Books

'In Meat We Trust' traces how the meat industry helped shape US identity

Throughout our history, the American meat industry has been both a source of American pride and suspicion. A new book looks at how meat came to define part of what it is to be American.

Holiday Gifting: The best children's books for 2013

Here to give us her picks for the best new children's books of the season is Mara Alpert, a children's librarian with the Los Angeles Public Library.

The Gettysburg Address gets a graphic novel treatment

A hundred and fifty years ago President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Now a new book has a completely different take on the speech and what it meant at the time.

Doris Lessing, nobel prize-winning author, dies

Lessing's 1962 novel, "The Golden Notebook," is considered one of the great works of the 20th Century. It's been called by many the first feminist novel, a distinction Lessing always rejected.

Volume 2 of Mark Twain 'Autobiography' a rewarding read

Volume 2 of Mark Twain's "Autobiography" isn't likely to sell as well as Volume 1, but it's a far more rewarding book.

Malala Yousafzai's book is banned in Pakistani private schools

The teenager was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating for the education of girls. Her book, officials said, shows that Yousafzai is an agent for the West.

'Love & Rockets' co-creator Hernandez joins forces with novelist Junot Diaz

The co-founder of the 30+ year old "Love and Rockets" comic talks about why illustrating Junot Diaz's "This is How You Lose Her" made him so nervous.

Indie comics icon Jaime Hernandez on 'Love and Rockets', Junot Diaz and punk (video)

Legendary "Love and Rockets" artist Jaime Hernandez talks about illustrating Junot Diaz's "This Is How You Lose Her," as well as past and future work.

'Johnny Cash: The Life' sheds new light on the Man in Black

Johnny Cash wrote more than a thousand songs during the span of his 50-year career. The new book, "Johnny Cash: The Life," by former LA Times music critic Robert Hilburn takes a new, intimate look at the Man in Black.

'Candy' examines our love-hate relationship with sweets (excerpt)

Candy is a source of pleasure and pain, if you consider the problems with obesity in this country. So in advance of Halloween we’ll take a look at the candy complex in the U.S. with Rutgers professor Samira Kawash, author of the book, "Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure."

Canada's Alice Munro wins Nobel literature prize

Munro is the first Canadian writer to receive the prestigious $1.2 million award since Saul Bellow, who left for the U.S. as a boy and won in 1976.

A look at LA's comic book ban of 1948

Today, 'Crime' video games are violent enough to scare away plenty of parents, but back in the '40s, it was crime comic books that filled the violent media role.

Malcolm Gladwell cheers on the underdog in 'David and Goliath'

Many are familiar with the David and Goliath legend, but Gladwell goes deeper and looks at the balance between the weak and the powerful.

Tom Clancy, master of military techno-thrillers, dies

The best-selling writer of such military and espionage novels as "The Hunt for Red October", "Red Storm Rising" and "Patriot Games" was 66.

'The Disaster Artist': One actor's life inside the cult film 'The Room'

Greg Sestero played Mark in the cult film "The Room." His new book is called "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside 'The Room', The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made."

Haefele: Mayor Garcetti's library commission picks lack connection to, you know, books

There’s just one problem with new Mayor Garcetti’s appointments to the city’s Board of Library Commissioners. Most of them have nothing to do with books. Or learning. Marc proposes his own board members.