Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, March 26th Edition

The Best Of L.A.


Saga, Vol. 3
(Image Comics, paperback, $15)
By Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story, Saga has taken comic books to a whole new level. New York Times bestselling author and L.A. resident Brian K. Vaughn teams up with illustrator Fiona Staples, one of the most accomplished women in the comic industry, to bring volume three to life. The series follows Alana and Marko, two lovers from warring planets trying to find their place in the universe. Between the lush animation and the intricate storyline, fantasy and sci-fi finally meet inside one book jacket.
Out: March 25

The Best Of The West


The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography
(Bloomsbury, hardcover, $35)
By Miriam Pawel
Powerful and captivating, this first comprehensive biography of Latino rights leader Cesar Chavez traces the story of a man from migrant worker to union leader to icon. Though a historical figurehead, this book doesn’t shy away from Chavez’s moral blemishes, but paints him as a man of deep humanity. Including a well of documents and interviews, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez is an honest, well-rounded look at one of the 20th century’s greatest leaders.
Out: March 25

The Best Of The Rest


How About Never — Is Never Good For You?: My Life in Cartoons
(Holt & Co., hardcover, $33)
By Bob Mankoff
Mankoff believes he has two of the best jobs in the world—being the cartoon editor and, subsequently, cartoonist for the New Yorker. In this collection of humorous cartoons, he examines his life through his multiple titles — high school basketball star, draft dodger, and sociology grad student. Though Markoff left the field of psychology to pursue a career as a cartoonist, he comes to find that psychology adds to his understand of how and why cartoons make us laugh. The book features not only his own comics but those of other talented staff members as well. Blunt and witty, Mankoff keeps the laughs coming page by page. He also reveals the most important information of all—how to win the New Yorker’s caption contest. Finally.
Out: March 25