The Reading List: November ’11

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

 
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Fever Dream
(Poisoned Pen, paperback, $15)
By Dennis Palumbo
The L.A. writer’s second Daniel Rinaldi book, set about a year after the events of the first, finds the Pittsburgh trauma expert investigating a deadly bank robbery.
Out: Nov 1

 
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The Marbled Swarm
(Harper Perennial, paperback, $15)
By Dennis Cooper
A nameless narrator navigates a warped world in this sexually intense mystery from the L.A. writer and cult favorite.
Out: Nov 1

 
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Legend
(Putnam, hardcover, $18)
By Marie Lu
A futuristic, war-torn Los Angeles is the setting for this dystopic sci-fi debut centering on two very different 15-year-old kids.
Out: Nov 29

 
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You’re (Not) The One: A Novel
(Plume, paperback, $15)
By Alexandra Potter
The best-selling author tests the power of a kiss in this contemporary romance.
Out: Nov 29

 
 

Nonfiction

 
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The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years
(PublicAffairs, hardcover, $22)
By Greil Marcus
This is a music critic’s, not a biographer’s, take on the controversial L.A. band—a case for their music and its relation to this city.
Out: Nov 1

 
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Unreal Estate: Money, Ambition, and the Lust for Land in Los Angeles
(Broadway, hardcover, $30)
By Michael Gross
Sexy and sordid stories fill this survey of L.A.’s wealthiest, most private districts. Check out our review in the November issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Nov 1

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The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $40)
By Philip K. Dick; edited by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem
This abridgement of the sci-fi master’s final work—a massive, visionary, thousand-page tome—presents a man who, as Lethem writes, “lived among us, and was a genius.”
Out: Nov 7

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The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.
(Doubleday, hardcover, $28)
By Jonathan Lethem
This fat, eclectic collection of writings new and old from the Pomona College professor—thoughts, essays, fiction—serve as his own postmodern version of a memoir.
Out: Nov 8

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Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation
(W. W. Norton, hardcover, $75)
By David Naylor
Los Angeles makes an appearance in this visual history of American railroad stations.
Out: Nov 14

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Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain
(Ecco, hardcover, $28)
By Michael S. Gazzaniga
Does free will really exist, or are we at the mercy of purely physical processes? Leading cognitive neuroscientist and UCSB professor Michael Gazzaniga weighs in on this centuries-old debate with his own unorthodox views, backed up by the latest in scientific research. 
Out: Nov 15

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Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California
(Getty, hardcover, $60)
Edited by Leah Lehmbeck
This illustrated history of printmaking in Southern California focuses on its influence on post-war art.
Out: Nov 30

 
 

Biography

 
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Unraveling Anne
(AmazonEncore, paperback, $15)
By Laurel Saville
A daughter traces her mother’s tragic personal and professional trajectory in mid-century Los Angeles. 
Out: Nov 1

 
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Artful Lives: Edward Weston, Margrethe Mather, and the Bohemians of Los Angeles  
(Getty, hardcover, $40)
By Beth Gates Warren
Ten years of research culminate in this dual biography of two photographic artists living in early-century Los Angeles—one who made it big, another who fell into obscurity.
Out: Nov 8

 
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Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life
(Scribner, hardcover, $26)
By Ann Beattie
The acclaimed short story writer switches between fact and fiction in this unusual quasi-biography of Pat Nixon, who grew up in Los Angeles.
Out: Nov 15

 
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Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
(Doubleday, hardcover, $27)
By Richard Rhodes
Without Hedy Lamarr, the bombshell Austrian-American actress, we wouldn’t have cell phones. Find out why in this illuminating biography from the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.
Out: Nov 29

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This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl
(Da Capo Press, hardcover, $27)
By Paul Brannigan
They say he’s “The Nicest Man in Rock.” Find out for yourself in this first-ever biography.
Out: Nov 29

 
 

Memoir

 
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Drinking with Strangers: Music Lessons from a Teenage Bullet Belt
(William Morrow, hardcover, $26)
By Butch Walker and Matt Diehl
The big-shot music producer—recognize names like Weezer, Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, and Pink?—shares the behind-the-scenes story of his topsy-turvy but triumphant career.
Out: Oct 25

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Blue Nights
(Knopf, hardcover, $25)
By Joan Didion
The gifted writer and L.A. treasure remembers the too-short life of her adopted daughter in this follow-up to 2005’s National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking. Check out our review in the November issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Nov 1

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The Garner Files: A Memoir
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $26)
By James Garner and Jon Winokur
Julie Andrews, Garner’s co-star in Victor Victoria, writes the introduction to this story-filled memoir from the beloved TV and film star.
Out: Nov 1

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Heart of Iron: My Journey from Transplant Patient to Ironman Triathlete 
(Chicago Review Press, hardcover, $25)
By Kyle Garlett
If that title weren’t inspirational enough, consider his other accomplishments: four-time cancer survivor, author, motivational speaker, Olympic torch bearer, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year for Greater Los Angeles.
Out: Nov 1

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Learning to Live Out Loud: A Memoir
(Crown Archetype, hardcover, $25)
By Piper Laurie
The three-time Oscar nominee traces her career in the spotlight, from her early days at Universal Studios to her breakout years later in more serious screen and stage fare.
Out: Nov 1

 
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Shockaholic
(Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $22)
By Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia opens up about her obsession with electro-convulsive shock therapy and other wild topics in this—wait for it—shocking confessional.
Out: Nov 1

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Conversations and Cosmopolitans: Awkward Moments, Mixed Drinks, and How a Mother and Son Finally Shared Who They Really Are
(St. Martin’s Griffin, paperback, $15)
By Robert Rave and Jane Rave
Robert’s coming-out changes the dynamic of his relationship with his mother in this back-and-forth mother-son memoir. 
Out: Nov 8

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Then Again
(Random House, hardcover, $26)
By Diane Keaton
This memoir from the Academy Award-winning actress focuses on her complicated relationship with her mother, Dorothy Hall. Check out our review in the December issue of Los Angeles magazine.
Out: Nov 15

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Mr. CSI: How a Vegas Dreamer Made a Killing in Hollywood, One Body at a Time 
(Harper, hardcover, $27)
By Anthony E. Zuiker
The creator of CSI, one of the most popular TV shows in the world, explores his father’s death and his own unlikely rise in Hollywood.
Out: Nov 22