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Dr. George: My Life in Weather(University of New Mexico Press, hardcover, $25)By George Fischbeck with Randy Roach The beloved longtime KABC-TV weatherman talks about his days as a journalist and meteorologist and reveals personal details for the first time. Out: May 1
The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown's Most Powerful Lawyer(Chicago Review Press, hardcover, $28) By B. James Gladstone Man about town, lawyer to the stars, confidant of Howard Hughes, and love interest of leading ladies such as Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, and Rita Hayworth were all roles attorney Greg Bautzer assumed in Hollywood from the 1930s through the 1950s.Out: May 1
Sex, Drugs, Ratt& Roll: My Life in Rock (Gallery Books, hardcover, $26) By Stephen Pearcy with Sam Benjamin Lead singer of hair metal band Ratt, Pearcy pens his own rock ‘n’roll tell-all of the band formed in L.A. in the early 1980s.Out: May 7
Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase (Seal Press, paperback, $16) By Margot Leitman Comedian Leitman, who reached five foot six by the fourth grade, relates her experiences of growing up a gangly giant and using her humor and height to stand out from the crowd.Out: May 7
The Last Pilgrimage: My Mother's Life and Our Journey to Saying Goodbye(Counterpoint, hardcover, $26) By Linda Daly Linda, the adopted daughter of power couple Nancy and former Warner Bros. head Bob Daly, tells the story of her prominent parents, her famous stepfather, former L.A. mayor Dick Riordan, and stepmother, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager. Defining the book is her mother’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.Out: May 14
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success(Penguin Press Hardcover, hardcover, $28) By Phil Jackson with Hugh Delehanty The former L.A. Lakers and Chicago Bulls head coach has earned more championship rings than he has fingers and discusses his “Zen master” coaching style in the book. Out: May 21
Star Wars Storyboards: The Prequel Trilogy(Abrams, hardcover, $40) Edited by J. W. Rinzler Lucasfilms Ltd. opens its archives to share a collection of early conceptual story boards from the Episodes I, II, and III films—a treat for any Star Wars fan.Out: May 14
Hans Richter: Encounters(Prestel, hardcover, $60) By Timothy O. Benson Benson, curator of the Robert Gore Rifkind Center of German Expressionist Studies at LACMA, delves into Richter’s more than 50-year career as an avant-garde filmmaker, writer, and artist.Out: May 25
James Turrell: Seeing Yourself See: A Retrospective(Prestel, hardcover, $75) By Michael Govan and Christine Y. Kim This volume brings together myriad works from the pivotal artist of the 1960s emerging L.A. art scene to coincide with a solo exhibition at LACMA.Out: May 31
A Guide to Being Born: Stories(Riverhead Hardcover, hardcover, $27) By Ramona Ausubel Ausubel’s eleven short stories focus on the stages of life—love, conception, gestation, and birth—in the hopes that readers will see the ordinary in a new and moving way.Out: May 2
Elizabeth the First Wife(Prospect Park Books, paperback, $16) By Lian Dolan When Pasadena City College English professor Elizabeth Lancaster’s normal and orderly life is thrown into flux, she encounters people from her past, romantic intrigue,and a Shakespeare festival.Out: May 14
Solip (Tyrant Books, paperback, $15) By Ken Baumann L.A. actor Baumann calls his literary experiment a “non-novel” that promises to explode language and prose to get at the feeling of becoming a film.Out: May 14
Deadly Times: The 1910 Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and America's Forgotten Decade of Terror(Globe Pequot, hardcover, $25) By Lew Irwin On October 1, 1910, the Los Angeles Times building was bombed during one of 200 acts of anarchist violence that were carried out from 1907 to 1911. Journalist Irwin lays out the incredible story of the bombing, the search for the bombers, and the trials that followed.Out: May 7
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