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The Reading List: December ’11

Every month LAmag.com compiles titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here, arranged by genre, are some highlights

 

Suspense

 
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Micro 
(Harper, hardcover, $29)
By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston
A group of young scientists faces a new kind of natural terror in this posthumously published biotech thriller from the popular sci-fi author.
Out: Nov 22

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Murder Season
(Minotaur, hardcover, $26)
By Robert Ellis
The L.A. writer’s latest Lena Gamble mystery begins with a high-profile double murder—of a well-connected Hollywood club owner and a 25-year-old man just acquitted of murder.
Out: Dec 6

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Supervolcano: Eruption
(Roc, hardcover, $26)
By Harry Turtledove
This first book in the L.A. native’s planned apocalyptic trilogy centers on the chaos following the eruption of a supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park.
Out: Dec 6

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Kill Switch
(Kensington, hardcover, $25)
By Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene
The writing-producing team behind TV’s Law & Order: SVU collaborate on this thriller about a forensic psychiatrist who finds herself at the epicenter of a murder mystery.
Out: Dec 13

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Dark Men
(Pegasus, hardcover, $25)
By Derek Haas
The hit man known as Silver Bear, living out retirement in Italy, must return to America to confront his past in this latest thriller from the Hollywood screenwriter of 3:10 to Yuma and Wanted.
Out: Dec 15

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Dark Revelations
(Dutton, hardcover, $27)
By Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane Swierczynski
The CSI creator’s conclusion to the Level 26 trilogy might be the most explosive yet.
Out: Dec 29

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The Devil's Elixir
(Dutton, hardcover, $27)
By Raymond Khoury
A lot of the action takes places in Los Angeles in this latest thriller from the bestselling author of The Last Templar.
Out: Dec 22

 
 

Fiction

 
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The Speed Chronicles 
(Akashic, paperback, $16)
Edited by Joseph Mattson
Launching Akashic’s new series of drug-centered crime anthologies, this collection of short fiction, edited by the L.A. writer of Empty the Sun, includes stories by an eclectic array of contributors, from James Franco and Sherman Alexie to William T. Vollman and others.
Out: Nov 29

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The Cocaine Chronicles
(Akashic, paperback, $16)
Edited by Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon
Two L.A. writers edit this reissue of the 2005 collection of short fiction focusing on the effects of cocaine use, with contributions from Lee Child, Nina Revoyr, and others.
Out: Nov 29

 
 

Biography

 
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Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer 
(University Press of Kentucky, hardcover, $40)
By Brian Taves
This first-ever biography of the pioneering movie mogul explores his paradigm-shifting contributions to the film industry.
Out: Dec 21

 

Non-Fiction

 
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Meaning It: Why Collaboration Is the Future of Responsible Business
(Palgrave Macmillan, hardcover, $27)
By Jonathan Greenblatt
The co-founder of Ethos Water, which Starbucks acquired in 2005, explores the incorporation of social values into business practices.
Out: Nov 22

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You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya
(W.W. Norton, hardcover, $28)
By Christopher Goffard
The L.A. Times journalist reports on Father John Kaiser, an American Catholic priest who died—by murder or suicide?—in 2000 while fighting for justice in Daniel arap Moi’s repressive Kenya.
Out: Dec 5

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420 Characters
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $22)
By Lou Beach
These miniature stories from the New Yorker illustrator originated as Facebook status updates—which allow 420 characters as opposed to Twitter’s more restrictive 140.
Out: Dec 6

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Stalking the Story: How to Find Your Screenplay's Story with Help from TV's Greatest Detectives
(Alpha, paperback, $16)
By Jay Douglas
Writing a screenplay is like solving a crime, according to this how-to manual from a professor of TV and film.
Out: Dec 6

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The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life 
(Workman, hardcover, $25)
By Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan
The director of the UCLA Longevity Center and his wife co-author this guide to staving off Alzheimer’s.
Out: Dec 17

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Big Miracle
(St. Martin’s Griffin, paperback, $15)
By Tom Rose
The TV reporter tells the true story of the rescue of three gray whales trapped under Alaskan ice in 1998—a film version of which is scheduled for release in 2012, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. Check out our review in the December issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Dec 20

 

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Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies 
(Crown Business, hardcover, $27.50)
By Jim Stengel
The successful businessman and adjunct professor at UCLA uses data from a 10-year growth study of major brands to explore the fruitful ways in which businesses connect to human emotions.
Out: Dec 27

 

Miscellaneous

 
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Inspiration Dior
(Harry N. Abrams, hardcover, $125)
By Florence Müller
This illustrated collection—complete with photos, unpublished images, and sketches—showcases the work of one of fashion’s most prominent names.
Out: Dec 1

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Pogo: The Complete Daily & Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1: Through the Wild Blue Wonder
(Fantagraphics, hardcover, $40)
By Walt Kelly; edited by R. C. Harvey
This first volume of cartoons from the celebrated animator, who moved to Los Angeles in 1935, features his most famous creation, Pogo.
Out: Dec 5

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 
(It Books, hardcover, $15)
By Joseph Gordon-Levitt
This collection of miniature stories and illustrations grew out of the popular young actor’s open-collaborative production company, hitRECord.
Out: Dec 6

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