| Jan 21, 2010
Anyone familiar with James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential," or the razor-sharp film adaptation, will recall the sleazy magazine whose insatiable desire for nasty stories about Hollywood celebrities drove the plot.
Ellroy called it Hush-Hush, but his model...
| Feb 5, 2010
I believe it was my mother who first admonished me never to presume that "you know what really goes on in another person's marriage."
Well, Mom, meet the Sanfords of South Carolina, whose odd and tumultuous union is now an open book, thanks to "Staying...
| Feb 19, 2010
Onstage in a UCLA auditorium, tenor Rickard Roudebush intones the solemn words of the Episcopal funeral rite: "I am the resurrection and the life. . . . He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Amen!"
A chamber opera called "The...
| Nov 23, 2010
The relationship of Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt has fascinated observers ever since they married. Friends and relatives were surprised in 1905 by the wedding of a handsome, flirtatious, fun-loving mama's boy to his serious-minded cousin, who did...
| Dec 5, 2010
Alfred A. Knopf: 362 pp., $27.95
John Casey's National Book Award-winning 1989 novel, "Spartina," told the story of Dick Pierce, a small-time fisherman in South County, R.I., who is buoyed by big dreams and plagued with...
| Apr 28, 2011
In 40 A.D., the fabled Trung sisters rode elephants into battle to free Vietnam from its Chinese invaders. Nearly 2,000 years later, Ngo Dinh Nhu fancied herself a modern-day Trung, defending her country against communist rebels and American imperialists....
| Jul 11, 2010
Yale University Press: 238 pp., $30
This is a disturbing book for the reader of Tudor history, as it carefully analyzes and then demolishes many of the statements that we are accustomed to taking as facts...
| Aug 10, 2010
Her life was marked by professional triumphs, including a Tony Award-winning debut on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's 1946 drama "Another Part of the Forest" and a best actress Oscar for her role in the 1963 drama "Hud."
But for Patricia Neal, the husky-...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 8:41 AM
There's a not-so-subtle agenda underpinning Joe McGinniss' "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," although it's never made explicit until late in the book. "The time has come to strike the tent," McGinniss begins the closing chapter. "[N]o...
| Dec 4, 2011
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95
A crisis of faith prompts a man to begin a journey of self-discovery from Africa to Asia.
The Angel Esmeralda
The first collection of short stories from a...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 8:00 PM
With Newt Gingrich as their common target, the Republican presidential hopefuls piled on the new party front-runner in a lively debate Saturday night, jabbing him over his political consistency, the sturdiness of his character and the plausibility of...