Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, December 9th Edition

Top titles hitting bookshelves this week
The Best Of LA

God's Gangs 

God’s Gangs: Barrio Ministry, Masculinity, and Gang Recovery
(NYU Press, paperback, $20)
By Edward Orozco Flores
In God’s Gangs, Flores argues that gang activity can be lessened if gang members work to redefine what it is to be a man. He reasons that the best way to do that is to be involved in a faith-based organization—something like L.A.’s Homeboy Industries.
Out: December 11


Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years
(St. Martin’s Griffin, paperback, $14)
By Keith Badman
Speculation has always run rampant about Marilyn Monroe’s mysterious life and even more mysterious death. In this insightful biography, Badman looks at the last two years of the starlet’s life, working to uncover facts that will truly illuminate who the iconic actress was and what ultimately caused her demise.
Out: December 10

The Best Of The West


Innocence: A Novel
(Bantam, hardcover, $17)
By Dean Koontz
In Koontz’s most recent novel, two people whose lives have been marred by tragedy forge a deep connection that they will desperately need in order to overcome their circumstances.
Out: December 10

The Best Of The Rest

What Did the Fox Say 

What Does the Fox Say?
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $11)
By Ylvis and Christian Lochstoer, Illustrated by Svein Nyhus
This read-aloud picture book is based on the popular YouTube video with more than 200 million views. In it, the lyrics from the video are paired with fun illustrations that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
Out: December 10

I Even Funnier 

I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story
(Little, Brown, & Company, hardcover, $8)
By James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, Illustrated by Laura Park
Jamie Grimm is back and ready to tackle his dreams of being the best stand-up comic around. He’s all set to compete in the semi-finals in Boston when family and friend obligations get in the way. Faced with choosing between the competition and the people he cares about, Jamie has got to figure out what’s most important to him.
Out: December 9