| Jan 25, 2012
As we pored over the transcripts of the newly declassified John F. Kennedy recordings—45 of the 248 hours of taped conversations during his White House years—our thoughts turned immediately to social media.
Most of us aren't tweeting about...
| Feb 15, 2012
Sometime around the spring of junior year — in the midst of ACT prepping and driver's license procuring and prom planning — I fell in love. Hard.
Not with my prom date, fortunately. (He wore a top hat. And, later, makeup.) No, the object of...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 10:19 PM
If you haven't met before, I'd like to introduce you to the Michael L. Printz Award. For readers familiar with the Newberry Medal (for children's literature), the Printz Award is the equivalent in the teen category.
The Printz is awarded by the...
| Nov 8, 2011
The burning question, one that keeps some of us awake at night, say, after a long day of chasing down a little someone's runaway math book, searching high and low for a soccer ball, throwing up your hands at the latest missing T-shirt, is this:
| Nov 18, 2011
| 2:18 PM
As World War I drew to a close in late 1918, the noted black author and activist James Weldon Johnson posed the issue that was on the minds of many African-Americans: Would their support for the war effort, on the battlefields of Europe and in the...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 3:30 PM
It's dangerous to begin a biography with what amounts to an advertisement for oneself. "Someone else could cobble together a so-so version of your life just by mining what's stored in library boxes and electronic files," Charles J. Shields writes in the...
| Jul 26, 2011
"Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s" is a smart, entertaining romp....
| Feb 28, 2008
NEW YORK, (February 28, 2008) Maxine Hong Kingston has been named the winner of the 28th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.
The award was announced tonight along with the names of the 45 finalists for...
| Mar 13, 2011
The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War
Deb Olin Unferth
Henry Holt: 212 pp., $24
In the 1980s, Central America was astir with civil unrest, in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua. While nation-states and their proxies intervened...
| Feb 6, 2011
The View from Lazy Point
A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
Henry Holt: 416 pp., $30
"The View from Lazy Point" is a naturalist's notebook, a record of a year at Carl Safina's home on the Sound side of eastern Long Island, north of...
| Feb 20, 2011
"The guy looks tough, setting off my internal alert. Everyone knows a guiding principle of underclassman survival is identifying dangerous upperclassmen." (from "Leverage")
"We're losers together. We don't care. We're like freedom fighters. We'...