Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, February 6th Edition

Top titles hitting bookshelves this week
The Best Of LA


One More Thing: Stories and other Stories
(Knopf, hardcover, $25)
By B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak, better known as Ryan the Temp from NBC’s The Office, releases his first collection of short fiction, with reviewers drawing comparisons to George Saunders, Woody Allen and Steve Martin.
Out: February 4

The Best Of The West

The Days 

The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years after the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember
(Algonquin Books, paperback, $16)
By Penelope Rowlands
This anthology, assembled by one-time California resident and author Penelope Rowlands, chronicles the cultural upheaval and hysteria that followed the 1964 arrival of the most iconic band of the 20th century. (Rowlands herself was entirely swept up by The Beatles in her youth.) Contributors include writer Gay Talese, musician Renée Fleming, and many others.
Out: February 4

The Best Of The Rest


The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America
(Penguin Press HC, hardcover, $28)
By Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
Armed with daring and statistics, Yale Law School professors Chua and Rubenfeld tackle the contentious observation that certain cultural groups perform better than others. Their findings, however, dispel simplistic notions of racial stereotypes.
Out: February 4

Doctor Who 

I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25)
By Su Meck
Best to have a box of tissues on standby for this one. Su Meck, who has previously written for The New York Times Magazine, was in her early twenties—married with two children—when a ceiling fan fell on her head, erasing all of her memories. Though her body didn’t receive permanent injury, her mind was nearly wiped clean. I Forgot to Remember documents Meck’s twenty-year struggle to reassemble her life.
Out: February 4

The Agent 

Strange Bodies: A Novel
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $26)
By Marcel Theroux
National Book Award finalist Marcel Theroux releases his fourth novel, a surreal story of deception surrounding a psychiatric patient who insists he is Dr. Nicholas Slopen. The kicker: Dr. Slopen has been dead for months. Strange Bodies will keep readers on the edge of their seats—and their wits.
Out: February 4

The Agent 

An Unnecessary Woman
(Grove Press, hardcover, $25)
By Rabih Alameddine
The follow-up effort to Alameddine’s international bestseller The Hakawati introduces readers to Aaliya Saleh, a seventy-two-year-old woman who lives in an apartment in Beirut, utterly alone save for her surplus of books. An Unnecessary Woman brings together observations on literature, philosophy and art by one of the Middle East’s highly acclaimed literary stars.
Out: February 4