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  • Bookmark: A couple of seriously good reads

    Some marvelous novels vigorously refute the idea that so-called "literary fiction," the serious stuff, must be a tedious chore to read, like a bad-tasting medicine whose healing properties are somehow confirmed by the fact that you want to spit it out,...
  • Bookmark: Biopics can't match great reads about famous people

    She's got the look. She's also got the walk, the talk and the wardrobe. When Michelle Williams pouts and flounces and oozes her way across the screen in "My Week With Marilyn," giving herself unreservedly to the role of a tormented yet still-alluring...
  • Check It Out: Children's, young adult books awarded

    Last week, the American Library Assn. announced the 2012 book award winners for children and young adult books, including the John Newbery Medal, for outstanding contribution to children's literature; the Randolph Caldecott Medal, recognizing the most...
  • Gardner takes less-is-more approach

    Gardner takes less-is-more approach
    When Newport Beach Mayor Nancy Gardner delivered a two-word state-of-the-city address to the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce last month ("it's fine"), people thought she was mostly joking. Turns out she wasn't. Gardner slightly elaborated on that...
  • Bookmark: 'Bones' an instant spiritual favorite

    Before I read "The Translation of the Bones" (Scribner) by Francesca Kay, I had three favorite novels on spiritual topics. Now I have four. Kay's fiercely lyrical yet exceedingly tough-minded novel about a tragedy precipitated by a would-be spiritual...
  • Bookmark: Author gives us bad people but great writing

    It takes one to know one. That playground taunt is, like so many cliches, grounded in truth. It really does take one to know one, which goes a long way toward explaining the perversely effective law enforcement personnel in the novels of Mo Hayder, the...
  • Check It Out: See the movie — read the book

    Making movies out of popular books is nothing new. Filmmakers have been doing it for as long as film has been around. There is something magical about seeing a book, literally, brought to life. The actors and actresses can bring new life and insights...
  • Apodaca: Water polo provides unlikely bridge between Newport, Afghanistan

    Cue the heart-stirring music, and imagine the following set-up: An adversity-stricken group of young people from an impoverished, war-ravaged nation yearns for a source of meaning and accomplishment for themselves, and a point of pride for their...
  • Bookmark: New novel tackles tough subject

    The late John Updike once opined that we are all "trapped in solitary confinement inside our own skins." We can't ever really know what someone else is feeling, no matter how hard we try or how desperately she or he wants us to. Our unique souls are...
  • Check It Out: Showcasing excellence in young adult literature

    If you haven't met before, I'd like to introduce you to the Michael L. Printz Award. For readers familiar with the Newberry Medal (for children's literature), the Printz Award is the equivalent in the teen category. The Printz is awarded by the...
  • David Sedaris to speak at Irvine's Barclay Theatre

    "When forced to leave my house for an extended period of time, I take my typewriter with me, and together we endure the wretchedness of passing through the X-ray scanner. The laptops roll merrily down the belt, while I'm instructed to stand aside and open...
  • A Word, Please: A healthy dose of fact-checking will do some good

    When I was a child, someone told me that if I crossed my eyes too long they would get stuck that way. Someone else told me that if I stepped on a rusty nail and didn't get a tetanus shot, my jaw would lock shut. Thus, two absolute laws of the universe...