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Excerpt from Reaching for the Moon.

"I’m glad I’m alive!" Doris Louise Bailey, a teen in the Prohibition era, writes this over and over in her diaries after a life-threatening bout of scarlet fever. But it’s also an apt summation of how she lived in the years following her brush with death. Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929) contains Doris’s true-life adventures, breaking rules and hearts along the way.

January-February Calendar

Hot-ticket events you don't want to miss in January and February.

Alameda’s First Husband Rod Gilmore finally gets a chance to talk football.

Oakland-bred Alameda attorney Rod Gilmore doesn’t get to talk football with his fellow Islanders much. That’s because his wife, Marie, is the mayor, and locals would rather yak it up with her about stuff like the latest graffiti abatement strategy. Sheesh. If they only knew about Gilmore’s other gig as a high-octane ESPN college football analyst. In the spirit of conversational fairness, I called out the former early ’80s Stanford defensive back recently so he could vent—about college football that is.

The return of Tony! Toni! Toné!

What to do and when to do it.

East Bay Children’s Book Project puts books into kids’ hands.

Oh, the places you’ll go!” Dr. Seuss famously said, and his admiring exclamation certainly applies to the East Bay Children’s Book Project, started in 2005 by a few retired teachers who wanted to give books to kids with little or no access to the written word. Little did the tiny band of literacy warriors know that less than a decade later, the books distributed would number almost a million—and counting.

New Books on Jack London, Alameda Artists, and Southeast Asia Travel

New books of interest to Bay Area readers.

Conceptual artist Mark Wagner puts drawing front and center on abandoned courts.

Mark Wagner of Hearts & Bones Studio (www.heartsandbones.com) is no ordinary artist. From creating concept art for feature films to creating a world-record chalk drawing with kids in Alameda to drawing on the desert floor at Burning Man, this energetic and frenetic Alameda artist, also a dad, is on fire.

Fine arts photographer Douglas Despres waits for life to happen from behind his camera.

Gone are the days when wedding photography entailed arranging guests in the stilted formations still the norm at family reunions. Weddings have evolved into a documentary or fashion shoot, where the brides and grooms are the supermodels and the A-list actors on their special day. To preserve the big day, you want a photographer with the eye of a fine artist and the timing of the paparazzi: You want someone like Douglas Despres. His Helios Images wedding photography business is based in Alameda, where he resides.

A peek into the mind of Reverend Michael Yoshii.

Known for his human rights advocacy and commitment to social justice, humanitarian award-winning Rev. Michael Yoshii, senior pastor of Buena Vista United Methodist Church (2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda), is a man of peace and understanding. He speaks frankly about his faith, and his callings offer a glimpse into why he is so revered.

Media Shelf

Mac and cheese lovers, listen up: This book by two recipe developers can turn your simple pasta-and-cheesy world upside down. Oakland-based Stephanie Stiavetti, the foodstress behind TheCulinaryLife.com, and Sacramento’s Garrett McCord of VanillaGarlic.com dive into the comfort zone of mac and cheese and turn the familiar into the extraordinary.