The Reading List: L.A. Authors. L.A. Topics. March 10 Books.(2)

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LAmag.com, March 1, 2010

griffin A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli
(Da Capo, paperback, $16)
By Mark Griffin
A tumultuous marriage to Judy Garland and other personal events can be seen in the legendary director’s films such as Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, and Gigi.
Out: Mar. 1

kurtzman Common Purpose: How Great Leaders Get Organizations to Achieve the Extraordinary
(Jossey-Bass, hardcover, $28)
By Joel Kurtzman
The L.A.-based consultant envisions a kinder, more ethical form of business leadership.
Out: Mar. 1

bach Cottages in the Sun: Bungalows of Venice, California
(Rizzoli, hardcover, $45)
By Margaret Bach
This volume bursts with the creativity and spirit of the charming bungalows.
Out: Mar. 1

greer The Failure
(Akashic, paperback, $16)
By James Greer
A robbery goes awry in this second novel from the L.A.-based author of the award-winning Artificial Light (2006).
Out: Mar. 1

boyce Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
(Abrams, hardcover, $30)
By Kim Boyce
The former pastry chef at Spago and Campanile proves that whole grains can amplify complex textures and flavors.
Out: Mar. 1

mosley Known to Evil: A Leonid McGill Mystery
(Riverhead Books, hardcover, $26)
By Walter Mosley
The Long Fall‘s protagonist continues to struggle to stay on the straight and narrow in this novel by the native Angeleno and winner of the PEN/Lifetime Achievement Award.
Out: Mar. 1

kaa Lifestyles of Southern California: Personal Sanctuaries
(Images Publishing, hardcover, $50)
By KAA Design Group
Homes that exude the California dream are on stage in this lush, architectural volume.
Out: Mar. 1

hofler Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr
(Da Capo, paperback, $16)
By Robert Hofler
The 1989 Oscar show produced by the flamboyant Carr opened with a Snow White/Rod Lowe duet and went downhill from there – read an excerpt of Hofler’s vivid account of the trainwreck in Los Angeles magazine’s March issue.
Out: Mar. 1

roberts The Complete History of American Film Criticism
(Santa Monica Press, hardcover, $25)
By Jerry Roberts
The film critic chronicles the history and debates of film theory.
Out: Mar. 1

arnold The Song of Krishna: The Illustrated Bhagavad Gita
(Abrams, hardcover, $17)
Translated by Sir Edwin Arnold
Indian paintings, sculptures, and textiles from LACMA’s collection are paired with the English poet’s verse in this decoratively encased volume.
Out: Mar. 1

grahame-smith Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
(Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $22)
By Seth Grahame-Smith
A follow-up for the L.A. author to last year’s wildly successful Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Read what he has to say about local monster hang-outs in Los Angeles magazine’s March issue.
Out: Mar. 2

fellini Federico Fellini: The Films
(Rizzoli, hardcover, $75)
By Tullio Kezich
On the fiftieth anniversary of La Dolce Vita, this volume celebrates the work of the Italian director.
Out: Mar. 2

chandler I Know Where I’m Going: Katharine Hepburn, A Personal Biography
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26)
By Charlotte Chandler
The author draws on recordings of personal interviews with the legendary actress made over the course of many years beginning in the mid-1970s.
Out: Mar. 2

martini Thank You for Firing Me!: How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job
(Sterling, paperback, $15)
By Kitty Martini and Candice Reed
A humorous and business-like plan for picking yourself up after you’ve gotten the boot by an L.A.-based comedian.
Out: Mar. 2

deverell A Companion to Los Angeles
(Wiley-Blackwell, hardcover, $200)
Edited by William Deverell and Greg Hise
Twenty-five scholars and writers, including Los Angeles magazine Contributing Writer Josh Kun, interrogate the complex history of L.A.
Out: Mar. 8

yoo Contentious Spirits: Religion in Korean American History, 1903-1945
(Stanford University Press, paperback, $22)
By David K. Yoo
The Claremont McKenna College professor explores how religion has shaped the racialization of Koreans in the United States.
Out: Mar. 8

cowie Akira Kurosawa: Master of Cinema
(Rizzoli, hardcover, $75)
By Peter Cowie
On the centennial of his birth, this volume of photographs, script pages, sketches, and storyboards reveals the filmmaker’s singular vision.
Out: Mar. 9

handler Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
(Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $26)
By Chelsea Handler
This new collection of essays delivers the late night talk show host’s trademark irreverent humor and wit.
Out: Mar. 9

alexander I Can’t Believe It’s not Fattening!: Over 150 Ridiculously Easy Recipes for the Super Busy
(Broadway, paperback, $20)
By Devin Alexander
Simple, decadent recipes from the Biggest Loser‘s former chef.
Out: Mar. 9

burton Impatient with Desire
(Voice, hardcover, $23)
By Gabrielle Burton
A fictionalized account of the Donner Party from the Venice-based novelist and screenwriter.
Out: Mar. 9

