Now Read This: The Week's Best New Books, June 11th Edition - The Culture Files Blog - Los Angeles magazine

Now Read This: The Week's Best New Books, June 11th Edition

Six top titles hitting bookshelves this week

The Best of L.A.


The Auntie Em's Cookbook: A Musician's Guide to Breakfast and Brunch 
(Prospect Park Books, hardcover, $30)
By Theresa C. Wahl
Terri Wahl toured the States as part of an all-girl punk band, the Red Aunts, before her passion for good American food turned the musician into a caterer. Now the chef-owner of local eatery Auntie Em’s Kitchen has paired her two loves—music and food—to create a one-of-a-kind cookbook, proving that “food tastes better when there’s music in the kitchen.”
Out: June 10


California Bones 
(Tor Books, hardcover, $25)
By Greg van Eekhout
Sci-fi writer and L.A. native Greg van Eekhout has remodeled his hometown into a place where real magicians and illusionists roam, and Daniel Blackland is one of them. Years after his father is disposed of for his magical powers, Daniel, a petty thief with a good conscience, is talked into retrieving his father’s mighty sword from the Hierarch of Southern California. What follows is a grand adventure in the reinvented City of Angels.
Out: June 10


John Williams' Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style 
(University of Wisconsin Press, paperback, $30)
By Emilio Audissino
What do Superman, Jaws, E.T. and Star Wars all have in common? Their scores were written by one of the most distinguished composers in musical history, John Williams. As of 2014, Williams has been nominated for 49 Academy Awards, second only to Walt Disney (who garnered 59 nominations before his death in 1966). Audissino is the first to offer historical insight into Williams’ life and career, beginning with an outline of Hollywood’s Golden Age from 1933-1958.
Out: June 12

The Best of the West


Yosemite in Pictures
(Yosemite Conservancy, hardcover, $9)
By Ryan Alonzo
If you only have a day, the best sights to see at Yosemite National Park are Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and Yosemite Valley. If you only have 10 bucks, then this collection of landscape photography from international adventurer and photographer Ryan Alonzo does the beauty of Yosemite the utmost justice.
Out: June 10

The Best of the Rest


Hard Choices
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $35)
By Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton faced many difficult decisions during her term as America’s 67th Secretary of State. In four years she visited 112 countries, travelling almost one million miles and gaining valuable global and economic knowledge along the way. In this firsthand account, Clinton takes a rearview look into her time as an integral part of the Obama Administration and the lessons she learned as a result.
Out: June 10


The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26)
By Alex Bellos
While many of us feared math in high school, Alex Bellos counteracted that fear by embracing it holistically. Now a well-known author in the realms of mathematics and Brazil (opposite ends of the spectrum, we know), Bellos has taken over 30,000 results from his own global survey to find out the world’s favorite number and uncover the intricate ways in which math has characterized the world we live in.
Out: June 10

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