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  • The art of disgust: Ottessa Moshfegh's 'Homesick for Another World' teeters between bold and Bukowski

    The art of disgust: Ottessa Moshfegh's 'Homesick for Another World' teeters between bold and Bukowski

    That sound you hear? Packs of barking dogs, screaming sirens echoing through the hallowed halls of the literary patriarchy? That’s Ottessa Moshfegh and her debut collection of stories, “Homesick for Another World” setting off the alarm. Unrepentantly ambitious female author! Unsympathetic female...

  • Ivanka Trump's book on women and work is running late

    Ivanka Trump's book on women and work is running late

    Ivanka Trump is running late. Her book is, anyway. The release date for Trump's "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success" has been moved from March 7 to May 2, the Associated Press reports.  Trump's publisher, Portfolio, a Penguin Random House imprint that specializes in business-related...

  • The name of this library book returned 100 years late couldn't get any better

    The name of this library book returned 100 years late couldn't get any better

    A patron recently returned an overdue library book in San Francisco — 100 years overdue. The title? “Forty Minutes Late.” In the end, “Forty Minutes Late” was returned to the library 52,560,000 minutes late. Webb Johnson returned the book, which was checked out in 1917 years ago by his great-grandmother,...

  • Alias Books in West L.A., which opened in 1959, is closing

    Alias Books in West L.A., which opened in 1959, is closing

    One of Los Angeles’ oldest used bookstores, Alias Books, will close March 14 after 58 years in business. Owner Brian Paeper took over from original owner Ken Hyre in 2002. The two struck up a friendship when Paeper, who was considering leaving Los Angeles, went to Alias to sell his own books. He...

  • Bringing audiobooks to life in the Valley

    Bringing audiobooks to life in the Valley

    The next time you’re stuck in gridlock on the 405 listening to an audiobook, squint past the guard rails and mini malls:  There’s a chance that book was recorded mere exits away. Behind a wrought-iron gate in a residential area of Northridge, Deyan Audio Services sits on what looks like a country...

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