IKE'S MYSTERY MAN: THE SECRET LIVES OF ROBERT CUTLER By Peter Shinkle Steerforth Press $29.95 401 pages For Washington homosexuals, the early 1950s were rugged times for federal employees, especially those in the State Department. Sen. Joseph McCarthy's campaign to "ferret out communists who endanger national security" had shifted to
An elegant history of the Los Angeles Public Library lauds both the building that survived a fire and its vivid patrons
In Susan Orlean’s enthralling and inspirational account of the Los Angeles Public Library, she alludes to a common euphemism used by the Senegalese when someone dies, namely that “his or her library has burned”. This poetic expression, implying the loss of a great store of knowledge, came into literal focus on 29 April 1986, when the LA library caught fire, destroying more than...
"Freefall: a Novel" (HarperCollins), by Jessica Barry "Freefall" begins as an action-packed/heart-stopping thriller as it logically and smoothly leads into the self-examination of two women estranged from each other but still united by love. Allison Carpenter is bound for San Diego when the light plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies.