Books

  • Oakland Native

    - Tommy Orange’s dazzling debut novel, “There There,” explores the lives of native Americans in Oakland. T.J. Stiles reviews this hotly-anticipated read.
"There There" by Tommy Orange, 278 pages, Knopf, $25.95.
BOOKS

Fall Book Picks

Alta’s partners at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena recommend books by California authors and on California subjects, with reviews by Roman's (well-read) staff members.

Latin music album covers
COURTESY OF IDELSOHN SOCIETY FOR MUSICAL PRESERVATION ARCHIVE
BOOKS

L.A.’s Latin Love

“The Tide is High” is an incomplete history of Latino music in Southern California — and that’s part of its appeal. Gustavo Arellano reviews a new — and impossible — book.

REVIEWS

Quick Picks

Alta’s partners at Book Passage in the Bay Area recommend books by California authors and on California subjects, with reviews by Book Passage staff members.

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.
CHLOE AFTEL
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Women in Prison

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.

Founder and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
GILBERT CARRASQUILLO/GETTY IMAGES
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Fake Blood

Was blood-testing company Theranos an ambitious startup gone very wrong — or was it an elaborate scam? John Carreyrou’s new book, “Bad Blood,” examines Silicon Valley’s most notable recent flameout.

Eve Babitz first gained notoriety by playing chess in the nude with Marcel Duchamp at the artist’s 1963 retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum.
©1963 JULIAN WASSER
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All About Eve

With the re-release of "Black Swans: Stories" Los Angeles author and artist Eve Babitz is reestablished as a major West Coast literary icon.