Aug 6, 2012
A novel about teenage angst, a nonfiction peek into a secret, seamy world, and a thriller with a domestic angle    Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne

This novel of adolescent...
Librarian in hardhat
Aug 4, 2012
I recently had the good fortune to take a tour of the construction site of the new San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.We took a boat out to Yerba Buena Island. The brown structure is a temporary...
Basset hound in front of fan with ears blowing
Aug 2, 2012
Warm weather in July and August as the Dog Star Sirius shines above us.  Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, the Large Dog.  What better time to enjoy star...
Aug 2, 2012
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1958 film Vertigo, a psychological thriller shot  in San Francisco,  has edged out  Orson Welles’s  1941 Citizen Kane as the best movie of...
Surfing Fiction in Bolinas
Aug 2, 2012
               Summer is here in Bolinas and if you can’t make it to the beach to enjoy the surf, you can always do it...
Aug 2, 2012
 While on a beach vacation recently I decided to tally how and what beachgoers where reading. I expected to see more e-readers and although two of the three college girls I was with were...
Aug 1, 2012
  Author Gore Vidal  died yesterday in Hollywood Hills, California.  In his long career, he published essays, novels, plays and screenplays.  He became well  known as a...
Teddy bear reading on a Nook
Jul 31, 2012
Looking for that bestseller, but don't want to wait?  Or, maybe you've been hearing about eBooks and eReaders, and wondered what all the fuss is about?Well, now's the time to try...
Jul 30, 2012
My take on a wildly popular book, a novel about ideals gone awry, and a very weird DVD.    Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Subtitled From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail....
Jul 30, 2012
Two of my favorite writers have published new novels this summer.  Alan Furst and Joseph  Kanon are somewhat similar in their subject matter and style.  Both write historical novels...