| Jan 17, 2011
| 9:41 AM
"The Story of Martin Luther King Jr." (2002)
By Johnny Ray Moore, illustrated by Amy Wummer
Ideals, 21 pages, $6.95
The life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. in easy-to-understand language for small children.
"Martin's Big Words: The...
| Jan 19, 2011
Dale Fetherling, an author and editor who helped create The Times' San Diego County edition in 1978 and guided it through its closure in 1992 during an economic downturn, died Tuesday at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Diego of complications following...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 1:36 PM
"The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama"
By David Remnick
Alfred A. Knopf, 656 pages, $29.95
Reviewed by Kevin Boyle
By March 7, 1965 John Lewis had been in hundreds of civil rights campaigns. But from the moment he led the six hundred...
| Oct 22, 2010
| 2:36 PM
"Grant Wood: A Life"
By R. Tripp Evans
Knopf, $37.50, 432 pages
Controversy attended Grant Wood's iconic and enigmatic painting "American Gothic" from its first public viewing, a juried exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930. The depiction...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 5:36 PM
"Muriel Spark: The Biography"
By Martin Stannard
W.W. Norton. 656 pages. $35
By nearly any measure Muriel Spark was a major 20th-century writer -- of longer fiction (twenty two novels); short fiction (sixty+ stories, published and republished in six...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 5:41 PM
"Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
By Alan Brinkley
Oxford University Press, $12.95, 129 pages
FDR At a time of crisis in the American economy, one critic of federal programs charges the administration with stumbling "into philosophies which lead to the...
| Oct 31, 2010
It's a peculiar person — if not an unabashed sadist — who takes pleasure in someone's stuttering, particularly at a public event. Yet when filmmaker Tom Hooper heard that Colin Firth couldn't stop stammering while accepting an acting honor for...
| Oct 31, 2010
The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl
Simon & Schuster: 658 pp., $30
I was sitting on an airplane with a copy of "Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl" when an elegant woman in the seat next to me murmured,...
| May 28, 2012
| 7:55 AM
Dan P. McAdams
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George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream: A Psychological Portrait (Inner Lives)
George W. Bush remains a highly controversial figure, a man for whom millions of Americans have very strong feelings. Dan...
| Nov 2, 2010
| 4:18 PM
While TV pundits are still tripping over their tongues to make sense of Tuesday's vote, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church is taking a longer look at the influence of religion on American political life from Revolutionary times to the present.
| Nov 3, 2010
Some years ago, I shared a barber with the late Mel Tormé. It was a small, low-key shop where the talk was usually sports and the music on the radio was always jazz or vocals from the American Songbook.
One morning, Tormé and I found ourselves pausing...