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Gary Brandt’s eruptive metamodern novel The Vault Apocalyptia couldn’t be more frighteningly prescient. This grand, gaudy, and grotesque satire on the genesis of America’s suicidal nuclear crusade is both comically absurd and becoming ever more real, daily. Picture Pynchon peanut butter and Kubrick jelly slathered between puffy white slices of Trump Brand bread.
This is a book that would have made a better read last year. The Dry is about a relentless drought plaguing a small Australian town located a few hours from Melbourne. The lack of rain has made, “.......the whole place crazy.” the reader can almost taste the dust and imagine the crackling, dried brush as the merciless sun beats down making the folk edgy and tense.
On March 9th at 7pm, Matthew Specktor will read from his recent novel American Dream Machine and will discuss all things Hollywood.
The Girl on the Train will forever be compared to another girl – Gone Girl. Both anti-heroines were first featured in best-seller books and then their stories were made into films and ultimately DVD’s.
With dozens of parks and hundreds of miles of trails, the North Bay is a treasure trove for the hiking enthusiast. But often getting started might seem daunting to the person who is just beginning to hike and unsure what trails suit their level of experience.
I have never been a Science Fiction fan. Nevertheless, I have seen several of the Star Wars films because they are beyond just a depiction of events that happened a long, long time ago is galaxy far away, they represent a cultural phenomenon.
Retired Sonoma State University psychology professor Victor Daniels and SSU graduate Kooch N. Daniels have just released their remarkable new book Tarot at a Crossroads: The Unexpected Meeting of Tarot and Psychology.
Sleep has always been precious to me. I'm a restless, light sleeper who will wake up at the drop of a pin. If I don't sleep, my eyes appear to be sunken in, my nerves become raw and I am reduced to what I call my zombie state.
Go local! This is an exhortation that blankets our community. But mostly we think of it in terms of fresh fruit and vegetables. What about our local authors? The Flight of the Pickerings is a novel as well-written, funny and profound as any offerings currently gracing the prestigious best-seller lists and the author, John Heide, lives in Glen Ellen.
If a novel is deemed Chick Lit is it necessarily a pejorative? Me Before You has been on the top of the New York Times Paperback Best Seller’s List for quite some time.
When I was recently given the opportunity to preview this forthcoming title (in stores locally mid-August), I was immediately intrigued – especially given Gaye LeBaron’s reference to these stories being “Tom Sawyer like” (her quote appears on the book’s back jacket) along with the book being described as “a unique keepsake from one of Sonoma County’s founding ranching families.”
Author Zilpha Keatley Snyder lived most of her life in California. She died in San Francisco in 2014 of a stroke. But, in the seventies her husband was a professor at Sonoma State University and the family lived in the rural outskirts of Santa Rosa in a one-hundred year old farm house whose ambiance, I am sure, served as inspiration for some of the forty books she has written. Her most famous book is The Egypt Game which won the prestigious Newberry Award.
Although first published in 2004, there are two reasons why Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America is having a resurgence.
This book was a random recommendation by a friend. I hadn’t seen it praised in any magazines articles. It hadn’t popped up on any bestseller lists. Probably I was intrigued by the title, Himalayan Pink Salt. It turned out to a hidden gem.