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- November 29, 2013

Book Talk

AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Billy Collins Poet Laureate, (Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Tickets $10, $20, $40); Fred Vogelstein, "Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution" (Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.); Mitch Albom, "The First Phone Call from Heaven" (Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Tickets $20-$40); Lex Thomas (Thomas Voorhies), "Quarantine #2: The Saints" (Nov. 22, 7 p.m.); Keith Raffel, "A Fine and Dangerous Season" (Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.); Jacquy Pfeiffer, "The Art of French Pastry" (Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.); Rosemary Wells, Children's story time, "Max and Ruby's Treasure Hunt" and "Max's Christmas" (Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m.). Information:

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Harriet Scott Chessman, "The Beauty of Ordinary Things" (Nov. 12, 7 p.m.); Toni Piccinini, "The Goodbye Year: Surviving Your Child's Senior Year in High School" (Nov. 13, 7 p.m.). Information:; Menlo Park Library will host author Bill Fernandez, "Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War" (Nov. 16, 11 a.m.) in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Information: 650-330-2512.

THE WAY OF DYING ... Nearly half of all Americans now die in hospice care, often at home, and the new book "Changing The Way We Die, Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement" examines that quiet revolution. The book, which is written by New York journalist Fran Smith and author and Palo Alto Weekly contributor Sheila Himmel, takes a deep look into this $14-billion-a-year industry and the cultural shifts in attitudes and practices related to dying. The authors argue that hospice care should be routine, like surgery and antibiotics, and standard practice in medical care. Hospice care is more about living well until the end of life for the terminally ill than a bedside vigil of waiting for death to arrive. The book compassionately offers perspectives from hospice patients, family members of terminally ill patients and hospice professionals that take the reader on a journey through what hospice is and what it can be, and it ends with an analysis of the lucrative hospice business and the cultural revolution that is changing the way people die. The book will soon be available at Kepler's Books and Books, Inc.

FOR WOMEN FACING CANCER ... Palo Alto author and artist Mimm Patterson has published "A Woman's Face," a book of photographic portraits of 50 women or all ages and backgrounds by four photographers. The book was motivated by the cancer diagnosis of a friend, and offers a visual sense of community and encouragement for women who feel alone in any crisis. Proceeds will go to help the Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park and the YWCA Silicon Valley's Support Network for Battered Women. The book can be purchased at Samyama Yoga Center, 2995 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, or purchased online as a download from Magcloud at

PRIME TIME DADS ... Palo Alto author Len Filppu has a new book on tap: "Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood," which describes beginning fatherhood at midlife. Filppu became a first-time father at age 49. He will discuss, read from and sign his book on Nov. 14, at Books Inc., Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

GETTING NAKED ... In the new book by Palo Alto author Betsy Franco, "Naked," a young acting major touches the Rodin sculpture "Meditation" and burns his finger on the bronze. Returning to the garden that night, he meets a naked, disoriented girl who has emerged from the statue. The fictional story of the relationship between the young woman, Camille, and the young actor explores love, loss and the power of art through her sinister memories of a past 19th-century relationship as sculptor Rodin's muse and the young man's own conflicts with his abusive father. The book is available at Kepler's Books and Books, Inc.

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or emailed to by the last Friday of the month.


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