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This Vacant Paradise(Counterpoint, hardcover, $25)By Victoria PattersonThe debut novelist’s picture of mid-’90s Southern California isn’t pretty—status-obsessed, sexist, and defined by excess.Out: March 1
Losing Clementine(William Morrow, paperback, $15)By Ashley ReamClementine meticulously plans her suicide in this debut from the L.A. writer. Check out our review in the March issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: March 6
The Next Right Thing(Dial, hardcover, $26)By Dan BardenHow’s this for a bad day: Your upstanding life coach, who saved you from your own demons, is found dead of a heroin overdose. Check out our review in the March issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: March 6
Where It Began(Simon Pulse, hardcover, $17)By Ann Redisch StamplerThe L.A. writer’s YA debut starts with a familiar amnesia-inducing car crash but takes unexpected turns.Out: March 6
Poison Flower(Mysterious, hardcover, $24)By Thomas PerryThis seventh Jane Whitefield novel from the SoCal writer opens at the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles.Out: March 6
Edge of Dark Water(Mulholland, hardcover, $26)By Joe R. LansdaleMay Lynn wants to be a Hollywood star before her remains wash up in a river. Her friend lights out to find them in this perverse transmutation of Huck Finn.Out: March 25
High Fives, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania: A Fan's History of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Glory Years (1977-1981)(Santa Monica, paperback, $17)By Paul HaddadForget about the Dodgers’ woes of the moment and relive their glory days.Out: March 1
Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption(Beacon, hardcover, $27)By Jorja LeapStudying L.A. gangs for nearly a decade taught the UCLA professor a lot about herself.Out: March 6
The Gumshoe and the Shrink: Guenther Reinhardt, Dr. Arnold Hutschnecker, and the Secret History of the 1960 Kennedy/Nixon Election(Santa Monica, hardcover, $25)By David L. RobbAfter all these years—after all those books—there’s still more to say about this historical election, according to the L.A. journalist and three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee.Out: March 15
Imagine: How Creativity Works(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $26)By Jonah LehrerThe L.A. science writer and contributing editor at Wired dispels the myth of the “creative type” in his new book.Out: March 19
Matchbox Girls(Candlemark & Gleam, paperback, $20)By Chrysoula TzavelasLos Angeles is the setting for this contemporary fantasy about a woman and two children who get caught in a cosmic war.Out: Feb 21
Hemlock Grove(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, paperback, $15)By Brian McGreevyRumors of werewolves circulate in this gothic novel from the L.A. screenwriter.Out: March 27
Three A.M. (Tor, hardcover, $25)By Steven JohnIn the L.A. writer’s debut, the world is permanently shrouded in an oppressive grey mist.Out: March 27
North of Hollywood(BCH, hardcover, $24)By Rick LenzThe working actor dishes on his busy life.Out: Feb 15
Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer(Seal, paperback, $17)By Laura RoppéThe UCLA theater grad and musician overcomes a devastating diagnosis.Out: Feb 28
The One: The Life and Music of James Brown(Gotham, hardcover, $27.50)By RJ SmithMore than 100 people were interviewed for this comprehensive bio of the Godfather of Soul.Out: March 15
Please God Let it Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest For Love and Companionship(NAL, paperback, $15)By Carlos KotkinThe stand-up comic, who lives in Santa Monica, recounts his romantic conquests, great and disastrous.Out: March 15
Renegades: My Wild Trip from Professor to New Journalist with Outrageous Visits from Clint Eastwood, Reggie Jackson, Larry Flynt, and other American Icons (Tyrus, hardcover, $25)By Robert WardThe New York professor wakes up one morning and decides to become a successful journalist. Were it only so easy for the rest of us.Out: March 17
Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good(Gotham, hardcover, $25)By Kevin SmithYou could do a lot worse than Kevin Smith as role models go. His journey inspires in its own way.Out: March 20
Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 (Grand Central, hardcover, $25)By Moshe KasherThe breakthrough L.A. comic comes off as a doped-up, hyper-Jewish Holden Caulfield in this fabulously titled memoir.Out: March 28
The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin (Grand Central, flexibound, $16)By Steve MartinAt press time, the do-everything funny man had 2,262,648 followers—see what all the fuss is about!Out: Feb 21
Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes(Hyperion, paperback, $20)By Joy WilsonBring out the Joy in cooking.Out: Feb 28
The California Casa(Rizzoli, hardcover, $55)By Douglas Woods; photos by Melba LevickWoods and Levick, who collaborated on Classic Homes of Los Angeles, return with this broader survey of California houses.Out: March 6
Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice (Vintage, paperback, $15)By The Believer magazineJudd Apatow and Patton Oswalt introduce this collection of advice columns from some of our deepest-thinking, most esteemed teachers—including Zach Galifianakis, Bob Saget, Amy Sedaris, and Weird Al Yankovic.Out: March 15
Name That Movie: 100 Illustrated Movie Puzzles(Chronicle, hardcover, $15)By Paul RogersWe couldn’t get all 100—can you?Out: March 28
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