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Tracing the roots of misogyny to ancient Greece and Rome with Mary Beard

The classicist Mary Beard opens her book “Women & Power” with a scene out of the Odyssey. Penelope leaves her room to approach the assorted suitors who more or less occupy her mansion, waiting for her to give up on long-lost Odysseus and marry one of them. When she requests they stop singing such...

  • Editor John Freeman, a powerful force in the literary world

    Editor John Freeman, a powerful force in the literary world

    The first time John Freeman lost his laptop, he panicked. He was traveling through Charles de Gaulle airport in summer 2016, and he only spoke “a smattering” of French. “I thought, ‘I’m never going to get this back.’ And it had three years of not-backed-up writing on it,” he recalled. Luckily,...

  • Attica Locke lives in L.A., but she writes about what she knows — black life in Texas

    Attica Locke lives in L.A., but she writes about what she knows — black life in Texas

    Few contemporary writers have portrayed black Southern life with as much wit and heart-pounding drama as Attica Locke, whose latest book is the mystery “Bluebird, Bluebird.” Formerly a writer and producer on the television show “Empire,” Locke took the publishing world by storm with her debut legal...

  • The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    Steps from the crowds of holiday shoppers streaming into Forever 21 and the Apple Store in Pasadena, in a second-floor walk-up, a trove of unique offerings waits for book lovers with very special gift lists. At Whitmore Rare Books, which specializes in literary first editions and antiquarian books,...

  • Holiday Books Guide and the Best Books of 2017

    Holiday Books Guide and the Best Books of 2017

    We recommend piles of books for giving to everyone on your list: the littlest reader, the architectural aficionado, the audiobook lover, the teenager, the literary fan and more. There are 125 titles in all, including the perfect book the person who loves both cats and yoga.

  • Hear Hear! Audiobooks that are not to be missed

    Hear Hear! Audiobooks that are not to be missed

    Exceptional audiobooks that will be a treat in traffic or under the tree.

  • Fantastic books for the teens, toddlers and kids in between on your list

    Fantastic books for the teens, toddlers and kids in between on your list

    Fantastic books to give to the young people — from teens to toddlers — on your list, including titles by John Green, Cassandra Clare and Angie Thomas and the new board book, 'Newtonian Physics for Babies'

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