Author J.D. Salinger’s secluded former home in Cornish, New Hampshire, is for sale for $679,000. Salinger bought the home in 1953, the year his “Nine Stories” was published. He sold it in the 1960s, but remained in Cornish.

"Whether or not Salinger actually wrote much in the house is something of a mystery," books reporter Carolyn Kellogg notes, but the stories “Franny,” “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters,” “Zooey” and “Seymour: An Introduction” were published during the years he lived there. (“The Catcher in the Rye” was published before he moved in.)

Photos: Jim Mauchly / Mountain Graphics Photography

On the 94th anniversary of his birth, 18 things about the late writer Charles Bukowski.
Photo: Richard Robinson / Black Sparrow Press

On the 94th anniversary of his birth, 18 things about the late writer Charles Bukowski.

Photo: Richard Robinson / Black Sparrow Press

We lose two hours of life for every hour sitting, one scientist says.

His name is Dr. James Levine, and he’s written a book about how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us and what can be done to stop the threat.

A first edition of “Das Kapital,” a landmark work by Karl Marx (who, you may have heard, was not a big fan of capitalism) sold last week for $40,000.
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A first edition of “Das Kapital,” a landmark work by Karl Marx (who, you may have heard, was not a big fan of capitalism) sold last week for $40,000.

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As far as I can tell, a young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.
"Where’s Spot?" author Eric Hill has died at age 86. His books about Spot the puppy, aimed at preschool-aged kids, sold more than 60 million copies internationally.
Images: Penguin Young Readers Group

"Where’s Spot?" author Eric Hill has died at age 86. His books about Spot the puppy, aimed at preschool-aged kids, sold more than 60 million copies internationally.

Images: Penguin Young Readers Group

Bryan Cranston is writing a book (to be published next year). 
"With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad’," the actor said in a press release announcing his memoir.
Photo: Frank Ockenfels / AMC

Bryan Cranston is writing a book (to be published next year). 

"With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting ‘Breaking Bad’," the actor said in a press release announcing his memoir.

Photo: Frank Ockenfels / AMC

The Concord Public Library Committee vs. Huckleberry Finn, in the pages of the L.A. Times in 1885.
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This short item on Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” appeared in The Times on March 18, 1885. The book had been published in January of that year and was, of course, already causing controversy.

You don’t often hear Mark Twain described as “trashy” nowadays.

The Concord Public Library Committee vs. Huckleberry Finn, in the pages of the L.A. Times in 1885.

latimespast:

This short item on Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” appeared in The Times on March 18, 1885. The book had been published in January of that year and was, of course, already causing controversy.

You don’t often hear Mark Twain described as “trashy” nowadays.

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Carol M. Highsmith is documenting America as we live now. Among her more than 25,000 photos at the Library of Congress are, luckily, lots of libraries. Here are a few. (via Remarkable libraries across America - latimes.com)

Including downtown L.A.’s Central Library, among the likes of the Peabody Library and the Library of Congress.

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Carol M. Highsmith is documenting America as we live now. Among her more than 25,000 photos at the Library of Congress are, luckily, lots of libraries. Here are a few. (via Remarkable libraries across America - latimes.com)

Including downtown L.A.’s Central Library, among the likes of the Peabody Library and the Library of Congress.

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There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger!

The Last Bookstore
Los Angeles, California

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As confirmed by the British Medical Journal, James Bond is a bit of a booze hound.

As confirmed by the British Medical Journal, James Bond is a bit of a booze hound.

Escaping the city for the middle of nowhere, with tens of thousands of books

Partners for 35 years, Polly Hinds and Lynda German left Denver thirteen years ago in search of a quieter life, and they found it in isolated Sweetwater Station, Wyoming.

Not content to keep busy with the upkeep of dozens of farm animals, the two started a mammoth rare book store, with 70,000 titles up for sale. 

Their hands filthy from chores, the two veteran booksellers carry armloads of hard-bound volumes, careful not to dirty the historical tomes and two Zane Grey works of fiction, “The Last Ranger” and “Last of the Great Scouts.” The words scrawled in red on a storage shed explain the contrast: “BOOKS FOR SALE.”

Thirteen years ago, the pair fled Denver following a bizarre altercation with police, looking for a quieter life. They found it here on a deserted ranch 40 miles from the nearest store…

Read the full story from reporter John M. Glionna here.

Photos: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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How many have you read?

Anyone have an exciting read lined up for the weekend?

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How many have you read?

Anyone have an exciting read lined up for the weekend?

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Happy birthday, Kurt Vonnegut

The legendary author, who passed away in 2007, would have turned 91 years old today. And what better way to remember him than to pick up a copy of his work, as David L. Ulin did a few years ago, to rediscover why “Slaughterhouse-Five” meant so much during his youth.

I first read the novel, after all, in this very house, when I was 12 or 13. To return to it 36 years later was to confront viscerally the central point of the book, which is that time is not a continuum but a collection of simultaneous moments, that everything we have ever done and everything we will ever do co-exists within us all at once.

Photos: Jill Krementz / Associated Press, Jennifer S. Altman / For the Times, Frank Espich / The Indianapolis Star