MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook turned in another strong financial performance in its second quarter, as profit soared and revenue beat Wall Street expectations for the ninth consecutive quarter.

"Fast Track" by Julie Garwood; Dutton (352 pages, $26.95)

Edan Lepucki appeared on "The Colbert Report" Tuesday night to talk about her debut novel, "California," and thank Colbert and his fans for getting it onto bestseller lists.

"Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves" by James Nestor; Houghton Mifflin

"Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel" by Anya Ulinich; Penguin (362 pages, $17 paper)

"California" by Edan Lepucki; Little, Brown (393 pages. $26)

Pinterest users have a high rate of customer satisfaction, according to a new survey by an independent research group. Facebook and LinkedIn users? Not so much.

'The Novel: A Biography' by Michael Schmidt; Harvard University Press (1,200 pages, $39.95)

Less than a week after the publication of Marja Mills' memoir, "The Mockingbird Next Door," her story of befriending famously reclusive 88-year-old author Nelle Harper Lee, the book remains embroiled in controversy.

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 13, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.

Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country - apartheid-era South Africa - where such commitment carried a high price.

"White Beech: The Rainforest Years" by Germaine Greer; Bloomsbury (370 pages, $30)

"Adam" by Ariel Schrag; Mariner (302 pages, $13.95)

"Song of the Shank: A Novel" by Jeffery Renard Allen; Graywolf (570 pages, $18)

"Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music From Bill Haley to Beyonce" by Bob Stanley; W.W. Norton (599 pages, $29.95)

"Stay with Me" by Alison Gaylin; Harper (384 pages, $5.99)

On a Saturday afternoon that dripped with sticky June heat, author Ben Hoffman and his groomsmen readied for his impending nuptials in Chicago's West Loop by basking in his hotel suite's air conditioning and a few moments of tranquility, a respite from the wedding day frenzy. With just about four hours to go before the ceremony, the Harrisburg, Pa., native got a call from an unknown number with a Chicago area code.

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 6, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.

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