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  • Check It Out: These teenage spies will steal your heart

    Surprisingly, the Newport Beach Public Library's young-adult collection has three different series about female, orphaned teen spies that take place in historic England. When I read "A Spy in the House" by Y.S. Lee, I was delighted and intrigued. In...
  • Riot Grrrl movement still proves an inspiration

     Riot Grrrl movement still proves an inspiration
    Years before she created her documentary "Handmade Nation," which examines the culture of do-it-yourself craft in America, Faythe Levine belonged to a handmade nation of a different kind. The artist and Washington state native found inspiration for...
  • Not your standard mystery novel: 'City of Brick and Shadow'

    It figures. Tim Wirkus sits in a restaurant by UC Irvine talking about his book "City of Brick and Shadow," a novel about the elusive quest to nail down the truth, and his responses stymie a reporter's facile attempts to connect art to life. That...
  • Commentary: `Death is having a moment' in academia

    We live everyday with the signs of death's inevitability: aging bodies, decaying buildings, dead flowers. The everyday-ness of death, or what sociologist Zygmunt Bauman calls "living with death," is always with us and, yet, also is somehow kept in the...
  • Check It Out: Roping in the reluctant reader

    As a librarian, one of my favorite things to do is to recommend books to children. There is something exciting about connecting a young person with the perfect book. This is not as easy as it sounds. Everyone's tastes are different. Sometimes it is...
  • Check It Out: Prepare yourself for 2015's movies

    The holidays announced the arrival to the big screen of two longtime chart-topping books, "American Sniper" and "Unbroken." This appears destined to be a year of dozens of popular book adaptations. Before watching the films, check out the books they...
  • The Latest: Girls and other mysteries

    'City of Brick and Shadow' Tim Wirkus Tyrus Books; 282 pages Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975, and most of us, I think, accept that the mob did him in. Amelia Earhart lost radio contact somewhere in the Pacific, and we've narrowed her fate down to...
  • Friends of the Libraries: Try a different perspective on for size

    What if you could change your perspective for one evening? The new Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries program series "Through the Eyes of…" is an opportunity to see through the lenses of other people who have diligently developed a unique point...
  • 'Charlotte's Web' challenge: Dressing 4- and 8-legged creatures

    'Charlotte's Web' challenge: Dressing 4- and 8-legged creatures
    Creating an animal, insect or rodent costume can be so tricky. But leave it to Soojin Lee, the costume designer at South Coast Repertory, to evoke characters for the theater's children's production of E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web." The beloved...
  • Frances Jean Anderson Bury November 9, 1921 - November 18, 2014

    Frances Jean Anderson Bury</br> November 9, 1921 - November 18, 2014
    Surrounded by close family members, Frances Jean Anderson Bury was called to her Lord the morning of November 18, 2014 at her home of 54 years on Lido Isle. Frances Jean was born in Turlock, California to Esther and Joseph Anderson. A bright and...
  • Reel Critics: 'Mortdecai': painful, pitiful and pointless

    It's only January, but you can already see what may be the worst big-budget movie of 2015 at a theater near you. "Mortdecai" is a pitiful attempt to reprise the near-dead genre of British madcap farce. It's based on a series of comic thriller novels...
  • Apodaca: Time to rethink the role of testing?

    When I was a senior in high school, I had an English teacher who had a profound effect on my life. To be honest, at first I thought she was a little weird because she was, well, old. But before long I began devouring the assigned readings —...