Bookman David Kipen: California invented Mars

Question one: Who wrote “A Princess of Mars,” the sci-fi novel that launched the famous Barsoom series of books, and inspired the recent movie “John Carter of Mars”?

Marc Haefele, Philip K. Dick editor, reviews "How to Build an Android"

Marc Haefele review's David Dufty's "How to Build an Android," then tells us about editing three of Philip K. Dick's 1960s sci-fi novels.

The roots and history of 'The Dozens'

The dozens, it's a name for a style of joking that focuses on insults or put-downs. It’s a style of humor that many music scholars say has paved the way for modern rap. Elijah Wald has studied this type of humor for a book called "The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama."

'Significant Objects' project gives trinkets a valuable backstory

Can a few words dramatically increase the economic value of a yard sale castaway? Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker invited people to write stories about unimportant trinkets and knick-knacks found in thrift stores for "Significant Objects," and to re-sell the objects on eBay.

Authors offer Democrats guidance in ‘The Little Blue Book’

George Lakoff, a professor of cognitive science and linguistics, and Elisabeth Wehling, a political strategist and author, offer guidance to Democrats in need of effective language to voice their ideas.

Andrew Blackwell 'Visits Sunny Chernobyl' and other disaster sites in new book

Author Andrew Blackwell traveled to the world's most polluted places and wrote about them in his new book.

Consumers are ‘Overdressed’ for pennies on the high fashion dollar

In her book, “Overdressed,” Cline examines the accession of the cheap fashion market along with the decline of independent retailers, why we just can’t say no to the good old deal and steal, and how consumers can break away from the buy and toss cycle.

‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk reimagines his third novel ‘Invisible Monsters’

Authors don’t usually get the chance to do a “director’s cut” of their earlier works, but success has its perks. It was the David Fincher-directed adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s first book, “Fight Club” that put the author on the literary map, but Palahniuk had penned two other books before Fincher’s movie got released three years after the book was originally published.

The roots of humor — David Misch and 'Funny, the Book'

David Misch on his book on the art and history of humor, "Funny, the Book," which he bills as "The single most popular book on comedy ever written by David Misch this year!"

How ethical are 'ethical chic' companies like Trader Joe's, Apple, etc.?

In the digital age, information travels faster than ever thanks to texting, e-mailing, and social media. As a result, word of mouth or word of Twitter, are increasingly vital for companies looking to establish trendy reputations among consumers.

Science author tackles the mystery of manhood

"Why is the Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human" offers a rumination on all the parts that make up who we are.

Author Daniel Smith finds anxiety in life's mundane moments

In his new book, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, author Daniel Smith traces his anxiety back to his childhood and looks at the ways it shaped him as an adult.

Coming of age in a time of miracles

On a seemingly ordinary day in California, the impossible happens... the rotation of the earth suddenly begins to slow. The days and nights grow longer and the environment is thrown into disarray.

Dr. Dan Morhaim explores how to survive and die on your own terms

In his new book, author and practicing physician Dr. Dan Morhaim explores end-of-life care and the tough decisions that we must make as we prepare to depart our existence. Morhaim informs readers about considerations such as where to find readily available living wills and advance directives and why it is important to use them.

"Blade Runner" mystery solved: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Marc Haefele solves the "Blade Runner" mystery - the backstory for Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

Carissa Phelps on running away from hopelessness

All odds were against her. At the age of 12, after years of chaotic home life, she was abandoned by her mother to Fresno’s Juvenile Hall.