Her Story

Fall welcomes a fresh trove of biographical material written by women about women, including one from a cinematic icon and another from a “runaway” rock star.

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    Darren Elms

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse

by Mimi Thorisson

Crown Publishing Group

With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, Thorisson transports readers to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking. Releases October 28.


Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: My Life as a Fairy Tale

By Sophia Loren

Atria Books

In her first memoir, Academy Award–winning actress Sophia Loren tells her incred-ible life story—from the struggles of her childhood in war-torn Naples to her life as a screen legend, icon of elegance and devoted mother. Releases December 2.


When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions

by Sue Monk Kidd

HarperCollins Publishers

From the best-selling author of The Secret Life of Bees, an inspiring autobiographical account of personal pain, spiritual awakening and divine grace. Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of “active waiting.” Releases September 23.


Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

by Alison Weir

Random House Publishing Group

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York—Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother—spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods.


Living Like a Runaway: A Memoir

by Lita Ford

HarperCollins Publishers

The legendary former lead guitarist of The Runaways—“heavy metal’s leading female rocker” (Rolling Stone)—opens up about the ’70s and ’80s music scene and her extraordinary life and career in this long-awaited, emotionally powerful mem-oir. Releases November 11.

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Paradise Lost: The Rise & Fall of Surfridge

As LAX and local residents dispute proposed runway expansions, another neighborhood on the fringe of the airport comes to mind—one that, sadly, no longer exists. Beginning in the 1960s, LAX growth slowly eclipsed an enclave of beautiful homes overlooking Dockweiler Beach in El Segundo, leaving behind the ghostly remains of a forgotten community. We revisit the Surfridge neighborhood more than 30 years after its demise with this cautionary tale of progress, heartbreak and
a faint a glimmer of hope.

Fashion, People

Silver Spur Road

The commercial hub at the crest of Rolling Hills is also the tops when it comes to great retail, food and more. Here’s a sampling of some of the treasures we mined on old Silver Spur.

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