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Take a Break from Bad News – Read A Story

Without leaving home, go somewhere else. Most of us are stuck at home. Some are home schooling, bravo to all of you. Some are working from...

Sajj Mediterranean

OC Dining Alternatives | Take-Out and Delivery Options

With the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, many Orange County restaurants have had to temporarily close their doors to the public, but people...

Weather by Jenny Offill

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Two Little Gems

Two little gems: Weather by Jenny Offill, published in February, and Artforum by César Aira, published in March.

OC Book Blog: “All My Puny Sorrows” by Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews' novel "All My Puny Sorrows" is the story of sisters trying to save each other.

Randy Kraft's OC Book Blog

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Hot Books for the New Year

A line-up of fine writers and provocative fiction, and a few non-fictions, coming your way.

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead” by Olga Tokjarczuk

The Polish writer/activist Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the 2019 Nobel prize for literature's novel is a remarkable work of fiction, as well...

OC Winter Fest

Seasonal Fun at Winter Fest OC

From snow play to dazzling light displays, carnival rides and Santa sightings, the event captures the magic of the season. By Katherine...

Book Drive

Laguna Beach Books and Young Company are sponsoring a Book Drive though Dec. 21, 2019.

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Quichotte” by Salman Rushdie

Not for everyone, for sure, Quichotte (pronounced key-shot) is, nonetheless, a great ride, for the masterful writing as well as keen...

Elizabeth Strout

OC BookBlog: “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout

Since Elizabeth Strout burst on the literary scene in 1998 with the novel Amy and Isabelle she has been revealing less than attractive...

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: “Ask Again, Yes” by Mary Beth Keane

I was at first surprised this novel received early praise. The set-up is familiar: Irish immigrant cops in NYC in 1973, a dark time for the...

Summer Beach Reads 2019

Randy Kraft’s OC Book Blog: Summer Beach Reads

Elizabeth Gilbert adds to her canon a sexy coming-of-age story set in early 20th century NY, and Kaira Rouda sticks close to home with a...