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Solar eclipse events in the Bay Area

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Corrections, Aug. 20

Cypher puzzle, Aug. 13, Datebook, Page 55 The Cypher puzzle misstated the name of the airline captain who landed his disabled plane in the Hudson River in 2009 and was the subject of the [Read entire story]

Recommended reading, Aug. 13

We recommend these recently reviewed titles: The Great Quake How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet By [Read entire story]

A selection of first sentences from new books, Aug. 20

I moved to New York not long after my mother killed my father, or was it my father who murdered my mother? “The Future Won’t Be Long,” a novel by Jarett Kobek [Read entire story]

Recommended reading, Aug. 13

Perrotta’s latest, sublimely funny novel — about love, sex, disability, able-bodiedness and gender — also skewers how we navigate parenthood, morality, letting go and moving on. Watch Me Disappear Brown’s novel [Read entire story]

A selection of first sentences from new books, Aug. 13

The afternoon holds the beautiful promise that it will soon be over. “How to Party With an Infant,” a novel, now in paperback, by Kaui Hart Hemmings [Read entire story]

Correction, Aug. 7

A story that began on the section cover about See’s Candies mischaracterized aspects of the candy maker’s sales. is placed on disabled list, Aug. 6, Sports, B1 In a story that began on the Sports cover, the team [Read entire story]

Safety tips for watching the solar eclipse

Only a quarter of the sun will be visible over the Bay Area during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, but viewing it directly still will require special protections to avoid eye damage. View only through special-purpose solar [Read entire story]

Recommended reading, Aug. 6

A Biography Jackson’s biography is an insightful study of an exceptional storyteller. [...] because midcentury America was often unwilling to acknowledge more than one prominent black voice at a time, Himes wasn’t [Read entire story]

A selection of first sentences from new books, Aug. 6

Many times when I was growing up, my nana would pull me into her bedroom, close the door behind us, and press a five-dollar bill into my palm. There was a darker brown stain on our brown suede couch. “How to Behave [Read entire story]

Chronicle columnist Vanessa Hua wins civil rights award

Vanessa Hua, a columnist for The Chronicle, has won the Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice coverage. A Korean American raised in Arkansas and Texas, Ahn was a physician, neurologist and inventor who [Read entire story]

Literary guide

3 p.m. Adobe Books, 3130 24th St., S.F. (415) 864-3936. www.adobebooks.com. Terry Jastrow, Anne Archer “The Trial of Prisoner 043.” 4 p.m. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Mindful Practices to [Read entire story]

Bay Area book events, July 30

Sunday Audrey Fielding, David Fielding, Luciana Cacciatore, Carlo Longo, Lucia Erriquez “Salento By 5: Friendship, Food, Music & Travel Within The Heel of Italy’s [Read entire story]

Grabbers: A selection of first sentences from new books, July 30

More and more I have been thinking: What this country needs is war. “The Adventurist,” a novel, now in paperback, by J. Bradford Hipps [Read entire story]

Recommended reading, July 30

Lee Boudreaux Books/Little, Brown; 263 pages; $26 In Greer’s funny and wise novel, a San Francisco author plots a solo trip around the world to to summon a midlife reinvention. Disenchantment proves a stubborn [Read entire story]

Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, July 25

“Wild Boys of the Road”: Unforgettable 1933 Depression drama, about teenagers riding the rails. 6:05 p.m. and 9:20 p.m. “The Glass Menagerie”: Bring a picnic and then enjoy theater under the stars with Lisa [Read entire story]

Keeping occupied while the vehicle does the driving

As self-driving cars get closer to reality, visions of their interior are evolving fast. Yanfeng Automotive Interiors of Shanghai recently visited Sunnyvale to display a prototype cabin. Front seats can pivot to face the [Read entire story]

Recommendations from Eureka Books

Recommendations of recent books from the staffs of a rotating list of Bay Area independent bookstores. Creepshow by Stephen King & Bernie Wrightson A classic graphic novel, now back in print, adapted by the late horror [Read entire story]

Recommended reading, July 23

Goodbye, Vitamin In her first book, Khong has managed to create an Alzheimer’s novel that is heartbreaking but also funny, offering a fresh take on the disease and possible outcomes both for the person suffering from [Read entire story]

A selection of first sentences from new books, July 23

At some point during my family’s move from Texas to Virginia, the thought crossed my mind that I should have set fire to all our belongings rather than wrestle them into another moving truck. Ye shall know them by [Read entire story]