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Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, seemingly for one reason: Edie's enormous girth. When Richard abandons her, it is up to the next generation of Middlesteins to take control. Do Edie's devastating choices rest on her shoulders alone, or are others at fault, too?

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2012

The 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were presented on Friday, April 19, 2013, in a public ceremony in the Bovard Auditorium on the campus of USC.

Week of June 3, 2013

Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a 36-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Young Louise is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever in Laura Moriarty's THE CHAPERONE.