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A shipping container bound for Palestine holds cargo worth half a million dollars — not military hardware or food aid but musical instruments. This is the gripping material of Sandy Tolan's moving and diligently told new book, "Children of the Stone." Whereas his 2006 book, "The Lemon Tree," told the story of Israel and Palestine through a single fruit tree and the way it brought together two families, in this new book, Tolan methodically retrace...
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Naomi Hirahara ;is on a roll. Not only did she just release her seventh Southern California-based mystery novel, “Grave on Grand Avenue,” but a new nonfiction book, ; “Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor” (Angel City Press: 288 pp., $35 paper) -- coauthored with Geraldine Knatz, former director of the Port of Los Angeles -- debuted last weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
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The Los Angeles Times has won two Pulitzer Prizes, American journalism’s top honor, for its coverage of California’s drought and for cultural criticism.
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Bruce Eric Kaplan, the author and illustrator of a new memoir, “I Was a Child” (Blue Rider: 193 pp., $25.95), simultaneously holds two of the most coveted day jobs on the planet. He's a TV writer (he has worked on “Seinfeld,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Girls,” for which he currently serves as executive producer), and he's a cartoonist (under the moniker BEK, his cartoons have been appearing in the New Yorker for 24 years). He has also published sever...
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On April 29, 1992, violence erupted throughout Los Angeles in the wake of the Rodney King verdict: A jury had failed to convict four white LAPD officers in the beating of African American motorist King, despite the incident having been captured on video. People took to the streets in a fury that lasted six days, leaving more than 54 dead, more than 2,300 injured and causing nearly $1 billion in damage.
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Some people look at a real estate crash and think: doom. Some look at a drought and think: more doom.
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"It's a great day to be a heroin dealer in America," says Sam Quinones, the author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury: 384 pp., $28), a brisk and startling new book on painkiller and heroin addiction in the United States.
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Deep in the center of Toni Morrison 's 11th novel, "God Help the Child," there's a section that resonates with the power of the author's finest work. Morrison is telling the story of Booker, a young man shattered by the abduction and murder of his brother, Adam, years before.
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"The very fact that no sabotage has taken place to date is a disturbing and confirming indication that such action will be taken," warned Lt. Gen. John DeWitt of the Western Defense Command of the United States Army in a February 1942 memo calling for President Franklin D. Roosevelt to authorize the incarceration of "potential enemies of Japanese extraction."
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Here's more evidence that you can manage your way out of a bad situation. This week the National Oceanographic and Atmosphere Administration’s annual census of commercial fisheries that were either already overfished or in danger of becoming overfished dropped to its lowest number since it was started in 1997.
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Just when you thought flying couldn’t get any more unpleasant comes this unwelcome bit of information: Southwest Airlines is introducing public readings in the air. According to Slate , an author named Eric Greitens, head of the veterans nonprofit organization The Mission Continues, read and answered questions about his new book “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life” last week on a Southwest flight from St. Louis to Washington,...
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The ; Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction has announced its 2015 shortlist . While the names may be not entirely familiar to casual American readers, some are very high-profile in the UK, where the prize is based. One is not.
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