The author of 'TransAtlantic,' which explores missions by Frederick Douglass, George Mitchell and two pioneering fliers, talks about his inspiration.
A father's decision to give his 3-year-old daughter to a wealthy family in Kabul begins an almost 60-year Afghan history lesson as recounted by the characters in Khaled Hosseini's newest novel.
Veronica Gonzalez Peña follows the lives of a middle-class Mexican family that has been shaped by absence, loss, sickness and dead dreams.
Edward McClelland's book reminds us of what has transpired in the heartland of America over the past 30 years.
George Packer paints a vivid, novelistic portrait of recent U.S. history through its people.
The long unfinished poem edited by J.R.R. Tolkien's son, Christopher, provides fascinating insight into the author's work.
The novelist takes on the idea that sins committed in pursuing national goals will be forgiven and forgotten.
Detective Inspector Jack Caffery and Sgt. Flea Marley investigate strange occurrences at a psychiatric hospital and the disappearance of a footballer's wife.
Marcia Coyle skillfully reports on the aggressive turn the Supreme Court has taken under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Author and transgender advocate Jennifer Finney Boylan looks at motherhood, fatherhood and the putative difference in this new memoir.
The Writer's Life: The smart, accessible 'Who Owns the Future?' peers critically at the online state of affairs and finds it out of balance.
Nathaniel Philbrick's new book gets at the on-the-ground reality of the American Revolution, which the author writes began as 'a profoundly conservative movement.'
Picking up where 'Red Azalea' left off, 'The Cooked Seed' explores the hardships of her path to American citizenship.
The writer and co-founder of Sister Spit talks about trading memoirs for a young adult fantasy trilogy.
Carlos Rojas' inventive novel 'Ingenious Gentleman' and a new edition of the poet-playwright's 'Poet in New York' bring the writer back to life.
The seemingly dead detective is back in 'Little Green.' In an interview, Mosley discusses his legendary character as he wanders his old Mid-City neighborhood -- also Rawlins' home turf.
He's best known for 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager,' but he's also in the literary vanguard as a writer and publisher of Sator Press.
Journalist Mark Mazzetti looks at the U.S.' targeted killings and use of drones in the war on terror. Amid the many details, he raises warnings.
The collection of profiles and critical pieces exposes the journalist's subjects and herself.
Kevin Cook's new biography, 'Flip,' looks back at the life of a black TV star who helped break the color line
Jennifer Gilmore's novel traces the ups and downs of one hopeful, frustrated pair.
In Isabel Allende's latest novel, a troubled young Chilean-American woman flees for her life.
In her memoir 'Country Girl,' the writer recounts her difficult beginnings and escape into writing.
Jonathan Kirsch takes a deft look at the teen assassin of a Nazi diplomat in 'The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan'
In 'City of Bikes,' American Pete Jordan pays tribute to Amsterdam, where cycling has long been a daily part of life
Toying with high and low art as a comics artist-editor and Family bookstore co-owner, the author has become a significant voice on the L.A. cultural scene.
In 'The Democracy Project,' David Graeber makes a case for revolution and attempts to rehabilitate anarchism.
The 73-year-old author uses technology to her advantage, to engage with the world at large. For this, she's being honored with the Innovator's Award at the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
'Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls' offers fresh tales of the essayist's life and travel travails.
The former radical's experiences during the 1960s in San Francisco inform her new novel. She talks hippies, Black Panthers and revolution.
Laleh Khadivi's second novel featuring a Kurdish man who seeks refuge in L.A. covers key points in Iranian American history and is an important addition to the literature of California immigrants.
The Writer's Life: Matthew Specktor drives past the boyhood landmarks he repurposed in his L.A.-set novel 'American Dream Machine.' Reality and fiction commingle.
Touré explores the pop music artist's ascendance to icon status in 'I Would Die 4 U.'
'Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar,' Twitter superstar Kelly Oxford humorously recounts the humiliations of growing up in Edmonton, Canada.
Years of quiet sacrifice boil dry as a father in his late 50s fears he's losing everying, including his beloved daughter.
The California historian will receive the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement at the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, even as he writes a new volume
In a new biography, Marie Arana portrays the South American revolutionary as a courageous and confounding self-creation.
A sense of displacement permeates the 'Telex from Cuba' writer's second novel, set amid the social and political unrest of Manhattan and Italy in the 1970s.
The Whitbread-winning author gets to tell one story after another in conjuring up a woman who lives and dies repeatedly, and it's a remarkable conceit.
The writer's debut novel is a memorable coming-of-age tale about hometown ambivalence and finding a place in the world.
Steph Cha's debut novel begins as an homage to the famous gumshoe and Raymond Chandler before ending up exploring vastly different mean streets of L.A.
Elizabeth Strout's follow-up to the Pulitzer-winning 'Olive Kitteridge' is weakest where that was strong, although her gift for sketching rich profiles economically is evident in peripheral figures.
Reviewed: 'Innocence' by Louis B. Jones; 'The Dinner' by Herman Koch; 'Life Form' by Amelie Nothomb
Playing is both a central activity and a philosophical subject of Jenny Davidson's new novel centered on three intellectually accomplished women.
The novelist haunts Princeton and gives otherworldly forces a palpable reality.
Aleksandar Hemon's collection of essays suggests a ruthless unwillingness to look away, even in the face of untimely death.
New titles about the sport focus on its history, legal status, Jackie Robinson, the DiMaggios and more.
The Great Recession may have officially come to an end, but it lives on for many Americans in Garson's new book, 'Down the Up Escalator.'
