Now Read This, July 15th Edition

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The Best of L.A.

Railtown

Famous Baby 
(Prospect Park Books, paperback, $15)
By Karen Rizzo
In her debut novel, L.A.’s own Rizzo tells the story of Abbie Sternberg, who is the celebrity baby of the blogosphere. (Her mom, Ruth, has been dubbed the “First Mother of Mommy Blogging.”) After finally escaping her mother’s exploitation at the age of 18, Abbie realizes that her grandmother might be forced to endure the same public fate.
Out: July 8

Railtown

Landline 
(St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, $25)
By Rainbow Rowell
Set in Los Angeles, Landline tells the tale of Georgie and Neal, a couple whose marriage has been on the rocks for years. With the help of a magic phone, however, Georgie gains access to the past and discovers there may be a way to save her marriage–before it even starts.
Out: July 8

Carthage

Act of War
(Atria/Emily Bestler Books, hardcover, $28)
By Brad Thor
A CIA agent dies. Six exchange students go missing. A political-asylum seeker is detained. These are just a few in a mysterious chain of events that lead to two of the riskiest and most secretive operations in America’s history, and any mishaps could lead America to war. New York Times bestselling author and USC alum Thor delivers his 13th installment in the ongoing tale of counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath.
Out: July 15


Carthage

The Book of Life
(Viking Adult, hardcover, $29)
By Deborah Harkness
Harkness, a UC Davis alum and professor of European history at USC, wraps up her All Souls trilogy with this latest addition. Set in a fantasy world of magic and time travel, historian and witch Diana Bishop has returned to the present with vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. An enchanted manuscript leads them on a journey through the hills of France, Venetian palaces and ancestral homes.
Out: July 15


The Best of the West

Carthage

California
(Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $26)
By Edan Lepucki
In her debut novel, Lepucki introduces a realistic, dystopian future featuring Cal and Frida, who have traded in Los Angeles for a shack in the woods. Faced with adversity, the two discover they are expecting, and the thought of raising a baby in seclusion is menacing. After retreating to a guarded and suspicious community that nevertheless can offer them security, the couple realizes their apprehension may be more dangerous than they anticipated.
Out: July 8


Carthage

Last Stories and Other Stories
(Viking Adult, hardcover, $36)
By William Vollmann
An L.A. native and resident of Sacramento, Vollmann has returned after nine years with this collection of ghost stories. Focusing on a Bohemian farmer, a geisha, a haunted journalist and a man on the verge of death, each tale aims to solve the true mystery: “Are ghosts memories, fantasies, or monsters?”
Out: July 10


Carthage

The Heist
(Harper, hardcover, $28)
By Daniel Silva
This is the 17th installment in California novelist Silva’s ongoing story of Gabriel Allon, an “art restorer and occasional spy” who returns to recover a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio.
Out: July 15


The Best of the Rest

Carthage

Alias Hook
(Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $25)
By Lisa Jensen
Jensen offers a grown-up prequel to the classic story of Peter Pan from the perspective of the misunderstood Captain Hook. In her version of the story, Hook is no menace; he is a clever, educated man who’s been cursed to fight against Pan and the Lost Boys for eternity. However, Stella Parish, a grown woman who has dreamed her way to Neverland, comes to Hook’s aid and discovers how inviting the magical world can be.
Out: July 8


Carthage

Four: A Divergent Collection
(Katherine Tegen Books, hardcover, $18)
By Veronica Roth
Fans of the popular dystopian novels now have something to reignite the flame once set by the Divergent trilogy (which regretfully ended last year). This collection offers readers four pre-Divergent stories and three exclusive scenes, told from the perspective of Tobias (introduced as “Four” in the first book). Tobias’s account gives newfound insight to the story that millions of fans have become familiar with.
Out: July 8


Carthage

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé
(W. W. Norton & Company, hardcover, $30)
By Bob Stanley
Step into a world of in-depth musical history with this unique look at pop music, from classic Beastie Boy tunes to the megahits of Beyoncé and Madonna. The easy-to-read encyclopedia is both illustrative and informative.
Out: July 14


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