Books

How the Rise of the Developing World Will Help Americans

In his new book, Philip Auerswald argues the economic crisis will eventually give way to unparalleled global growth.

The Historical Roots of Detroit's Ruin

In Detroit: A Biography, journalist Scott Martelle finds the answers behind today's Motor City buried deep in its past.

Last Chance to Become a Literary Evangelist for World Book Night

You too can have a chance to spread free copies of your favorite books around American cities.

America's Most Literate Cities Not Necessarily the Wealthiest

Central Connecticut State University's annual study found no correlation between the wealth of a city and its literacy rate.

The Struggle to Define L.A.'s Transitional Moment

What Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne learned after a full year of historical reading on the city

A Tall Building Bible

Author Kate Ascher offers a remarkably plain-language reexamination of modern skyscrapers

Explaining a City in a Single Word or Phrase

In The Spirit of Cities, author Daniel A. Bell tries to capture a city's essence, in brief

Wanted: More Practical Discussions of Urban Farming

The new book 'Carrot City' celebrates the aesthetics of urban agriculture

An Illustrated 'Food Rules' for the Rest of Us

Michael Pollan's bestseller returns with whimsical art from Maira Kalman