| Jul 12, 2009
A Bright and Guilty Place
Murder, Corruption, and
L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age
Doubleday: 270 pp., $25
Everything has its counterpart. For every piece of matter there is a like piece of antimatter, for every movie star there is or...
| Oct 18, 2009
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Douglas, Eli Broad, Amelia Earhart, George Ellery Hale and countless other like-minded souls shared a common thread: They ventured west to pursue their dreams of fame, fortune, a better life or creative freedom and left a...
| Mar 29, 2009
How Muscular Millionaire Bernarr Macfadden Transformed the Nation Through Sex, Salad, and
the Ultimate Starvation Diet
Harper: 292 pp., $25.99
Before Jack LaLanne and Jane Fonda, an odd man with an odd name reigned as America's...
| Dec 20, 2009
During the last decade, more than ever before, writers faced the challenge of cutting through the noise. The new millennium began with the enduring influence of W.G. Sebald: his marriage of word and image somewhere deep in the reader's subconscious; his...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 5:02 PM
The house that social reformer and novelist Upton Sinclair lived in during the 1940s through the '60s has come on the market in Monrovia at $1.5 million.
Built in 1923, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence is listed on the National Register of...
| Sep 16, 2010
As lawmakers prepare for hearings into the largest egg recall in U.S. history, food safety advocates say the congressional probe could give momentum to a long-delayed measure that would enhance the power of the Food and Drug Administration.
| Sep 16, 2010
| 12:30 PM
Chicago author J. Adams Oaks catches us up on his latest.
Catch us up on your most recent work?
My first novel, “Why I Fight” recently came out in paperback. The book is a coming-of-age story about a unique kid named Wyatt Reaves who’s...
| Mar 26, 2011
Christina Aguilera has put her 11,500-square-foot gated mansion in Beverly Hills on the market at $13.5 million.
Set on nearly two-thirds of an acre, the Mediterranean-style home has a grand foyer with a sweeping staircase, a fanciful children's room,...
| Apr 4, 2011
| 1:58 PM
Famished for Fiction
Our club has been meeting for three years and comprises fifth- and sixth-graders at the Melzer School in Morton Grove. We meet monthly over the lunch and recess periods, which is about 55 minutes.
This year the club became so...
| Apr 22, 2011
| 3:25 PM
The Geezer book club
The club began in 1997 when seven men, after 40 years of friendship, realized their conversations had fallen into a rut. Now, when everyone is vertical, ambulatory and in town, there are 11 of us with an average age of 80.
| Apr 27, 2011
| 2:08 PM
Soon-to-be princess Kate Middleton has a few prominent Marylanders — and American celebrities — in her family tree.
Middleton, a commoner who marries Prince William on Friday, is a distant cousin of "The Star-Spangled Banner" author Francis...