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Yip Harburg: Legendary Lyricist and Human Rights Activist By Harriet Hyman Alonso (Wesleyan, hardcover, $29) The man who wrote all of the songs for The Wizard of Oz was also known as “Broadway’s social conscience” and fearlessly fought for human rights. Out: Dec. 3
The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah’ By Alan Light (Atria Books, hardcover, $25) Music journalist Light unearths the unlikely—and unlucky—past of a song that has been covered by everyone from Bob Dylan to Justin Timberlake and has appeared in countless movies and TV shows. Out: Dec. 4
Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland By Amanda Mackenzie Stuart (Harper, hardcover, $35) The first full-length biography of the former Vogue editor-in-chief reveals a visionary figure who changed the way people thought about the magazine and fashion industries. Out: Dec. 4
Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips By Michael G. Ankerich (University Press of Kentucky, hardcover, $40) Ankerich charts the actress’s early days as a Ziegfeld Follies dancer and her ascent in Hollywood movies to her decline into virtual obscurity. Out: Dec. 20
John Wayne: The Legend and the Man: An Exclusive Look Inside the Duke's Archives By John Wayne Enterprises (powerHouse Books, hardcover, $45) The first authorized photographic record of Hollywood’s favorite cowboy not only presents Wayne’s onscreen persona but also the warm and spirited man off-screen. Out: Dec. 4
Photographing Shadow and Light: Inside the Dramatic Lighting Techniques and Creative Vision of Portrait Photographer Joey L.By Joey L.(Amphoto Books, paperback, $30) Commercial and fine art photographer Joey L. has a knack for lighting and a fresh approach to portraiture, which he shares through 15 behind-the-scenes looks at his photo sessions. Out: Dec. 4
Stay Up!: Los Angeles Street Art By G. James Daichendt (Cameron + Company, hardcover, $35) Told from the point of view of L.A. artists, the book explores the global phenomenon of street art through the lens of the L.A. scene. Out: Dec. 11
Good Junk: A Cliff St. James Novel By Ed Kovacs (Minotaur Books, hardcover, $26) Kovacs, who splits his time between Asia and a hangar in a Southern California airport, returns with another private detective St. James novel of murder, espionage, and conspiracy in post-Katrina New Orleans. Out: Dec. 11
Burning Man By Alan Russell (Thomas and Mercer, paperback, $15) LAPD cop Michael Gideon and his police dog partner Sirius catch a serial killer in the midst of a blazing fire and are asked to head up the new Special Cases Unit, where they are handed a truly bizarre case. Check out our review in the December issue of Los Angeles magazine. Out: Dec. 11
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See By Juliann Garey (Soho Press, hardcover, $25) Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive, has kept his bipolar disorder a secret for 20 years—but no longer. He leaves his wife and daughter and travels the world for a decade. Out: Dec. 26
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