Books

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.

New book examines the origin and success of Marvel Comics

Author Sean Howe's new book “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” examines the origin, evolution and success of Marvel Comics.

Remembering Vietnamese dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien

The Vietnamese dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien died earlier this week in Southern California at 73.

Is it better to grow up bilingual?

What if the truth was that all children in America, regardless of their cultural background, would actually benefit from learning two languages?

Will Schwalbe's End of Your Life Book Club

People join book clubs for all sorts of reasons — to read more, to meet new people, to get out of the house.