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- January 15, 2010

Book Talk

HERALDING HP ... Stanford University scholar Charles H. House and University of Illinois Professor Raymond L. Price have teamed up to write a 656-page history of Hewlett-Packard Company (now known simply as HP), for which House was an engineer in the 1960s. In reviewing the high-tech company's six eras of innovation since its founding in 1939, the authors lay the foundation for questioning what the Silicon Valley giant's future will hold. "The HP Phenomenon" is published by Stanford Business Books, an imprint of Stanford University Press.

HOPE FOR ALZHEIMER'S ... When a loved one has traveled on the downward spiral of Alzheimer's disease, losing memories and ability to communicate, there are still ways family and friends can keep a relationship with the person alive. So writes Judith London, a Los Altos author and licensed psychologist with 16 years' experience in treating people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. "Connecting the Dots: Breakthroughs in Communication as Alzheimer's Advances" shows readers how to reach the minds and hearts of people with mid-to-late stage Alzheimer's. London uses anecdotes from her work with patients and describes techniques she's used to draw meaning from their communication. London will be speaking on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Books Inc. in Mountain View.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Authors, ranging from a California gubernatorial candidate to an emergency-room psychiatrist, are scheduled to speak at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park in the coming weeks. John Lescroart, a New York Times bestselling author of 20 novels, will be speaking on his newest book, "Treasure Hunt," on Monday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The thriller is set in San Francisco and pairs private investigative Wyatt Hunt with a new protégé, Mickey Dade, who together sleuth the murder of a well-known figure in the City's charity circle. Dr. Paul Linde, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, will talk about his first-person narrative, "Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist," on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Linde takes readers behind the scenes at an urban psychiatric emergency room to witness mental-health professionals trying to alleviate suffering and repair shattered lives. Bill Fernandez, a retired Santa Clara County judge, will share memories of the special town on Kaua'i where he was born and raised on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. In "Rainbows Over Kapa'a," Fernandez talks about the values he learned from his family and the small farmers and shop owners who lived in the town. Fernandez graduated from Stanford University and its law school. As a judge, one of his cases became nationally prominent as he decided in favor a child's right to live when the child's parents refused surgery. Daniel A. Olivas, a Stanford University graduate and an attorney in Los Angeles with the California Department of Justice, will talk abut his latest collection of short stories on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. "Anywhere but L.A." features tales that range from contemporary narratives to more traditional cuentos de fantasma, painting a portrait of modern Latinos in search of their place in the world. The event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Chicano Latino Alumni Association of Northern California. Terry Castle, a humanities professor at Stanford University, will share about her new book, "The Professor and Other Writings," on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Called "one of America's most brilliant critics and cultural commentators," Castle has penned a collection of autobiographical essays that author Edmund White described as "startling (and) gorgeously written." Career-change consultant Carol McClelland will speak on her book, "Green Careers for Dummies," on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. The book explores career opportunities in the environmental field, automobile industry, businesses with environmentally friendly practices and more, along with the newest job-search techniques. Meg Whitman, a candidate for California governor, will speak about her book, "The Power of Many: Values for Success in Business and in Life," on Monday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. In the book, Whitman, former president and CEO of eBay, writes about ethical questions involved in a corporate career and explores 10 core values she says guided her. Award-winning reporter Randall Smith of The Wall Street Journal will talk about the rise of investment banker Frank Quattrone on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. In "The Prince of Silicon Valley: Frank Quattrone and the Dot-Com Bubble," Smith writes about how Quattrone rose from the back streets of South Philadelphia to the peak of finance as the highest paid banker on Wall Street. Quattrone took some of the biggest names in technology, from Cisco to Netscape to Amazon, public. Kepler's is located at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. More information is available at

MORE AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Additional author talks are held at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View and Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto (

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or e-mailed to by the last Friday of the month.


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