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Books by Bay Area Authors

Jan 17, 2017 06:20PM ● By Lynn Carey

Books by Bay Area Authors

By Lynn Carey

Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life
Yiyun Li
(Random House, February 2017)

Oakland author Li is best known for her much-lauded fiction novels. Now in her first non-fiction work, “Dear Friend,” the Beijing native and former biologist shares the story of the two years she battled suicidal depression. The book was “written out of willingness to acknowledge what shapes us…and willfulness to defy any definition imposed by those external terms.” In it Li explores how writing and reading bring solace, and reflects on the writers who shaped her life.

An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock
Terry Shames
(Seventh Street Books, January 2017)

With a timely nod to the racial issues currently in the news, small town Chief of Police Craddock finds himself at odds with a racist Texas State Trooper during a multiple murder investigation. When a young black man Craddock respects is arrested for the crime, he starts his own investigation, putting himself and his family in danger. In his sixth book in the award-winning series, the Berkeley author reveals what it means to be upstanding and dedicated to justice.

John Lescroart
(Atria, January 2017)

A chance meeting results in a series of horrifying events in Lescroart’s latest thriller. Kate, who has a wonderful husband, two children and a lovely San Francisco home, obsesses over a man she met at a friend’s dinner party. After an explosive, passionate encounter, she assumes life will go on as before. But her erstwhile paramour is not as willing to move on and wreaks havoc and danger upon Kate’s life.

A Train Through Time
A Life Real and Imagined
Elizabeth Farnsworth
(Counterpoint, February 2017)

As a child, filmmaker and journalist Farnsworth struggled with the loss of her mother by searching train stations on a cross-country trip with her father. The Berkeley author addresses how memory shapes our lives by weaving sad recollections from that train trip with memories of reporting from danger zones around the world. Farnsworth is the former chief correspondent of PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

A Really Good Day
How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life
Ayelet Waldman
(Knopf, January 2017)

When Berkeley author Waldman’s severe mood storms wreaked havoc on her life, she joined an underground group of scientists and civilians and began experimenting with therapeutic microdoses of LSD. “A Really Good Day” charts her experiences on the drug in an eye-opening, enthralling and often hilarious story.


Author Event. Celebrity chef and author Rebecca Katz demonstrates a healthy soup recipe from her new cookbook “Clean Soups,” while in conversation with Lynn Carey. Katz left the corporate world to seek a more nourishing life, and believes healthy food should also be tasty. February 16, Del Valle Education Center, Community Room 401, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., WC. Tickets $10 at (925) 280-3980 ext. 4133. 
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