Books

Books

So, you want to be a writer? Keep reading!

I'm sampling canapes at a party when someone walks up with a J.K. Rowling gleam in their eye. "I hear that you're an editor. I have this great idea for a book, but I'm not sure how to get started. What do you recommend?"

Books

Review: The weird greatness of Nathan Hill's 'The Nix'

A lot of people have called Nathan Hill's debut novel, "The Nix" (Knopf, Aug. 30), one of the best of the year. They're absolutely right. This willfully sprawling, imperfectly ambitious novel contains so many shades of other books that I love that, upon reflection, it's startling to consider the unique sort of excellence Hill has been able to achieve.

Food & Drink

It's breakfast put on steroids

If you're the sort of person who gravitates toward diners, whose favorite restaurants serve breakfast all day (we are not talking about McDonald's), who makes breakfast for dinner at home and whose idea of a good time is making frosted flakes from scratch, then here's a cookbook for you. "Big Bad Breakfast" is the new book from John Currence, and it's a big, bad book of a cookbook, as was clearly the author's intent.

Books

Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Books

Best-sellers

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:

Books

This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Sept. 18, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.

Pets

Veterinarian's book offers help for neurotic pets

A dog who ate wine glasses, a parrot who plucked feathers and a cat who became anorexic after the other cat in his household died are just some of the real-life animals featured in a new book, "Pets on the Couch" (Simon and Schuster, $26), by Nicholas Dodman.

Videos

Bee Book Club: Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst case

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN legal analyst and author of the book 'American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst,' speaks to the Bee Book Club.
Jose Luis Villegas The Sacramento Bee
Bee Book Club: Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst case 3:43

Bee Book Club: Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst case

Best-selling author John Sandford speaks to the Bee Book Club 2:22

Best-selling author John Sandford speaks to the Bee Book Club

Sue Grafton on completing her 'Alphabet Series': 'I look forward to the freedom' 2:06

Sue Grafton on completing her 'Alphabet Series': 'I look forward to the freedom'

Video: Gretchen Rubin shares tips on how to change your habits 0:56

Video: Gretchen Rubin shares tips on how to change your habits