Book Reviews

Even SF Chronicle Writers Get Evicted

Posted April 25, 2017 by

Paul Madonna is the author of the long running San Francisco Chronicle series, All Over Coffee. His new book, On to the Next Dream, offers an absurdist take on his eviction from his Mission District home of ten years. Absurdist,
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Is Gentrification Killing Cities?

Posted April 11, 2017 by

I began Peter Moskowitz’s new book, How to Kill a City, soon after visiting New York City’s West Village where he grew up. His account of Bleecker Street being taken over by “chains such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and
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A Spotlight on Police Killings

Posted March 16, 2017 by

Since Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson in 2014, police killings in the United States have been recognized as a national crisis. But as Franklin Zimring shows in his new book, When Police Kill, the steps necessary to reduce the number
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Did Gentrification Save Brooklyn?

Posted March 2, 2017 by

Angry over the upscale transformation of formerly working-class Brooklyn neighborhoods like Park Slope and Williamsburg? Kay Hymowitz argues that rather than bemoan Brooklyn’s gentrification we should applaud it. In her new book, The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring
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Richmond Shows How Progressives Can Win

Posted January 17, 2017 by

As millions look to further social and economic justice during the Trump presidency, many will seek change at the local level.  Steve Early’s new book on the progressive political transformation of Richmond, California, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and
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Top Recommended Books of 2016

Posted December 8, 2016 by

A lot of good books stay under the radar these days, as the New York Times and other key promoters review the same highly pushed works. So for those looking beyond the bestsellers for some good reads this holiday season,
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The Inside Scoop on CA Politics

Posted October 13, 2016 by

Change from the Inside: My Life, the Chicano Movement, and the Story of an Era by Richard Alatorre with Mark Grossman Richard Alatorre may not be a household name today, but he was on the front lines of many of
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