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The Reading List: October ’12

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

Memoir and Biography
 
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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $35)
By Arnold SchwarzeneggerThe former governor’s frank autobiography traces his ascent from a small city in Austria to premier businessman and Hollywood icon living the American Dream.
Out: Oct. 1 

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Clint Eastwood: Master Filmmaker at Work
(Abrams, hardcover, $40)
By Michael Goldman With a preface by Morgan Freeman and a foreword by Steven Spielberg, this volume captures the behind-the-scenes aspect of Eastwood’s filmmaking through interviews with Eastwood, his crew, and various actors and co-stars.  
Out: Oct. 1

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The Redgraves: A Family Epic
(Crown Archetype, hardcover, $26)
By Donald Spoto
Spoto shares 30 years of research and interviews with the acting dynasty, looking beyond their award-winning theater and film careers into their personal lives. Check out our review in the October issue of Los Angeles magazine. 
Out: Oct. 2

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The Fiddler on Pantico Roof: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, A Search for Family
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26)
By Joe Mozingo
A Los Angeles Times reporter hunts for his family’s lost history, and discovers that his father’s roots trace back to an African slave in the Jamestown colony.
Out: Oct. 2 

 

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Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tale of the World's Richest Princesses (plus their servants, nannies, and one royal hairdresser)
(Free Press, hardcover, $25)
By Jayne Amelia Larson
Struggling L.A. actress Larson takes a job driving a limo for the visiting Saudi royal family and gets more than she bargained for: drama, a cultural education, and regal insights. Check out our review in the October issue of Los Angeles magazine.  
Out: Oct. 16 

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Uggie: My Story
(Gallery Books, hardcover, $15)
By Uggie
The Jack Russell terrier of The Artist fame playfully tells his story from his pound-bound days to joining an acting troupe to the big screen.
Out: Oct. 16

 

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Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
(Vanguard Press, hardcover, $26)
By Victoria Jackson & Ali Guthy
An incurable disease, Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), brings a mother and daughter together after the daughter is diagnosed and they start a foundation to find a cure. Out: Oct. 16

 

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Distilled Spirits: Getting High, Then Sober, with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher, and a Hopeless Drunk
(University of California Press, hardcover, $30)
By Don Lattin
The religion journalist weaves his own memoir into the stories of three key figures in Western religion: the author of Brave New World, an Anglo-Irish mystic, and the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Out: Oct. 18

 

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Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight
(Seven Stories Press, paperback, $19)
By Laurie Rubin
The international opera singer, blind since birth, relates her struggles and triumphs as well as her message to embrace others’ differences.
Out: Oct. 23

 

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Bruce
(Touchstone, hardcover, $28)
By Peter A. Carlin
Music writer Carlin pens a sweeping biography with the cooperation of The Boss, including numerous interviews with family, band members, and the man himself. Out: Oct. 30

 

Non-Fiction
 
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Ride, Boldly Ride: The Evolution of the American Western
(University of California Press, hardcover, $40)
By Mary Lea Bandy & Kevin Stoehr
An in-depth look at the development of the world of Western films from its first silent versions to recent Clint Eastwood movies.
Out: Oct. 1

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $28) 
By Timothy Egan
Egan recounts the life of Curtis, an “Indiana Jones with a camera,” who spent three decades photographing American Indians, with backing from Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, no less. 
Out: Oct. 9

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Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay
(Quirk Books, hardcover, $15)
By Paul Vitagliano (DJ Paul V)
Based on the Born This Way blog, the anthology reveals funny and heartbreaking stories of those growing up LGBTQ, accompanied by childhood photographs.
Out: Oct. 9

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Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past
(It Books, paperback, $17)
By Ransom Riggs
The L.A. author’s obsession with collecting antique photographs turned into this captioned compilation that puts our connection to the past in the spotlight.
Out: Oct. 16

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Variety: An Illustrated History of the World from the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood
(Rizzoli, hardcover, $50)
By Tim Gray
With contributions from Whoopi Goldberg and Betty White, this tome chronicles Hollywood as seen through the eyes of the entertainment reporting mainstay.
Out: Oct. 30

Art and Photography
 
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Rock ’N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip
(Angel City Press, hardcover, $50)
By Robert Landau
Landau photographed the evolution of the rock music scene on the Sunset Strip through the 1960s, preserved here through his extensive collection of photos.
Out: Oct. 3

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Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art in California
(Ammo Books, hardcover, $40)
By Justin Van Hoy
L.A. artist, curator, and designer Van Hoy features upcoming California artists along with well-known ones in his survey of art made in the spirit of the Golden State.
Out: Oct. 15

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Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars
(Pantheon, hardcover, $30)
By Camille Paglia
The cultural historian examines influential Western art images from ancient idols to Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings and hails George Lucas as the world’s greatest living artist.
Out: Oct. 16

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Diane Keaton: House
(Rizzoli, hardcover, $85)
By Diane Keaton and D.J. Waldie
Keaton explores reinvented and repurposed spaces around the country through a combination of photography, storytelling, and design. Check out our review in the October issue of Los Angeles magazine. 
Out: Oct. 16

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Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday
(Workman Publishing Company, paperback, $18)
By Jordan Matter
The photographer shoots portraits of dancers leaping and spinning their way through the activities of daily life—with no photoshopping in sight.
Out: Oct. 23



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