April 20, 2018

Las Vegas Reads | ALA 2014 Preview

ljx140601webALAread1Whether you’re gearing up for your trip or looking for some airplane reading (or watching) and ARC alternatives, there are far more location-themed titles to choose from than the iconic Leaving Las Vegas or Ocean’s Eleven (either version).

ljx140601webALAread2bLiterary Fiction

  • Bell, Madison Smartt. The Color of Night. Vintage. 2011.
  • Bock, Chuck. Beautiful Children. Random. 2008.
  • Griffin, Shaun T. The River Underground: An Anthology of Nevada Fiction. Univ. of Nevada. (Western Literature). 2001.
  • Pronzini, Bill. The Other Side of Silence. Walker. 2008.
  • Watkins, Claire Vaye. Battleborn. Riverhead. 2012.


  • Denton, Sally and Roger Morris. The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America, 1947–2000. Vintage. 2001.
  • Gragg, Larry. Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture. Univ. Pr. of Kansas. (Cultureamerica). 2013.
  • McManus, James. Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker. Picador. 2003.
  • O’Brien, Matthew. Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas. Huntington. (Travel Holiday Guides). 2007.
  • Schumacher, Geoff. Sun, Sin and Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas. Stephens Pr. 2004.


  • Dunne, John Gregory. Vegas: A Memoir of a Dark Season. Random. 1974.
  • Marafioti, Oksana. American Gypsy. Farrar. 2012.
  • Rayner, Beth. Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling. Random. 2012. (Now a movie starring Bruce Willis.)
  • Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Vintage. 1972.
  • Wilkerson, W.R., III. The Man Who Invented Las Vegas. Ciro’s Bks. 2000.


  • Brust, Steven & Skyler White. The Incrementalists. Tor. 2013.
  • De La Cruz, Melissa. Frozen. Putnam Juvenile. (Heart of Dread). 2013.
  • Lu, Marie. Prodigy: A Legend Novel. Putnam Juvenile. 2013.
  • Pierce, Todd James & Jarret Keene, eds. Dead Neon: Tales of Near-Future Las Vegas. Univ. of Nevada. (West Word Fiction). 2010.
  • Powers, Tim. Last Call. Morrow. 1992.


  • Abani, Chris. The Secret History of Las Vegas. Penguin. 2014.
  • Connelly, Michael. Void Moon. Vision. 1999.
  • Coonts, Deborah. Wanna Get Lucky? Forge. (Lucky O’Toole Las Vegas Adventures). 2010.
  • Ewan, Chris. The Good Thief’s Guide to Vegas. Macmillan. 2010.
  • Swain, James. Grift Sense. Ballantine. 2001.


  • Ellis, Ann Dee. The End or Something Like That. Dial. 2014.
  • Hautman, Pete. All-In.S. & S. Books for Young Readers. 2007.
  • Hopkins, Ellen. Tricks. Margaret K. McElderry. 2009.
  • Kirov, Eric. Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. 2009.
  • Kogler, Jennifer Anne. Ruby Tuesday. HarperTeen. 2005.

With thanks to LJ staff; Las Vegas–Clark County Library District selectors; and Michael Green (history, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas).

This article was published in Library Journal's June 1, 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.