Staff Picks

Picks reviewed by the staff at the Last Bookstore.

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Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501125799
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

Have you read Eve Babitz? If so, have you wondered where's she's hiding? I have, and now Lili Anolik takes us along on her journey to discover what Eve Babitz is doing now and how she turned her real life into her fiction. It's an incredible look into the life of one of my favorite writers, as well as a look into the process of discovering her past and present. A must for Angelenos, Eve Babitz fans, and those who are fascinated by the creative process of biography creation.

Chosen by Katie

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You Know You Want This:
ISBN: 9781982101633
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - January 15th, 2019

The New Yorker short story "Cat Person" became a viral sensation, thanks to its unsettling story of a toxic hook-up between a young woman and a slightly older, emotionally stunted man. The story is so real that it had to be autobiography (it wasn't). Now, author Kristen Roupenian shows us what else she's got, with this dark, weird story collection. If you're looking for "Cat Person, Part 2," check out "The Good Guy," about a romantic manipulator born out of the "friend zone."

Chosen by Justin

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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 2008

The Name of the Wind is a story that has been told before. It's about a man's coming of age in a world full of magic, murder, and music. It's a hero's story. Or a villain depending on how you look at it. What Patrick Rothfuss has done, however, is take this age old trope and turn it into an epic fantasy masterpiece full of grit, emotion, and action.

Chosen by Nicole

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The Liars' Club: A Memoir (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Mary Karr, Lena Dunham (Foreword by), Brian Rea (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143107798
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 10th, 2015

The Liar's Club is at this point a classic of literary memoir, but considering the poetic deftness and raw honesty on display, I think it should be discussed even more. Mainly focusing on the author's coming of age in rural/backwoods Texas, Karr immediately enchants the reader with her unique voice and insights into a range of eccentric and sometimes violently dysfunctional characters. This one's for anyone who had a less than perfect upbringing but is open to finding something resonant in beautiful from the memories.

Chosen by Devon

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American Genius: A Comedy Cover Image
By Lynne Tillman, Lucy Ives (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781593763114
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Published: Soft Skull Press - February 12th, 2019

Eluding description even as it beguiles, this iconic art novel returns to the literary eye with a much-needed reissue. A mysterious woman in a mysterious facility reflects on private life and public image, blending ethics and aesthetics in a collage of intersectionality. (It's not dense or pretentious, either.) For fans of Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson and When the Sick Rule the World by Dodie Bellamy.

Chosen by Anthony S.

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ISBN: 9780802170767
Availability: Special Order
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - August 3rd, 2010

This action-packed whirlwind of a novel centers around Miro Basinas, cannasseur and aspiring botanist. After Miro wins the famed Cannabis World Cup in Amsterdam for a strain that tastes just like mangoes, chaos ensues. Wickedly funny for ganjaficionados and normies alike, Miro's tale of weed, murder, and revenge is a perfect fast-paced weed...I mean read.

Chosen by Kate

L.A. Confidential Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446674249
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 1997

James Ellroy's epic Los Angeles crime novel takes place in Downtown L.A. around the late 1950's and revolves around three LAPD police officers involved in a spiral of crime, corruption, doing the right thing to uphold the departments image and murder after a massacre at a downtown coffee shop. This is Ellroy's masterpiece of crime noir that is a must read for all mystery and crime fans.

Chosen by Arch

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By Rick Remender, Wes Craig (Artist)
ISBN: 9781534311459
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Published: Image Comics - November 27th, 2018

Being the new kid in school is never easy, but when it's at a school for assassins, it's even crazier. Marcus Lopez is a captivating protagonist because every single decision he makes is life and death. Matched with an awesome crew of supporting characters, this book is a blast. When you're done ready the first volume, don't worry! There are plenty more and even a TV show that just started. Class is in session!

Chosen by Quinn

Philip K. Dick (NBM Comics Biographies) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681121918
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Published: NBM Publishing - January 15th, 2019

There have been several biographies of Philip K. Dick, arguably the greatest science fiction writer in history, this is the first in comic form however. It touches on all the key points in his life with a wonderful interpretation of the infamous "fish" moment that changed the course his life forever & gave us such important works as VALIS & The Exegesis. This is essential for every true PKD fan.

Chosen by James

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By Knut Hamsun, Sverre Lyngstad (Translated by), Sverre Lyngstad (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141180649
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 1998

Madness taunts a starving writer as he looks for work, barely tolerates humankind,... and loses his pencil.

"Growth of the Soil" won Knut Hamsun the Nobel Prize for literature in 1920, however it is his novel "Hunger" which has influenced many of the 20th century's greatest writers (as well as many an unsung indigent intellectual). Henry Miller, Kafka, Fante, Singer, Gorky, Zweig, Bukowski, Mann,...all inspired by Hamsun.

From his use of inner monologue and stream of consciousness to his concentration on psychologically-based literary technique, "Hunger" is a masterwork by "the leader of the Neo-Romantic revolt at the turn of the century."

Chosen by Chon