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Birds, Natural Wonders, and Foot-Tapping Tunes

Two guides and choro music inform the mind this month.

Eggers Considers Coffee, Yemen, and the American Dream

Oakland Lawyer Jasmine Guillory Writes a Romance Novel

Her debut novel, The Wedding, features Alexa, who is black, making her a rare person of color in the overwhelmingly white world of romance novels.

Fond of the Latest From Le Guin and Corrigan

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