Here are Frank’s Picks from Kepler's
Original post made by Book Buyer, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Jan 16, 2007
"American Protest Literature," edited by Zoe Trodd is a collection of writings from 11 American protest movements starting with the American Revolution. Also included are pieces about the abolition of slavery, women's rights, gay rights, the antiwar movement and others.
"Born in Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales and Pop Apocalypses" by Howard Hampton is a collection of the author's writings about music and movies for the Village Voice and other publications over the last two decades. A versatile writer, Hampton also pays homage to the late rock-music critic Lester Bangs.
"The Private Lives of the Impressionists" by Sue Roe features Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas and other great painters of 19th century Paris, their friendships and their rivalries. The book recalls the cafĂ© life of the time, including the turbulent Paris Commune in 1871.
"American Bloomsbury" by Susan Cheever is about almost 30 years of mid-19th century America when an extraordinary group of writers all lived in Concord, N.H. Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne all lived and worked in close proximity.
"William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism" by Robert D. Richardson is a biography of the American writer, philosopher, psychologist, Harvard professor and brother of novelist Henry James. William James is also known as a pioneer of modern religious thought.
"Leonard Woolf: A Biography" by Victoria Glendinning is about the husband of writer Virginia Woolf. He was often overshadowed by his more famous wife but was a devoted caregiver and intellectual partner in what was often a troubled marriage because of his wife's indiscretions.
"Homelands: Women's Journeys Across Race, Place and Time," edited by Patricia Justine Tumang and Jenesha de Rivera is a collection of pieces by women writing about their experiences and their searches for a sense of community.
"An Alphabetical Life" by Wendy Werris is a memoir about the author's 35 years as a bookseller and as a publisher's sales representative. She recounts some of the authors she has known and worked with, including Richard Brautigan, John Irving and Joan Didion.