Book Review articles


’80s icon Bobbie Brown dishes with ‘Dirty Rocker Boys’

’80s icon Bobbie Brown dishes with ‘Dirty Rocker Boys’

She was the classic heavy metal video vixen, an iconic figure in the MTV heyday of hair bands. When we think back to those over-the-top days, one name comes to mind: Bobbie Brown. Best  known as “that hot  girl” in the Warrant “Cherry Pie” video, Brown married Jani Lane, the singer from Warrant, and lived


Enigmatic Lincoln’s enduring appeal

Abraham Lincoln was born 205 years ago this week, and remains one of the most popular figures in American history — and literature. In honor of Honest Abe’s birthday, check out one of these great reads. ‘Killing Lincoln’ By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard “With malice toward none and charity for all.” When Abraham Lincoln


Two titles by Richard Russo: one new, one classic

Elsewhere:  A Memoir           Some mothers have become famous for  their  obsessive connection to their sons; Sara Delano Roosevelt, for example, in her relationship to her adored Franklin.  But the bond that existed between NY Times best-selling author Richard  Russo and his mother extended a lifetime and beyond the physical severing of the umbilical cord


Fall non-fiction, available at the library

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed The author of this book, Cheryl Strayed, was wild with rage, anger and pain following the loss of her mother, who succumbed to cancer at age 45. Growing up in a poverty-stricken, fractured family that constantly moved from one shabby place to


Still time for a little summer reading

These recent releases are available at libraries throughout the East Bay. Visit yours or place a hold online at ‘Mrs. Kennedy and Me’ By Clint Hill When Clint Hill, FBI agent, was assigned as Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal bodyguard upon her husband’s election to the presidency, he was not happy. Anticipating a continuous whirlwind

Organize your ‘sensory’ child

“Sensory” children—those who may be rigid, anxious or distracted, and may or may not have another related diagnosis—are faced with some special and unique challenges when it comes to organizing themselves for school and other activities. Carolyn Dalgliesh, a local author, professional organizer, and mother of a sensory child, has written a book, “The Sensory