The range of favorites includes the history of the FBI spying on Cal students, the danger from nuclear weapons, a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt and more.
Le Guin grew up in Berkeley in a family that included people from all walks of life, from Europeans to Native Americans. That exposure to many cultures gave her a very expansive view of the world.
The main character is 16-year-old Elizabeth, who has lost 40 pounds and four jean sizes in just a few months.
'Woman No. 17' is set in the luxurious Hollywood Hills, a far cry from the setting of Lepucki's dystopian novel, 'California.'
Marissa Moss has written a moving and compelling graphic book about love, illness, death and loss.
In Void Star, Zachary Mason draws from his professional work to create a vivid future world altered by climate change, social inequality, and longevity extension,
George Lakoff believes Democrats are relying on the use of logic to convert voters rather than appealing to people's worldviews, or unconscious beliefs. That's a losing strategy.
'Lucky Boy,' by Berkeley author Shanthi Sekaran, is set in Berkeley, and told with warmth and empathy, but with a keen eye for the sometimes well-meaning delusions of the privileged.
Every year the Berkeleyside editors, aided by ardent readers in the community, select their favorite books of the year. Here are our selections for 2015 (feel free to share your picks in the comments):
Berkeley author Mac Barnett knows how to tickle the funny bone of a 4-year-old. He also knows how to write picture books that are fun for a parent, teacher or grandparent to read aloud. In fact, he takes great care to consider both the “performer” who reads, and the audience who listens to his stories. Once I learned that he wrote Battle Bunny—and that he’s a local guy—I had to set up a meeting.
After a bestselling book about the frustrations of getting kids to go to bed, the erudite father of a 6-year old turns his attention to food.
Score: ***** (5 out of 5)