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  • An eerie prison unlocks its famous history

    It was once the most famous prison in the world. Alexis de Tocqueville praised it; Charles Dickens hated it. Al Capone sat out a gang war there, partying with prison guards in a cell decorated with oil paintings and oriental rugs. Brad Pitt even went...
  • Book reviews: Discoveries

    Book reviews: Discoveries
    The Poetry Lesson Andrei Codrescu Princeton University Press: 128 pp., $19.95 This book, with its punishing, dread-inspiring title and pleading skeleton on the cover, is actually one of the funniest, most irreverent you'll read this year. Part memoir,...
  • Book review: 'Brute' by Robert Coram

    Book review: 'Brute' by Robert Coram
    Brute The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine Robert Coram Little, Brown; 349 pps., $27.99 "Brute" examines the life and career of U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, the complex and controversial officer whose role in shaping the modern...
  • In 'My Hollywood,' Mona Simpson slips into different roles

    In 'My Hollywood,' Mona Simpson slips into different roles
    It could be your story. Like Claire, you put your career, your passion, on hold for a while to follow your husband or significant other across the country so that he can pursue his career or finish his education. You put your career (passion, ideas,...
  • Book review: A writer in search of good material

    Book review: A writer in search of good material
    A Life Like Other People's A Memoir Alan Bennett Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 256 pp., $22 In 1966, Alan Bennett was just beginning the career that would endear him to his native England as one of the country's most prolific and acclaimed playwrights....
  • The 'contagion' of social networks

    The 'contagion' of social networks
    The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness...
  • Book review: 'The Thousand' by Kevin Guilfoile

    Book review: 'The Thousand' by Kevin Guilfoile
    If you like Scott Turow, Stan Lee, Dan Brown or Michael Crichton, then you are in the target audience for Kevin Guilfoile's novel "The Thousand." Unfortunately, like smoked duck ravioli with wasabi-tomatillo sauce, Guilfoile has fallen under the sway of...
  • Paperback Writers: Vintage early Mantel

    Paperback Writers: Vintage early Mantel
    It may seem, thanks to her ManBooker Prize winning novel 'Wolf Hall' (just out in paperback, Picador: 608 pp., $16), that the novelist Hilary Mantel needs no more attention; but in fact the large body of her work — and she's been publishing for more...
  • Book review: 'A Secret Gift' by Ted Gup

    Book review: 'A Secret Gift' by Ted Gup
    "A Secret Gift How One Man's Kindness — and a Trove of Letters — Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression" Ted Gup Penguin Press: 368 pp., $25.95 On Dec. 18, 1933, an ad appeared in the Canton, Ohio, paper offering financial...
  • In Sunday books: A new anthology speaks volumes on black L.A.

    In Sunday books: A new anthology speaks volumes on black L.A.
    When Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramón tell people that Los Angeles has the second largest black population of any U.S. county, the usual response is raised eyebrows and blank stares. "They're shocked," says Hunt, a sociology professor and director of...
  • David Ulin's favorite books of 2010

    David Ulin's favorite books of 2010
    FAVORITE BOOKS Here, in alphabetical order by title, are the 10 books that, over the last 12 months, most moved, inspired or beguiled me: my favorite books of 2010. "About a Mountain" by John D'Agata (W.W. Norton: 236 pp., $23.95). Willfully blurring...
  • Book review: 'Seeing Further,' edited by Bill Bryson

    Book review: 'Seeing Further,' edited by Bill Bryson
    Seeing Further The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society Edited by Bill Bryson William Morrow: 506 pp., $35 There are about 1,400 people currently entitled to tack on "F.R.S." to the end of their names, possibly the world'...