| Aug 25, 2010
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will call for all states and school districts to make public whether their instructors are doing enough to raise students' test scores and to share other school-level information with parents, according to a text of...
| Nov 7, 2010
The Passages of H.M.
A Novel of Herman Melville
Doubleday: 454 pp., $26.95
"The time for me hasn't come yet: Some men are born posthumously," Nietzsche wrote in "Ecce Homo." It's a statement that might have provided comfort to Herman...
| Nov 18, 2010
Ozark waitresses turned boxers. Los Angelenos battling over racial and social inequality. Boston's criminal element and a do-gooder detective. A West Texas cowboy and a satchel of money. A slum kid from India and a game show. Bomb specialists in Iraq...
| Aug 22, 2010
An Earthly Cosmology
Pantheon: 310 pp., $26.95
David Abram's first book, "The Spell of the Sensuous," was one of those rare, mind-altering books (an Aldous Huxley or Hermann Hesse on the literary Richter scale — and...
| Aug 22, 2010
Girl by the Road at Night
A Novel of Vietnam
Simon and Schuster: 230 pp., $23
It was a grant that determined the form David Rabe's writing on the Vietnam War would take after he was discharged from the Army in 1967.
The money was for...
| Oct 24, 2010
Danny Boyle could barely be heard over the low-flying helicopter. "It's like 'Apocalypse Now,'" he yelled as he fastened his helmet and tightened a climbing harness around his waist, preparing to descend into a narrow canyon.
The British director had...
| Sep 16, 2010
During the all-too-brief life of their physically disabled son, Jesse, who died in his sleep five years ago at the age of 17, the actors Marianne Leone (who played the mother of actor Michael Imperioli on HBO's "The Sopranos") and Chris Cooper (an Academy...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 1:09 PM
When Angel McNall arrived at the hospital in labor with her second son in February, she was in excruciating pain. The baby was facing her front instead of her back, in a posterior position, which can make labor more painful because the baby's skull pushes...
| Dec 12, 2010
Atlantic Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
HarperCollins: 512 pp., $27.99
One of the great joys of reading a Simon Winchester book is the inadvertent discovery of minutiae that...
| Feb 1, 2011
| 8:55 AM
The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight. It all began on Jan. 10.
One benefit of my move from Boston to Los Angeles this year has been the avoidance of snow. Not that I mind it. I like the winter. But...
| Apr 29, 2011
| 5:50 AM
Some 2 million Americans adolescents experienced a bout of major depression last year, but only about a third of them got any help in dealing with the sadness, irritability, anxiety, guilt and loss of interest and energy that are the hallmarks of such...