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09.01.2010 - recommended reading

Recommendations of recent books from the staffs of a rotating list of Bay Area independent bookstores. This week's list is from Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley. (510) 704-8222. www.mrsdalloways.com.

Fiction

Across the Endless River,

by Thad Carhart: A brilliantly imagined life of Sacagawea's son - born on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, raised in St. Louis, presented at the courts of Europe - by the author of "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank."

Best European Fiction 2010,

edited by Aleksandar Hemon: Surprised by the last two Nobel winners (a French-Mauritian and a German-Romanian)? Catch up with this anthology of contemporary literature from Europe.

Masterpiece Comics,

by R. Sikoryak: Classic literature meets classic comics. Sikoryak's pairings (Kafka and Charlie Brown, Dante and Bazooka Joe) are plenty funny, but also oddly affecting.

The Man in the Wooden Hat,

by Jane Gardham: The companion novel to Gardham's masterpiece, "Old Filth." Taken together, a finely drawn portrait of a long marriage, by both sides. This is Betty's. In paperback.

The True Deceiver,

by Tove Jansson: Dark and snow-filled, a haunting and spare tale of what drives individuals to deceive themselves and others. Ideal reading for a wintry day or night.

Nonfiction

50 Things to Do With a Book: (Now That Reading Is Dead),

by Bruce McCall: The New Yorker cartoonist has done it again: Here are outlandish, inventive, wickedly entertaining things to do with all those excess books.

Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems,

by John Felstiner: A timely and handsome book with appeal to all stewards of the earth.

Fearless Color Gardens: The Creative Gardener's Guide to Jumping Off the Color Wheel,

by Keeyla Meadows: Garden images and sketches that will inspire even the most timid to try something new, to add impact and vibrancy to painted surfaces and garden plants alike.

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography,

by Mitchell Zuckoff: The visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man as remembered by a chorus of voices that can only be called Altmanesque.

Why Italians Love to Talk About Food,

by Elena Kostioukovitch: Written by Umberto Eco's Russian translator, who has lived in Italy for two decades, this is a charming, informative, conversational book about the varied food cultures of Italy.

This article appeared on page FE - 6 of the San Francisco Chronicle

 


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