Best part of the job: I receive early copies of dozens of books each month--more than I could ever read--but I'm taking at least two of these while I'm in Florida next week with my family. Note: I cover culture at LA mag but am not a book critic--just an enthusiastic reader.
  1. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
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    The author of Cherry and The Liar's Club tells you how it's done. Out Sept 15
  2. Lost Canyon by Nina Revoyr
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    LA writer who wrote a great novel called Southland just published this literary thrillah about four backpackers who stumble upon a mysterious place called Lost Canyon and bad things happen TBD. Published 8/25.
  3. Let the People Rule by Geoffrey Cowan
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    T Rex, my fave president, and the story of his 1912 presidential campaign against Taft--which led to the primary madness we now love to hate in American politics. Came out in paperback Aug 25.
  4. The Social Sex, A History of Female Friendships by Marilyn Yalom
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    Didn't know until I read the book jacket that women were once considered "constitutionally unsuited for female friendship on the highest level." Right. Out Sept 22.
  5. A Beginner's Guide to Paradise by Alex Sheshunoff
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    So this guy really can answer the "movies/tv you'd take to a desert island." He ditched his own startup and moved to an island called Yap. AJ Jacobs wrote a glowing blurb on the book jacket. That's good enough for me. Just came out Sept 1.
  6. Women Crime Writers of the 1940s & 50s
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    Not sure when this came out--@MaryMeltonLA gave it to me. I'm a fan of Patricia Highsmith but not familiar with most of these others. Saving this two book, eight novel collection for Thanksgiving...