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Now Read This: Seven Summer Titles to Pick Up Now

The Best of L.A.

Railtown

Nine Lives of Black Panther: A Story of Survival 
(Chicago Review Press, hardcover, $27)
By Wayne Pharr
This autobiography by Black Panther party member Pharr offers an insider account of the violent shootout initiated by the Los Angeles SWAT team against the BPP community on December 8, 1969. Not only a tale of racial injustice but one of police brutality and near-death experiences, Nine Lives is an arresting look at the life of a Black Panther committed to survival and the black liberation movement.
Out: July 1

Railtown

This Movie Will Require Dinosaurs 
(Perigee Trade, paperback, $15)
By C. W. Neill
In this autobiography (of sorts), Neill provides a unique glimpse into the mind of a struggling comedian/screenwriter living in L.A. Based on his blog Untitled Screenplays, Neill has compiled into a book a series of absurd opening sequences and scenes for feature films that portray perfectly the screenwriter's frustrating creative process.
Out: July 1

The Best of the West

Carthage

The Wild Gun
(Berkley, paperback, $7)
By Jory Sherman
The Wild Gun follows the story of Cordwainer “Cord” Wild, a man often called upon to combat trouble in the West. After killing a pair of horse thieves in self-defense, Cord finds himself in a dangerous mess with an outlaw closely connected to the murder of his father, one who’s planning for Cord to meet the same fate.
Out: July 1


Carthage

The Beekeeper's Ball
(Harlequin MIRA, hardcover, $25)
By Susan Wiggs
This novel tells the tale of chef Isabel Johansen and “war-torn” journalist Cormac O’Neill, whose stories collide in the small town of Bella Vista. The second book in Wiggs’ Bella Vista Chronicles, The Beekeeper’s Ball is the definition of a summer beach read—romance, secrets, and a beautiful California setting.
Out: June 24


The Best of the Rest

Carthage

The Silkworm (A Cormoran Strike Novel)
(Mulholland Books, hardcover, $28)
By Robert Galbraith
The second in a crime series by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling), The Silkworm follows detective Cormoran Strike once again as he attempts to unravel the mystery behind novelist Owen Quine’s disappearance. As Strike’s investigation continues, he realizes there may be a motive behind the fatal kidnapping, as Quine had just completed a manuscript revealing the secrets of those around him.
Out: June 19


Carthage

Invisible
(Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $30)
By James Patterson and David Ellis
Thriller vet Patterson has teamed up with David Ellis for the third time for this murder mystery about a former FBI researcher named Emmy Dockery. Dockery's colleagues deem her crazy when she claims that hundreds of kidnappings and murders are all connected, but nobody can ignore the evidence she finds that may prove her sanity.
Out: June 23


Carthage

All Fall Down: A Novel
(Atria Books, hardcover, $27)
By Jennifer Weiner
Allison Weiss has the perfect American family: a wonderful husband and little girl, a great job, and a beautiful house in the suburbs. But of course, her perfect life is only so on the surface, and Allison can’t help but wonder if the Percocets and Vicodins that keep her company are occasional pals or a habit spiraling out of control.
Out: June 17


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