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Best-sellers

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

Books

Best-sellers

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

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Rebecca Makkai, author of Chicago-set ‘The Great Believers,’ knows the value of diligence

"The Great Believers," the new novel by Rebecca Makkai, describes the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s and its impact on the gay community. Whereas the story of the disease in the United States tends to be a New York or San Francisco tragedy, here it is a "slow-motion tsunami from both coasts," a pool of water collecting at Midwestern ankles that climbs so quietly many are surprised to find themselves drowning. The book begins in 1985 at a Lincoln Park memorial for a gay man whose family disowned him, only to reclaim him at the last moment, "insisting he die in the suburbs in an ill-equipped hospital with nice wallpaper"; it finds a city where initial survivors, not yet seeing the reach of AIDS, don't know whether to host rowdy house parties in honor of the dead or somber, hands-folded funeral services. It visits Door County, Wis., and the Art Institute of Chicago; it finds a place for World War I Europe circa 1918 and the secluded nooks of Belmont Harbor circa 1982 ("a gay space hidden from the city but wide open to the vast expanse of Lake Michigan"). It ends in Paris, several decades and many victims later.

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‘Barracoon’ editor Deborah Plant on discovering Zora Neale Hurston, reading Alice Walker

We caught up with Deborah Plant, the editor of "Barracoon: The Story of the Last 'Black Cargo,'" a newly published book by Zora Neale Hurston. The book is based on Hurston's interviews in 1931 with Cudjo Lewis, who was the last living survivor of the Middle Passage. Plant is the former chairwoman of the University of South Florida department of Africana studies and co-founder of the department's graduate program. She was able to quickly recall when she first became intrigued with Hurston. It was 1979 in Atlanta. Plant found a copy of Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" in the Shrine of the Black Madonna Bookstore. "This book mirrored my life," she said. "I stood there in the aisle and read enough to know I had to make the purchase. I had never seen myself so perfectly captured in print before. I mean my cultural self, the language, the customs and traditions."

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 1, 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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Facebook and Apple disagree on how to curb fake news for midterms

Apple and Facebook have figured out how to keep us glued to their devices and platforms. But they haven't figured out how to curb the misinformation that plagued them during the 2016 election and have struggled to regain public trust. And now, as the midterm elections approach, they certainly don't agree on a solution.

Goat Yoga, is kind of odd

They are in a field doing yoga and goats jump on them and drink wine.