LA Review of Books: The Spy Game’s Afoot

While I really enjoy television shows that tell spy stories (Alias, Chuck, The Americans), I very rarely read spy novels. They tend, I’ve found, to be long and tedious: covert action that can be carried out fairly quickly and clearly on screen often takes many pages to describe in print. But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed two spy novels … Continue reading LA Review of Books: The Spy Game’s Afoot

The Hot Spots and Storied Plots of Laurel Hill Cemetery

“The Cemetery Gift Shop Is Open” wasn’t the first thing I expected to see as my mother, brother, and I approached the main office at Laurel Hill Cemetery last Saturday morning. A gift shop at a cemetery? But indeed, we walked into the room and found a small store selling books and postcards of historic … Continue reading The Hot Spots and Storied Plots of Laurel Hill Cemetery