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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 15, 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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Love blooms for Little Free Libraries

Yes, walkers might pass the occasional Little Free Library that's stuffed with junk – old religious tracts, sad coverless paperbacks, Readers Digest Condensed Books from 1957. But those aren't the norm.

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The big one is coming to California, seismologist Lucy Jones says cheerfully

"I'm an inherent optimist," says earthquake expert Lucy Jones. Sitting in her bright, tidy office at Caltech, the world-renowned seismologist does not betray a shred of irony at this admission, despite how surprising it may seem coming from a woman who asserts in no uncertain terms that Southern California is headed for a devastating magnitude 7.5 to 8.2 earthquake – it's only a matter of time, she says.

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Commentary: This new Facebook job posting is cause for concern

If Facebook is a neutral platform, as Mark Zuckerberg seemed to imply during his congressional hearings, then why has the company had a job opening posted since last week entitled "Politics and government outreach associate manager"? The job post states that Facebook is "looking for an experienced leader to join its Politics & Government Team." The stated mission of the team is "to help those participating in the political process worldwide – from candidates running for office and elected officials, to governments and advocacy groups – better use Facebook to connect and engage with people." Although this particular position is specific to the U.S. political system, the mission is, according to the social network, worldwide. Facebook is seeking to position its employees in these roles as strategic partners of governing bodies, acting politicians and political candidates around the world.

Central Valley marijuana dispensaries prepare for the first legal 420

California is getting ready for the first legal 420, an unofficial holiday for cannabis enthusiasts. Modesto and Central Valley dispensaries are offering discounts on marijuana products, doing food giveaways and having celebrity appearances.
Marijke Rowland