Welcome to the new LA Times books newsletter – Los Angeles Times
Hello! Iâ€™m Carolyn Kellogg, book editor at the Los Angeles Times, and this is our shiny new newsletter. In it youâ€™ll find links to our coverage every week plus additional fun bookish stuff.Â
THE BIG STORY
Two major (mostly) Southern California novelists have new books: T.C. Boyle and Michael Connelly.
Connelly continues his Harry Bosch series with â€œThe Wrong Side of Goodbyeâ€ as Bosch, now retired, is picking up some freelance detective work to help pay for his daughterâ€™s college education. Would you believe me if I told you I ran into Connelly and his college-age daughter at a bookstore just this week? It was a surprise, because Connelly now lives in Florida; Bosch, however, remains an Angeleno, and the story follows a cold case and an investigation instigated by a Pasadena billionaire.
The inspiration for Boyleâ€™s new novel â€œThe Terranautsâ€Â was the ill-fated BioSphere 2 experiment in the Arizona desert. His fictional version pits true believers against those with more muddy motivations, all trapped under glass in an ecosystem thatâ€™s supposed to be self-sustaining for two years. â€œBoyle is offering an honest picture of humanity here, particularly the sort of humanity that gets involved in such a plainly romantic enterprise,â€ writes our reviewer Michelle Dean.
A FUN TOUR
The popular website Atlas Obscura has cataloged more than 5,000 unusual, beautifulÂ and intriguing places; for its first book, its creators whittled the total down to about 700. Co-author and co-founder Dylan Thuras was in L.A. for an â€œAtlas Obscuraâ€ book signing and joined us to visit a couple of unique, and somewhat creepy, Los Angeles sites, including Prey Taxidermy and the L.A. County Coronerâ€™s gift shop, Skeletons in the Closet. Thuras doesnâ€™t just want people to make checklists of the offbeat and enticing; he wants them to embrace exploration in a real way. Donâ€™t miss the video.
— Nell Zinkâ€™s novel â€œNicotineâ€ satirizes contemporary activists by imagining a houseful of smokers; our reviewer A. N. Devers finds the book moving and addictive.
— Love, Icelandically: OddnÃ½ Eir is operating in the compelling blurry area between fiction and memoir. Her book â€œLand of Love and Ruinsâ€ is from the independent press Restless Books and, as Justin Taylor writes in our review, contains a solitude less reticent, less chastened than literary cousins W.G. Sebald and Teju Cole.
THE BOSS AND THE DONALD
How is it that Bruce Springsteen fans have made Donald Trump their hero? The New Jersey rocker has sung songs of working men â€” in, for example â€œYoungstownâ€ â€”Â but the people who live there have politics very different from his. The L.A. Timesâ€™ Jeffrey Fleishman goes to Ohio to explore the dichotomy in the weeks before the presidential election.
Topping our nonfiction bestseller list this week is Springsteenâ€™s memoir â€œBorn to Run,â€ now in its fourth week on the list. Here’s our review by Randy Lewis, and hereâ€™s our bestseller listÂ too.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
As the newsletter changes, Iâ€™d like to hear your thoughts. Just e-mail Carolyn.Kellogg@latimes.com.
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