February 26, 2012 |
Partials A Novel Dan Wells Balzer & Bray, 472 pp., $17.99, ages 14 and older Blame Suzanne Collins if you will. But the dystopian trend in young adult fiction isn't going away. If anything, it's growing even stronger in the run-up to the movie based on her book "The Hunger Games" as publishers rush in with their Next Big Things. Readers who enjoy headstrong feminist leads making their way through post-apocalyptic incarnations of major U.S. cities set in the not-too-distant future will find plenty to like in "Partials," the kickoff to a new young adult series from Dan Wells.
November 14, 2011 |
Teenage girls who drink alcohol and have a family history of breast cancer are increasing their own risk of the disease. Researchers from Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School conducted a health survey, published Sunday, on almost 7,000 girls ages 9 to 15. The surveys were repeated twice when the girls were 18 to 27. The participants' mothers were asked about their own history of benign breast disease, breast cancer and...
September 9, 2011 |
There is something about child abductions that captures the public's imagination like no other crime. Whether it's the more common parental ones or infamous kidnappings like the Lindbergh baby in 1932 and the more recent Polly Klaas, Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard cases, such crimes have even spurred some spectators to travel across the country to join searches for the missing victims or attend the trials. While memoir, nonfiction and academic books have long explored such crimes as a sociological phenomenon, fictional accounts concern themselves with the toll on the victims as well as their circle of family and friends.
September 4, 2011 |
Denise Hamilton knows Los Angeles and mystery stories: She's the editor of "Los Angeles Noir" and its sequel and once covered the city as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She's stepped aside from her Eve Diamond mystery series to write "Damage Control," due to be released Tuesday, about a thirtysomething crisis consultant with her first big case - a senator's aide has been found murdered - that has ties to her past. At the heart of the story is a relationship between Maggie Silver and Annabel Paxton, who was her best friend in high school.
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August 20, 2011 |
It was the paradox that drew me in: The notion of a comfortably retired 85-year-old teacher trying to make the tawdry topic of sex trafficking a priority for her suburban San Diego chapter of the American Assn. of University Women. Myrra Lee was upset about a column I wrote last month on a campaign by residents in Los Angeles' West Adams district to rid their block of prostitutes and pimps . I'd painted prostitutes as the villains, Lee said, and missed a chance to educate readers about how complicated and dangerous their situation is. Then she proceeded to educate me: "This is not their choice to be doing this.
July 10, 2011 |
Once Upon a River A Novel Bonnie Jo Campbell W.W. Norton: 348 pp., $25.95 Bonnie Jo Campbell's "American Salvage" was one of the standout books of 2009 — a collection of 14 stories so sharp they made you bleed. In one, a hunter hits a teenage girl with his car on a foggy morning roadside, then must resist the urge to "use her body" while they wait for an ambulance to arrive. In another, a man quickly cycles through his options for dealing with a meth-addicted wife, only to realize, as if he didn't know it from the outset, that he has no choice but to carry on. These are brutal stories, set in rural Michigan (Campbell lives in Kalamazoo)
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June 8, 2011 |
The juvenile arrested in Ventura County along with seven men on suspicion of gang-raping two teenage girls they lured from social networking sites was charged as an adult in the case, authorities said Tuesday. The 15- and 16-year-old girls agreed to meet the suspects on separate occasions, one in March and one in April, said Det. Sgt. Ismael Cordero of the Santa Paula Police Department. Cordero said the suspects gave the victims alcohol and possibly other substances. In both cases the girls passed out and awoke to find themselves being sexually assaulted, he said.
April 10, 2011 |
The gig: Keren Taylor is the founder and executive director of WriteGirl, a nonprofit organization that pairs professional women writers in Los Angeles with at-risk teenage girls. Now in its 10th year, WriteGirl serves about 300 girls from 60 high schools throughout Los Angeles. WriteGirl was named California Nonprofit of the Year last year by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Forging independent women: WriteGirl participants are 13 to 18 years old and come primarily from low-income neighborhoods.
April 1, 2011 |
Actor David Schwimmer's second feature-directing outing, "Trust," shows clear commitment to its vital and sensitive subject matter. Unfortunately, this well-acted cautionary tale is hampered by a lack of visual finesse and a script (by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger) in need of a narrative rethink and a dialogue polish. In suburban Chicago, the seemingly idyllic Cameron family — ad exec dad Will (Clive Owen, excellent); Realtor mother Lynn (Catherine Keener); and three kids, including 14-year-old Annie (a fine Liana Liberato)
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March 29, 2011 |
Moreno Valley police arrested the final suspect Monday in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl. Michael Sykes, 19, was arrested about noon at a residence in Moreno Valley, said Cpl. Courtney Donowho, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. He had not been booked into jail as of Monday afternoon. Six male juveniles had previously been arrested and booked in Riverside County Juvenile Hall on charges of sexual assault on a child. A teenage girl who allegedly helped lure the victim to the scene of the rape was also arrested.