Life Itself

The first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, Roger Ebert has been reviewing movies since 1967, and his writings on cinema have been collected in volumes that range from The Great Movies to Your Movie Sucks. Here he chronicles his own life and career -- from an idyllic childhood in Urbana, Illinois, to his ascendancy at the Chicago Sun-Times -- tracing the evolution of journalism and film over the last four decades (and providing an unflinching account of his recent ordeal with thyroid cancer). A public life described in a profoundly -- and profound -- personal testament.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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