On the eve of her 87th birthday, Ruth Westheimer is still talking about sex. In her new memoir — her second — called “The Doctor Is In,” Westheimer shares a bit about her own romantic entanglements. Her first boyfriend was nicknamed Putz, she tells us, and she lost her virginity on a kibbutz (not to Putz). As a young patient at a hospital in then-Palestine, Westheimer dishes, she had a “brief but intense love affair” with a male nurse.
Is there a contemporary writer more at home in a multitude of genres — not to mention geographical locales and historical eras — than Dan Simmons? Since the appearance of his first novel, “Song of Kali,” in 1985, Simmons has written award-winning horror (“Carrion Comfort”) and first-rate science fiction (“The Hyperion Cantos”), along with such unclassifiable works as “Phases of Gravity” and “The Hollow Man,” with its alternating echoes of Dante and T.
Take heart, America: It’s not all scandal and gridlock in Washington. The nation’s capital also leads the country in print book purchases, according to Amazon’s annual list of the most well-read cities in the country. Read full article >>