• Growing up in a cruel world

    Fifteen-year-old Easton is disciplined at his job — he runs his own crew guarding the perimeters of an illegal drug house in South Central Los Angeles. When things go deadly awry, East finds himself headed out of LA and his comfort .

  • Modern folklore opens doors to other cultures

    Watching the Olympics always makes me curious about other cultures. What are their values? What bedtime stories do they tell? For answers, I turn to literature because I find storytelling more interesting than nonfiction, and because I think it’s .

  • Author weaves novel around airship crash

    The final flight of the Hindenburg, and particularly its eruption into a huge fireball as it was docking on May 6, 1937, in Lakehurst, New Jersey, is well known. That’s partly because of video footage and an unforgettable radio broadcast of .

  • Is religion under attack?

    Bob Funk Contributing writer In the midst of a presidential election, cultural issues seem to have taken a back seat with many voters. But for Christian conservatives and others of deeply held religious beliefs, Erick Erickson has written a book .

  • Family quest set in Victorian England has intrigue, hope

    Robin Farrell Edmunds Contributing writer A baby found in a snow bank by an 8-year-old girl in 1831 England is raised on the estate of the girl’s parents. Seventeen years later under dire circumstances, the foundling — named Amy Snow — must .

  • Books that can help with back to school blues

    For families with school age kids, this is the weekend when everything catches up to us. It’s time to clean up the room, set out the school supplies, get new shoes and a new haircut. Time to try to .

  • Why adult readers should read children’s books

    I have recently come across a few opinion pieces about how adults shouldn’t read children’s literature. They say it is too easy, that we should leave it for the kids; one columnist even went so far as to .

  • Political journalist writes on women in the workforce

    Given the huge increase of women in many formerly male-dominated domains of public life in recent decades, have you ever wondered how this change affects those domains? Have you ever wondered how many women are necessary to start to change “.

  • Jakab presents innovative, if confused, look at Wall St.

    In his book “Heads I Win, Tails I Win,” likeable Wall Street Journal columnist Spencer Jakab seems obviously confused about the shape of his own subject. In most chapters he takes space to tell what is coming in the book. .

  • Silva’s latest novel centers on combatting ISIS

    Daniel Silva, who years ago created a Mossad agent names Gabriel Allon and made him the protagonist of a remarkable series of stories, hasn’t written a bad novel yet. But he may not have written one better than his .

  • Digging into history of pivotal WWII battle

    The Battle of the Bulge, as the Battle of Ardennes is popularly called, was fought in December 1944 and January 1945. It was Hitler’s desperate last chance to change the course of the war to his favor. The Western Allies were .

  • Dread Pirate Roberts tells all in ‘As You Wish’

    This is a fun read for anyone among the legions of admirers of the classic 1987 film “The Princess Bride.” Those who are not among its aficionados won’t be reading the book anyway. This film has become one of the .


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