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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, May 20, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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Londoner looks at princesses who went their own way

If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding has inspired a royal thirst, you might want to pick up Linda Rodriguez McRobbie's book, "Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories From History – Without the Fairy-Tale Endings." McRobbie, a Londoner by way of Boston, explores the backstories of famous ladies of royal lines, including Princess Margaret, whom McRobbie calls Queen Elizabeth II's "wayward sister," and Lucrezia Borgia, "a woman who managed to survive not only the pit of vipers that was Renaissance Italy, but the pit of vipers that was her own family."

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This summer, heavy hitters will rule beach reading

Sometimes air needs clearing. Sometimes windows need opening. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves about the bedrock beneath our feet. Spring is a good time. But summer is even better – reading alone on a park bench, on an empty beach at 8 in the morning. It never made sense that summer reading should be inconsequential, and feather light, just as the head and the air get clearer and there is more room to think. Summer reading – especially this summer – offers the possibility of refresher courses.

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Bill Gates reveals his summer 2018 reading list

Need a summer reading recommendation? In what's become an annual tradition, Bill Gates has announced his five favorite books for the season – one novel and four nonfiction works, several of which wrestle with some of life's biggest questions. But don't despair, writes Gates on his blog. "Despite the heavy subject matter, all of these books were fun to read, and most of them were pretty short." Here are his picks:

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'Tangerine' author Christine Mangan on inspiration, movie adaptions and writing Morocco in the 1950s

This novel came out back in March, but it's still one of the most talked-about books. "Tangerine: A Novel," the psychological thriller by debut author Christine Mangan, is not only beautifully written prose, but electric in imagery. Taking place in Tangier, Morocco, in the 1950s, the novel is vivid and full of heat, winding the characters up tighter and tighter as events around them begin to fall apart, only adding further to the feelings of claustrophobia and anxiety that are the hallmarks of every great thriller.

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Marcia Gay Harden's memoir 'The Seasons of My Mother' is incredibly powerful

A well-known actress from both stage and screen, Marcia Gay Harden tells the story of her life in the context of memories she has with her mother in her memoir, "The Seasons of My Mother" (Atria Books). Their close relationship is so beautiful and all the more painful as her mother's memory fades from the effects of Alzheimer's disease. But their bond is unbreakable and based on love, and due to the progression of the disease and the author's fear that all would be forgotten, it became imperative that stories were recorded.

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

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Best-sellers

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

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, May 13, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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Chicago graphic designer brings a unique vision to the covers she creates for already-published books

Several years ago Jenny Volvovski decided she would design book covers for books that already had covers. Often perfectly good covers. She wasn't dissatisfied with the state of graphic design or anything. She just wanted to design covers for new books, and as a member of ALSO, a small graphic design firm based in Chicago and Brooklyn, she was working primarily for architects and online retailers and culinary clients – she created menus for the Lincoln Park bakery Floriole and Logan Square restaurant Giant. "But I wasn't getting book work, and since I read a lot, I figured, for fun, as an exercise, I would do it anyway, to see what I came up with."

Boston marathon bombing survivors create children's book

Boston marathon bombing survivors Jessica Kensky and her husband Patrick Downes share a children's book they wrote to patients and administration at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, California.
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