Lucky Break

British novelist Esther Freud (Hideous Kinky) turns her unflinching (but not uncaring) gaze on the life of the young actor -- with all its vanity and passion, lofty dreams and crushing blows. The author's talent is such that you'll care more about her three main characters, who meet as drama students and find varying levels of success, than you ever thought possible.

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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