Books

  • Phantoms author Christian Kiefer says he’s attracted to writing about “folks who are broke and/or disenfranchised from the system.”
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    Onward, Christian’s Soldiers

    - "Phantoms", a new novel from Christian Kiefer, exorcises past crimes and confronts current issues against the backdrop of two wars.
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Book Passage: April Book Picks

Staff at Alta partner Book Passage in the Bay Area recommend books by California authors and/or on California subjects.

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.

“The Golden State” by Lydia Kiesling
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Not Everything Turns to Gold

Lydia Kiesling’s sharp debut explores the underside of rural California

"Tree" author Melina Sempill Watts.
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‘Tree:’ The Life Story of a Live Oak

A 229-year-old live oak tells of its life among the Chumash people, Spanish explorers, Californios and the denizens of present-day Los Angeles

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Vroman’s Holiday Book Picks

From cooking to music to desert living, Vroman’s staff recommends nine books for well-read readers.

This is a picture of Jim Kempton has traveled the world in search of the perfect wave -- and the perfect meal.
COOKING

Hang 10 Cuisine

A surprising connection between surfing and eating well

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Book Passage: 10 Holiday Reads

Books make a great gift! Book Passage in the Bay Area recommends these titles by California authors and on California subjects.