Nonfiction

  • Upton Sinclair, militant international author and Socialist, who captured the Democratic nomination for Governor of California, reads a paper at a desk in 1934.
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    The Jungle of Politics

    - Upton Sinclair’s 1934 bid for California’s governorship has lessons for today.
This is a picture of Jim Kempton has traveled the world in search of the perfect wave -- and the perfect meal.
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Hang 10 Cuisine

A surprising connection between surfing and eating well

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California Roadmaps: Part II

In “California Comeback,” author Narda Zacchino vividly chronicles the state’s successes under Gov. Jerry Brown, while Manuel Pastor’s “State of Resistance” looks at how California is weathering — and defying — the Trump era.

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California Roadmaps: Part I

In “California Comeback,” author Narda Zacchino vividly chronicles the state’s successes under Gov. Jerry Brown, while Manuel Pastor’s “State of Resistance” looks at how California is weathering — and defying — the Trump era.

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L.A.’s Latin Love

“The Tide is High” is an incomplete history of Latino music in Southern California — and that’s part of its appeal. Gustavo Arellano reviews a new — and impossible — book.

Founder and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
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Fake Blood

Was blood-testing company Theranos an ambitious startup gone very wrong — or was it an elaborate scam? John Carreyrou’s new book, “Bad Blood,” examines Silicon Valley’s most notable recent flameout.

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Blazing New Paths

‘The California Field Atlas’ looks at the state’s natural beauty from every angle — and its popularity is soaring. Copies of the new book are almost impossible to keep in stock. Paul Saffo explains why.

"Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?" by Warren Hinckle, 520 pages, Last Gasp, $39.95.
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Go-Cup Journalism

Warren Hinckle's editor at the San Francisco Examiner takes us into the newsroom on a "wacko" night with the infamous muckraker — and reviews two Hinckle books in the process.