Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, April 10th Edition

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The Best Of L.A.


Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration 
(Random House, hardcover, $28)
Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
At its base, Creativity Inc. could be described as a manual, but beyond that that book is an analytical look at what it means to protect and nurture the creative process in business. Catmull, who with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, founded animation powerhouse Pixar, presents that idea that creativity and workflow isn’t strictly a collection of ideas, but a synthesizing of the people who create them.
Out: April 8

The Best Of The West


My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories 
(Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $35)
By David Lebowitz
Before chef David Lebowitz moved to Paris ten years ago, he worked at Chez Panisse in Berkley for 13 years, mastering the skill of cooking. His previous books were odes to his sweet tooth — featuring chocolate, ice cream and other sweet dishes. But in My Paris Kitchen, he revisits classic French dishes such as Cassoulet, Coq au vin and Croque-monsieur, each recipe tucked between stories of his own. But that doesn’t mean that he’s left out desert — there are plenty to go around.
Out: April 8

The Best Of The Rest


Starting Point: 1979-1996
(VIZ Media, paperback, $14)
By Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki, heralded as one of the greatest animators of all time, is releasing the first of a pair of memoirs recounting a career that spanned more than six decades. The collection proves to be deeply intimate as Miyazaki pens essays about his childhood, his first steps towards animation and his frustration with the creative control in animation studios. But Starting Point isn’t just a memoir about a great animator, but a tribute to the art of animation itself. The second installment, Turning Point: 1997-2007, is also available in hardcover.
Out: April 8


In Paradise
(Riverhead, hardcover,$28)
By Peter Matthiessen
A haunting and stark novel, In Paradise was predicted by author Peter Matthiessen to be his “last word.” Sadly, he was right — Matthiessen succumbed to leukemia on Saturday, April 5. Inspired by Matthiessen’s own time at a Zen retreat at the Nazi death camp, the story centers around Celements Olin, an American scholar of Polish descent who attends a spiritual retreat at Auschwitz 1996 with 140 other people. During his stay, both political and religious tensions rise and Olin is forced to consider his own heritage in this passionate, powerful account.
Out: April 8

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