Recent Reads (All of which I have loved and checked out from the San Francisco Public Library!)
Autobiography, Biography, and/or Travel Memoir
* The Autobiography of Malcolm X (as told to Alex Haley)
* Kim Sunee’s Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home—drool-worthy food descriptions (and recipes!) alongside a heart-touching autobiography.
* Susan Jane Gilman’s Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
* Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic–The first graphic novel that I’ve read and enjoyed. Very literate, intellectual, and sad and hilarious all at once.
* Stacey O’Brien’s Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love story of an Owl and His Girl—My gawd, I love owls!
* Asne Seierstad’s The Bookseller of Kabul
* Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking—Knee-slappingly funny.
* Katherine Powell Cohen’s Images of America: San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury—My beleoved neighborhood! Fantastic, brief historical overview from the 1880’s to 2008 with photograph’s gracing each page.
About Public Libraries and the Love of Reading
* Don Borchert’s Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library
* Emma Walton Hamilton’s Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment
* Vicki Myron’s Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
* Andrew Sean Greer’s The Story of a Marriage
* Robert Charles Wilson’s Darwinia: A Novel of a Very Different Twentieth Century
* Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World
* Donna Farhi’s Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living
* Carol Off’s Bitter Chocolate: The Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet
Currently Browsing (i.e. not reading every single page)
* Mothisa Yamakage’s The Essence of Shinto: Japan’s Spiritual Heart
* Terence Conran’s The Chef’s Garden: Fresh Produce from Small Spaces
* Swami Vishnu-Devanda’s The Complete Book of Illustrated Yoga
* Hooman Majd’s The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran
* James Dalessandro’s 1906: A Novel (about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake)