BECOMING By Michelle Obama Illustrated. 426 pp. Crown. $32.50. Back in the ancestral homeland of Michelle Obama, the architects of Jim Crow took great pains to set down the boundaries and define the roles
These days most publishers insist that their authors maintain an online presence, so we decided to visit the websites of everyone on the fiction list to unearth the most interesting thing about each one.
THE LIBRARY BOOK By Susan Orlean Illustrated. 317 pp. Simon & Schuster. $28 On April 29, 1986, the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles caught fire and burned. Nobody died, though 50 firefighters were
For most readers and writers — and book lovers in general — the library holds a special place of honor and respect. We asked several authors to tell us about their local public library or to share a memory