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The Reading List: July '12

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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You Take It From Here
(Gallery, paperback, $15)
By Pamela Ribon
Danielle’s terminally ill best friend wants Danielle to date her husband and raise her
daughter in this latest from the L.A. blogger-turned-screenwriter.
Out: July 3

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The Prisoner of Heaven
(Harper, hardcover, $26)
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Re-enter the world of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game with this new tale
from the bestselling author, who splits his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.
Out: July 10

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Shadow of Night
(Viking, hardcover, $29)
By Deborah Harkness
The USC history professor returns with the sequel to A Discovery of Witches, her mega
selling fantasy debut.
Out: July 10

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The After Wife
(Ballantine, hardcover, $25)
By Gigi Levangie Grazer
The L.A. writer explores life after death in this story of a woman who loses her husband
and almost her sanity.
Out: July 10

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The Empty Glass
(Blue Rider, hardcover, $26)
By J.I. Baker
A young coroner narrates this conspiracy thriller about Marilyn Monroe’s death.
Out: July 19

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Kill Decision
(Dutton, hardcover, $27)
By Daniel Suarez
Drones mobilize against their makers in this thriller from the L.A. writer and systems
consultant to Fortune 1000 companies.
Out: July 27

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Coup d'Etat
(Del Rey, hardcover, $28)
By Harry Turtledove
The L.A. writer alters history yet again in this re-imagining of World War II.
Out: July 31

Nonfiction
 
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Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History
(Nation, hardcover, $26)
By Deanne Stillman
The famous manhunt for outlaw Donald Kueck is the departure point for this exploration of
L.A. County history and culture from the SoCal writer. Check out our review in the July issue
of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: July 3

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Lost Girls
(Kensington, paperback, $7)
By Caitlin Rother
The Pulitzer-nominated writer revisits the stories of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, two
girls who disappeared in San Diego County within eight miles and one year of each other.
Out: July 3

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Bushville Wins!: The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the Screwballs, Sluggers, and Beer Swiggers Who Canned the New York Yankees and Changed Baseball
(Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $26)
By John Klima
Yankee fans might want to stay away from this account of their team’s famous defeat at the
unlikely hands of some underdogs from Milwaukee.
Out: July 3

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Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox
(Bloomsbury, hardcover, $30)
By Lois Banner
The USC history and gender studies professor employs both those specialties in this latest
bio of the Hollywood icon.
Out: July 17         

Memoir and Biography
 
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The Shyster's Daughter
(Etruscan, paperback, $16)
By Paula Primos
Shades of detective noir color this memoir from the L.A.-based writer.
Out: July 3

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American Gypsy: A Memoir
(FSG, paperback, $16)
By Oksana Marafioti
A Russian Gypsy adjusts to Hollywood in this culture-dissecting memoir. Check out our
review in the July issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: July 3

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I Am Jennie
(Gallery, hardcover, $25)
By Jennie Ketcham
Dr. Drew, who oversaw the porn star’s rehab, calls this memoir “an extraordinary gift.”
Out: July 10

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Klonopin Lunch: A Memoir
(Crown, hardcover, $25)
By Jessica Dorfman Jones
A good girl goes wild in this story of self-discovery.
Out: July 17

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The Sinatra Club: My Life Inside the New York Mafia
(Gallery, hardcover, $26)
By Sal Polisi with Steve Dougherty
The Mafioso-turned-rat, who now lives in Los Angeles, recounts his years in one of
America’s most infamous institutions.
Out: July 24

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