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FUCT(Rizzoli, hardcover, $37)By Erik BrunettiTwenty years ago, artist Erik Brunetti founded influential streetwear brand FUCT. This richly illustrated volume explores the archives of FUCT’s provocative designs, inspired by skate aesthetics and a tongue-in-cheek approach to consumer culture.Out: September 17
Better(David C. Cook, paperback, $12) By Tim ChaddickTim Chaddick, head pastor of Hollywood-based church Reality LA, unpacks Ecclesiastes for the modern reader in a quest to discover what makes a life truly meaningful.Out: September 1
Wilson(Putnam Adult, hardcover, $25) Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was an idealist who wanted to make the world “safe for democracy.” In this thoroughly researched biography, Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg paints a portrait of Wilson from a contemporary point of view.Out: September 10
I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, The Dog Who Was Toto(Harry N. Abrams, hardcover, $16)By Willard CarrollAuthor Willard Carroll unwittingly unearthed a scrapbook detailing the life of a Hollywood canine in the 30’s: Terry, the dog who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz. Out: September 17
Where Excuses Go To Die(Highrise Press, paperback, $12)By John Espinoza NelsonIn 1990, a series of robberies made John Espinoza Nelson famous as the “Bookstore Bandit.” After landing in prison, Nelson entered a statewide writing competition, placed third, and discovered his passion. The result is a humorous, insightful and compelling narrative about life in jail, coming of age, and the power of storytelling.Out: September 30
Beautiful: The Life and Times of Hedy Lamarr(Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $8)By Stephen Michael ShearerHedy Lamarr, the archetypical femme fatale of Golden Age Hollywood, had a personal life filled with intrigue as well. Stephen Michael Shearer’s intimate and meticulously researched biography presents the Austrian-born actress as she was seen by her friends and family. Out: September 28
The Sons of Westwood(University of Illinois Press, paperback, $17)By John Matthew SmithJohn Wooden’s leadership of UCLA’s basketball program in the 1960’s—which led the Bruins to ten national titles and seven consecutive championships—serves as the backdrop for this story about college sports’ changing role in mid-century America through the civil rights movement, the Cold War, and Vietnam.Out: September 30
Simple Dreams(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $16) By Linda RonstadtIn her memoir, singer Linda Ronstadt takes the reader on a journey starting with her childhood in Tucson, Arizona through her rise to fame as a singer in the happening 1960s and ‘70s.Out: September 17
The Dangerous Animals Club(Simon & Schuster, paperback, $13) By Stephen TobolowskyStephen Tobolowsky’s impressive acting resume includes memorable performances in Groundhog Day, Deadwood, and Glee, but he is also a gifted storyteller. The Dangerous Animals Club is a collection of biographical stories that reveal the author’s insights on life, humor, love victory, and failure.Out: September 17
Parkland(W.W. Norton, paperback, $17)By Vincent BugliosiBugliosi’s book presents the definitive narrative of the JFK assassination, following doctors, policemen, secret service agents, and others who unwillingly became part of history on that dark day in Dallas. Out: September 23
Here Tomorrow: Preserving Architecture, Culture, and California's Golden Dream(Heyday, hardcover, $30)By J.K. DineenDineen’s impressive study lays out the history of California through the architecture that expresses its unique and diverse heritage, from a Chinese temple on the Mendocino Coast to a flower garden run by inmates on Alcatraz.Out: September 1
The Weed Runners(Chicago Review Press, paperback, $13)By Nicholas SchouBetween 2009 and 2012, marijuana transitioned from a shadow trade into a mainstream industry. Schou’s book traces this evolution via a well-researched piece of investigative journalism wrapped in a story of outlaw adventure.Out: September 1
Pearl Jam Twenty(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26)By Pearl JamIn 1991, the album Ten catapulted Pearl Jam to international fame. With a foreword by director Cameron Crowe, who produced the 2011 documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, this richly illustrated book chronicles the life and times of one of the world’s biggest rock bands.Out: September 13
Seven For A Secret(Amy Einhorn Books, hardcover, $19)By Lindsay FayeThis dark mystery novel is set in antebellum New York. Timothy Wilde, a police detective, must navigate the city’s seedy underbelly as he tries to stop a gang of “blackbirders,” criminals who abduct free Northerners of color and sell them into slavery in the South.Out: September 17
Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing (W.W. Norton and Company, hardcover, $21) By Michael Ruhlman and Brian PolcynThe art of charcuterie—smoking, salting and curing various delicious cuts of meat—is presented through 125 different recipes set to intrigue gourmet chef and hobbyists alike.Out: September 3
Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong (Mysterious Press, paperback, $34)By Joyce Carol OatesLove works in mysterious and sometimes murderous ways in this collection of four novellas by literary heavyweight Joyce Carol Oates.Out: September 3
Still Foolin' Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where The Hell Are My Keys?(Henry Holt and Co., hardcover, $17)By Billy CrystalTurning 65 prompted Billy Crystal to author this humorous book about the dangers of growing old. Covering his childhood in Long Island, his stint as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and his nine-time gig hosting the Oscars, Crystal tells the story of his generation through his own experiences.Out: September 10
Keith Richards on Keith Richards(Chicago Review Press, paperback, $15) By Sean EganEgan’s book presents an intimate portrait of one of rock’s greatest icons, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, through interviews that traverse the last 50 years (some of which have never before appeared in print). Out: September 1
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