Today's weather forecast: Crazy Eights
S. (Mulholland Books, hardcover, $26)By J.J. Abrams and Doug DorstConceived by Abrams and executed by Dorst as their “love letter to the written word,” this novel tells the tale of two readers who communicate via margin notes in a single book, one written by a reclusive and peculiar author that enthralls them.Out: October 29
Johnny Cash: The Life (Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $21)By Robert HilburnLos Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn—who was the only journalist at 1968’s Folsom Prison concert and who interviewed Cash exhaustively before his death in 2003—humanizes the larger-than-life Man in Black in this evocative and surprising biography. Out: October 29
Trees in Paradise: A California History (W. W. Norton & Company, hardcover, $26) By Jared FarmerIn this narrative detailing California’s love affair with nonnative plant life (think orange trees, eucalyptus, and palms), Farmer maps the rise and fall of the California landscape, reminding us that our lush greenery was not born but made. Out: October 28
Hyperbole And A Half(Touchstone, paperback, $11) By Allie Brosh Brosh’s highly popular blog of the same name has been condensed into book format, in which she uses elementary yet effective illustrations to bring stories both simple and powerful to life. Fans can expect old favorites like “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving” alongside several never before seen essays.Out: October 29
Nicholson: A Biography(Crown Archetype, hardcover, $16)By Marc EliotYears of research and intimate interviews have culminated in this, Eliot’s comprehensive narration of Nicholson’s life. From his childhood in New Jersey to his 50-year career in film, Nicholson enthusiasts won’t be disappointed.Out: October 29
A Dance With Dragons(Bantam, paperback, $11)By George R.R. MartinIn this, the fifth installment of Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire series, the storylines of Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow take dramatic and substantial turns for what might be the better or the worse. Out: October 29
The Most Of Nora Ephron(Knopf, hardcover, $23)By Nora EphronThis celebration of the late Ephron’s life features everything from her musings on journalism, feminism, and being a woman to her novel Heartburn to her screenplay for When Harry Met Sally. Ephron admirers will also find a play, Lucky Guy, published for the first time. Out: October 29
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