"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."
—Saint Augustine (354-430) Christian church father, philosopher, bishop
- 'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:35:00 -0500
- Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.
- Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:03:00 -0500
- New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.
- 'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
- Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How to Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."
- After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye' Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:34:00 -0500
- Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.
- 'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
- Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has both technical prowess and grace.
- 'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:00 -0500
- In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.
- These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:00 -0500
- Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.
- In 'Fatherland,' A Daughter Outlines Her Dad's Radicalization Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:12:00 -0500
- Falling in love with your handsome pen pal, moving overseas to marry him, then finding out he's part of a terrorist organization: That's the Bunjevac family story, told in a new graphic memoir.
- In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
- Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inward and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.
- For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes' Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
- Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit for Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.
- In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain' Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:29:00 -0500
- J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.
- 'Driving The King' A Story Long In The Works Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:00 -0500
- Driving The King is a fictionalized account of the adventures of Nat King Cole and his bodyguard driver. Author Ravi Howard says the idea was planted long ago.
- Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:00 -0500
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "Bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.
- Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:42:00 -0500
- From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.
- Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me' Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:59:00 -0500
- Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.