| Jul 11, 2011
| 1:18 PM
Update: The longtime Bel-Air home of actress Elizabeth Taylor has sold for an undisclosed amount.
The house came on the market in May at $8.6 million. The listing agent, David Mossler of Teles Properties in Beverly Hills, declined to reveal the sales...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 8:32 AM
Appearing on "60 Minutes" several months ago, author Jon Krakauer took aim at a fellow best-selling author and mountain climber. His target: Greg Mortenson, author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools." More than 5 million copies of Mortenson's...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 2:58 PM
“Precious” (movie) put Sapphire (author) on the map. Claireese Precious Jones, the poor, obese, sexually abused girl with AIDS who triumphed by learning to write, was also a mother. Her son is the focus of Sapphire’s new novel “The...
| Jul 23, 2011
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have listed their Hidden Hills estate for sale at $12,999,000.
The 2.5-acre promontory sits off a cul-de-sac in the gated community. The Cape Cod-inspired mansion, built in 2001 and featured in the June issue of Architectural...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 12:41 PM
A boy moves away from his small-town central Illinois home after his father murders a tenant farmer. Years later, an occasional childhood playmate ignores the boy in a high school corridor. Out of that awkward, wordless moment emerged "So Long, See You...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Before Match.com, just as "Sex and the City" was making a splash, and before bookstores were embattled, "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" arrived on the scene. In a series of linked stories published in 1999, young women could see themselves as...
| Aug 1, 2011
| 8:28 AM
Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who gave birth to three of her four daughters at home, writes about the advantages of home births in The Atlantic.
Home births are a less expensive and more personal option for some mothers, she writes.
| Aug 5, 2011
| 9:52 AM
In the first few pages of "Rules of Civility," Amor Towles' wonderful debut novel, it's New Year's Eve in Manhattan, with 1938 a few hours away. Snow powders Washington Square's trees, gates and brownstones as the curtain is drawn back and "the ghost of...
| Aug 9, 2011
| 1:50 PM
The character Precious was ever-present at the Author Talks program Monday evening featuring Sapphire. It was through the novel Push that Sapphire created Precious, who then took another form in the successful and acclaimed movie by that name.
| Aug 12, 2011
| 8:44 AM
A friend passed Jeannette Haien's "The All of It" to writer Ann Patchett, and she was so taken with the novel that she embarked on a crusade to win it a second life. Originally published in 1986, when Haien was in her 60s, the debut novel won praise...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 8:44 AM
From the pleasant opera-loving terrorists in "Bel Canto" to the endlessly fertile Amazon women in her new novel, "State of Wonder," Ann Patchett creates magical stories. No wizards or vampires, no triumph over dysfunctional past, but rather an alternative...