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The Reading List: May ’12

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

Suspense
 
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Getaway
(Soho, paperback, $15)
By Lisa Brackmann
The ominous cover of this thriller from the Venice writer clues you into the not-surprising fact that the “getaway” of the title won’t go so well.
Out: May 1

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Crazy Dangerous
(Thomas Nelson, hardcover, $15)
By Andrew Klavan
Sam Hopkins’s eccentric new friend is hallucinating demons in this latest from the L.A. author.
Out: May 1

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The Informant
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $27)
By Thomas Perry
No, not a novelization of the Matt Damon movie—that had an exclamation point in the title. This follow-up to the Studio City writer’s Butcher’s Boy marks the return of the titular assassin.
Out: May 5

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Hush Money
(Minotaur, hardcover, $25)
By Chuck Greaves
First goes a horse, then a human, in this double mystery from a USC grad who spent twenty-five years as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles.
Out: May 8

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Subduction
(Chin Music, hardcover, $25)
By Todd Shimoda; illustrated by L.J.C. Shimoda
This new novel from the Berkeley Ph.D., who splits his time between Hawaii and Los Angeles, features a 16-page illustrated retelling of the earthquake myth associated with its island setting.
Out: May 22

Memoir and Biography
 
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The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption
(HarperOne, hardcover, $25)
By Rodney King with Lawrence J. Spagnoia
The face that launched the L.A. riots tells his story.
Out: April 24

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Both of Us: My Life with Farrah
(Crown Archetype, hardcover, $26)
By Ryan O’Neal with Jodee Blanco and Kent Carroll
The actor recounts his storied love affair with the former Charlie’s Angel, who died after a
battle with cancer in 2009.
Out: May 1

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The Guttenberg Bible
(Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $26)
By Steve Guttenberg
That’s Guttenberg as in Steve—the star of such films as Diner, Police Academy, and Three
Men and a Baby
.
Out: May 8

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Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean
(Tarcher, hardcover, $25)
By Jackson Galaxy
So cats can be man’s best friend too.
Out: May 10

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Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity 
(Grand Central, hardcover, $27)
By Joel Stein
The man behind Time magazine’s Awesome Column waxes seriocomically on masculinity.
Out: May 15

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Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob, (and Sex)
(Winstein, hardcover, $25)
By Peter Bart
The editor-in-chief of Variety reflects on his years as a film executive during some of
Paramount’s most memorable—and not always in a good way—years.
Out: May 17

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Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman
(BenBella, paperback, $16)
By Harrison Cheung and Nicola Pittam
Bale’s former publicist unmasks the (in)famous actor in what’s being called the first biography of the Batman star.
Out: May 29

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Truth Be Told: Off the Record about Favorite Guests, Memorable Moments, Funniest Jokes, and a Half Century of Asking Questions
(Weinstein, hardcover, $25)
By Larry King
The talk-show veteran goes off the record about his fifty-year career.
Out: May 31

Fiction
 
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Objects of My Affection
(Touchstone, hardcover, $25)
By Jill Smolinski
Lucy Bloom’s new employer is a hoarder not just of objects but also of secrets in this new novel from L.A. author of The Next Things on My List.
Out: May 1

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The Family Corleone
(Grand Central, hardcover, $28)
By Ed Falco
This Godfather prequel is set in Prohibition-era New York.
Out: May 8

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Radio Iris
(Two Dollar Radio, paperback, $16)
By Anne-Marie Kinney
This debut novel by the L.A. writer follows a daydreaming receptionist who’s faced with an increasingly troubling reality. Check out our review in the May issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: May 15

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The Cranes Dance
(Vintage, paperback, $15)
By Meg Howrey
Swan Lake makes yet another girl go insane in this new novel by the L.A. writer, dancer, and actress.
Out: May 15

 

Other

 
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Pity the Beautiful
(Graywolf, paperback, $15)
By Dana Gioia
This is the USC poetry professor’s first collection in over a decade.
Out: May 8

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The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking
(Wiley, hardcover, $25)
By Eli Broad
The billionaire entrepreneur behind the creation of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, and other city landmarks spills the secrets to his success.
Out: May 8

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City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion, from Bohemian to Rock
(It, paperback, $22)
By Melissa Magsaysay
Interviews with some of L.A. biggest designers, retailers, and trendsetters color this extended argument for an “L.A. style” by the L.A. Times style editor.
Out: May 22

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Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader
(East of Borneo, paperback, $35)
By Esther McCoy; edited by Susan Morgan
See Los Angeles through the eyes of one of the most important chroniclers of midcentury architecture in Southern California.
Out: May 30

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