Your holiday gift book guide for every kind of reader: mystery, history, sci-fi and more
So many books, so little column space! Here’s a speed round of SoCal literary holiday gifts for everyone on your list.
THE AMATEUR DETECTIVE
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly: The writer’s fans must have been nice this year. Santa brought us a new Harry Bosch crime novel from the New York Times-bestselling author and honorary Angeleno.
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America’s Greatest Unsolved Murder by Piu Eatwell. Hollywood’s most famous cold case gets revisited with new clues and new evidence.
THE HISTORY BUFF
The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch: Los Angeles author Fitch (“White Oleander,” “Paint it Black”) has written a beautiful, cinematic novel about a woman coming of age in extraordinary times during the Russian Revolution. Hollywood, take note.
Grant by Ron Chernow: Even with his Pulitzer Prize, Chernow may be best known as the biographer who inspired the Broadway musical and Pantages phenomenon, “Hamilton.” He’s back with this brilliantly researched portrait of another compelling American historical figure.
THE SCIENCE GEEK
Artemis by Andy Weir: Californian Weir’s first book, “The Martian,” became a bestselling novel and a feature film starring Matt Damon. Not bad for a book that was originally self-published. His new novel is smart, funny, fast-paced science fiction set in a lunar colony.
THE ARTIST SOUL
Building Art: The Life & Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger: L.A. has this world-renowned architect to thank for the Binoculars Building on the Westside and downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pulitzer Prize-wining architectural critic Goldberger delivers the quintessential biography of the man known for transforming architecture into art.
Ed Ruscha: Extremes and In-Betweens by Yve-Alain Bois and Ben Eastham: Legendary Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha is a man of many words when it comes to his art, and this new collection of recent works focuses on typographical and cinematic codes, […]