Favorite Quotes

"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

Reader's Link - December 2011 Staff Picks Archive

Think Local, Read Local!


Title: Surf.com
By: Fred Reiss

Funniest book I've read in a long time, and it takes place in Santa Cruz! You'll recognize many of the character types within our beach town: surfing locals, college students, Silicon Valley transplants, and the people who hang out around the Pacific Garden Mall. Enough zingers to make you laugh out loud at two o'clock in the morning, and then in an attempt to quote a few of them the next day to a colleague, wind up saying "I'm no good at paraphrasing… you'll just have to read it for yourself!" Mr. Reiss, who lives in Santa Cruz, has published a new book, "Aliens! Surf! Santa Cruz!" which is soon to be found on the library shelves. Be sure and put it, as well as his other hilarious books ("Gidget Must Die" and "Blind Guys Break 80") in your "bookbag"!

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Posted by pollockl on Dec. 5, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.
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