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  • Upbeat mood at Book Expo America

    Upbeat mood at Book Expo America
    — What makes Jane Fonda say "wow"? A bigger-than-capacity crowd of more than 200 booksellers waiting to hear about her latest, "Prime Time: Creating a Great Third Act," a rousing manual for aging well. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Book...
  • History of UCI commune to be displayed

    History of UCI commune to be displayed
    UC Irvine — The year was 1968. The Age of Aquarius was in full swing. The Tet offensive was pushing forward. And, Joan Didion's "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" was published. It was amid this period of cultural and political upheaval that UCI ,...
  • Beautifully packaged reads

    Beautifully packaged reads
    Abuse, betrayal, addiction and grief form the base for memoirs these days — even beautiful ones like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. But Swim: Why We Love the Water, by pioneering TV news correspondent Lynn Sherr, breaks from the...
  • Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad': prose, punk rock and PowerPoint

    Jennifer Egan's 'A Visit from the Goon Squad': prose, punk rock and PowerPoint
    "A Visit From The Goon Squad" By Jennifer Egan Knopf, 288 pages, $25.95 Jennifer Egan's decision to render portions of her new novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad" (Knopf), as a PowerPoint presentation is: Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking. The novel by...
  • 'Girls Like Us' links lives of 3 singers

    Sisterhood—in the family and body politic—can be a beautiful abstraction and a real pain in the neck. It's an evanescent ideal that sometimes takes shape in historic movements. And it's the cosmic force behind Sheila Weller as she tries to...
  • Queens of L.A.'s lo-fi scene

    Queens of L.A.'s lo-fi scene
    It's the night after New Year's Eve and hundreds of kids are crammed into the Smell, the downtown DIY tabernacle of the Los Angeles avant-garde. A sweating mass of art students, skate punks and subterranean scene staples ecstatically moshes to a...
  • Paperback Writers: Unlucky 'Eileen'

    Paperback Writers: Unlucky 'Eileen'
    Brian Moore was born in Northern Ireland, immigrated to Canada and spent much of his life living here in California, in Malibu. He wrote scripts, short stories and a string of novels, many of which, like "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne," "Black Robe"...
  • 'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams

    'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams
    The Room and the Chair A Novel Lorraine Adams Alfred A. Knopf: 316 pp., $25.95 Lorraine Adams is a singular and important American writer. "The Room and the Chair" establishes this without question: It is remarkable for its ambitions and its...
  • 'Losing Mum and Pup' by Christopher Buckley

    'Losing Mum and Pup' by Christopher Buckley
    Some years ago, when they still lived in Malibu, the late John Gregory Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion, entertained a prominent magazine journalist and author at dinner. It was December and, afterward, they invited their guest to accompany them to their...
  • 'Nothing Was the Same' by Kay Redfield Jamison

    'Nothing Was the Same' by Kay Redfield Jamison
    In the prologue to "Nothing Was the Same," Kay Redfield Jamison writes, "It has been said that grief is a kind of madness. I disagree. There is a sanity to grief, in its just proportion of emotion to cause, that madness does not have." Jamison should...
  • 'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon

    'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon
    "Inherent Vice" is Thomas Pynchon doing Raymond Chandler through a Jim Rockford looking glass, starring Cheech Marin (or maybe Tommy Chong). What could easily be mistaken as a paean to 1960s Southern California is also a sly herald of that era's end....