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  • Oakland Native

    - Tommy Orange’s dazzling debut novel, “There There,” explores the lives of native Americans in Oakland. T.J. Stiles reviews this hotly-anticipated read.
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Quick Picks

Alta’s partners at Book Passage in the Bay Area recommend books by California authors and on California subjects, with reviews by Book Passage staff members.

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.
CHLOE AFTEL
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Women in Prison

Rachel Kushner’s new novel, “The Mars Room,” chronicles gritty life in a women’s prison, with a focus on one inmate’s story in and out of jail.

Founder and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes
GILBERT CARRASQUILLO/GETTY IMAGES
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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.

Eve Babitz first gained notoriety by playing chess in the nude with Marcel Duchamp at the artist’s 1963 retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum.
©1963 JULIAN WASSER
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All About Eve

With the re-release of "Black Swans: Stories" Los Angeles author and artist Eve Babitz is reestablished as a major West Coast literary icon.

Artist Obi Kaufmann
PAUL COLLINS
BOOKS

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.
BOOKS

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.