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March 8, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ and JOHN POPE
The Norman E. Watson Library at Orange Coast College has acquired the highly lauded 34-volume Dictionary of Art, the most comprehensive art historical reference ever published. Publisher Grove Dictionaries Inc., of London, says the massive set, which costs $8,800, covers virtually all aspects of visual art except film. Nearly 16 years in the making, the dictionary was published in October.
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September 23, 2012 | By Carmela Ciuraru
The Brontës Wild Genius on the Moors - The Story of a Literary Family Juliet Barker Pegasus: 1,200 pp., $39.95 Just about everything you thought you knew about the Brontës is wrong. That's the essential message of "The Brontës" by Juliet Barker. Eighteen years after her landmark biography was published, the author - a former curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth - has produced a revised edition with new material, including letters and juvenilia that were unavailable when the author wrote the book.
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April 4, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Playwright Anne Commire wrote about subjects certain to make her audience squirm, repeatedly confronting what she called "the breaking points of women. " "The idea of someone who's continuously being pushed to the edge is what fascinates me," she once said. When she invariably intertwined comedy and pathos, critics noted that Commire's sense of humor was a strength. Her play "Shay," presented in 1983 at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, featured an acutely shy woman who purposely slashes her mouth after an agonizing social occasion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Playwright Anne Commire wrote about subjects certain to make her audience squirm, repeatedly confronting what she called "the breaking points of women. " "The idea of someone who's continuously being pushed to the edge is what fascinates me," she once said. When she invariably intertwined comedy and pathos, critics noted that Commire's sense of humor was a strength. Her play "Shay," presented in 1983 at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, featured an acutely shy woman who purposely slashes her mouth after an agonizing social occasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2012 | By Carmela Ciuraru
The Brontës Wild Genius on the Moors - The Story of a Literary Family Juliet Barker Pegasus: 1,200 pp., $39.95 Just about everything you thought you knew about the Brontës is wrong. That's the essential message of "The Brontës" by Juliet Barker. Eighteen years after her landmark biography was published, the author - a former curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum at Haworth - has produced a revised edition with new material, including letters and juvenilia that were unavailable when the author wrote the book.
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May 15, 1987 | Associated Press
Women are conspicuously missing from the Iran- contra hearings, aside from secretary Fawn Hall, "who shredded and regretted and finally told," former Rep. Bella Abzug said Thursday. "There isn't even one woman from Congress or the Senate sitting in on this hearing--and this is 1987," said Abzug, a New York Democrat.
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November 27, 1986 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
Question: I recently purchased "Up and Down California" in good condition for $90 from a book dealer and wondered if I got a good buy.--E.G. Answer: The book "Up and Down California in 1860-1864" by William H. Brewer (Yale University Press, 1930) is coveted by book collectors. According to Los Angeles book dealer Jeff Weber of Zeitlin & Ver Brugge, its current value, if in good condition with the dust jacket intact, is $150.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
In 1971, Jerry Seinfeld was still in high school and Shawn Green was not even born. Ehud Olmert was a law student and Israel had not signed a peace treaty with Egypt. No American woman had been ordained as a rabbi and West Hollywood had few Russian Jewish immigrants.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | Lawrence J. Magid
That big encyclopedia my parents bought in 1955 must have been an important set of books, for it still takes up a great deal of space at my mom's house. That one edition, which represented a substantial investment, lasted through junior and senior high school. I have encyclopedias where I live today, but they take up hardly any space at all and cost less than $80 apiece. They contain about the same amount of text as that old multivolume edition, but they also include movies, sound and animation.
NEWS
November 5, 1990 | CAROL DEEGAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
With the school year in high gear, it's a good time to consider new additions to children's home reference libraries. For children ages 8 to 14, there is the new "The Kids' World Almanac of the United States" (Pharos-World Almanac; $14.95 hardcover, $6.95 soft cover), with history, facts and trivia about each of the 50 states. This easy-to-use reference book features brief sketches of each state's origin and how it became part of the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2007 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
In 1971, Jerry Seinfeld was still in high school and Shawn Green was not even born. Ehud Olmert was a law student and Israel had not signed a peace treaty with Egypt. No American woman had been ordained as a rabbi and West Hollywood had few Russian Jewish immigrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2004 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Frederick R. Karl, a literary scholar known for his mammoth biographies of William Faulkner, Joseph Conrad and other figures, died of kidney disease April 30 in New York City. He was 77. Karl, a professor emeritus of both City College of New York and New York University, wrote or edited more than a dozen books, including major reference volumes on modern English and American fiction and a novel set during World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2003 | Denise M. Bonilla, Times Staff Writer
It wasn't long ago that library research in Orange County meant dusty old card catalog drawers, meandering treks through crowded aisles and balky computers prone to freezing at any moment. Starting today, library patrons will need only a few computer keystrokes to have all the reference books, periodicals and Web pages they desire right in front of them.
HEALTH
July 12, 1999 | CAROL KRUCOFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whether you're a committed exerciser or just contemplating a move off the couch, fitness books can provide inspiration, instruction and insight on getting the most from your activity. Here's a sampling of some recent books, plus a recommended reading list from my library of fitness favorites: Recent Books * "Working Out, Working Within: The Tao of Inner Fitness Through Sports and Exercise," by Jerry Lynch and Chungliang Al Huang (Jeremy P. Tarcher / Putnam, 1998).
BUSINESS
August 1, 1997 | SARA SILVER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
They bore through magazines and pore over cookbooks to find the latest and tastiest phrases. Cheese sandwiches in hand, they argue the finer points of definitions. In this home, it is forbidden to enter the bathroom without taking something to read and mark. Robert and Cynthia Barnhart and their five children--lexicographers all--toil much as Robert's father, Clarence L.
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May 6, 1997 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yum. There's so much luscious stuff in "1997 Biennial" at the Orange County Museum of Art that it's tempting simply to celebrate it. And there is a lot to celebrate. But some of the fun is spoiled by the blinkered way chief curator Bruce Guenther makes his case for the works he selected by 10 Los Angeles artists. In his brief remarks in the show's catalog, Guenther keeps referring to the pieces in the show as if they sprang from a purely formalist sensibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2004 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Frederick R. Karl, a literary scholar known for his mammoth biographies of William Faulkner, Joseph Conrad and other figures, died of kidney disease April 30 in New York City. He was 77. Karl, a professor emeritus of both City College of New York and New York University, wrote or edited more than a dozen books, including major reference volumes on modern English and American fiction and a novel set during World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1992 | ANNE BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Diego Public Library has just made available a new reference book. But this is no ordinary reference book. This is no "Roget's Thesaurus" or "Bartlett's Quotations." This is even wilder than a dictionary chock full of four-letter words (with pictures). What is it about this book that drew five TV crews from three local stations on Monday, when "the book," as some patrons call it, was first made available at the Central Library downtown?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ and JOHN POPE
The Norman E. Watson Library at Orange Coast College has acquired the highly lauded 34-volume Dictionary of Art, the most comprehensive art historical reference ever published. Publisher Grove Dictionaries Inc., of London, says the massive set, which costs $8,800, covers virtually all aspects of visual art except film. Nearly 16 years in the making, the dictionary was published in October.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1995 | Lawrence J. Magid
That big encyclopedia my parents bought in 1955 must have been an important set of books, for it still takes up a great deal of space at my mom's house. That one edition, which represented a substantial investment, lasted through junior and senior high school. I have encyclopedias where I live today, but they take up hardly any space at all and cost less than $80 apiece. They contain about the same amount of text as that old multivolume edition, but they also include movies, sound and animation.
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