Books

'Spillover' examines animal-born diseases and the next human pandemic

Still afraid of bird flu? Black plague? David Quammen explores the history and mysteries of animal infections and human pandemic in his new book “Spillover.”

'Exit The Colonel' looks at Libya's hidden revolutionary history

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, meets with Republican lawmakers today in Washington to discuss her comments about the U.S. Embassy attack in Benghazi.

Pilar Marrero: Immigration opponents are 'Killing The American Dream'

Pilar Marrero, a senior political writer for La Opinion talks about her new book, "Killing the American Dream, How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation."

'Race Baiter' examines how media feeds fears of 'the other'

In his new book "Race Baiter," media critic Eric Deggans examines how media companies are focusing on a niche audience with a distinct point of view.

Oliver Sacks on neuropsychiatric weirdness and ‘Hallucinations’

Oliver Sacks’s latest book, “Hallucinations,” explores peculiar sensations of things that aren’t really there, not as a sign of madness but as a commonplace occurrence in humans.

Can a re-imagined and walkable downtown save America?

The traffic in L.A. is enough to drive anyone crazy. But if you're city planner Jeff Speck, it could inspire you to write a book.

'Desert America' and boom and bust of the West

In his new book, Ruben Martinez turns his attention to the deserts of the American west: Joshua Tree, Northern New Mexico and Marfa, Texas.

'The Last Walk' helps with choosing euthanasia for ailing pets

Deciding when and how to end the life of an ailing pet raises some tremendously difficult questions.

How parents unwittingly fall into 'The Gender Trap'

At baby showers all over America, it's almost always the same: blue for boys, pink for girls. But what if a choice as simple as baby clothes can lead to gender inequality in adults?

Author Mark Helprin on his new novel 'In Sunlight and In Shadow'

Writer and political commentator Mark Helprin talks to us about his new book “In Sunlight and In Shadow," a tale set in the post-World War II New York City.

Sandra Cisneros emerges from mourning with her latest book

Sandra Cisneros talks about how she came up with the idea for her new book, “Have You Seen Marie?” and what it taught her about love, loss and grief.

'A Wrinkle in Time' gets the graphic-novel treatment

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s novel, "A Wrinkle In Time." LA-based cartoonist Hope Larson adapted the book into a graphic novel.

Marc Haefele on Philip K. Dick's mental maelstroms

Philip K. Dick dedicated 40 novels and hundreds of short stories to the proposition that we cannot trust what we see, know who we are, or even know if our everyday world truly exists.

Book excerpt: Five myths about raising bilingual kids

The authors of a new book titled "Bilingual is Better" make that case pretty well, offering reassurance to parents trying to raise their children to speak more than one language.

New book looks at Arizona's controversial history with immigration

Jeff Biggers' new book "State Out of the Union, Arizona and the Final Showdown over the American Dream" looks at Arizona's troubled past with immigration.

Chinese bookstores expect Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan's books to sell

Chinese bookstores across Southern California are preparing for a rush of shoppers after a Chinese author won this year's Nobel Prize in Literature.