Jackie Collins

The English author Jackie Collins last month published her latest novel, Confessions of a Wild Child, the eighth book in her Lucky Santangelo saga of Italian-American crime families. Remarkably, like all twenty-nine of her published books, it is a New York Times bestseller. This week Collins offers her recommendations for a different Mafia tale, an intricate trip through her adopted home of Los Angeles, and the memoir of one of music's most notorious "wild children."


The Godfather
By Mario Puzo
A classic book thath spawned three fabulous movies. The Corleone crime family is dangerous, intriguing, and full of life. The late, great Mario Puzo creates unforgettable characters who jump off the pages and stay with you forever. The Godfather is unputdownable.


Bright Shiny Morning
By James Frey
Set in Los Angeles, Bright Shiny Morning follows the lives of many different characters: a celebrity couple, a homeless man, a young couple trying to make it in L.A. and a Mexican maid. As these characters' lives intertwine, the reader is taken on an incredible trip including a rare history of Los Angeles. James Frey is a true storyteller with a talent for making you feel as if you are present in these characters' lives.


By Keith Richards
As autobiographies go, this is one of the best. Rolling Stone Keith Richards takes the reader on a long, detailed, raunchy ride from childhood to super-fame. Clever, interesting, fascinating, and fun.


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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.