The Reading List: September ‘13

Every month LAmag.com compiles titles of local and national interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here, arranged by region, are some highlights

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The Best Of L.A.

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FUCT
(Rizzoli, hardcover, $37)
By Erik Brunetti
Twenty years ago, artist Erik Brunetti founded influential streetwear brand FUCT. This richly illustrated volume explores the archives of FUCT’s provocative designs, inspired by skate aesthetics and a tongue-in-cheek approach to consumer culture.
Out: September 17

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Better
(David C. Cook, paperback, $12)
By Tim Chaddick
Tim Chaddick, head pastor of Hollywood-based church Reality LA, unpacks Ecclesiastes for the modern reader in a quest to discover what makes a life truly meaningful.
Out: September 1

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Wilson
(Putnam Adult, hardcover, $25)
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States, was an idealist who wanted to make the world “safe for democracy.” In this thoroughly researched biography, Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg paints a portrait of Wilson from a contemporary point of view.
Out: September 10

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I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, The Dog Who Was Toto
(Harry N. Abrams, hardcover, $16)
By Willard Carroll
Author Willard Carroll unwittingly unearthed a scrapbook detailing the life of a Hollywood canine in the 30’s: Terry, the dog who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz.
Out: September 17

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Where Excuses Go To Die
(Highrise Press, paperback, $12)
By John Espinoza Nelson
In 1990, a series of robberies made John Espinoza Nelson famous as the “Bookstore Bandit.” After landing in prison, Nelson entered a statewide writing competition, placed third, and discovered his passion. The result is a humorous, insightful and compelling narrative about life in jail, coming of age, and the power of storytelling.
Out: September 30

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Beautiful: The Life and Times of Hedy Lamarr
(Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $8)
By Stephen Michael Shearer
Hedy Lamarr, the archetypical femme fatale of Golden Age Hollywood, had a personal life filled with intrigue as well. Stephen Michael Shearer’s intimate and meticulously researched biography presents the Austrian-born actress as she was seen by her friends and family.
Out: September 28

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The Sons of Westwood
(University of Illinois Press, paperback, $17)
By John Matthew Smith
John Wooden’s leadership of UCLA’s basketball program in the 1960’s—which led the Bruins to ten national titles and seven consecutive championships—serves as the backdrop for this story about college sports’ changing role in mid-century America through the civil rights movement, the Cold War, and Vietnam.
Out: September 30

The Best Of The West

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Simple Dreams
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $16)
By Linda Ronstadt
In her memoir, singer Linda Ronstadt takes the reader on a journey starting with her childhood in Tucson, Arizona through her rise to fame as a singer in the happening 1960s and ‘70s.
Out: September 17

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The Dangerous Animals Club
(Simon & Schuster, paperback, $13)
By Stephen Tobolowsky
Stephen Tobolowsky’s impressive acting resume includes memorable performances in Groundhog Day, Deadwood, and Glee, but he is also a gifted storyteller. The Dangerous Animals Club is a collection of biographical stories that reveal the author’s insights on life, humor, love victory, and failure.
Out: September 17

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Parkland
(W.W. Norton, paperback, $17)
By Vincent Bugliosi
Bugliosi’s book presents the definitive narrative of the JFK assassination, following doctors, policemen, secret service agents, and others who unwillingly became part of history on that dark day in Dallas.
Out: September 23

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Here Tomorrow: Preserving Architecture, Culture, and California’s Golden Dream
(Heyday, hardcover, $30)
By J.K. Dineen
Dineen’s impressive study lays out the history of California through the architecture that expresses its unique and diverse heritage, from a Chinese temple on the Mendocino Coast to a flower garden run by inmates on Alcatraz.
Out: September 1

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The Weed Runners
(Chicago Review Press, paperback, $13)
By Nicholas Schou
Between 2009 and 2012, marijuana transitioned from a shadow trade into a mainstream industry. Schou’s book traces this evolution via a well-researched piece of investigative journalism wrapped in a story of outlaw adventure.
Out: September 1

The Best Of The Rest

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Pearl Jam Twenty
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26)
By Pearl Jam
In 1991, the album Ten catapulted Pearl Jam to international fame. With a foreword by director Cameron Crowe, who produced the 2011 documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, this richly illustrated book chronicles the life and times of one of the world’s biggest rock bands.
Out: September 13

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Seven For A Secret
(Amy Einhorn Books, hardcover, $19)
By Lindsay Faye
This dark mystery novel is set in antebellum New York. Timothy Wilde, a police detective, must navigate the city’s seedy underbelly as he tries to stop a gang of “blackbirders,” criminals who abduct free Northerners of color and sell them into slavery in the South.
Out: September 17

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Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing            
(W.W. Norton and Company, hardcover, $21)
By Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn
The art of charcuterie—smoking, salting and curing various delicious cuts of meat—is presented through 125 different recipes set to intrigue gourmet chef and hobbyists alike.
Out: September 3

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Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong       
(Mysterious Press, paperback, $34)
By Joyce Carol Oates
Love works in mysterious and sometimes murderous ways in this collection of four novellas by literary heavyweight Joyce Carol Oates.
Out: September 3

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Still Foolin’ Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where The Hell Are My Keys?
(Henry Holt and Co., hardcover, $17)
By Billy Crystal
Turning 65 prompted Billy Crystal to author this humorous book about the dangers of growing old. Covering his childhood in Long Island, his stint as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, and his nine-time gig hosting the Oscars, Crystal tells the story of his generation through his own experiences.
Out: September 10

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Keith Richards on Keith Richards
(Chicago Review Press, paperback, $15)
By Sean Egan
Egan’s book presents an intimate portrait of one of rock’s greatest icons, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, through interviews that traverse the last 50 years (some of which have never before appeared in print).
Out: September 1

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