rogers Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet
(Three Rivers Press, paperback, $14)
By Elizabeth Rogers
Going green not only saves the planet but it also saves your pocketbook.
Out: Mar. 9

meade Lonely Hearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $28)
By Marion Meade
He wrote Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939) and she inspired her sister Ruth’s My Sister Eileen (1938), and eight months after they were married, they were dead.
Out: Mar. 11

wang-sheir-ono Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life
(Da Capo, paperback, $20)
By Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir, and Mika Ono
Bring the ancient Asian practice of cooking with healing herbs and other therapeutic foods into your Western kitchen.
Out: Mar. 15

strasberg Lee Strasberg Notes
(Routledge, paperback, $25)
Edited by Lola Cohen
The veteran teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute has edited unpublished transcripts of the master’s own acting classes.
Out: Mar. 15

vorhaus The California Roll: A Novel
(Shaye Areheart, hardcover, $23)
By John Vorhaus
A con artist seeks the Holy Grail of scams in the latest novel from this L.A. writer.
Out: Mar. 16

stabiner Getting In: A Novel
(Voice, paperback, $15)
Karen Stabiner
The latest novel from the Santa Monica-based author of many parenting books reveals the many tests involved in getting a child into the perfect college.
Out: Mar. 16

bridges Killing Willis: From Diff’rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted
(Touchstone, hardcover, $26)
By Todd Bridges with Sarah Tomlinson
The childhood star details his addiction, brushes with the law, and fight to establish his own identity.
Out: Mar. 16

trombley Mark Twain’s Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years
(Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $28)
By Laura Skandera Trombley
Using never-before-published personal papers from Twain’s longtime secretary and companion, Isabel Van Kleek Lyon, leading Twain scholar and president of Pitzer College unravels the mystery of Twain’s final years.
Out: Mar. 16

schou Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World
(Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $25)
By Nicholas Schou
The full story of all the acid-dropping glory of Orange County’s drug-dealing “Hippie Mafia” in the 1960s.
Out: Mar. 16

cannell The Pallbearers
(St. Martin’s Press, hardcover, $26)
By Stephen J. Cannell
The LAPD homicide detective hero must revisit his painful childhood in this ninth Shane Scully novel from the L.A.-based writer and TV producer.
Out: Mar. 16

onken Photo Trekking: A Traveling Photographer’s Guide to Capturing Moments Around the World
(Amphoto Books, paperback, $25)
By Nick Onken
The commercial photographer, whose operation was based in L.A. before he moved to Brooklyn last year, provides a lush guide to breaking into the travel photography business.
Out: Mar. 16

wright Accepting Authoritarianism: State-Society Relations in China’s Reform Era
(Stanford University Press, paperback, $25)
By Teresa Wright
The Cal State Long Beach political science professor explores the reasons why emerging capitalism hasn’t led China’s citizens to press for more democratic change.
Out: Mar. 19 

rouss Easy for You: Stories
(Simon & Schuster, paperback, $12)
By Shannan Rouss
The author may have moved to New York, but she paints a bulls-eye on her hometown of L.A. and delivers up an insightful debut collection.
Out: Mar. 23

hewitt The Day I Shot Cupid: Hello, My Name is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I’m a Love-aholic
(Voice, hardcover, $24)
By Jennifer Love Hewitt
The actress who has been lucky and unlucky in love offers dating advice.
Out: Mar. 23

place The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality, and Law
(Other Press, hardcover, $26)
By Vanessa Place
An L.A. criminal defense appellate attorney examines the complexity and ethics of modern rape laws.
Out: Mar. 23

dixon The Language of Secrets
(Doubleday, hardcover, $25)
By Dianne Dixon
This debut novel from the Emmy-nominated screenwriter and Pitzer College professor centers on a family tragedy in Southern California.
Out: Mar. 23

hotchner Paul and Me: 53 Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal, Paul Newman
(Nan A. Talese, hardcover, $27)
By A.E. Hotchner
After the actor played the lead in the author’s first television play in 1956, the pair began a lifelong friendship that included skippering boats together and launching Newman’s Own food company.
Out: Mar. 23

kellerman Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel
(Ballantine, hardcover, $28)
By Jonathan Kellerman
Homicide detective Milo Sturgis needs Dr. Kellerman’s help to uncover sexual horror at a prestigious L.A. school.
Out: Mar. 30

huntjacob The Book That Changed Europe: Picart and Bernard’s Religious Ceremonies of the World
(Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, hardcover, $33)
By Lynn Hunt, Margaret C. Jacob, and Wijnand Mijnhardt
A look at the eighteenth-century book that enraged Europe and paved the way for a more secular understanding of religion by UCLA history professors Hunt and Jacob.
Out: Mar. 31

sciacca Building the Medieval World
(Getty Publications, hardcover, $20)
By Christine Sciacca
The Getty’s assistant curator of manuscripts has compiled illuminated medieval manuscripts about architecture in a volume that accompanies an exhibit at the museum, Mar. 2-May 16.
Out: Mar. 31

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