Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, December 2nd Edition

Top titles hitting bookshelves this week
The Best Of LA

Gods of Guilt 

The Gods of Guilt
(Little, Brown, & Company, hardcover, $17)
By Michael Connelly
When Mickey Haller discovers that a former client has been murdered, he knows that he has to solve the case. But in order to uncover the truth, Mickey has to confront his past and consider his own role in his client’s demise.
Out: December 2

Raw: A Love Story 

Raw: A Love Story
(Grove Press, Black Cat, paperback, $12)
By Mark Haskell Smith
In this, a satire poking fun at reality television and the publishing world, literary mastermind Harriet is determined to out the ghostwriter behind a new reality television book. To do so, she crashes the book tour and ends up in bed with the book’s subject, reality television star Sepp Gregory. Clever and wicked, the book dissects the definition of culture in today’s society.
Out: December 3

Dressing Dangerously 

Dressing Dangerously: Dysfunctional Fashion in Film
(Yale University Press, hardcover, $54)
By Jonathan Faiers
In this fascinating book, Faiers investigates how fashion in film can be integral to the story being told, analyzing the way in which costuming can affect the runway and how clothing itself can be symbolic, portraying emotions and themes throughout a film.
Out: December 3

The Best Of The West

Dangerous Women 

Dangerous Women
(Tor Books, hardcover, $21)
By George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Editors)
With stories from twelve New York Times bestselling authors, this collection of original stories all involve dangerous women—heroes and villains alike. Several are set in the authors’ bestselling continuities, such as an Outlander piece from Diana Gabaldon and a tale of The Dresden Files‘ Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher.
Out: December 3

The Best Of The Rest

The Kid 

The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
(Little, Brown, & Company, hardcover, $23)
By Ben Bradlee Jr.
In this long-awaited biography of epic baseball player Ted Williams, Bradlee looks at the iconic Red Sox left-fielder on and off the field. Famous for his run-ins with the press and having a troubled domestic life, Bradlee uses these pages to reveal the many facets of Williams’ character.
Out: December 3

Elizabeth of York 

Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
(Ballantine Books, hardcover, $17)
By Alison Weir
Many are familiar with King Henry VIII and the reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I, but most have never considered the pivotal role Henry’s mother, Elizabeth of York, played in history. Living through her father’s death, the disappearances of her brothers, and the usurpation of the throne by her cunning uncle Richard III, Elizabeth is a fascinating historical character whose story is finally told in this thorough biography.
Out: December 3