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The Reading List: July ’12

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

Fiction
 
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You Take It From Here
(Gallery, paperback, $15)
By Pamela Ribon
Danielle’s terminally ill best friend wants Danielle to date her husband and raise her daughter in this latest from the L.A. blogger-turned-screenwriter. 
Out: July 3

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Designer Dirty Laundry
(Polyester, paperback, $15)
By Diane Vallere
The L.A.-based writer, who currently works in fashion at a Beverly Hills retailer, has murder on the mind in this first entry in her Style & Error Mystery Series.
Out: June 5

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Invisible Monsters Remix
(W. W. Norton, hardcover, $26)
By Chuck Palahniuk
The Fight Club author returns with a “director’s cut” of this 1999 novel, complete with new material and special design elements.
Out: June 11

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Elsewhere, California
(Counterpoint, paperback, $16)
By Dana Johnson
West Covina, USC, and the Hollywood Hills are just some of the familiar places that figure in this latest from the USC associate professor of English.
Out: June 12

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Beautiful Ruins
(Harper, hardcover, $26)
By Jess Walter
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton make appearances in this fictionalized, Europe-meets-Hollywood romance. Check out our review in the June issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: June 12

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A Place in the Country
(St. Martin’s, hardcover, $26)
By Elizabeth Adler
The prolific Palm Springs author of From Barcelona, with Love returns with the story of a daughter and her newly single mother.
Out: June 19

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The Kings of Cool
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25)
By Don Winslow
In this prequel to the much-celebrated Savages, a film version of which is due out in June, the Southern California writer delves into the personal history of his three main characters.
Out: June 19

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Monarch Beach
(St. Martin’s, paperback, $15)
By Anita Hughes
A betrayed wife finds new purpose in this debut from the Southern California writer.
Out: June 19

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The Age of Miracles
(Random House, hardcover, $26)
By Karen Thompson Walker
This debut from the UCLA grad deals with looming apocalypse both local and global.
Out: June 26

Nonfiction
 
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The War at the Shore: Steve Wynn, Donald Trump, and the Epic War to Save Atlantic City 
(Overlook, hardcover, $26)
By Richard D. Bronson
The Beverly Hills businessman was one half of an epic battle between 1995 and 2000 to develop real estate in Atlantic City.
Out: May 24        

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The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity
(Spiegel & Grau, hardcover, $25)
By Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
Two Hollywood psychotherapists—we’re certain they’re overworked—present a set of five tools for interacting with “the world outside yourself.”
Out: May 29

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Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
(Knopf, hardcover, $27)
By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers
Treating an Emperor tamarin at the L.A. Zoo, Natterson-Horowitz, a cardiology professor at UCLA, made an astonishing discovery that resulted in a new approach to medicine. Check out our review in the June issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: June 12

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Along the Cherry Lane: Tales from the Life of Music Industry Legend Milton Okun
(Hal Leonard Corporation, hardcover, $25)
By Milt Okun with Richard Sparks
The producer behind John Denver; Peter, Paul and Mary; and Placido Domingo is the subject of this new memoir, as told to an L.A.-based scriptwriter.
Out: June 14

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Crabgrass Crucible: Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth-Century America
(University of North Carolina, hardcover, $42)
By Christopher Sellers
The author argues that the environmental movement originated within the suburbs. Check out our review in the May issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: June 18

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Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze
(Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $26)
By David Davis
The Olympics return to London this summer—will they offer anything to match the intensity of 1908’s marathon mania?
Out: June 19

Memoir and Biography
 
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The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful
(Sourcebooks, hardcover, $25)
By Michael Maloney with Phillip Bell
David Hasselhoff owes his career to Bell, and pays tribute by contributing the touching foreword to this biography.
Out: June 1

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Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad
(Touchstone, paperback, $15)
By Dan Bucatinsky
We’ve seen several books by straight dads of gay kids. Now comes the vice versa. 
Out: June 5

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Imperfect Passage: A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption
(Skyhorse, hardcover, $25)
By Michael Cosgrove
A doomed sailing trip forces the Southern California writer to confront his life in new terms.
Out: June 5

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The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life
(Grand Central, hardcover, $24)
By Marie Tillman
The title refers to a “just in case” letter Pat Tillman left for his wife, Marie, before he departed for Afghanistan. He was killed in 2004.
Out: June 26

 

Other

 
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Catalog Living at Its Most Absurd: Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls
(Plume, paperback, $18)
By Molly Erdman
The L.A. comedian and Second City alum mocks décor catalog living in this photo book.
Out: June 26


ALSO: Read June book reviews by Susan Salter Reynolds

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