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Austin360 recommended reads: Lydia Lunch, Laura Lippmann and Elvis

Joe Gross
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Lydia Lunch cir. 2019 [Contributed by Seven Stories Press]

Joe Gross here, books guy at the Austin American-Statesman. Every Tuesday, look for On the Shelf, a glance at what I am reading and what looks good.

Book I am reading:

“So Real It Hurts” by Lydia Lunch (Seven Stories Press, 2019). I have been a Lydia fan for about 30 years, first of her teenage caterwaul and the music she made, which has been alternatingly corrosive and chill, but always touched with menace. Never completely got into her as a spoken word performer, but I really enjoy her often-brutal essays, to which this is an excellent introduction and goes all the way to the Trump era.

Books out today (June 23) that looks promising:

“Lady in the Lake” by Laura Luppman (William Morrow, 2019). Lippman has become one of the premier crime novelists of our time, a new book by her is always an automatic flip-through. I look forward to flipping though this one.

"Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show" by Richard Zoglin (Simon & Schuster, 2019). Zoglin builds a really fun-looking history of Vegas entertainment around the final years of Elvis's life and his lets-call-it-controversial Vegas residency. 

Related: In "The Nickle Boys," Coslon Whitehead examines how Jim Crow haunts the present

Interesting-looking comics out tomorrow (July 24):

 “William Gibson’s Alien 3” by William Gibson, Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain (Dark Horse, 2019). Gibson wrote a lunatic draft of the “Alien 3” script. It was not produced; here is the next best (or even better?) thing.

“Tonta” by Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics, 2019). As the characters that have populated the Hernandez Brothers’ “Love and Rockets” (aka the bet American on-going comic book ever produced) age into their late 40s and early 50s, Jaime has introduced some younger folks, including this funny-looking gal, a minor character Jaime has taken a shine to. A must-buy, as always.

“House of X” #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz (Marvel, 2019). Super-star writer Jonathan Hickman takes over the X-Men, a gig he has wanted his entire life and promises a take on mutants we have never quite seen before. The hype surrounding this soft relaunch is deafening. Let’s see how he does.

What are YOU reading?