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"This is why Hitchcock's films will survive, because they give food for thought. They unsettle us and we don't know why. They do not assume we are morons, they let us work things out for ourselves. Eventually, we work out that Hitchcock is telling us that there are no pat solutions to life, that things don't necessarily work out right in the end." -Paul Duncan

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.


There were two types of stories the Los Angeles Herald loved to cover – celebrity and scandal. If the two subjects happened to be merged under the same headline, that was even better.

How can we explore Los Angeles Public Library’s vast collection through the writings of a single author? Let’s talk about Isaac Asimov! Being a highly prolific and extremely versatile author, Asimov has a book in every major Dewey decimal category, with the exception of Philosophy. However, even this field of knowledge is represented if we take into account his contributions for Edward Ericson’s The Humanist Way and for Paul Levinson’s In Pursuit of Truth on the philosophy of Karl Popper.

We have Business & Economics subjects covered very nicely. Our patrons contact us with questions like   - What was the exchange rate between US Dollar and British Pound in 1886? – I am looking for statistics on dry milk imports to Jamaica from the US in 1990s; - What’s the comparison for the US Gross Domestic Product in 1870 and 2012?


Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, which gives a behind the scenes look at the 2012 presidential campaign, debuts in the top spot of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List this week. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is atop the Hardcover Fiction list for the third straight week.