The actual Booker short list!

September 9th, 2014


Here, from The Millions, the Man Booker short list:


To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

J: A Novel by Howard Jacobson (on order)

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukerjee (on order)

How to Be Both by Ali Smith (on order)



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Fall Books – New York Magazine

September 4th, 2014


Here’s a lengthy listing of new fall books recommended by New York magazine:


Adding several to my list!


J in the Branches

Novel-reading good for the brain

September 4th, 2014


But we knew that already!

Funniest Books: PW Staff Picks

August 29th, 2014


In July, the Publishers Weekly staff picked the funniest books they’ve ever read.  Here’s are some of them:

(See here for the complete list.)


1.  Lost for Words by Edward St. Aubyn -

2.  Watt by Samuel Beckett -

3.  Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh








4.  Airships by Barry Hannah -

5.  My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber -

My Life





6.  The Gallery of Regrettable Food by James Lileks

Gallery of regrettable food






7.  The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh -

8.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

9.  Money by Martin Amis

10. Portnoy’s Complaint by Phillip Roth -

One of the books on my funniest list is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  Send us your’s!



減法健康術 : 減毒, 減廢, 減費 : 毒物專家陳修玲越減越富足DIY

August 28th, 2014

August減法健康術 : 減毒, 減廢, 減費 : 毒物專家陳修玲越減越富足DIY [Jian fa jian kang shu : jian du, jian fei, jian fei : du wu zhuan jia Chen Xiuling yue jian yue fu zu DIY] / 陳修玲著,2013







John – Chinatown

Adam by Ariel Schrag

August 25th, 2014



Ariel Schrag,  who has written a series of graphic memoirs (Potential, Likewise) as well as being a writer for HBO (The L Word), has written a first novel that is a laugh-out-loud funny, moving, and illuminating coming of age story.   Adam is a seventeen year old who grew up in Piedmont, CA, the brother of big sister Casey, who has recently moved to Brooklyn.  He goes to stay with Casey, a lesbian, and her roommates for the summer, hoping to meet a cute girl.   When he tags along with Casey and her friends to parties and clubs, he meets cute girl Gillian and falls hard for her and she for him – the only problem being that Gillian thinks Adam is a trans guy.  How will this work out?



SFPL Community Redistribution Program

August 25th, 2014

Because the Main Library and branches have a finite amount of space for their collections, weeding is essential to make room for newly purchased materials.  Periodically, books are carefully de-selected with consideration give to condition, the number of copies in the library system, levels of circulation, whether the information has become outdated, and other factors.



Library and City policy allows the Library to give these materials to agencies who will use them for the public good. Top priority is given to San Francisco City and County agencies, especially the SF Unified School District and the San Francisco jails.

Community agencies within San Francisco are also given high priority, especially those serving low income neighborhoods and groups.  Agencies outside of SF are prioritized on the basis of need and by their ability to make use of the materials available.

Some of the agencies that have received books:

  • Books for the Barrios (for school-age children in the Philippines)
  • Casa de Las Madres (battered women’s shelter)
  • Delancy Street Foundation
  • Glide Church Crisis Center
  • Golden Gate Park Senior Center
  • Laguna Honda Hospital
  • SF Jails and Prison Literature Project
  • SF Unified School District
  • Tenderloin Childcare Center

How to apply:

Write to the Library on your community organization’s letterhead and include the following information:

1. How your agency will use the books for the public benefit.

2. What kind of books you would like and how many you can use – adult, teen, children’s. Fiction, mysteries, non-fiction, etc.

Send to:

San Francisco Public Library, 
Community Redistribution Program,
100 Larkin Street, 
San Francisco, CA 94102-4733
Questions?  Call 415.557.4263  or

Not Man Booker Shortlist

August 13th, 2014


Here are the 6 finalists for the Not Man Booker Prize sponsored by The Guardian:


Simon Sylvester  – The Visitors 

Donna Tartt  – The Goldfinch 

Tony Black – The Last Tiger 

Louis Armand – Cairo

Iain Maloney – First Time Solo 

Mahesh Rao – The Smoke Is Rising


See here.


Green Apple Bookstore # 2 opens in Inner Sunset

July 31st, 2014















Green Apple Bookstore announced it will open bookstore #2 in the Sunset tomorrow, August 1st, on 9th Avenue near Golden Gate Park.  Opening on the first floor of the 2-floor Le Video store while Le Video has moved into the upstairs space, Green Apple Books on the Park will be open seven days a week and plans to host book events at the store.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 – Longlist announced

July 31st, 2014


The Man Booker Prize has announced this year’s longlist.  Five Americans are included in this, the first year American writers are eligible.  See the article from the NY Times: