7 Bay Area Authors’ Books To Read This Summer
Need an escape from a shelter in place? Books are great for this.
Our summer reading list includes seven new issues by Bay Area authors, including a biography of Ruth Asawa for art lovers and Meena Harris. Kamala and Maya’s big idea, an illustrated book inspired by his famous aunt and extraordinary mother and written for phenomenal young girls.
Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asaw a, by Marilyn Chase
San Francisco author Marilyn Chase extracted letters, diaries, sketches and photos and interviewed those who knew Ruth Asawa to create Everything she touched which tells the incredible life of the American sculptor. She draws on Asawa’s extensive archives and weaves together many voices – family, friends, teachers and critics – to provide a complex and compelling portrayal of the artist.
Born in California in 1926, Asawa has forged an unconventional path in everything she has done, from raising a multiracial family of six, to founding a San Francisco high school dedicated to the arts, to pursue his own independent practice in the New York art market. She survived as a teenager in the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II and attended the Revolutionary Art School at Black Mountain College before developing her signature and iconic artistic style.
His beloved fountains are now SF icons, and his iconic wire sculptures adorn the Museum of Modern Art, de Young, Getty, Whitney, and many other museums and galleries across America.
// $ 30, chronicbooks.com
Color x Color: The Sperry Poster Archive, by Chuck Sperry
If you are missing the live music scene right now, here is a book to satisfy your eyes with familiar beauty. Color x Color illustrates the 40-year career of famous rock poster artist, master screen printer and Haight-Ashbury resident, Chuck Sperry. The 750-plus-page tome features over 800 color reproductions of Sperry’s work, from his early years creating posters for Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore Auditorium, to his gorgeous and colorful work for The Who, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam and the Black Keys. Each chapter includes insightful autobiographical content, sharing details about his art and life.
Almost everything Sperry publishes sells out quickly, including the first edition of this book, which was created to tie in with Sperry’s extensive special permanent art collection added to the archives of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.
Stay tuned for announcements of an upcoming 2nd edition on chucksperry.net.
The Son of Good Fortune, by Lysley Tenorio
San Francisco author Lysley tenorio‘s The son of good fortune is his highly anticipated debut novel about an undocumented Filipino son navigating his relationship with his mother, an uncertain future, and the place he calls home. Tenorio’s 2012 news collection, Monster, was a Chronicle of San Francisco Book of the Year and has also been adapted for the stage at the American Conservatory Theater in SF.
Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to see here, said “The son of good fortune is downright brilliant, and what makes it so wonderful is the way Tenorio controls the complexity of the narrative. How can a book be filled with so much humor, with such a light touch, and yet touch that strange place in our heart that can keep us apart? Excel and her mother, Maxima, are characters you won’t forget, and the world they exist in, stuck between belonging and non-belonging, doesn’t deserve them. ”
// Aavailable July 7; $ 28, pre-order at harpercollins.com
Nourish Me Home, by Cortney Burns
Most of us cook well (a lot!)
Cortney Burns— Formerly Bar Tartine on Valencia Street — is back with a personal cookbook project on nostalgia, immigration, and her own delicious recipes. Feed me at home pays homage to the seasons and to the elements of water, fire, air and ether. Burns’ cuisine always includes layered flavors and textures, surprising ingredients and healthy twists, and his recipes range from must-have dishes of the week such as salads, soups and entrees from vegetables to homemade liqueurs and ferments. which earned him all of the following.
A sin Bar Tartine, the canned food pantry is the backbone of this cookbook, adding all the physical and mental health benefits of fermented foods and streamlining cooking.
// Available August 20; $ 35, pre-order at chronicbooks.com
Marrying: A Memory of Love and Out of Patriarchy, by Caitlin Myer
After traveling the world for seven years, Caitlin myer, founder of the San Francisco-based literary reading series Portuguese Artists Colony (PAC), recently moved to Portugal. Marry, her upcoming literary memoirs, tells the story of her journey through hits like Cheryl Strayed Savage and Jeannette Walls The glass castle.
At 36, Myer is ready to start a family with her husband. She has left behind the restrictive boundaries of her Mormon upbringing and early sexual trauma and believes she now lives happily ever after. . . when her body betrays her. In just one week, she suffers the twin losses of a hysterectomy and the death of her mother, and she is shaken in a terrible awakening that forces her to consider her past and her future.
Author Glen David Gold says: “Marry is a wonder, a hypnotic tale of the dangers of desire, especially female desire, when it dares to go against all the barriers that have been created to hold such passions in their place. Myer’s self-examination and honesty goes way beyond courageous and in a kind of dizzying confession in free fall. When I finished this, I was heartbroken to know what finally “set her free”. Highly recommended. “
// Available July 21; $ 25, simonandschuster.com
Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, by Meena Harris
Even kids are starting to tire of screen time (right?), So bring home an inspiring and adorable book from San Francisco community builder and now author. Meena Harris.
Meena Harris, who founded the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, a women-led organization that raises awareness for social causes, now debuts with a stimulating picture book about two sisters working with their community to make change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of East Bay of her aunt, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, and mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris.
Charm says, “Stories about girls of color are still underrepresented on the shelves. Kamala and Maya’s big idea proposes, like the Harris women, to do her part to solve this problem. “
// Available June 2; $ 19, phenomenal girl.com
The color of the air, by Gail Tsukiyama
Let’s all enjoy a virtual Hawaiian vacation in literature this summer. Of New York Times bestselling author of Silk women and The samurai garden comes a historical novel about a Japanese-American family set against the backdrop of Hawaii’s sugar cane plantations.
Alternation between past and present – from the day of the volcano eruption in 1935 to decades before –The color of the air interweaves the stories of Daniel, Koji, and Mariko to create a rich, bittersweet chorus that celebrates their long-standing bond with each other and with their immigrant community. As Mauna Loa threatens their lives and livelihoods, he also uncovers long-held secrets simmering beneath the surface that mix past and present, revealing a way forward for all.
Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii. She attended SFSU and currently divides her time between El Cerrito and Napa Valley.
// Available July 7; $ 27, pre-order at harpercollins.com