| Apr 4, 2011
| 6:30 AM
CHICAGO (KTLA) -- Charlie Sheen will tell you that it's all about "winning," but some of the people who saw his new live show may disagree.
Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option" tour opened to dismal reviews in Detroit on Saturday....
| May 22, 2011
Here at Book Review, we know what looked good to us on the summer bookshelves, but we couldn't help but wonder what some of our favorite authors were looking forward to tossing in their travel bag or bringing out to the backyard or the beach for one of...
| Apr 17, 2011
J.D. Power and Associates estimates that there are fewer than 1,000 public recharging stations across the U.S., with more than half of them in California.
That estimate matches up with the Department of Energy's Alternative Fueling Station locator (afdc....
| 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 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...
| Sep 5, 2010
The bombs erupted along Pier No. 1, thousands of them, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. And 66 years later, you can still spot a few twisted hunks of metal near water's edge, an American flag snapping in the wind overhead.
This is Port...
| 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 3, 2010
The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad
Walter R. Borneman
Random House: 408 pp., $28
When the Union Pacific and Central Pacific joined rails on May 10, 1869, it was celebrated as the completion of America's first...
| Sep 12, 2010
Fall, it seems, starts earlier every year. Certainly, that's true of publishing: Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" — arguably the big book of the season — has been a topic of discussion since mid-August, while other anticipated titles (Tom...
| Feb 1, 2011
Full disclosure: Comedian Patton Oswalt, author of a new book of personal essays and other flights of whimsy called "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," once invited me to his birthday party at the Lot, the former Warner Bros. studio in West Hollywood.
| Nov 27, 2010
American author Bill Barich, a resident of Ireland these past nine years, was rummaging through a local secondhand shop in the summer of 2008 when he stumbled across a "beat up old copy" of "Travels With Charley," John Steinbeck's late-in-life attempt...
| Dec 12, 2010
Atlantic Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
HarperCollins: 512 pp., $27.99
One of the great joys of reading a Simon Winchester book is the inadvertent discovery of minutiae that...