Now Read This: The Week's Best New Books, October 28th Edition - The Culture Files Blog - Los Angeles magazine

Now Read This: The Week's Best New Books, October 28th Edition

Top titles hitting bookshelves this week

The Best Of L.A.


(Mulholland Books, hardcover, $26)
By J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
Conceived 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 Hilburn
Los 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

The Best Of The West


Trees in Paradise: A California History
(W. W. Norton & Company, hardcover, $26)
By Jared Farmer
In 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 Eliot
Years 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

The Best Of The Rest


A Dance With Dragons
(Bantam, paperback, $11)
By George R.R. Martin
In 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 Ephron
This 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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