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

Books, Southern California Best Sellers, Trade Paperback Fiction, May 2, 2024

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  1. A court of thorns and rosesSarah J. Maas, Bloomsbury Publishing, $19
  2. Big SwissJen Beagin, Scribner, $17
  3. The three-body problemCixin Liu, Tor Books, $18.99
  4. Play it as it lies, Joan Didion, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18. To read Alta'S Didion primer.
  5. Just for summerAbby Jimenez, Forever, $17.99

TRADE PAPERBACK TREASURES

Books, Southern California Best Sellers, Paperback Nonfiction, May 2, 2024

Alta

  1. The Backyard Bird ChroniclesAmy Tan, Button, $35
  2. All About Love: New VisionsBell Hook, William Morrow, $16.99
  3. Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles, Rosecrans Baldwin, Picador, $19. Read Baldwin's Write In Alta.
  4. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (film edition)David Grann, vintage, $18
  5. The Eater Guide to Los AngelesEater, Abrams Image, $19.99

Northern California


HARDCOVER FICTION

Books, Northern California Bestsellers, Hardcover Fiction, May 2, 2024

Alta

  1. Funny storyEmily Henry, Berkley, $29
  2. James, Percival Everett, Doubleday, $28. Read one abstract In Alta.
  3. Table for Two: FictionsCupid Towles, Viking, $32
  4. The womenKristin Hannah, St. Martin's Press, $30
  5. The Parisian novelRuth Reichl, Random House, $29

Hardcover non-fiction books

Books, Northern California Bestsellers, Hardcover Nonfiction, May 2, 2024

Alta

  1. Messer: Meditations after an attempted murderSalman Rushdie, Random House, $28
  2. Somehow: thoughts on loveAnne Lamott, Riverhead Books, $22
  3. The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental IllnessJonathan Haidt, Penguin Press, $30
  4. An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960sDoris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, $35
  5. The Creative Act: A Way of BeingRick Rubin, Penguin Press, $32

TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

Books, Northern California Best Sellers, Trade Paperback Fiction, May 2, 2024

Alta

  1. A court of thorns and rosesSarah J. Maas, Bloomsbury Publishing, $19
  2. The three-body problemCixin Liu, Tor Books, $18.99
  3. HorseGeraldine Brooks, Penguin, $19
  4. Happy placeEmily Henry, Berkley Books, $19
  5. A court of fog and angerSarah J. Maas, Bloomsbury Publishing, $19

TRADE PAPERBACK TREASURES

Books, Northern California Bestsellers, Paperback Nonfiction, May 2, 2024

Alta

  1. The Backyard Bird ChroniclesAmy Tan, Button, $35
  2. All About Love: New VisionsBell Hook, William Morrow, $16.99
  3. The Hundred Years' War against Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017Rashid Khalidi, Metropolitan Books, $19.99
  4. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Lessons of PlantsRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $20
  5. Poverty through AmericaMatthew Desmond, crown, $20

Source: California Independent Booksellers Alliance


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Elizabeth Casillas is Alta diaryEditorial assistant. A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, she previously wrote for the Poly post And Enspire Magazine.

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