Halloween arrives Oct. 31, giving readers a window to get in the mood for hearing some bumps in the night. Here’s a sampling of spooky reads for the occasion:
The intellectual essayist-memoirist Richard Rodriguez, who grew up in Sacramento and lives in San Francisco, is shaking the literary community with his new “spiritual autobiography,” “Darling” (Viking, $26.95, 256 pages), his first book in 10 years. Like its author, “Darling” is thought-provoking and challenging.
The acutely rendered journey examines the “desert religions that have shaped and excluded” him — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Along the way he considers terrorism, history, celebrity and the “green” ecology movement. The centerpiece is a lengthy conversation with a woman friend over lunch, which turns into a celebration of womankind and Rodriguez’s gratitude to the gender for helping shape who he is.
Listen to a good book
Audiobooks are good company on the daily work commute and long road trips. Here’s a sampling from an audiobook leader, Macmillan ( www.macmillanaudio.com). Next week, look for titles from Simon & Schuster ( www.simonandschuster.com).
The Sacramento Suburban Writers Club will host a book launch today at 4 p.m. for “The Moving Finger Writes,” an anthology by its members. Meet at La Placita Dos restaurant, 8036 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights; (916) 728-1382. For more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See it, read it
The online newspaper Huffington Post recently assembled its list of “Movies That Are Just As Good As the Books They’re Based On.” Authors, actors and directors meet in a perfect storm:
You can call this book clever or silly, but at least lift a glass to author Tim Federle’s sense of invention. “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” (Running Press, $15, 160 pages) sources the titles of famous books for the names of cocktails. Consider the Wonderful Blizzard of Oz, the Rye in the Catcher, Gone with the Wine, the Turn of the Screwdriver, Gin Eyre and 60 more.
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