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Manifest Destiny, the East Bay Hills, and Show Business

Revisiting the Donner Party, East Bay hills history, and Tom Heyman.

Mostly Hits in Hanks’ Collection

Surprised by the End Results

Isabel Allende’s route from start to finish is a circuitous one in her books, including her latest.

Arash Bayatmakou Shifts Paradigms On Spinal Injuries

Berkeley writer and entrepreneur writes a book and starts a nonprofit to change recovery expectations for spinal injury sufferers.

The I’s Have It

Sci-fi genius Robert Silverberg keeps cranking out books.

Motivated Writing to Motivate Writers

Yippies, Ukuleles, and Rad Women

A biography, a solo debut, and an empowerment journal deserve attention.

Books for At-Home Chefs

New cookbooks demystify Burmese flavors, holiday cookies, and vegan dishes.

Cookbook Photographer Anya Ku Tries Law School

Pushing setbacks aside, a young Oakland go-getter funnels her energy toward law after a successful cookbook project.

Making a Case That Poetry Is for Everyone, Not Just the Elite