How the Silicon Valley tech boom and a baseball background shaped a College of San Mateo professor’s new novel, ‘Tell Us When To Go’

Emil DeAndreis, a born-and-raised San Franciscan, isn’t a typical writer. For starters, he says he does a lot of writing during his day job as a substitute teacher in San Francisco public schools (he's also an English professor at College of San Mateo). His latest novel, “Tell Us When To Go,” follows two friends and Fresno State baseball teammates — Cole Gallegos and Isaac Moss — as they navigate San ...

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“How the Other Half Eats”: Sociologist Priya Fielding-Singh on food and inequality in America

Priya Fielding-Singh is the author of "How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America." The book is based on her research with 75 Bay Area families during her doctoral studies at Stanford University. (Photo courtesy of Vero Kherian) "How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America" is one of the books I've been waiting for.  Sociologist and author Priya Fielding-Singh ...

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Say hey, kids! 24 reasons why you need the new Willie Mays memoir right now

Talking with veteran Bay Area sports writer John Shea, who co-authored a fresh take on the wisdom and life lessons of the San Francisco Giants legend. Willie Mays, pictured during the earlier part of his career, while the Giants where still located in New York.(Photo by Osvaldo Salas/Collection of Rick Swig, via St. Martin’s Press) Even if you’re not a sports fanatic, odds are that earlier this year you watched some, if not ...

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Missing baseball? “The Wax Pack” is the book for your national pastime fix right now

Bay Area writer Brad Balukjian traveled the country to track down the players inside one random 1986 pack of baseball cards to ponder the sport’s soul. The cards (and players) that make up “The Wax Pack.” (Photo by Scott Greene, courtesy of Brad Balukjian) The idea itself is a slam dunk…well, er…a home run: open a sealed pack of Topps baseball cards from 1986 and track down each player inside to see what ...

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