In Janelle Brown's new novel, Billie Flanagan lives with her husband and 15-year-old daughter in the Elmwood District. Then she disappears.
Inspired by Thomas Frank’s 2004 bestseller, 'What’s the Matter with Kansas,' Cal sociologist Arlie Hochschild set out to understand the paradox that underlies the right-left split.
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis
Every year some of the Berkeleyside team, aided by ardent readers in the community, select their favorite books of the year. This year we asked the new head of the Berkeley Public Library, the new publisher of Heyday Books, a Berkeley novelist, a former financial wizard deeply involved in Jewish communal life, our regular book reviewer, and three Berkeleysiders to tell us about the books they most enjoyed reading. The books did not have to be published in 2016, only enjoyed in 2016. Here are the selections. Please feel free to share your picks in the comments.
A review of A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves by Walter Alvarez
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The book, by Berkeleyside co-founder Frances Dinkelspiel, tells the story of Berkeley native Mark Anderson who committed the largest ever crime involving wine.
Only the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. could match the sensationalism of Patty Hearst’s seizure from her Berkeley apartment
By Frances Dinkelspiel and Mal Warwick
A review of Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, by Adam Hochschild
Berkeley author T. J. Stiles won a Pulitzer Prize in history Monday for his book, Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America.
It is the second time Stiles has won a Pulitzer. In 2010, he won the Pulitzer in history for his book, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
A review of David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement, by Tom Turner; published by the University of California Press
A review of Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T. J. Stiles
A review of Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California, by Steve Swatt, with Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally; foreword by Bruce E. Cain; published by Heyday
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