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Jacket CopyIn "Read Me," Dwight Garner compiles a century of print ads for books, funny and formal, subtle and sensational. Garner is a longtime book critic at the New York Times, where he also has blogged at Paper Cuts. For his......
Jacket CopyA blog at the New York Public Library is doing interviews with staff -- including Veronica, a custodian at the Jefferson Market Library, a branch on 42nd street in Manhattan. She's worked for the library for 25 years but hasn't......
Richard Poirier, a literary critic and writer who was one of the founders of the Library of America, a monumental effort to keep American literary classics in print and accessible to the reading public, died Aug. 15 at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. He...
A Jury of Her Peers American Women Writers From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx Elaine Showalter Alfred A. Knopf: 608 pp., $30 The title of this, the "first literary history of American women writers ever written," explains Elaine Showalter, comes...
Tags: Crimes, Death, Murder, Carson McCullers, Justice System
The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist America's Lost Musical Genius Deirdre O'Connell Overlook: 272 pp., $24.95 The name Blind Tom means nothing today, but in Civil War-era America, he was one of the greatest music stars going. Sightless, African...
People Are Unappealing True Stories of Our Collective Capacity to Irritate and Annoy Sara Barron Three Rivers Press: 224 pp., $13.95 paper These days, the market is pretty well saturated when it comes to memoir. Which means it has to be good; it...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAs Southern California's inaugural Festival of New American Musicals winds to a close, some observers and participants are raising this question: How, exactly, does this festival define the word "new"? The wide-ranging event -- which began May 1 and...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAdapt a classic novel for the stage and you're bound to come up with a few memorable moments of drama. It's like buying an artistic insurance policy -- no matter how badly your adaptation fails, the original novel is there to save you from total disaster....
Tags: Arts and Culture, Literature, TheaterWorks
Mary Austin and the American West Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson University of California Press: 324 pp., $29.95 Few writers of her period overcame more obstacles than Mary Austin. Stuck in a disappointing marriage, Austin (1868-1934) spent the...
Our club has 16 members, all of whom live in Sun City Huntley and are also members of P.E.O. International (a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women). We are in our seventh year and meet once a month in each others'...
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More Than a Book Club Our book club began almost accidentally at a Mary Kay party in 1994. Someone at the event suggested we begin one, and before we knew it we were reading "A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley and meeting once a month at each other's...
Dear Amy: I'm 27 and have been with my boyfriend "Mike" for three years. We intend to get married down the line. However, I'm discovering that Mike has a string of female admirers in all of his friend groups — women from college, clubs, interest...
Tags: Jane Austen, Truman Capote, Authors, Book
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