The Reading List: March ’13

Every month compiles titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here, arranged by genre, are some highlights

The Walking: A Novel
By Laleh Khadivi       
(Bloomsbury USA, hardcover, $26)     
Khadivi’s second novel follows two brothers as they flee Iran. They’re ultimately parted, with one brother arriving in Los Angeles to start a new life.
Out: Mar.5


Elders: A Novel
By Ryan McIlvain
(Hogarth, hardcover, $26)
McIlvain, a former Mormon, gives an insightful look into the religious community through the friendship of two young missionaries in Brazil as they confront faith, doubt, and each other. 
Out: Mar. 5


The Boyfriend
By Thomas Perry
(Mysterious Press, hardcover, $25)    
Retired LAPD homicide detective Jack Till goes back on the job when a young woman who was working as an escort turns up dead—and she won’t be the only one.
Out: Mar. 5


Mary Coin
By Marissa Silver
(Blue Rider Press, hardcover, $27)  
Silver imagines the life of the woman immortalized in Dorothea Lange’s famous photograph Migrant Mother, telling the story through three female characters’ eyes. Check out our author profile in the March issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Mar.7


The Five Acts of Diego Leon: A Novel
By Alex Espinoza      
(Random House, hardcover, $26)
Hollywood at the advent of the talkies in the 1920s serves as the setting for Diego’s rise to fame as an actor as he tries to escape his past. Check out our review in the March issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Mar.19

Memoir and Biography

The House of Redgrave: The Lives of a Theatrical Dynasty
By Tim Adler   
(Aurum Press, hardcover, $30)
The lives of members of the famous and infamous British dynasty are detailed in this biography—with all their glories and tragedies. 
Out: Mar.1


It Takes Balls: Single Moms, Strip Clubs, and Other Confessions from an Unprepared Dad
By Josh Wolf    
(Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $26)        
Yet another Chelsea Lately star to pen a book this year, Wolf presents a collection of essays hilariously showing his struggles as a single dad.
Out: Mar.19

Art and Photography

If You Knew Me You Would Care
Edited by ZainabSalbi and photographed by RennioMalfredi
(powerHouse Books, hardcover, $65)    
This collaboration between Salbi and Maifredi has produced a volume of interviews and photographs of women around the world who exemplify what it means to be a female survivor. Check out our review in the March issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Mar.5