Alta Journal California Bestseller List (Jan 18, 2023)

With reports from the California Independent Booksellers Association, Alta Journal Brings you a list of the best-selling titles in independent bookstores across Northern and Southern California for the week ending January 15, 2023.

Leigh Bardugo, Los Angeles-based creator and Netflix series creator, grishverse, On the menu this week with a new novel. sure bentBardugo’s highly anticipated sequel to The ninth house Follows Alex Stern whose quiet life in Los Angeles is upended as she tries to rescue a soul from hell. and Dasher Keltner, professor at the University of California, Berkeley and consultant to Pixar inside outjoins the non-fiction ranking with Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonders and How They Can Change Your Life. Keltner’s book examines awe and how it changes our brains.

For a complete list of titles and categories, visit the California Independent Booksellers Association.

Southern California


Hard imagination

A Southern California Bestseller Hardcover & Fiction, January 18, 2023

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  1. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrowBuy it: Gabriel Zeven, Knopf, $28
  2. Lessons in chemistryBuy it: Bonnie Garmos Doubleday, $29
  3. a horseGeraldine Brooks, Viking, $28
  4. The Copperhead DemonBarbara Kingsolver Harper $32.50
  5. trustHernan Diaz, Riverhead Books, $28
    1. Noncongestion hardness

      The Southern California Bestseller, Hardcover, Nonfiction, January 18, 2023

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      1. additionalBuy it: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Random House, $36
      2. The Light We Carry: Overcoming Uncertain TimesMichelle Obama, Crown Publishing Group, $32.50
      3. I am happy that my mother is deadJeannette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
      4. The book of daysBuy it: Patti Smith, Random House, $28.99
      5. Atomic Habits: An Easy, Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad HabitsJames Claire Avery $27
        1. Trade paper direction

          A Southern California Bestseller, Trade Paperback, Nonfiction, January 18, 2023

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          1. the maidNita Prose, Ballantine Books, $18
          2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins Red, Washington Square Press, $17
          3. It starts with usColin Hoover, Atria Books, $17.99
          4. The silent patientAlex Michaelides, Celadon Books, $17.99
          5. ends with usColin Hoover, Atria Books, $16.99
            1. Cardboard deprivation

              Southern California Bestseller, Trade Paperback, Nonfiction, Jan. 18, 2023

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              1. All About Love: New InsightsBell Hooks, William Morrow, $16.99
              2. January 6th reportSet Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol and Others, Celadon Books, $17.99
              3. Meditations: a new (revised) translation.Marcus Aurelius, The Modern Library, $11
              4. The year of magical thinkingJoan Didion Vintage, $17
              5. Sweetgrass Braiding for Young People: Aboriginal Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Plant TeachingsRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Edition, $20
                1. Northern California


                  Hard imagination

                  Northern California Bestseller, Harcouver, Weston, January 18, 2023

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                  1. Lessons in chemistryBuy it: Bonnie Garmos Doubleday, $29
                  2. The Copperhead DemonBarbara Kingsolver Harper $32.50
                  3. sure bentLeigh Bardugo, Flatiron Books, $29.99
                  4. Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrowBuy it: Gabriel Zeven, Knopf, $28
                  5. a horseGeraldine Brooks, Viking, $28
                    1. Noncongestion hardness

                      Northern California Bestseller, Hardcover, Non-Fiction, Jan. 18, 2023

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                      1. additionalBuy it: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Random House, $36
                      2. The Light We Carry: Overcoming Uncertain TimesMichelle Obama, Crown Publishing Group, $32.50
                      3. Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonders and How They Can Change Your LifeDacher Keltner, Penguin Press, $28
                      4. Phenomenal World: How Animals’ Senses Reveal the Hidden Worlds Around UsEd Young, Random House, $30
                      5. I am happy that my mother is deadJeannette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
                        1. Trade paper direction

                          Northern California Bestseller, Trade Paperback, Nonfiction, January 18, 2023

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                          1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins Red, Washington Square Press, $17
                          2. the maidNita Prose, Ballantine Books, $18
                          3. ends with usColin Hoover, Atria Books, $16.99
                          4. Achilles songMadeline Miller Ecco $17.99
                          5. Cocoland cloudAnthony Doerr, Scribner, $20
                            1. Cardboard deprivation

                              Northern California Bestseller, Trade Paperback, Nonfiction, Jan. 18, 2023

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                              1. All About Love: New InsightsBell Hooks, William Morrow, $16.99
                              2. Sweetgrass Braiding for Young People: Aboriginal Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Plant TeachingsRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Edition, $20
                              3. January 6th reportSet Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol and Others, Celadon Books, $17.99
                              4. Dopamine nation: Finding balance in an age of indulgenceDr. Anna Lembeck, Dutton, $18
                              5. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal FreedomDon Miguel Ruiz, Amber-Allen Publishing, $12.95
                                1. Source: California Independent Booksellers Alliance

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