Here's what leads the lists at Southern California independent bookstores through last weekend's sales. All but the last category are different in New England indie bookstores, by the way. The top books in New England and Northern California stores are given for comparison.
New England: "State of Wonder," Ann Patchett
NorCal: "State of Wonder"
Hardcover Nonfiction: "Go the F**k to Sleep," Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes
NE: "The Greater Journey," David McCullough
NC: "Go the F**k to Sleep"
Trade Paperback Fiction: "A Visit From the Goon Squad," Jennifer Egan
NE: "The Help," Kathryn Stockett
NC: "The Help"
Trade Paperback Nonfiction: "Just Kids," Patti Smith
NE: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," Rebecca Skloot
NC: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Mass Market: "A Game of Thrones," George R.R. Martin