Noe Valley Voice March 2000

More Books to Read

Our syllabus for March, provided by librarians Roberta Greifer and Carol Small, includes the latest work by psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison (an expert on bipolar disease), and an almanac on baseball trivia, for all ages. To check out a book's availability, call 695-5095, or visit the Noe Valley ­ Sally Brunn Library at 451 Jersey St. The branch also offers magazines, CDs, access to the Internet, and an index to the Noe Valley Voice. Hours are Tuesdays, 10 to 9; Wednesdays, 1 to 9; Thursdays, 10 to 6; Fridays, 1 to 6; and Saturdays, 10 to 6.

Adult Fiction

- The Edge of Marriage by Hester Kaplan is a collection of contemporary short stories that portray men and women coping with changes in their lives.

- Set in the Appalachian high country, Gap Creek by Robert Morgan traces a couple's struggles to eke out a living on the land.

- A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee, the author of Native Speaker, describes how outsider Franklin Hata conforms in order to survive.

- Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland is a novel about two art professors and a painting that one of the professors believes is a Vermeer.

- Quit Monks or Die, by the poet Maxine Kumin, is a literary murder mystery revolving around an animal rights terrorist group and a missing monkey.

Adult Nonfiction

- Not a "victim" book, How to Stop Time: Heroin from A to Z, by Ann Marlowe, is a down-to-earth memoir about a user's obsession with this drug.

- Night Falls Fast, by psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison, is a psychological and scientific exploration of suicide.

- One God Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi, by Alan Lew, rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco, describes the author's odyssey from Judaism to Zen Buddhism to his decision to become a rabbi.

- Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, by Judith Thurman, is the National Book Award­ winning biography of the famous French writer.

Annotations by Roberta Greifer

Head Librarian, Noe Valley Branch

Children's Fiction

- Although at first all the animals on the farm are in the wrong places, the little gray donkey figures out how to put things right in Who's in My Bed? by Helen Piers. Ages 2 to 4.

- By rescuing an unusual but beloved pet, a young child becomes the hero of the day in My Fire Engine by Michael Rex. Ages 3 to 5.

- In The Blizzard's Robe, Robert Sabuda tells the story of a compassionate and heroic young girl who saves her village from the worst part of winter. Ages 4 to 8.

- In Black Cat, Christopher Myers uses poetry and collage art to show that an animal can feel quite at home in a noisy, bustling city. Ages 4 to 8.

- In Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike by Claudia Mills, a boy moves from "I can't" to "I can!" with helpful patience and understanding from his grandfather. Ages 5 to 8.

- After being puzzled about it all week, a young boy finally understands the "special spice" of Friday evening in How Yussel Caught the Gefilte Fish: A Shabbos Story by Charlotte Herman. Ages 5 to 8.

- In Ramona's World, Beverly Cleary shows that a 9-year-old girl can meet numerous challenges and still have a great year in fourth grade. Ages 8 to 11.

Children's Nonfiction

- Which baseball team was the first to have numbers on the players' uniforms? Who has the highest career batting average in baseball history? Bruce Adelson answers these questions and many more in Grand Slam Trivia: Secrets, Statistics, and Little-Known Facts About Pro Baseball. Ages 8 and up.

Annotations by Carol Small

Children's Librarian, Noe Valley Branch

Films for Kids

- The library shows films for children ages 3 to 5 on Tuesday, March 28, at 10 and 11 a.m.

Preschool Story Time

- Preschool story time, a read-aloud program for children 3 to 5, starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

Infant and Toddler Lapsits

- You and your little ones can sing lullabies and make fingerplays at the 7 p.m. lapsits on Wednesdays, March 1, 22, and 29.

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