Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, March 13th Edition

Top titles hitting bookshelves this week
The Best Of LA


You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood’s Golden Age
(Viking Adult, hardcover, $18)
By Robert J. Wagner, with Scott Eyman
Robert Wagner, an actor whose glory days coincided with the Golden Age of Hollywood (Millennials will recognize him as Number Two from the Austin Powers series), reminisces about the Los Angeles of the late 1940s and ‘50s.
Out: March 11

The Best Of The West


Wicked Cinema: Sex and Religion on Screen
(University of Texas Press, hardcover, $55)
By Daniel S. Cutrara
Wicked Cinema takes a critical perspective on global cinema, examining the often discordant relationship between sex and faith on the big screen. Cutrara, a former Catholic priest turned Hollywood consultant, releases his analysis of the world’s three Prime Movers: sex, religion, and Hollywood.
Out: March 15

The Best Of The Rest


Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
(Sarah Crichton Books, hardcover, $26)
By Brigid Schulte
Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, shakes her finger at modern living for its conspicuous lack of downtime and seeks out a remedy. Her fact-finding mission takes her through the lives of social scientists, office workers, and working parents, asking the million dollar question: how do we avoid being overwhelmed by work?
Out: March 11


Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love
(Harper, hardcover, $26)
By Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker
Journalists Ruderman and Laker uncovered the largest police corruption scandal in Philadelphia history using informant Benny Martinez to gain access to the dual (and worryingly convergent worlds) of Philly crime and law enforcement. Busted brings readers behind the scenes to see how two working-moms’ reporting earned them a Pulitzer while earning the Philadelphia Police Department an FBI investigation.
Out: March 11