Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."Obama: An Intimate Portrait," by Pete Souza (Little, Brown: $50) The White House photographer for President Barack Obama shares images and behind-the-scenes stories.
2."Leonardo da Vinci," by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster: $35) The award-winning biographer, known for profiling geniuses, turns his attention to Da Vinci.
3."Promise Me, Dad," by Joe Biden (Flatiron: $27) The former vice president recalls the challenging year in office as his son battled brain cancer.
4."Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit," by Chris Matthews (Simon & Schuster: $28) A look at the life of the New York senator who lived in the shadow of his war-hero brothers.
5."Barking to the Choir," by Gregory Boyle (S&S: $26) The Jesuit Priest and author of "Tattoos on the Heart," shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles.
6."Astrophysics for People in a Hurry," by Neil Degrasse Tyson (Norton: $18.95) A quick and easy introduction to the cosmos from the astrophysicist.
7."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."
8."Endurance," by Scott Kelly (Knopf: $29.95) A memoir by the retired astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.
9."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.
10."The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F(ASTERISK)ck," by Mark Manson (HarperOne: $24.99) How stopping to try to be positive all the time will make us become better, happier people.