Tracy Thompson's book follows in the footsteps of W.J. Cash's `The Mind of the South' and finds hope in an unlikely place: the past.
The author talks about illness, community and her new novel, 'Sister Mine.'
Gass' long-awaited new novel features an academic obsessed with history — because his own is a fabrication.
The author's novel takes a Zen approach, weaving together a Japanese girl's diary and the story of a novelist who finds it.
The author takes a skeptic's view as he questions mainstream wisdom, 'expert' advice and the all-natural solutions for childbirth, germs, raw milk, sugar, farming and more.
As tax deadline looms, ex-NPR chief Ken Stern looks at how little donors understand about the needs and the operations of even the most prominent charities.
"Reqiuem," the final novel in Lauren Oliver's "Delirium" trilogy, ends with plenty of heroics but not enough feeling.
Tom Folsom's high-octane new biography 'Hopper' never misses an opportunity to mythologize the filmmaker, photographer, art collector and icon of rebelliousness.
'The Fun Parts' author's characters make life hard
How do you live with the knowledge that your baby is dying? A radiant new memoir chronicles the nine months after a mother's worst nightmare came true.
A chance encounter leads a woman to discoveries about her family's fate in a Nazi camp. Readers tease out the moral quandaries that arise.
The Facebook executive's book stirs up controversy with her advice for women -- and suggests a way forward.
What to read and see this spring? Start with Walter Mosley's latest, the unrealized architecture of 'Never Built Los Angeles,' appearances by David Sedaris, Cheryl Strayed.
What starts off as a paranormal thriller turns into a dissection of small-town life when violence rears its head.
Dorothea Lange's defining photograph of the Great Depression has inspired the author's fifth work of fiction.
Not only is the venue surviving in downtown L.A., it has expanded. Neighboring artists help transform an upstairs space into the Labyrinth.
The city's poet laureate transmits the sights and sounds of the city in 'A Wild Surmise'
An 18th century Frenchman's reincarnation into a modern-day New York insect might be a disastrous leap for a less gifted writer, but the new novel "Jacob's Folly" takes wing.
In ''The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend,' Glenn Frankel explores the battles behind the John Ford movie but also the broader conflicts between western settlers and Native Americans.
Marine conservationist David Helvarg lingers at the California coast to study its history and the ties that bind people to the blue, blue Pacific.
Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy offer an authoritative study of the legendary criminal and the long manhunt that culminated in Santa Monica in 2011.
Comics artist Ben Katchor's fascinating book is a bittersweet atlas of an imaginary city and a faded world.
A minor character in Raymond Chandler's 'The Big Sleep' wouldn't let Steinberg go, so she built a novel around the young woman.
Amity Gaige's high-wire act of a novel gives us a troubled character who abducts his daughter and makes him relatable, if not forgivable.
Two new books tell firsthand accounts of going undercover with the Vagos.
In 'Vampires in the Lemon Grove,' the 'Swamplandia!' author delivers a story collection that evokes strangeness and disconnection.
Robert Jackson Bennett's novel is an imaginative, surprising and involving trip to a fictional place in New Mexico.
Author Dan Baum discusses his new book, which aims to bring another perspective to the national debate by curating the thoughts of an eclectic collection of firearm owners.
Christine Sneed's entertaining debut novel about a twice-divorced, charismatic A-list star doesn't offer up too many 'Little Known Facts' about Tinseltown
The Southern California author's first story collection draws from his experiences in high school basketball, plumbing sales and more.
In 'Citizenville,' the California lieutenant governor argues that access to government data will lead Internet experts, digital thinkers and grass-roots activists to advance ideas.
Author Joshua Mohr is funny and endearing in his story about Bob Coffen, who finally realizes pragmatism is getting him nowhere.
A village tied to its rhythms is thrown into confusion as the world encroaches in this evocative new novel.
James Lasdun recounts being stalked via the Internet. But he shows his own blind spots, especially when his story turns toward Israel.
The author has fun with identity and philosophy in his likable, funny and sad latest novel, 'Percival Everett by Virgil Russell.'
The Writer's Life: The 'Go the F— to Sleep' author's new novel is a deeply personal take on New York City's graffiti culture as seen through the eyes of a Brooklyn teen.
Scenes from a tough-going marriage flip back and forth, happy and sad, in this soaring novel.
A film historian looks at Hollywood's long love affair with matrimony.
Literary agent Sterling Lord writes about publishing and personalities (including Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey) in his memoir 'Lord of Publishing.'
The author writes about a year spent in Los Angeles when it was revealed that she had collaborated with the Stasi.
Alejandro Zambra's spare novel plays with the boundaries of fact and fiction in its evocation of life in a time of political fear.
Bassist Peter Hook offers a vivid portrait of his influential English post-punk group and bandmate Ian Curtis. It is a sometimes heartbreaking, always engrossing memoir.
Moving between personal experiences and broader issues, the British writer reflects on identity in 'Reports from Britain and America.'
A writer who is masterful at creating atmospheric, urban futurescapes provides takes her young-adult tale an intriguing step further.
Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr. provide an authoritative if flawed history of the party.
Author Alan Blinder has sterling economic credentials yet is only partly successful in making the complex meltdown of 2007-09 understandable in layman's terms.
British journalist Simon Garfield explores cartographic history and the role of maps in life, from Claudius Ptolemy's ancient 'Geographia' to Google's Liquid Galaxy today.
Questions of identity and home arise in 'Searching for Zion,' a vivid yet uneven exploration of the black diaspora.
'David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War' is a significant exploration into a general's complex mind.
The author's 2004 memoir was adapted into a film with Paul Dano as him and Robert De Niro as his father.