God's Hotel

Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco is the last American survivor of an institution that goes back to the Middle Ages -- an almshouse whose sole function is to care for the sick and the destitute. Victoria Sweet's journey there -- as a doctor, as a student of the hospital's astonishing history, and as a human being -- constitutes one of the most moving, and eye-opening memoirs of the year.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.