Alta Journal’s California Bestsellers List (September 21, 2022)

With reporting from the California Independent Booksellers Alliance, High Journal is pleased to bring you the bestselling titles at independent bookstores across Northern and Southern California for the sales week ending September 18, 2022.

Making the list again is Joan Didion—featured on the cover of discharge‘s Spring 2022 issue—this time with her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking. Depicting grief and sorrow, the vivid work follows Didion through some of her most challenging times. discharge contributor Anita Kunzauthor of Another History of Art, examines Didion’s life as well as her writing. Also on the list is Lauren Groff, for her book Matrix. The story follows an orphan cast out of a royal court and sent to live at a run-down abbey. Groff’s enthralling storytelling is not only present in Matrix; Hosted by the California Book Club John Freeman featured the author in his literary journal, Freeman’s.

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

Southern California


HARDCOVER FICTION

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  1. Fairy TaleStephen King, Scribner, $32.50
  2. The Marriage PortraitMaggie O’Farrell, Knopf, $28
  3. Nona the NinthTamsyn Muir, Tordotcom, $28.99
  4. Carrie Soto Is BackTaylor Jenkins Reid, Ballantine Books, $28
  5. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and TomorrowGabrielle Zevin, Knopf, $28
    1. HARDCOVER NONFICTION

      alta journal's california bestsellers list, september 21, 2022, southern california, nonfiction

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      1. I’m Glad My Mom DiedJennette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
      2. What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical QuestionsRandall Munroe, Riverhead Books, $30
      3. Life’s Work: A MemoirDavid Milch, Random House, $28
      4. You Owe You: Ignite Your Power, Your Purpose, and Your WhyEric Thomas, PhD, Rodale Books, $27
      5. Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of FriendshipsNina Totenberg, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
        1. TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

          alta journal's california bestsellers list, september 21, 2022, southern california, trade paperback fiction

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          1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins Reid, Washington Square Press, $17
          2. It Ends with UsColleen Hoover, Atria Books, $16.99
          3. Where the Crawdads SingDelia Owens, GP Putnam’s Sons, $18
          4. Malibu RisingTaylor Jenkins Reid, Ballantine Books, $18
          5. VerityColleen Hoover, Grand Central Publishing, $16.99
            1. TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

              alta journal's california bestsellers list, september 21, 2022, southern california, trade paperback nonfiction

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              1. All About Love: New Visionsbell hooks, William Morrow & Company, $16.99
              2. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the LawMary Roach, WW Norton & Company, $16.95
              3. The Year of Magical ThinkingJoan Didion, Vintage, $17
              4. Meditations: A New Translation (Revised)Marcus Aurelius, Modern Library, $11
              5. Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los AngelesRosecrans Baldwin, Picador, $18
                1. Northern California


                  HARDCOVER FICTION

                  alta journal's california bestsellers list, september 21, 2022, northern california, fiction

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                  1. Nona the NinthTamsyn Muir, Tordotcom, $28.99
                  2. Fairy TaleStephen King, Scribner, $32.50
                  3. The Marriage PortraitMaggie O’Farrell, Knopf, $28
                  4. Lessons in ChemistryBonnie Garmus, Doubleday, $29
                  5. LessonsIan McEwan, Knopf, $30
                    1. HARDCOVER NONFICTION

                      alta journal's california bestsellers list, september 21, 2022, northern california, nonfiction

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                      1. I’m Glad My Mom DiedJennette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
                      2. What If? 2: Additional Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical QuestionsRandall Munroe, Riverhead Books, $30
                      3. Solito: A MemoirJavier Zamora, Hogarth Press, $28
                      4. Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of FriendshipsNina Totenberg, Simon & Schuster, $27.99
                      5. Holding the Line: Inside the Nation’s Preeminent US Attorney’s Office and Its Battle with the Trump Justice DepartmentGeoffrey Berman, Penguin Press, $30
                        1. TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION

                          alta journal's california bestsellers list, september 21, 2022, northern california, trade paperback fiction

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                          1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins Reid, Washington Square Press, $17
                          2. It Ends with UsColleen Hoover, Atria Books, $16.99
                          3. Where the Crawdads SingDelia Owens, GP Putnam’s Sons, $18
                          4. CirceMadeline Miller, Back Bay Books, $16.99
                          5. MatrixLauren Groff, Riverhead Books, $18
                            1. TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION

                              alta journal's california bestsellers list, september 21, 2022, northern california, trade paperback nonfiction

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                              1. Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of PlantsRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $20
                              2. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the LawMary Roach, WW Norton & Company, $16.95
                              3. All About Love: New Visionsbell hooks, William Morrow & Company, $16.99
                              4. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of TraumaBessel van der Kolk, MD, Penguin Books, $19
                              5. Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the ForestSuzanne Simard, Vintage, $17
                                1. Source: California Independent Booksellers Alliance

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