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The Reading List: April '13

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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The Baker Street Translation: A Mystery
(Minotaur Books, hardcover, $25)      
By Michael Robertson
Robertson feeds the Sherlock Holmes craze with a tale of two lawyer brothers who lease an office at 221B Baker Street in London, answer mail addressed to Holmes and find themselves in a Doyle-esque mystery.             
Out: Apr.2

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The Flamethrowers: A Novel
(Scribner, hardcover, $27)       
By Rachel Kushner           
Float in underground art circles in 1970s Soho and travel to Rome with an heir to an Italian tire and motorcycle empire alongside protagonist Reno, a woman living on the cusp of several movements--both in art and in the world.
Out: Apr.2

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Web of the City
(Hard Case Crime, paperback, $10)   
By Harlan Ellison 
First published more than 50 years ago, Ellison’s debut novel was inspired by his time working undercover in a street gang. It’s now available with additional short stories that illustrate the bygone era.
Out: Apr.2

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American Dream Machine
(Tin House Books, hardcover, $26)     
By Matthew Specktor
Specktor charts the highs and lows of a set of Hollywood talent agents and their sons as they try to make their ways in the midst of the fickle world of film.
Out: Apr.9

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Motherland
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25) 
By William Nicholson
The screenwriter for Gladiator has penned a sweeping story of a WWII love triangle that takes readers around the ever-changing world of the time.
Out: Apr.9

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Amity & Sorrow: A Novel
(Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $26)      
By Peggy Riley
L.A. native Riley uses a woman and her daughters’ escape from her husband’s polygamous compound as the starting point for a novel about redemption and unconventional families.   
Out: Apr.16

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The Pink Hotel: A Novel
(Picador, paperback, $15)         
By Anna Stothard
Set in Venice and L.A., Stothard’s premiere novel follows a 17-year-old girl as she tries to piece together her mother’s free-wheeling life after she dies, using a suitcase of her mom’s belongings as clues.
Out: Apr.23

Memoir and Biography
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Manzanar to Mount Whitney: The Life and Times of a Lost Hiker
(Heyday, paperback, $17)        
By Hank Umemoto
From his window at the Manzanar Internment Camp, Umemoto gazed out at Mount Whitney and promised himself one day he would climb it –and he did at age 71. Check out our review in the April issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Apr.1

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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26) 
By Julia Sweeney 
Sweeney, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live, brings not only humor but wisdom to her essays about adopting, parenting, and living life on her own terms.
Out: Apr.2

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Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker’s Trail of Blood
(Putnam, hardcover, $27)        
By Jim Steinmeyer
L.A.-based historian Steinmeyer traces Bram Stoker’s inspirations for Dracula to some unlikely and varied sources, from the works of Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman to Teddy Roosevelt’s uncle, Robert Roosevelt.
Out: Apr.4

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Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $24) 
By Carol Burnett   
TV and comedy legend Burnett pays tribute to her late daughter Carrie, who was an actress, singer, and writer, through Burnett’s diary entries and letters.
Out: Apr.9

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The Cost of Living
(OV Books, paperback, $16)      
By Rob Roberge      
Punk guitarist-turned-writer Roberge pens a story about a punk guitarist named Bud, whose search for answers about a murder leads him into a past filled with violence and addiction.
Out: Apr.16

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The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir
(Harper, hardcover, $29)         
By William Friedkin        
The Academy Award-winning director of The French Connection and The Exorcist tells his own life story in a style similar to his thrilling, fast-paced films.
Out: Apr.16

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The Doors: Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s Legacy Goes on Trial
(CreateSpace, paperback, $15)            
By John Densmore
Doors drummer Densmore gives his readers an inside look at the 2004 lawsuits the remaining band members brought against each other and the subsequent trial—that consumed years of his life—over maintaining the integrity of their music and use of the band’s name.
Out: Apr.17

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Life at the Marmont: The Inside Story of Hollywood's Legendary Hotel of the Stars--Chateau Marmont
(Penguin Books, paperback, $16)
By Raymond Sarlot and Fred E. Basten
Former owner Sarlot ran the hotel from 1975 to 1991 and reveals his love affair with the famous and infamous hotel and its fascinating history. Check out our review in April issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Apr.30

Art and Photography
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Ed Ruschaand Some Los Angeles Apartments
(J. Paul Getty Museum, paperback, $25)     
By Virginia Heckert        
Few artists are more synonymous with L.A. than Ruscha. His deadpan view of the architecture and residents of the city is told through his photographs, collected here by associate curator Heckert in conjunction with an exhibition at the Getty.
Out: Apr.25

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A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Los Angeles
(Skira Rizzoli, hardcover, $65)
Edited by Christopher Mount with a foreword by Jeffrey Deitch           
Mount and Deitch present the first analytical look into the history of the “L.A. School” of the 1990s, which took an increasingly sculptural and urban approach to architecture.
Out: Apr.30

Poetry
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Hope Tree
(Black Lawrence Press, paperback, $12)       
By Frank Montesonti       
L.A.transplant and poet Montesonti, in the spirit of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes, erased words from a How to Prune Fruit Trees manual and turned it into a meditative look on loss and longing.
Out: Apr.16

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