| Nov 30, 2011
The Age of Movies
The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
Edited by Sanford Schwartz
Library of America, $40
Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best.
| Dec 16, 2011
| 2:58 PM
As 2011 comes to a close, we take a minute to reflect on the year's best in the world of publishing. Here is the list of our favorites, all published this year:
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
This gorgeous novel portrays the whirlwind...
| 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...
| Jul 3, 2011
The idea of caring for the environment seems to be easier to get across to kids than to adults. Many adults just think the world is too complicated. "What difference does one light bulb or one plastic water bottle make in the wide world?" they think.
| Jul 9, 2011
| 2:28 PM
"Fabulous! A Portrait of Andy Warhol"
By Bonnie Christensen
Henry Holt, $16.99, ages 8-11
The cover images and end pages show Andy Warhol's most famous images — Campbell's Soup cans, for instance — but Bonnie Christensen's words concentrate...
| Jul 17, 2011
Rebels in Paradise
The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s
Henry Holt: 288 pp., $27
After decades of neglect, Los Angeles art history is a hot topic. The most immediate reason is "Pacific Standard Time: L.A. Art 1945-1980," an...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 11:37 AM
'A Cat Like That'
By Wendy Wahman
Henry Holt, $16.99, ages 3-5
Often, when children think of a pet, they think of appearance, as in "a cat like that." Suppose that a cat, like that, has its own ideas of how its "best friend in the whole wide world"...
| Aug 14, 2011
The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America
Henry Holt: 368 pp., $30
From April to October 1919, a wave of racial violence swept across the United States. A bloody series of at least 52 lynchings and 25 major...
| 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...