From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed UP Files...

One of my favorite authors died over the weekend, E.L. Konigsburg. She was 83 years old. The news gave me pause – caught my breath up, actually. And, when I saw a FB from a writer friend who admitted that …

4.23.13

What to Read Right Now: March 2013

girlreading With ski week and spring break ahead, we’re starting to stack up some books for vacation. Here’s what we think looks great.

It’s all over the headlines and hasn’t even been released to the public, but Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean

3.3.13

What to Read Right Now: Recommendations for February 2013

Here’s a round up of books we’re enjoying right now that span the globe in topic — from parenting to politics to pure pleasure. KOTCreadingSonya Sotomayer’s autobiography My Beloved World chronicles her path from an underprivileged child suffering from Juvenile …

2.7.13

12-12-12: Coping Strategies for Facing the End of the World (Oops — I mean, the Year!)

There are a bunch of crazies out there who think the world is going to end on December 21st… because the Mayan calendar is ending on that date after 5,000 odd years. There are celebrations galore planned in Mexico — …

12.12.12

Island of the Blue Dolphins – ReMix

 

A fascinating article in the LA Times about researcher’s discovery of the real-life cave that belonged to the Native American girl who sparked Scott O’Dell’s popular novel, “Island of the Blue Dolphins.”…

11.8.12

Reading in the Dark (or, what was on my iPad this summer)

Everyone knows you can’t read your tablet in the bright sun of the beach (a reason many folks still prefer the Kindle). I love carrying a paperback around in a beach bag, but most of my summer reading took place …

9.6.12

The Centennial of John Cage

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of our nation’s most creative and influential composers, John Cage.  Los Angeles is turning itself inside out to present John Cage events, celebrating the master because he spent his …

9.6.12

What a 1971 MGB, Tory Burch’s fall line and Hitchcock’s Vertigo have in common

It started with a conversation between my husband and my kids about a car he once owned… an MGB convertible that brought him from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, years ago. Sadly, the story also involves me selling said mythic …

8.16.12

TFS Subscriber Profile: Gayle Baigelman and BookEnds

I sat down with Gayle Baigelman last week, a former film executive and mother of a teenage girl, who has managed to turn a lifetime love of reading into a satisfying day job. How did she do that? She works …

8.8.12