Way We Walk, The: True Tales from a New Dark Age, By Jill Hoffman-Kowal, 104 pgs.

This one is billed as a novel and looks like an old-time pulp you might find on a spinning drugstore rack. Inside, Jill Hoffman-Kowal’s photography documents the beginning of the California punk scene. Every page yields a photo of familiar faces from 1977-1980, but from a new perspective: members of the Dead Kennedys, Avengers, the Screamers and more, at gigs and from angles even the most well-versed haven’t yet encountered. The market (if you wanna call it that) is jammed with rosy, nostalgic takes on punk’s early days, but this one, and its unique perspective, transcends the banality of the morass. Its raw immediacy is gripping—and you might say novel. –Michael T. Fournier (Cash Machine, cashmachine.la)