Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
"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."
"Leonardo da Vinci," by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: $35) The award-winning biographer, known for profiling geniuses, turns his attention to da Vinci.
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"Obama: An Intimate Portrait," by Pete Souza (Little, Brown: $50) The White House photographer for President Barack Obama shares his images and stories from behind-the-scenes.
"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.
"Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit," by Chris Matthews (Simon & Schuster: $28) A look at the New York senator who lived in the shadow of his war-hero brothers.
"Promise Me, Dad," by Joe Biden (Flatiron: $27) The former vice president recalls the challenging year in office as his son battled brain cancer.
"We Were Eight Years in Power," by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World: $28) Eight essays previously published in the Atlantic, plus additional material from the award-winning social critic.
"The Vanity Fair Diaries," by Tina Brown (Henry Holt: $32) The British editor dishes on New York's 1980s glitterati, including Donald Trump, when she headed Vanity Fair.
"What Happened," by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster: $30) The former presidential candidate's memoir of losing the 2016 election.
"Devotion," by Patti Smith (Yale University Press: $18) The rocker-writer's exploration of the nature of creative invention.