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    Recommendations from Book Passage 1.26.23

    Nonbinary: A Memoir (nonfiction/memoir – paperback) by Genesis P-Orridge and Douglas Rushkoff

    In this groundbreaking book spanning decades of artistic risk-taking, the inventor of “industrial music,” founder of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and world-renowned fine artist with COUM Transmissions Genesis P-Orridge (1950–2020) takes us on a journey searching for identity and their true self. Recently released in paperback, this captivating memoir is even more affordable and accessible.

    Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery (nonfiction/memoir – hardbound) by Casey Parks

    When Casey Parks came out as a lesbian in college back in 2002, she assumed her life in the South was over. But then Parks’ grandmother pulled her aside and revealed a startling secret: “I grew up across the street from a woman who lived as a man,” and then implored Casey to find out what happened to him. Diary of a Misfit is the story of Parks’ life-changing journey to unravel the mystery of Roy Hudgins.

    The House in the Pines (fiction/mystery – paperback) by Ana Reyes

    This is a shocking debut thriller about the subtlety of memory and manipulation, in which a young woman must find her way back to a New England cabin, armed with only hazy, haunting memories, to finally uncover the truth that could save her. Maya was a high school senior when her best friend, Aubrey, mysteriously dropped dead in front of the enigmatic man. To save herself, she must understand a story written before she was born, but time keeps running out, and soon, all roads are leading back to Frank’s cabin.

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    Tuesday, January 28 @ 4 pm (free – Corte Madera) Darwin Bodgraham & Ali Winston, authors of The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption, and Cover Up in Oakland

    From the Polk Award–winning investigative duo comes a critical look at the systematic corruption and brutality within the

    Oakland Police Department, and the more than two-decades-long saga of attempted reforms and explosive scandals. The authors trace the history of Oakland since its inception through the lens of the city’s police department, through the Palmer Raids, McCarthyism, and the Civil Rights struggle, the Black Panthers and crack eras, to Oakland’s present-day revival.

    Saturday, February 4 @ Noon (free – SF Ferry Building) Kristina Cho author of Mooncakes & Milk Bread 
    In Mooncakes & Milk Bread, food blogger Kristina Cho ( ) introduces readers to Chinese bakery cooking with fresh, uncomplicated interpretations of classic recipes for the modern bakery. Inside, you’ll find sweet and savory baked buns, steamed buns, Chinese breads, unique cookies, whimsical cakes, juicy dumplings, Chinese breakfast dishes, and drinks.

    This is the first book to exclusively focus on Chinese bakeries and cafés, but it isn’t just for those nostalgic for Chinese bakeshop foods—it’s for all home bakers who want exciting new recipes to add to their repertoires.

    Saturday, Feb. 11 @ 3 pm (free – Calvary Presbyterian Church, SF) Lisa Sharon Harper author of Fortune: How Race Broke My Family and the World and How to Repair It

    Harper has spent three decades researching ten generations of her family history through DNA research, oral histories, interviews, and genealogy. Fortune, the name of Harper’s first nonindigenous ancestor born on American soil, bore the brunt of the nation’s first race, gender, and citizenship laws. Fortune helps readers understand how America was built upon systems and

    structures that blessed some and cursed others, allowing Americans of European descent to benefit from the colonization,

    genocide, enslavement, rape, and exploitation of people of color.

    Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage
    Published on January 26, 2023