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  • Tablets: Downloadable classic books are in abundance

    Tablets: Downloadable classic books are in abundance
    Let's say you're getting, or giving, a new tablet or an e-reader (iPad, Kobo, Nook or Kindle Fire) for the holidays. Here's an idea for what to do with it: Load it first with free books. Thanks to Project Gutenberg, as well as the cultural gift known as public domain, you can build a library, as I have, with a variety of classic literature, gratis: Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year," Benjamin Franklin's "Autobiography," Kate Chopin's "The Awakening." It's enough to make you believe in the free flow of ideas.
  • A visit to London's cemeteries

     A visit to London's cemeteries
    LONDON — What are the first sights you seek when you travel to a new city? The museums? The top restaurants? Or the cemeteries? I choose cemeteries. Although some people think that's weird, I find them a through-the-looking-glass way of...

    On Sunday: Alain Mabanckou, Jonathan Franzen and lumber as history

    In Sunday books: a talk with UCLA author Alain Mabanckou, plus reviews of the latest by Jonathan Franzen, lumber as history and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's letters and diaries.

    An outsider splurges his way through L.A.

    An outsider splurges his way through L.A.
    Chris Ayres' "Death by Leisure" is a memoir of financial foolishness. It is also, sadly, an obituary for our late, great city of Los Angeles. Felled by the burst of a real estate bubble, a victim of mass greed and self-delusion, it is mourned, alas,...

    'Memoir' by Ben Yagoda

    'Memoir' by Ben Yagoda
    Memoir A History Ben Yagoda Riverhead: 292 pp., $25.95 In 2006, when James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" was exposed as a fraud, the news was met with the self-righteousness and scorn typically reserved for Ponzi schemers. Ever since, Frey's name...