Books

'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.

RIP Cliff's Books, musty, messy, melancholy, marvelous

Cliff's Books in Pasadena closed Thursday, and Off-Ramp host John Rabe visited the beloved bookseller for one last haul.

The Girl: A view from the center of the Polanski scandal

In her recent book, Samantha Geimer — who was 13 at the time she was raped by director Roman Polanski — adds her perspective to a 36-year-old scandal that has shaped her life.

Professor IDs slave woman who wrote 'A Bondwoman's Narrative'

Who was Hannah Crafts? Was she really a former slave? This week, an English Professor from a small university in Rock Hill, South Carolina thinks he may have found the answer.

'House in the Sky': Memoir of a female journalist held captive in Somalia

Freelance journalist, Amanda Lindhout, talks to Take Two about her new book, which documents the 460 days she was held hostage in Somalia.

'Raising My Rainbow' highlights the challenges of raising a gender-creative child

Orange County mom Lori Duron dreamed of having a girl to dress up and play dolls with. Turns out her dream came true in a very different way.

New biography claims more JD Salinger books due out

The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What "The Catcher in the Rye" novelist was working on during the last half century of his life.

Hombre: Elmore Leonard's first gig was writing Western fiction

You know Elmore Leonard for his screenplay-perfect crime novels, but he started writing when what paid was Western fiction, and those stories bear all the Leonard hallmarks.

John Rabe remembrance: A letter from Elmore Leonard

... in which the famed author blurbs a friend's book about their high school alma mater, and sends best wishes for a recovery that never came.

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies at 87

Elmore Leonard, a former adman who later in life penned crime best-selling novels like "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight" has died. He was 87.

'Wild Ones' examines the relationship between human and animal

Half of the world's 9-million species could go extinct by the end of this century. What exactly does that mean? Should we intervene and try to save these species or should we just let nature take its course?

Archbishop Jose Gomez's vision of 'Immigration and the The Next America'

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is the highest-ranking Latino in the U.S. Catholic Church. Two years into his tenure as the head of the country's largest archdiocese, Gomez has written a book outlining his thoughts on immigration, including a call for a path to citizenshi

'Fairyland': Memoir of a girl raised in San Francisco's gay community

Alysia Abbott chronicles what it was like growing up in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in her new book, "Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father."

ESPN's Matthew Berry traces the rise of fantasy sports in 'Fantasy Life'

From CEOs to students, politicians to citizens, regardless of race, gender or age, fantasy sports puts everyone in the same same room, on equal footing, all for the sheer fun it. And maybe for the bragging rights.

'Bob and Ray, Keener than Most Persons,' by David Pollock

No one figured out exactly why they were so funny. Pollock says they only tried to please one another, and calls their partnership a “fortuitous intersection of serendipity and happenstance.”