Books

Our surveillance society: What Orwell and Kafka might say

Revelations that the federal government is collecting massive amounts of data about telephone calls and Internet traffic has some people nervous that George Orwell's vision of Big Brother constantly watching them has come true.

New book asks 'What do women want?'

When it comes to sex, society teaches us that men are driven by lust, while women crave emotional connections. But in “What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire,” Daniel Bergner re-examines those societal assumptions about female sexuality.

Influential sci-fi writer, last of a generation, Jack Vance, 96

Jack Vance, nearly the last of a great generation of American sci-fi and fantasy writers, died May 26 in his Oakland home. He wrote so many books that their exact number seems uncertain.

'Songs in the Key of Los Angeles' brings lost sheet music to life

Southern California has served as inspiration to songwriters for centuries, as evidenced in the new book called "Songs in the Key of LA."

'Zen Master' NBA coach Phil Jackson reveals his secrets to success

In "Eleven Rings," former Lakers coach Phil Jackson talks about the love and spirituality that helped him win games, sweep series and score numerous championships.

'Liberace Extravaganza!': The man behind the flashy costumes (photos)

The book "Liberace Extravaganza!" features hundreds of photos of the performer and his stunning outfits. Co-author and costume designer Connie Furr Soloman talks about his legacy.

Mark Bittman on eating 'Vegan Before 6' for better health

NY Times food columnist Mark Bittman talks about his latest book, "VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good."

Book review: Michael J. Gerhardt's "The Forgotten Presidents"

This is a surprisingly singular study of the U.S. Presidents who somehow didn't make it into the common history of our nation.

Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen envision a 'New Digital Age'

Google executives Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen discuss the benefits and challenges facing our "The New Digital Age."

Life after 'Gatsby': F. Scott Fitzgerald takes on Hollywood

F. Scott Fitzgerald's career took a different turn when he moved to Hollywood to write for film.

The Three Stooges filmed all over Los Angeles--but where?

Jim Pauley has a book out on Santa Monica Press called "The Three Stooges: Hollywood Filming Locations." The book looks at many of the places in LA where the Stooges went to film their shorts in the 30s and 40s.

May the fourth be with you on Free Comic Book Day

Today is Comic Book Day, a international 'holiday' in which participating stores offer free comic books, while supplies last, of course.

'A Short History of Nuclear Folly' and the lasting effects of the nuclear arms race

In Rudolph Herzog's new book, "A Short History of Nuclear Folly," he traces the history of the nuclear race and what effects it has on the world today.

Love and Rockets cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez on his new book

Gilbert's latest graphic novel, Marble Season, is a semi-autobiographical story that follows 10-year-old Huey and his brothers in 1960s suburbia.

Reanimation Library brings dead books back to life in Highland Park

Somewhere between a library and an art exhibit, Reanimation Library's branches are temporary spaces where curators compile books that are outdated or out of print.

Free Comic Book Day: 'Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes'

Adilifu Nama's new book "Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes" explores racial identity by looking at black superheroes in comics, film and television.