Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, January 14th Edition

Top titles hitting bookshelves this week
The Best Of LA

God's Gangs 

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
(Quirk Books, hardcover, $18)
By Ransom Riggs
The sequel to mega-hit Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children renews Riggs’ efforts at combining Young Adult fiction with vintage photography. Set in 1940, this sequel finds protagonist Jacob departing from his island home for the bleak streets of World War II-era London. If fans of Riggs find it half as enthralling as its 2011 predecessor, it will have been worth the wait.
Out: January 14


The Death Class: A True Story About Life
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25)
By Erika Hayasaki
Former Los Angeles Times reporter and current UC Irvine English faculty member Erika Hayasaki reports on an unusual college course where death dominates the syllabus. Following the class’s instructor, Norma Bowe, over the course of four years, Haysaki immerses herself in a world where a college instructor teaches death in order to change lives.
Out: January 14


Ex-Purgatory: A Novel
(Broadway Books, paperback, $14)
By Peter Clines
Ex-Purgatory continues the story of superheroes protecting Los Angeles from apocalyptic forces, a plot established in the first three novels of the Ex series. Bestselling author Peter Clines continues to mesh fantasy, science fiction, and his own interpretation of the End Time in his newest novel.
Out: January 14

The Best Of The West


Find it in Everything: Photographs by Drew Barrymore
(Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $18)
By Drew Barrymore
Lifelong star actress Drew Barrymore exhibits a series of photographs that share a common theme: the heart. Where Barrymore could find a heart—in grass, in clouds, in her dog’s fur—she pointed her camera, and the result will delight the sentimental. Barrymore fans can now share in what the actress refers to as “moments of magic:” the appearance of the heart in unexpected places.
Out: January 14

The Best Of The Rest

What Did the Fox Say 

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
(Knopf, hardcover, $35)
By Robert M. Gates
Robert Gates recounts his days as Secretary of Defense during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Spanning both the Bush and Obama administrations, Gates fills over 600 pages with a behind the scenes look of the politics and decision-making surrounding a contentious period of American history.
Out: January 14

I Even Funnier 

The Flamethrowers: A Novel
(Scribner, paperback, $17)
By Rachel Kushner
2014 begins with the paperback release of Kushner’s critically acclaimed The Flamethrowers: A Novel. Named by the New York Times as One Of The Ten Best Books of the Year, The Flamethrowers was also nominated for the National Book Award. Kushner’s latest novel, originally released in April 2013, follows a young artist through Rome and New York in the 1970s.
Out: January 14

I Even Funnier 

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight over World War II
(Random House Trade Publications, paperback, $16)
By Lynn Olson
Another paperback edition of an already bestselling hardcover, Those Angry Days revisits the great debate between American intervention and isolation in the days leading up to World War II. Olson uses the narrative of two clashing American figureheads—FDR and Lindbergh—to recreate a tumultuous era with the creative finesse of a novelist.
Out: January 14