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Dec.20.2007
The jungle of midlife dating has found an intrepid new explorer in Jane Ganahl. Beginning with the launch of her San Francisco Chronicle column, Single Minded, and ending with her fiftieth birthday, Naked on the Page covers one frenzied year in a smart, social, but definitely middle-aged woman’s...
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Dec.20.2007
The Rice Room is a brilliant and moving memoir of growing up in Oakland’s Chinatown, by one of America’s preeminent journalists. Ben Fong-Torres was the third child of first-generation Chinese parents. His father came to America via the Philippines, adding “Torres” to his name to convince...
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Dec.19.2007
"In my family we are all disposable," begins Annie, the winning but troubled narrator of When We Get Home. She has seen her debonair father go through three divorces and her 20-year-old brother Walter passionately fall for Isabelle, their father's newest wife. Annie herself is...
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Dec.14.2007
Here Maya Angelou, dazzling entertainer, casts the spotlight on her show business career—a pageant of international scope. Maya, the woman, shares her sad, failed marriage to a white man, her early motherhood and achingly sensitive relationship with her young son, and her bone-deep, painful...
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Dec.14.2007
“Hello, Stranger-Friend” begins Maya Angelou's story about Thandi, a South African Ndebele girl, her mischievous brother, her beloved chicken, and the astonishing mural art produced by the women of her tribe. With never-before-seen photographs of the very private Ndebele women and their paintings,...
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Dec.14.2007
Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas—a world of which most Americans are ignorant.
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Dec.14.2007
Impassioned, personal and highly intelligent, Allison’s (Bastard Out of Carolina) collection of published writings and addresses from the past decade examines issues of class and sexuality through the intricate lenses of autobiography and the literary experience. “I try to live naked in the world...
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Dec.14.2007
A new father struggles to care for his mysteriously ill wife, calling on her estranged sister for help. "Leavitt's devotion to her characters, and to a surprising..world view, gives the story a certain gravity."The New Yorker