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  • Getting Started: College textbook-shopping tips

    Back-to-school shopping has started, and for college students, that means figuring out how to pay for at least one big expense: textbooks. The average student at a four-year public college spends about $1,200 per year on course books and materials,...
  • A textbook case of gouging on college campuses

    A textbook case of gouging on college campuses
    To the editor: No one quoted in the article mentioned the possibility of not changing textbooks every year or so for some classes. Why is it necessary to change an algebra text or have bookkeeping, ancient history or language textbooks updated every year?...
  • Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki' paints haunting picture

    Haruki Murakami's "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" begins with a simple premise: A Tokyo railroad engineer, the Tsukuru Tazaki of the novel's title, unable to get over the summer of his sophomore year in college, when for no reason...
  • Ted Hope traces long career in indie film in 'Hope for Film'

    Ted Hope traces long career in indie film in 'Hope for Film'
    Ted Hope's new book "Hope for Film" is part memoir, part manual, part manifesto as it traces his long career in independent filmmaking, mostly and most notably as a producer but more recently with a brief excursion into the nonprofit world and then onto...
  • Kanae Minato's 'Confessions' hits its mark with a vengeance

    Kanae Minato's 'Confessions' hits its mark with a vengeance
    Before she became a bestselling novelist, Kanae Minato was a Japanese home economics teacher and housewife. Somewhere between the laundry and cooking, she wrote her debut, "Confessions," the most delightfully evil book you will read this year....
  • Hit the books, a little cheaper

    Back-to-school shopping has started, and for college students, that means figuring out how to pay for at least one big expense: textbooks. The average student at a four-year public college spends about $1,200 per year on course books and materials,...
  • Lev Grossman's 'The Magician's Land' closes the book

    Lev Grossman's 'The Magician's Land' closes the book
    There is a certain type of novel that seems to have been written especially for readers who have read a lot of books. These books are written by authors who elevate story above all other concerns and offer an immersion into (sometimes literal) other...
  • What Amazon's e-book numbers are and aren't telling you

    How much should an e-book cost? Publishers set the retail price for a current e-book, like James Patterson's "Invisible," at $14.99. That's a lot less than a hardcover copy of the book ($25.50), but it's still more than Amazon thinks a reader should be...
  • Cal State looks for ways to drive down cost of textbooks

    Cal State looks for ways to drive down cost of textbooks
    It's the middle of summer and while many other students are hanging out at the beach or preoccupied with jobs, Elizabeth Rodriguez is emailing instructors for information about the books she will need as a Cal State Dominguez Hills junior this fall. Her...
  • 'Kingdom of Ice' uncovers a polar adventure frozen in time

    'Kingdom of Ice' uncovers a polar adventure frozen in time
    The great achievement of Hampton Sides' unforgettable new book about a group of American Arctic explorers only becomes apparent halfway into its 400-plus pages. "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette" tells...
  • 'Panic in a Suitcase' a vivid immigrant tale of two cities

    'Panic in a Suitcase' a vivid immigrant tale of two cities
    Jewish immigrants have provided a rich source of comedy — some of it dark — in American literature. Think Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Gary Shteyngart and, more recently, Anya Ulinich. Make way for a fresh female voice. Yelena Akhtiorskaya,...