Now Read This: The Week’s Best New Books, October 21st Edition

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

Dead Mountain

Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
(Chronicle, hardcover, $19)
By Donnie Eichar
When Malibu-based author Donnie Eichar heard the story of nine experienced hikers who died in 1959 in the Russian Ural Mountains on a pass called Dead Mountain, he began conducting his own investigation, interviewing dozes of people, studying government documents, and even retracing the hikers’ journey. In this book, he reveals his findings and the story of what happened on that fateful day in February 1959.
Out: October 22

The Best Of The Rest


The Book of Jezebel
(Grand Central, hardcover, $18)
By Anna Holmes, Kate Harding, and Amanda Hess
Jezebel made its debut on the news media scene in 2007, and within months, the feminist blog had a large fan base. By 2008, the New York Times ran a feature article on the website, and copycat sites began showing up all over the web. This pseudo-encyclopedia based on the site includes musings on fashion, sex, feminism, pop-culture, and more.
Out: October 22


The Goldfinch
(Little, Brown & Company, hardcover, $12)
By Donna Tartt
After losing both of his parents (his mother to death, his father to abandonment), Theo Decker is taken in by wealthy family friends, but he is haunted by a longing for his mother. The only thing that offers him solace is a small painting that reminds him of her, instilling in him an obsession with art. As an adult, Theo works at an antique store, which brings him into contact with a dangerous circle of people. Masterfully suspenseful, The Goldfinch is a tale of mystery, love, art, and identity.
Out: October 22

Sycamore Row 

Sycamore Row
(Doubleday, hardcover, $17)
By John Grisham
Twenty-five years ago, Grisham published A Time to Kill, which eventually became one of the most popular works of fiction of our time. In his newest novel, set three years later, we return to Ford County with protagonist Jake Brigance, as he must again face a legal mystery.
Out: October 22

We Are Water 

We Are Water
(Harper, hardcover, $18)
By Wally Lamb
The New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True has delivered a novel about love, marriage, and the undeniable need of human connection with We Are Water. Told from different characters’ points of view, this is a tale that explores the complex nature of family and our need to search for love and meaning in the world.
Out: October 22