Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage 5.5.22 – San Francisco Bay Times

Burn the Page (nonfiction/memoir – hardbound) by Danica Roem

This is a wonderful combination of inspiring memoir, social manifesto, and entertaining prose. Danica Roem made national headlines when—as a transgender former frontwoman for a metal band and a political newcomer—she unseated Virginia’s most notoriously anti-LGBTQ 26-year incumbent Bob Marshall as state delegate. But before Danica made history, she had to change her vision of what was possible in her own life.

ripple effect (fiction-paperback) by Cathy Rath

This is a poignant, yet powerful, debut novel by Bay Area writer and SFSU professor Cathy Rath. ripple effect is a suspenseful work of fiction and family drama set mainly in the turbulent 70s. The story depicts the complexities of the relationships of 3 generations of a Jewish family living in Queens. Jeannie Glazer was three years old when her father died in a car accident on a trip to Atlanta. Sixteen years later, as a college freshman, she was arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. She was released hours later when a sergeant announced that her bail was paid by “her pop de ella.” Determined to find answers, her search for her closes in on a darker secret about her father’s tragic death for her two decades earlier. Secrets unfold layer by layer toward an emotional finale. Pivotal themes of homophobia and social justice are deftly woven throughout.

Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Captialists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick (nonfiction-hardbound) by J. David McSwane

In this brilliant nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter J. David McSwane takes us behind the scenes to reveal how traders, contractors, and healthcare companies used one of the darkest moments in American history to fill their pockets. Determined to uncover how this was possible, he spent over a year on private jets and in secret warehouses, traveling from California to Chicago to Washington, DC, to interview both the most treacherous of profiteers and the victims of their crimes.

Pandemic, Inc., is the story of the fraudster who signed a multi-million-dollar contract with the government to provide lifesaving PPE, and yet never came up with a single mask.

Coming Events

Saturday, May 7 @ 4 pm (free, in-store/Corte Madera) Jonathan Howland, Author of Native Air

In NativeAir, a debut novel from Green Writers Press by Jonathan Howland, the austere beauty and high exposure of mountain adventure provide the context and the measure for what it means to be alive for climbing partners Joe Holland and Pete Hunter—until one of them isn’t.

Thursday, May 5 @ 1 pm (ticketed Corte Madera, in-person and online) Paul Holes, Author of Unmasked: My Life Solving America’s Cold Cases

Join Paul Holes, the retired cold-case detective behind investigations into the Golden State Killer, Jaycee Dugard, and Laci Peterson cases, for an in-person event to discuss his new memoir. In it, Paul Holes takes us through his memories of a storied career and provides an insider account of some of the most notorious cases in contemporary American history.

Sunday, May 15 @ 1 pm (free/in-store – Corte Madera) Vanessa Hua, author of Forbidden City and Reyna Grande, author of A Ballad of Love and Glory

Forbidden City is an epic, yet intimate, portrayal of one of the world’s most powerful and least understood leaders during this extraordinarily turbulent period in modern Chinese history. Mei’s harrowing journey toward truth and disillusionment raises questions about power, manipulation, and belief, as seen through the eyes of a passionate teenage girl.

A Long Petal of the Sea meets Cold Mountain in this sweeping historical saga—A Ballad of Love and Glory—following a Mexican army nurse and an Irish soldier who must fight, at first for their survival and then for their love, amidst the atrocity of the Mexican-American War—from the author of the “timely and riveting” (People) Across a Hundred Mountains and The Distance Between Us.

Published May 5, 2022

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