Stitches: A Handbook on
Meaning, Hope and Repair
by Anne Lamott, Riverhead Books, 96
pages, $17.95. One of Marin’s favor-
ite authors explores ways to “find
meaning and peace in these loud
and frantic times.” This small and
beautiful book makes a thoughtful gift. The author
resides in Fairfax.
The Valley of Amazement
by Amy Tan, Ecco, 589 pages, $29.99.
Tan, who lives in Sausalito, has writ-
ten another best seller (The Joy Luck
Club was her first). This one centers
around an exclusive courtesan
house in 1912 Shanghai where Violet
Minturn, the daughter of an American madam, grows
up. Great read.
Cool Gray City of Love: 49
Views of San Francisco by Gary
Kamiya, Bloomsbury, 384 pages, $27.
Booksellers love this book. Forty-nine
concise yet colorful essays on 49
of San Francisco’s favorite subjects.
Herb Caen, the Tenderloin, cable
cars, Beats, Chinatown, Rice-A-Roni commercials and
the Golden Gate Bridge — they’re all here.
Around the Bay:
Man-made Sites of
Interest in the San
Francisco Bay Region
by the Center for Land Use
Interpretation, Blast Books, 150 pages, $19.95. A nifty
book of aerial photos and brief descriptions of 73 Bay
Area landmarks. Among them: Treasure Island, SFO,
San Quentin and Angel Island.
Tatiana: An Arkady Renko
Novel by Martin Cruz Smith, Simon &
Schuster, 292 pages, $25.99. From the
Marin author of Gorky Park and Polar
Station, an international crime thriller
inspired by the questionable true-
life suicide of controversial Russian
journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Many say the KGB
assassinated her. JIM WOOD