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The Reading List: September ’11

 Fiction   Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts (5-Spot, paperback, $14) By Claire LaZebnik  Treat your literary sweet tooth to this L.A. author’s story of a crazy, collapsing family of eccentrics and...

The Reading List: August ’11

 Fiction A Pleasure to Burn: Farenheit 451 Stories (Harper Perennial, paperback, $15) By Ray Bradbury Most people know Bradbury’s essential classic, but not as many are familiar with its literary...

The Reading List: June ’11

 The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies -- How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as True (Times Books, hardcover, $28)By Michael ShermerThe skeptic, psychologist,...

The Reading List: May ’11

 Along the Cherry Lane: Tales from the Life of Music Industry Legend Milton Okun (Hal Leonard Corporation, hardcover, $25)By Richard Sparks and Milt OkunHe launched John Denver, created arrangements...

The Reading List: April ’11

 Compression & Purity(City Lights, paperback $14)By Will AlexanderThis new volume from the L.A.-based African American poet includes an autobiographical, lyrical essay about how jazz and surrealism affected the evolution...

The Reading List: March ’11

 The Book of Want  (University of Arizona Press, paperback, $17) By Daniel Olivas The L.A. author the short story collection Anywhere but L.A. (2009) weaves an enchanting tapestry...

The Reading List: February ’11

American Idol: The Untold Story (Hyperion, hardcover, $25) By Richard Rushfield For Idol-izing fans -- the former L.A. Times reporter chronicles the show’s history...

The Reading List: January ’11

Democracy Burning?: Urban Fire Departments and the Limits of Civil Society in Late Imperial Russia, 1850-1914 (McGill-Queen's University Press, hardcover, $95) By Nigel Raab...