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Wintertime book season puzzle

Wintertime book season puzzle

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Mar 7, 2018

Below are six newly released books that have piqued our interest, followed by passages from each of them. Match the title to the prose!

First ladies with a Potomac passion

First ladies with a Potomac passion

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 28, 2018

Amy Bloom's "White Houses" (Random House) is a novel based on the historical record.

Father time

Father time

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Feb 21, 2018

Patrick Nathan's debut novel "Some Hell" (Graywolf Press) had me holding my breath to new limits.

Iconic identity

Iconic identity

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 21, 2018

In this updated version of local chanteuse Bambi Lake's memoir, there are more photographs and commentary, but the core of the book remains a testament to the flamboyant, adventurous life of a unique and talented performer.

Beach reading

Beach reading

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Feb 14, 2018

San Francisco author Lewis DeSimone's third novel "Channeling Morgan" takes readers into the mindset of a gay writer who discovers his "truth" in several different ways.

Your 2018 Winter Reading List

Your 2018 Winter Reading List

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Feb 14, 2018

Readers should consider themselves lucky that gay writer and photographer Bill Hayes has two books for them to enjoy.

Time travel through Hollywood

Time travel through Hollywood

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Feb 14, 2018

Critic John DiLeo's "Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970" (Hansen Publishing Group, $29.95) is a distinctive addition to the crowded field of film history.

Margaret Millar rediscovered

Margaret Millar rediscovered

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • Jan 31, 2018

Out of the past now comes Canadian mystery writer Margaret Millar in a multiple omnibus edition, the seven-volume "Collected Millar" (Syndicate Press, $99.99).

Fran Lebowitz explains it all for you

Fran Lebowitz explains it all for you

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jan 31, 2018

We called author Fran Lebowitz at her New York City apartment to get a preview of her upcoming appearance at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre this month.

Dramatic diva

Dramatic diva

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Jan 24, 2018

Outspoken, versatile, iconic actress and comedienne Jenifer Lewis' new memoir "The Mother of Black Hollywood" is a revealing tell-all that spares no detail of the Hollywood scene-stealer's life.

Books incoming

Books incoming

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 3, 2018

Here are some books that we're looking forward to reading, assigning to review, or both this coming year.

Collective liberation awaits

Collective liberation awaits

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 3, 2018

The wisdom of "Awakening Together" is contained in its title, namely that any liberation we experience cannot be fully expressed alone.

Light brushstrokes in India ink

Light brushstrokes in India ink

  • by Tim Pfaff
  • Jan 3, 2018

Novelist Neel Mukherjee gathers in the distressed, the displaced, and holds them close in his new novel "A State of Freedom" (W.W. Norton & Company).

Special K

Special K

  • by Jim Piechota
  • Dec 27, 2017

Jerry Oppenheimer flashes his laser pointer across the throne of the Kardashian dynasty and lets the glitter fall where it may in "The Kardashians: An American Drama."