Noe Valley Voice March 1998

More Books to Read: Where to Go for Women's History

Here is a list of new books, courtesy of Roberta Greifer, Lea Burroughs, Carol Murphy, and Carol Small, your literary guides at the Noe Valley­Sally Brunn Library. The library is located at 451 Jersey St. between Castro and Diamond. In addition to books--including a special section on women's literature and selections from the new Sally Brunn Collection -- the branch has videos, CDs, Internet access, and an index to the Noe Valley Voice. Hours are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Questions? Call 695-5095.

New Adult Fiction

2 Gina Berriault, San Francisco's mistress of the short story, won the National Book Critics Circle award for this moving and evocative collection, Women in their Beds.

2 Cinque is the leader of a Mendes slave uprising and John Quincy Adams is his eccentric but brilliant lawyer in Amistad, the book tie-in to the recent film.

2 When Anacrites, chief spy of imperial Rome, is wounded, Marcus Didius Faloo, P.I., goes to work: through the mean streets of Rome and across the Iberian Peninsula, his chase brings matters to a chilling conclusion in Lindsay Davis' latest, A Dying Light in Corduba.

2 In Lover's Almanac, Maureen Howard interweaves time and lovers' stories through a narrative of great freshness, illuminating them and her New York landscape in a sweep of ideas.

Annotations by Lea Burroughs

New Adult Nonfiction

2 The Lives of the Heart is local poet Jane Hirshfield's latest collection of poetry.

2 In The Measure of Our Days, author Jerome Groopman, M.D., shares with the reader the lessons he learned from eight patients facing death.

2 The beautifully illustrated 100 English Roses for the American Garden, by Clair G. Martin, covers the care, history, and specific characteristics of each rose.

Annotations by Carol Murphy

New Children's Fiction

2 A beloved pet pig is found to have attained "mom status" in the rhyming story Louella Mae, She's Run Away! by Karen Beaumont Alarcon. Ages 2 to 5.

2 Mariachi musicians, "polle con mole," and the numerous loving relatives all contribute to the enjoyment of the occasion in Gary Soto's Snapshots from the Wedding. Ages 4 to 7.

2 A resourceful young woman goes way beyond spinning straw into gold, eventually achieving political office, in Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter by Diane Stanley. Ages 5 to 8.

2 Ten-year-old Calvin thinks of himself as "a C kind of guy" until he discovers some of his own talents in The Magic Squad and the Dog of Great Potential by Mary Quattlebaum. Ages 8 to 10.

2 During her eighth-grade year, Alice longs for excitement and has a few surprises in Outrageously Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Ages 10 and up.

2 Emily and Jessup have adventures with an invisible imp and the imp's very famous cousin in The Boggart and the Monster by Susan Cooper. Ages 10 and up.

New Children's Nonfiction

2 On their latest unconventional outing, a school class learns science firsthand in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip by Joanna Cole. Ages 6 and up.

2 Judith Pinkerton Josephson gives us a lively portrait of a union organizer who worked for years to help miners in Mother Jones: Fierce Fighter for Workers' Rights. Ages 10 and up.

Movies, Stories, and Lapsits

2 The library screens films for children ages 3 to 5 on Thursday, March 26, at 10 and 11 a.m.

2 Preschool story time for kids 3 to 5 is 10 a.m. on Tuesdays March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31.

2 Babies and toddlers and their parents are invited for songs and stories at the Wednesday lapsits, 7 p.m., on March 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Children's annotations by Carol Small