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In their own words, authors tell of their lives

“The Heart of the World” By Ian Baker. This epic spiritual and travel memoir chronicles the author’s search for a fabled waterfall hidden in the depths of the Tsangpo gorge of Tibet. After years of studying ancient legends and Buddhist documents, Baker and a National Geographic team reached the bottom of the gorge and found the mythic falls.

“Memories are Made of This” By Deana Martin. A captivating memoir of the handsome, debonair Dean Martin. Lovingly written by his daughter, she describes her father’s public and private life, including never-before published stories about the infamous “Rat Pack.”

“Magical Thinking” By Augusten Burroughs. Burroughs, the author of “Running With Scissors,” continues to elaborate upon his bizarre life experiences. In this witty new collection of shorts, he reveals that he hasn’t run out of crazy and hilarious stories. Fans won’t be disappointed.



“Dear Senator” By Essie Mae Washington-Williams. Opening up a new chapter in American history, the daughter of Strom Thurmond breaks her silence and tells the story of her life. Her book reveals the conflicting image of the man she knew as her father – kind, generous and supportive – and the Southern politician known for his racial intolerance.

“All Fishermen are Liars” By Linda Greenlaw. Greenlaw is best known for her role as the swordfishing captain in “The Perfect Storm.” In her latest book, she weaves together dozens of fishing and adventure stories. Together with her fishing buddies at the Dry Dock Bar, Greenlaw spins spirited and sincere tales of life at sea.




“Dreams from My Father” By Barack Obama. Obama, the charismatic senator from Illinois, writes of his search for identity after the death of his father. Now available in paperback, this best-seller includes the complete text of Obama’s 2004 Democratic Convention speech.

“Broken Music” By Sting. Before he changed his name and became a rock star, Sting was an English teacher. His command of the written word is evident in his very literate, detailed and well-crafted autobiography.

“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” By Anne Fadiman. Before Nevada County began “Fahrenheit 451,” the town of Davis chose this book as a community reading project. This thought-provoking book tells the story of a very ill Hmong child and the clash between the desires of her Laotian immigrant parents and American doctors.

“Just a Geek” By Wil Wheaton. Beam me to the bookstore, Scotty. All Trekkies need a copy of Wesley Crusher’s (aka Wil Wheaton) autobiography. Read about his search for intelligent life, love and the Starship Enterprise.

“My Life in Orange” By Tim Guest. At the age of 6, the author’s mother moved him to a commune devoted to the eccentric teachings of a notorious Indian guru. As a grown-up no longer connected to the commune, he remembers his strange childhood vividly in this very readable, poignant memoir.

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Compiled by Kim Carrow of Odyssey Books, 989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number is 477-2856.


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