In this week’s issue, we have some fabulous reading for you. Want to explore a startling corner of history? Perhaps read about a family history that is, if you are fortunate, not like your own? Find out what authors make the best celebrities? Take a tour of one of the country’s premier book festivals? Then click away!
There are lots of reasons to love books, not least among them the opportunity to come together with other booklovers to share in the excitement of meeting authors and booksellers, getting books signed, listening to book-oriented panels, and buying books. Even though it means sore feet for two days Lauren Roberts once again hits her local festival for her annual fix in Celebrating Books and Reading.
“Science and Story are the two stars that have guided my life,” says Nicki Leone. And having grown up that way, she found herself strongly identifying with the author of a compelling new biography about a woman who unknowingly produced one of the most important cell lines used in science today but who remained unknown and unappreciated until the author connected with the woman’s family in The Story in the Science.
Every family has a history but not every family has a history that includes the Mafia. How does one come to reconcile memories of a loving, doting father with the later discovery that he is a trusted member of a feared crime-and murder ring? The secrets of this author’s family’s life, Lindsay Chamption says, are released in a series of “seemingly harmless” moments until they build into a “chilling, heart-wrenching mystery” in Family Secrets.
At some point in our lives all of us have at least one person we have been “dying” to meet. Lauren Baratz-Logsted recalls that unlike some of her peers who were enthralled with sports, movie, or political celebrities she has always found her “celebrities” among authors. And, she admits, she is not immune to going gaga over more than a couple of those in Dying to Meet You.
Marking the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books are the bookmarks that Lauren Roberts collected. This year, instead of just taking anyone offered she got fussy. But those few proved to be enough to satisfy in A Book Festival in Bookmarks.