Nonfiction

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, by David Talbot, Chronicle Books, 176 pages, $22.95
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What It’s Like to Have a Stroke

In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of my Stroke, author David Talbot takes us through his experience.

Author Joan Didion has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama, and the PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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On the Morning After the Sixties

Joan Didion has been one of California’s most acute observers since the early 1960s; in such books as Slouching Towards ...

Terry Tempest Williams stares down both love and loss in her latest book, Erosion—a collection of essays that are as relentless as they are tender and absolutely unwilling to “look away from all that is breaking our hearts.”
CHERYL HIMMELSTEIN
NONFICTION

The End of the World As We Know It

In Erosion, Terry Tempest Williams bears unflinching witness to what gets stripped away.

Born in San Francisco, poet Gary Snyder was a member of the legendary Beat school of writers.
KURT LORENZ
NONFICTION

Local Hero

Gary Snyder’s Tawny Grammar is short on pages but long on decency.

In his first nonfiction book, Cruising, Southern California novelist Alex Espinoza examines a misunderstood aspect of gay male culture—through both a personal and a historical lens.
JENNA SCHOENEFELD
NONFICTION

The Secret History of Cruising

In Cruising, Alex Espinoza traces the history, experience, and intimacy of anonymous love.

Alta California author Nick Neely
NICK NEELY
NONFICTION

In the Footsteps of Portolá

In his new book, Alta California, Nick Neely rediscovers the Golden State one step at a time.

Shadowlands author Anthony McCann
KIRSTY SINGER
NONFICTION

Live Free or Die

Anthony McCann uses the Malheur occupation to tell a bigger story of the American West in Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.