“Dead Wake” by Erik Larson
“Water to Angels” by Les Standiford
“Empire’s Crossroads” by Carrie Gibson
“Midnight at the Pera Palace” by Charles King
“The Phantom of Fifth Ave” by Meryl Gordon
“Beethoven” by Jan Swafford
“Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke
Les Standiford, Author
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Fabulous new histories brimming with satisfying substance. Elaine speaks with Les Standiford about the evolution of Los Angeles, using the life and work of William Mulholland and his leadership of the water department.
Are there more novels by JD Salinger yet to be discovered?
Very possibly. The swamis at The Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Society, Salinger’s spiritual home during his Silent Years, have donated some of the author’s letters to the Morgan Library.
These letters reveal much about Salinger’s mindset after The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger retreated from the world….and turned to eastern philosophy. Some believe this was an attempt to find relief from his post-war nervous breakdown, or what is now called PTSD. And….these newly uncovered letters suggest Salinger may have completed at least two additional novels.
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There’s a new biography of Sylvia Plath out, timed to the 50th anniversary of her death. Will it have unexpected revelations?
Carl Rollyson has just published “AmericanIsis, The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath.” It’s the first biography to draw from archives of Plath’s husband, poet Ted Hughes. Rollyson, who’s also done biographies of Marilyn Monroe and Susan Sontag, focuses on what it meant to be a female artist in mid-20th century America. Plath faced many challenges.