Two San Fernando Valley Writers Capture “The Oprah Effect”

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BY KAREN YOUNG The Oprah Winfrey  Show was one of the most successful talk shows in television history with Winfrey inspiring and informing her viewers  on a daily basis.  The show ran  for 25 seasons and won 47 Emmy Awards until Winfrey … [Read more...]

Worth the Drive: Escape to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles

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The Last Bookstore, which inhabits a former bank building,  carries 200,000 new and used books.

BY RACHEL DAHAN     Occupying an old bank building in downtown Los Angeles on the corner of 5th and Spring in the Old Bank District, stands The Last Bookstore — a magnificent tribute to the printed word, waiting for souls to … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Fresh Books for Spring

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BY JO PERRY New books and classic stories bloom this month for young and emerging readers. Chicks! by Sandra Horning with detailed illustrations by Jon Goodel is a satisfying look at the life-cycle of the chicken for emerging readers.  … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: We ♥ Books

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BY JO PERRY "We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading." — B. F. Skinner It’s never too late for your children to fall in love with reading.  Young readers will ♥ these bright and funny February titles about … [Read more...]

Kid’s Book Corner: A Fresh Year of Reading (and Poems) Starts Now

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BY JO PERRY “Whatsoever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.” ––Moina Belle Michael I hope the holidays brought stacks of books for your children. Here is a bright bouquet of picture books for everyone in your family to … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Holiday Books (and Cookbooks) for All Ages

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BY JO PERRY "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx I hope your children will be sitting on … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: We’re Thankful for Books!

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BY JO PERRY If you want your children to become lifelong readers, show them that you value books by giving them as gifts. Below is the first of two columns devoted to books your kids will enjoy giving and receiving during the … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Moonbeams, Burning Hearts, Toad Legs and a Missing Pumpkin

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BY JO PERRY Fall is here, bringing with it pumpkins, Halloween, and news about the upcoming election. Share these timely books with your children and create some new family traditions. Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats, A Treasure of … [Read more...]

Two Studio City Dwellers Reveal the Magical World of Meringue in a New Cookbook Perfect for the Holidays

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BY KAREN YOUNG Studio City residents Jennifer Evans Gardner and Linda K. Jackson, co –authors of Meringue, met over homemade meringue at their respective children’s pre-school potluck many years ago. Gardner brought raspberry meringue … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: The Boxcar Children — A Beloved Classic Returns

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BY JO PERRY Seventy years ago a Connecticut schoolteacher wrote a story to entertain her first grade students. Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children was the story of four brave and resourceful orphans who, before they are united … [Read more...]