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Hoffman's latest melds fiction and fact in "Extraordinary" way


Reading Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” (Scribner, 2014), reminded me of watching documentaries with lovely time-lapse photography of flowers growing and blooming. Several memorable characters grow, evolve and discover mysteries and characteristics in themselves in a deep and interesting way during the course of the book.

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Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summaries of their books, a sentence or two about themselves and details on where the books may be purchased. Email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Gladwell's "David and Goliath" takes on underdogs


Author Malcolm Gladwell likes to tell his readers that what they believe to be true often isn’t.

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Bill Bryson: A voice to enjoy


I have written about Bill Bryson before, because he is one of my favorite authors. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but has lived most of his adult life in England. One of his first books, “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” (Broadway Books, 2007), is a humorous recollection of his childhood in Des Moines.

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Novel weaves mythical tale with folklore elements


I’m a big fan of the science-fiction and fantasy genres, but it’s often difficult to find well-written books in either style. Enter author Helene Wecker.

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