Noe Valley Voice October 1999

Books in Our Branch

Your new reading list at the Noe Valley ­ Sally Brunn Library, provided by librarians Roberta Greifer and Carol Small, includes a book about the heightened pace of the Information Age and two children's stories exploring Native American life. Besides books and magazines, the branch gives access to old issues of the Noe Valley Voice, and a peaceful deck and garden to read them in. Hours are Tuesdays, 10 to 9; Wednesdays, 1 to 9; Thursdays, 10 to 6; Fridays, 1 to 6; and Saturdays, noon to 6. The library is located at 451 Jersey St. Questions? Call 415-695-5095.

Adult Fiction

- In Cold Hit, a thriller by prosecutor Linda Fairstein, a silk-clad corpse tied obscenely to a ladder lands upon Manhattan's shores.

- Straddling the traditions of India and the strangeness of a new country, the stories in Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies speaks to the "foreigner" in all of us.

- Beginning with a Valentine's Day wedding, Midnight Champagne, by A. Manette Ansay, examines the hidden complexities inherent in romantic and familial love.

Adult Nonfiction

- Containing 160 striking color photos, Art of the Hopi, by Lois and Jerry Jacka, examines the history, culture, and spirituality of the Hopi as manifested in their art.

- In Blind Eye, James B. Stewart describes how a psychopathic doctor, protected by the medical establishment, gets away with multiple murders.

- From sex to timekeeping, Faster, by James Gleick, addresses the acceleration of living in our modern technocratic age.

- In How Do We Know When It's God: A Spiritual Memoir, novelist Dan Wakefield examines his own life and faith.

Annotations by Roberta Greifer

Children's Fiction

- George Ella Lyon's brief text and Ann W. Olson's beautiful photographs team up to describe a lovely outdoor walk in Counting on the Woods. Ages 4 to 6.

- Emily finally feels comfortable staying overnight at Grandma's house -- and having a wise, understanding grandmother certainly helps -- in Emily Just in Time, by Jan Slepian. Ages 4 to 6.

- It is hard for Hannah to wait, but she finally has a chance to enjoy some "quality time" with her parent in When Mama Gets Home, by Marisabina Russo. Ages 4 to 6.

- Floyd and Wendell offer to help a friend at school who's lost a hat, and this leads them to all kinds of adventures in The Lost and Found, by Mark Teague. Ages 5 to 6.

- Although his parents are divorced, Michael maintains a close, loving relationship with each of them in As the Crow Flies, by Elizabeth Winthrop. Ages 5 to 8.

- Two Native American boys, Benny Len and Stanley, can tolerate their boarding school experience more easily after they find a way to go home occasionally in Home to Medicine Mountain, by Chiori Santiago. Ages 7 to 10.

- A young girl's feelings about living among Natives gradually change over time, as do her feelings about going back to live among white people, in Trouble's Daughter: The Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive, by Katherine Kirkpatrick. Ages 10 and up.

Children's Nonfiction

- The artistic careers of Maurice Sendak, William Steig, and a few other "shining stars" of children's literature are described in A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal, by Leonard S. Marcus. Ages 6 and up.

Annotations by Carol Small

Films for Kids

- The library shows films for children ages 3 to 5 on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 10 and 11 a.m.

Preschool Story Time

- Kids 3 to 5 are invited to the library's preschool story time, starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays Oct. 19 and 26.

Infant and Toddler Lapsits

- You and your little ones can sing nursery rhymes and lullabies at the lapsits held at 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings Oct. 6, 20, and 27.

For other library events, call 557-4400 or visit the San Francisco Public Library's web site at