| Jul 13, 2011
| 12:52 PM
Say "Zen," and you may think of rocks, raked sand and temple bells. But if you tune into the first of three "Zen" episodes on Sunday, July 17, on PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" it's more like wine, pasta and death knells.
Shot in and around Rome (where...
| Jul 17, 2011
| 12:42 PM
If you want a little mid-summer escape via TV the next three Sunday nights, check out the new PBS mystery series, "Zen," starring Rufus Sewell.
I watched all three that were made available for preview, but I love TV mysteries.
And I have to say that...
| Jul 24, 2011
Marcel Proust, the great author of memory, gets a swift kick in the pants in Dan Simmons' latest novel of an apocalyptic future, "Flashback" (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown: 560 pp., $27.99). Remember all that stuff Proust wrote about memories returning to...
| Jul 31, 2011
Penguin: 256 pp., $15 paper
Longtime novelist Sheila Kohler had a breakthrough popular hit with 2009's "Becoming Jane Eyre," in which she imagined her way into the life of beloved gothic novelist Charlotte Brontė....
| Aug 7, 2011
The Mostly True Story of Jack
Little, Brown: 323 pp., $16.99, ages 8 and up
Fantastical middle-grade mysteries have long been populated with protagonists confronted with evildoing and tasked with righting wrongs. A negligent...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 5:15 PM
The pungent, haunting narrative of Laura Lippman's new novel, "The Most Dangerous Thing," kicks in with a group of kids arguing for dibs on a grassy kickball field near a cotton mill on "Wetheredsville Road."
The whole scene sounds like a cozy...
| Aug 17, 2011
| 10:35 AM
In BBC America's absorbing series, "The Hour" (9 p.m. Aug. 17; 3.5 stars), a group of TV journalists in 1956 London launches a new kind of BBC news program (think a live "60 Minutes") that hopes to report honestly about—not to—the British...
| Sep 4, 2011
In 1937, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay came close to refusing an honorary degree from New York University when she learned she had been excluded from a reception for male recipients of the doctorate at the Waldorf-Astoria and instead was to have a quiet...
| Sep 4, 2011
The Books & Books store that opened a few months ago at the Museum of Art has brought a much-needed addition to the area. Downtown Fort Lauderdale hasn't had a bookstore since Liberties closed a decade ago. Now Books & Books, an offshoot of the main store...
| Sep 4, 2011
'Lassiter' By Paul Levine. Bantam, 304 pages, $25
Paul Levine brings a certain symmetry to "Lassiter," marking the return of Miami Dolphins linebacker turned hard-nosed lawyer Jake Lassiter.
Levine's series launched in 1990 with "To Speak for the Dead,"...
| Sep 22, 2011
If you've ever enjoyed a baked potato or an order of French fries, you have Peru to thank. Of course, we all learned in school that the potato came from Peru and that people there enjoy a gazillion different varieties. Anything more about Peruvian...