The dozen candidates hoping to be Boston’s next mayor have some reading to do.

Per a release issued today, “Turmoil and Transition in Boston,” a memoir by former city councilor and beloved political observer Larry DiCara, has hit the shelves of local bookstores and on-line retailers.

DiCara served on the council from 1971-1981, and ran unsuccessfully run for mayor in 1983. The book focuses primarily on the 1970s and 1980s, decades during which the city underwent significant demographic change and upheaval.

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Undoubtably one of the most-quoted observers of Boston politics, DiCara was momentarily thrust to the mayor’s race spotlight in July when, at a forum at The Palm restaurant, three of the current candidates named him as their favorite mayoral also-ran.

“Maybe you should have thrown your hat in the race,” a friend jested to DiCara after the forum, “since you’ve got all this support already lined up.”

The forum prompted a comical, if shortlived, “Draft Larry DiCara” movement on social media.

Even if DiCara will not be mounting a sticker campaign for mayor this fall, it is a safe bet that those who are in the runnning as well as the journalists covering the race (this reporter included) will be thumbing through his memoir.

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