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

Top titles hitting bookshelves this week
The Best Of L.A.


Infographic Guide to the Movies
(Cassell, hardcover, $14)
By Karen Krizanovich
With a unique and fresh perspective, Krizanovich offers surprising facts and intelligent commentary on the many different film genres. With over 100 illustrations, the book gives informative insight into the movie industry and tells the inside story of both Hollywood and European cinema.
Out: October 15

The Best Of The West

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson
(Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, $17)
By Henry Bushkin
Bushkin, who was Carson’s long-time lawyer and friend, presents an in-depth and authentic memoir about his relationship and experiences with the famous host of The Tonight Show. From their first meting in 1970 to their falling out 18 years later, Bushkin recounts his version of the man Carson was and the world he ruled.
Out: October 15

The Best Of The Rest

Norman Mailer 

Norman Mailer: A Double Life
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25)
By Michael Lennon
Hoping to be compared to the likes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Mailer was a writer who ceaselessly pushed himself. Involved in movies, politics, journalism, and the literary world, author Lennon tries to capture both the public and private facets of this complicated man’s life.
Out: October 15

Bob Dylan 

Once Upon A Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan
(Pegasus, hardcover, $23)
By Ian Bell
For the first time, the legend that is Bob Dylan is fully addressed. Award-winning author Ian Bell discusses Dylan’s musical career as well as the literary, political, and personal components that made him the man he is today, exploring how it is that the singer had such a great effect on the ways America has defined and understood itself.
Out: October 16

Bridget Jones 

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
(Knopf, hardcover, $17)
By Helen Fielding
After fourteen years of silence, Fielding takes us back into Bridget Jones’ charming world, where she is trying to navigate death, Twitter, motherhood, and younger men. In keeping with the rest of the series, Mad About the Boy is both tender and hilarious as it tackles the myriad questions that come along with middle age.
Out: October 15


The Luminaries: A Novel
(Little, Brown & Company, hardcover, $18)
By Eleanor Catton
Recently awarded the Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries tells the story of Walter Moody, who’s traveled to New Zealand to find his fortune in the goldfields. In her second novel, Catton examines what happens when fates and fortunes intertwine (and the consequences that follow).
Out: October 15