| Jan 5, 2011
Miriam Seegar Whelan
Actress became an interior designer
Miriam Seegar Whelan, 103, an actress from the early days of talking films who was married to director Tim Whelan, died Sunday of age-related causes at her home in Pasadena, said her daughter-in-...
| May 8, 2011
As a group of visitors from the San Francisco Bay Area toured the Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative's coffee plantation ( 328-2411, http://www.kpfc.com) in Captain Cook on the Big Island, they listened intently as their guide told them what it takes...
| Jan 2, 2011
The rulers of ancient Rome stamped their presence on the landscape with arches and aqueducts.
In modern-day Chicago, outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley will leave his own indelible mark: A plenitude of projects that stretches into nearly every corner of the...
| Oct 31, 2010
Will Orpet was guilty. That was clear to the newspapers as his trial began in the summer of 1916, and it appeared equally clear to the people of Lake County: It took 23 days and more than 1,200 interviews to find a dozen men who said they could view the...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:39 AM
"A Visit from the Goon Squad"
By Jennifer Egan
Alfred A. Knopf, 277 pages, $24.95
Consider the vinyl record. Round and round it goes. Or went. Like a lot of the vintage culture encoded in Jennifer Egan's punk-rock familial saga 'A Visit from the Goon...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:34 AM
By Jane Smiley
Random House, 336 pages, $26.95
Married life is generally a disappointment. If 'Madame Bovary' isn’t a cautionary enough testament to that rude fact of life, then there are the tut-tuts of the women in the knitting...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 11:07 AM
By Anne Lamott
Penguin Group, 288 pages, $25.95
We might as well begin with Ingmar Bergman’s film “The Seventh Seal,” which plays at a local theater in Anne Lamott’s new novel, “Imperfect Birds,” and...
| Oct 6, 2010
| 9:15 PM
"All I Ever Wanted"
By Kristan Higgins
HQN, $7.99 When the man she thought was going to propose breaks up with her instead, Callie Grey decides it is time to find the new love of her life. Callie just never thought it would turn out to be the town's...
| Oct 24, 2010
I have been to more than 50 countries, and I'd suggest readers do the double-decker hop on/hop off bus tours. We found these available in major cities — Paris, London, Rome, Copenhagen (even stopped at all cruise terminals). I even took one in San...
| Oct 1, 2010
| 4:11 PM
"How Did You Get This Number"
By Sloane Crosley Riverhead, $25.95, 274 pages
Whether she likes it or not, Sloane Crosley keeps being compared to Carrie Bradshaw. Oregon Live called her book “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” “a cooler...
| Oct 8, 2010
| 5:17 PM
I recently saw the film "Howl," which is about Allen Ginsberg's poem of the same name, and I was once again blown away by my lack of knowledge on famous authors whom I really thought I knew - in this case it was Ginsberg.
The movie has four separate, yet...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 9:08 AM
By Karen Tei Yamashita Coffee House Press, 640 pages, $19.95 (paperback)
"I Hotel," by L.A. born, Santa Cruz writer Karen Tei Yamashita, stands as the single most ambitious and experimental work of fiction I have read in a long, longtime. But...