Alta Journal’s California Bestsellers List (November 2, 2022)

With reports from the California Alliance of Independent Booksellers, Alta Magazine brings you a list of the best-selling titles in independent bookstores throughout Northern and Southern California for the week ending October 30, 2022.

On the list this week is a paperback edition of Rebecca Solnit Orwell’s rosesa new exploration of politics and gardening by September 2021 author of the California Book Club. Solnit explores George Orwell’s life in a new light, from his lesser known journeys deep into the English mines to his involvement in horticulture. The Travelerby Cormac McCarthy, reviewed by Alta, is an exciting new addition to the list. The novel – the first of two linked volumes – follows Bobby Western as he examines a sunken plane wreck and investigates a possible government cover-up.

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

Southern California


HARDCOVER FICTION

california alta journal bestseller list, november 2 2022, southern california, hardcover, fiction

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  1. Demon CopperheadBarbara Kingsolver, Harper, $32.50
  2. The Traveler, Cormac McCarthy, Knopf, $30. Read the Alta revieww
  3. Our Lost HeartsCeleste Ng, Penguin Press, $29
  4. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and TomorrowGabrielle Zevin, Knopf, $28
  5. Liberation Day: StoriesGeorge Saunders, Random House, $28
    1. HE FORGOT HARD

      california alta journal best seller list, november 2 2022, southern california, hardcover, nonfiction

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      1. Go-To Dinner: The Barefoot Contessa CookbookIna Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35
      2. I’m Glad My Mother DiedJennette McCurdy, Simon and Schuster, $27.99
      3. The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A MemoirPaul Newman, Knopf, $32
      4. Crying at H Mart: A MemoirMichelle Zauner, Knopf, $26.95
      5. Solito: A MemoirJavier Zamora, Hogarth Press, $28
        1. TRADE COUNTRY BACK FICTION

          california alta journal best seller list, november 2 2022, southern california, trade paperback, fiction

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          1. It Starts with UsColleen Hoover, Atria Books, $17.99
          2. It Ends With UsColleen Hoover, Atria Books, $16.99
          3. The song of AchillesMadeline Miller, Ecco Press, $17.99
          4. Hail Mary ProjectAndy Weir, Ballantine Books, $20
          5. Malibu risingTaylor Jenkins Reid, Ballantine Books, $18
            1. TRADE COUNTRY INABILITY

              california alta journal best seller list, november 2 2022, southern california, trade paperback, nonfiction

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              1. The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in Trauma HealingBessel van der Kolk, MD, Penguin Books, $19
              2. Weaving Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Plant TeachingsRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $20
              3. Older Los AngelesMimi Slawoff, Reedy Press, $20.95
              4. Sapiens: A Brief History of MankindYuval Noah Harari, Harper Perennial, $24.99
              5. Orwell’s rosesRebecca Solnit, Penguin Books, $18
                1. Northern California


                  HARDCOVER FICTION

                  california alta journal bestseller list, november 2 2022, northern california, hardcover, fiction

                  Alta

                  1. The Traveler, Cormac McCarthy, Knopf, $30. Read the Alta revieww
                  2. Demon CopperheadBarbara Kingsolver, Harper, $32.50
                  3. Our Lost HeartsCeleste Ng, Penguin Press, $29
                  4. Liberation Day: StoriesGeorge Saunders, Random House, $28
                  5. A Fairy TaleStephen King, Writer, $32.50
                    1. HE FORGOT HARD

                      california alta journal best seller list, november 2 2022, northern california, hardcover, nonfiction

                      Alta

                      1. I’m Glad My Mother DiedJennette McCurdy, Simon and Schuster, $27.99
                      2. Go-To Dinner: The Barefoot Contessa CookbookIna Garten, Clarkson Potter, $35
                      3. The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic CultureGabor Maté, MD, with Daniel Maté, Avery, $30
                      4. What If? 2: More Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Theoretical QuestionsRandall Munroe, Riverhead Books, $30
                      5. Solito: A MemoirJavier Zamora, Hogarth Press, $28
                        1. TRADE COUNTRY BACK FICTION

                          california alta journal best seller list, november 2 2022, northern california, trade paperback, fiction

                          Alta

                          1. It Starts with UsColleen Hoover, Atria Books, $17.99
                          2. Land of the Cloud CuckooAnthony Doerr, Scribner, $20
                          3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoTaylor Jenkins Reid, Washington Square Press, $17
                          4. The SentenceLouise Erdrich, Harper Perennial, $18
                          5. Hail Mary ProjectAndy Weir, Ballantine Books, $20
                            1. TRADE COUNTRY INABILITY

                              california alta journal best seller list, november 2 2022, northern california, trade paperback, nonfiction

                              Alta

                              1. Weaving Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and Plant TeachingsRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed Editions, $20
                              2. Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the LawMary Roach, WW Norton & Company, $16.95
                              3. The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in Trauma HealingBessel van der Kolk, MD, Penguin Books, $19
                              4. Zen and the Art of Saving the PlanetThich Nhat Hanh, HarperOne, $17.99
                              5. All About Love: New Visionsbell hooks, William Morrow, $16.99
                                1. Source: California League of Independent Booksellers

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