An Intimate Life: Sex,
Love and My Journey as a
Surrogate Partner by Cheryl T.
Cohen, Soft Skull Press, $15.95. Did
you see The Sessions, the movie
about a Berkeley sex surrogate star-
ring Helen Hunt? This is the book it
was based on and, as is typical in adaptations, the
book is even better than the fine film.
The Painted Word:
A Treasure Chest of
Remarkable Words and
Their Origins by Phil Cousineau,
Viva Editions, $16.95. Where did
highfalutin and riffraff come
from? Cousineau, a Bay Area
writer, filmmaker and storyteller, knows. If you enjoy
using words, learning about their origins and sharing
fascinating stories, this book is for you.
The Real Problem Solvers:
Social Entrepreneurs in
America by Ruth Shapiro, Stanford
Business Books, $27.95. A must-
read for those intrigued by social
entrepreneurship and the some-
times fuzzy boundary between
the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds. The Mill
Valley author is donating all proceeds to the
Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.
Dancing With the Playa
Messiah: A 21-Year
Burning Man Photo
Album by George P. Post,
George Post Photography, $45.
Presented here are more than
1,000 color photographs taken at Burning Man, the
bizarre and beyond-belief annual spectacle that brings
some 50,000 people to the remote Nevada desert.
This book is the next best thing to being there.
Pauline Kael: A Life in the
Dark by Brian Kellow, Viking Press,
$27.95. The fascinating true story
of how the daughter of a Petaluma
chicken rancher became the film
critic for The New Yorker during the
1970s and ’80s. She had a talent for writing; films
just happened to be her interest. JIM WOOD
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A lot of people want to help plan and execute your investments. These people have
different levels of experience and expertise. Different licenses and accreditations.
And fundamentally different ways of being compensated for their services. Once
you understand the distinctions, you’re going to find it a lot easier to interview firms
and find yourself one you can trust.
IT’S GETTING A LOT MORE DIFFICULT TO
DETERMINE WHO’S ON YOUR SIDE.
At the root of this discussion is the concept of “fiduciary.” There are various definitions out there. But the basic idea is this: a fiduciary is someone who has the highest
possible ethical obligation to offer financial advice that is in your best interest. Your
best interest trumps every other consideration.
We’ve written an “executive brief” on the fiduciary relationship. You can find it at
Private Ocean co-founder and chairman Richard Stone
was co-author of the financial planning industry’s first
code of ethics in 1974. He is a recognized expert on