| Sep 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
TELLURIDE, Colo. — Many sequences in Steve McQueen's new movie, "12 Years a Slave" — the true story of a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold to Southern plantation owners — were emotionally exhausting to film. But the British...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 9:49 AM
"In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, 1966
This book is life-changing because it is a true story, detailing the murder of the Clutter family. It cataloged the events leading up to the murder all the way through the executions of the confessed killers....
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:48 AM
THE PRESIDENT: To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much; to President Clinton; President Carter; Vice President Biden and Jill; fellow Americans.
Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 7:53 PM
The intertwined history of the Jewish Reches family of Mount Washington and Greenspring and the Roman Catholic Staszczak-Wrobel family of Poland is extraordinary, and extraordinarily inspiring.
When family members recount it at schools, churches,...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 1:25 PM
For years, people who read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's novels assumed she was born in India. She wrote about swamis, social climbers, duplicitous landlords and other characters from the Indian bourgeoisie who inevitably found themselves colliding with...
| Feb 18, 2013
After World War II, social workers typically urged Holocaust survivors to forget their horrific wartime experiences and get on with their lives.
That struck Florabel Kinsler as a foolish and impossible order. During a decades-long career, the Los...
| Jan 13, 2013
| 8:29 PM
Among the 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by German industrialist Oskar Schindler was an emaciated 13-year-old boy named Leon Leyson, who had to stand on a box to reach the machinery in the Krakow factory where Schindler sheltered him and his family....
| Jul 6, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Raymond Rodriguez was 10 years old in 1936 when his immigrant father walked out of the family's Long Beach farmhouse and returned to Mexico, never to see his wife and children again.
The son would spend decades pondering the forces that had driven his...
| Sep 16, 2012
Despite a provocative title, Gabriel Vahanian's book "The Death of God" caused no public stir when it was published in 1961.
By the middle of the decade, however, a massive upheaval was underway in American society and Vahanian, a little-known Syracuse...
| May 17, 2013
| 1:01 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's legislative budget-writers went bombastic this week when a business-backed group suggested that with the help of surplus taxpayer cash they had spread more pork throughout the $74.5 billion state budget.
| Aug 16, 2013
| 3:30 PM
I'm watching an unfamiliar man pace my room, sweat dripping from his scarred neck. He tells me I'm in danger. I'd been in a minor car accident, and he believes I may have suffered permanent injury.
"You need an MRI," he urges.
"But I feel fine and...