FALL - STAFF PICKS
It's finally here, BOOK SEASON! Where books are fresh off-the-vine and toppling off the shelves. Literally every book that is going to be THAT book will be coming out in the next three months so keep your eyes peeled and your wallets open!
the big ones
by Dr. Lucy Jones
Hey Angelenos! Are we all inevitably going to perish in a ground-sundering earthquake sometime in the foreseeable future? Yes. But are there also basic precautions and legislation we can take to save some of us? Absolutely. Dr. Lucy Jones unravels the science and history behind the planets biggest catastrophes and what should be done about them.
Home After Dark
by David Small
Chilling and spectral...Home After Dark chronicles the many small brutalities young men are capable of when they're desperate to just fit in.
Oh. And the art is stunning.
by Lisa Taddeo
Is this a sweeping biography of sexual and romantic desires all across America? Lol, no. What it IS, however, is the gripping, exquisitely written, often cathartic stories of three individual women in distressingly normal circumstances. A fast read!
THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING
by Carson McCullers
A coming-of-age story as quick and bitter as a double shot of espresso. McCullers southern gothic novella trails the journey of Frankie as she yearns, desperately and violently, to just be a part of something, anything.
Green Lantern: InterGalactic Lawmen
by Grant Morrison & Liam Sharp
Grant Morrison brings his multi-versal talents to this highly anticipated G.L. series. More Lensman than superhero, we find Hal Jordan back on the galactic patrol beat as a great conspiracy threatens not only his sector but THE VERY FABRIC OF REALITY!!! Great fun.
THE PECULIAR PIG
by Joy Steverwald
What do you get when a pen full of piglets discover a puppy in their midst one morning? One of the most adorable stories of acceptance and differences I have ever laid my eyes on. My soul left my head because of how cute it was. Don't worry. It went back in my skull for this review.
by Clarice Lispector
Feverish, Hallucinatory, Reality bending...Then when I felt better, I read this wonderful collection of Brazil's most celebrated surrealist writer. Her eyes did me in. Literary magic in the vein of Borges. No, there is no one like her. True original.
by Jim Dodge
An alchemical Once and Future King meets the darkside of 1970s trucker America. It was this book that inspired me to learn the tarot and the secret school. One helluva read.
Go Ahead in the Rain
by Hanif Abdurraqib
I am a big Hanif Abdurraqib fan, so I had to pick this up despite never having really listened to A Tribe Called Quest. (I realize this is embarrassing. Don't @ me.) It is a thoughtful and touching collection of personal essays and letters about Tribe and 90's hip-hop from someone who looooves them.
LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME
by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero O'Connell
Graphic novels about GROWING UP have really been BLOWING UP lately ;-), and this is one of the best examples I've seen so far. Anyway, it's a tender story about learning how to be in (and out of) relationships with really lovely drawings. (incl. beautiful shiny hair!)
by Octavia Butler
IMO this is the place to start with Octavia Butler. The short form allows for a survey of some really good sci-fi concepts. Plus Bloodchild is a must-read of gross and emotional alien-bug fiction.
by Chris Ware
Oof!! We've got it in folks: Chris Ware's magnum opus of form, i.e. a wrapped board game box full of comics, maps and doo-dads. It's several books for the price of one box! Chris Ware lives up to his pretension in this one! <3
Your House Will Pay
by Steph Cha (pub. date Oct. 15)
Cha’s book is a very significant one, based on the 1991 murder of Latasha Harlins, an African-American teenager, by Korean born convenience store owner Soon Ja Du, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served no jail time. This is a book that MUST be read and yes, Steph Cha is a Chevalier’s favorite human and author and we’re proud to know her.
THE WATER DANCER
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first novel. Profound, important, lyrical, a must read. As vivid and urgent as any of Ta-Nehisi Coates nonfiction works.
Chevalier’s is honored to be co-hosting an event with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday, October 17th at the West Angeles Cathedral. For tickets go here.
by Karin Fossum
Any of you who know me know I’m a huge fan of the Norwegian mystery writer Karin Fossum. She is a genius at dark psychological thrillers, with more care to the perps and victims than the cops. If you like mysteries, please, please read her books. This is one of her best. Heart wrenching.
by Jason Lutes
Yeah, I’m obsessed with the Weimar Republic and graphic lit. And this is brilliant. After 20 years in the making Jason Lutes has captured visually and with words the horror that is Berlin 1928-33.
IN THE VALLEY OF THE GREAT BEYOND
by John Zada
THE BIGFOOT BOOK (that’s also about ghost towns, cursed valleys, terrifying bear encounters, nature conservation, the perils of big oil, how sound works, how the brain works, First Nations tribes, a travelogue, a meditation, + more).
by Charles Fleming
My FAVORITE Los Angeles book. Get ready to go on some amazing Huell Howser-esque adventures! Because of this book, I’ve explored the LA River, walked around an empty Dodgers Stadium, and visited the Great Wall of Los Angeles.
CONAN DOYLE FOR THE DEFENSE
by Margalit Fox
One of the great books I’ve read for Non-Fiction Book Club (we meet every month, check it out)! 1908. Glasgow. Oscar Slater, a Jewish immigrant, is wrongfully convicted of murdering the wealthy Marion Gilchrist. Arthur Conan Doyle, using all sorts of detective techniques (which he developed crafting his Sherlock Holmes stories), comes to Slater's aid.
by Annie Boyd Rioux
A historical and critical analysis about all things Little Women. The chapter “Can Boys Read Little Women?” is essential reading (spoiler: the answer is YES THEY CAN AND SHOULD).
by Alec Nevala-Lee
An engrossing history of the early years of American science fiction. But the best part are the chapters detailing L. Ron Hubbard's transformation from marginally talented pulp writer to Dianetics/Scientology guru.
THE STOIC CHALLENGE
by William B. Irvine
The title really says it all. I've read a lot of self-help books in my day. This is the only one that makes sense and truly works. Read it twice.
by Lisa Higgins & Gregory B Paul
Explore the amazing nature in and around Los Angeles with this versatile and profusely illustrated guidebook.
by Marcus Aurelius
Surprisingly timely and practical life advice - in the Stoic tradition - from the great 2nd Century Roman emperor.
An ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES
by John Green
An Abundance of Katherines, written by John Green is a hilarious, emotional novel about surviving heartache. This book will have you laughing, crying, and smiling to yourself days later.
by Francesca Lia Block
Weetzie Bat is a bold, vibrant novel about growing up in Los Angeles in the 80's. Block makes LA feel weird, and alive, and totally magical. Not only is the book both entertaining and joyful, it also helped me appreciate my hometown more.
by Lin-Minuel Miranda
Gmorning, Gnight! is a hopeful way to start and end your day. This book keeps your head up and your attitude positive.