Book TalkPALO ALTO'S FAIRY GODMOTHER ... A new monograph, Lucie Stern, Palo Alto's Fairy Godmother, has been published by the Palo Alto Historical Association. It describes her early years, marriage, life in Palo Alto and how she became "Aunt Lucie," funding some of Palo Alto's most beloved icons, including the Children's Theatre, Community Center, Children's Library and Boy Scout House. The book was written by Michael Litfin, the late Palo Alto Children's Theatre associate director. The book is available at Bell's Books, 536 Emerson St., Palo Alto.
HELPING HAND OR NOT? ... Local psychologists Anna Ranieri and Joe Gurkoff have written a book called How Can I Help: What You Can (and Can't) Do to Counsel a Friend, Colleague or Family Member with a Problem It will be coming out on Dec. 12. More information is available at www.thehowcanihelpbook.com.
BABY NOIR ... Palo Alto author Michael Fertik has created a new genre: Baby Noir Mystery, children's book for adults that lure parents into a secret infant hoodlum world. Little Trouble in Tall Tree is set in Palo Alto and introduces readers to Squeezy the Cheeks and his mob of infant thugs, who plan a heist to keep control of their territory from the Poopypants Gang. First in a series. Published by Tall Tree Enterprises. ltitt.com
CROSSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE ... Stanford University Press has published Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard's $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice, a book by David Fetterman, former director of evaluation in the School of Education and School of Medicine. The book is about Hewlett-Packard's large-scale community initiative to bridge the digital divide in communities of color, including East Palo Alto. Information: www.sup.org/
HOUSE OF HEALING ... Palo Alto resident Elizabeth Johnson Lee has published The House at 844 1/2, a novel about a woman and her son who have Tourette syndrome in Palo Alto. They get no respect. But when she walks through the gate at 844 1/2, she enters an alternate world where she develops supernatural powers and meets a man. In his perfect world, she no longer has disabilities, but she learns that even he cannot accept her for her true self. The story is ultimately about self realization and acceptance. Available at Amazon.com.
MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Dominique Renda and Blake Horsley, "Midnight Daydreams — Poetry of Heart Tales and Mindscapes" (Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.); Tom Reiss, "The Black Count: Glory, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" (Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.); Julie Metzger, R.N. and Robert Lehman, M.D., "Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? REAL Answers to REAL Questions from Preteens About Body Changes, Sex, and Other Growing-Up Stuff" (Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free, but registration required at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/297870); Robin Sloan, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.) Information: www.keplers.com. Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at 74 Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Jeanne Sauvage, "Gluten Free Baking for the Holidays" (Nov. 26, 7 p.m.)
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