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While many of us will remember the last year as a time when superstar authors published highly anticipated follow-ups — think Michelle Obama, Jennifer Egan and Hanya Yanagihara — it was also a banner year for emerging voices. Bay Area authors of color, led by Oakland’s Leila Mottley, whose powerful first novel is being translated into 15 languages, made splashy debuts we’re still talking ...

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Top history, memoir and other nonfiction for the first quarter of the year. Last week we gave you a list of fiction to watch for in 2023. Now here is some good-looking nonfiction. "Rough Sleepers," by Tracy Kidder. (Random House, Jan. 17) Kidder spent five years following a Boston doctor who brings health care to the unhoused. "Jellyfish Age Backwards," by Nicklas Brendborg. (Little, Brown, ...

Thank God that we’re around for another year! Being thankful from the beginning of the year can be a great thing to do. In fact, each day when…

The Christmas Holiday may be observed on Dec. 25th, but the before- and after-effect it brings will continue to linger a while after that date.

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"Fatty Fatty Boom Boom" by Rabia Chaudry; Algonquin Books (318 pages, $29) ——— Rabia Chaudry was a scrawny baby, underweight and dehydrated after her family's journey from Pakistan to the United States. An auntie recommended a cure: half-and-half. "There is no way to know exactly where the wires crossed in this communication," Chaudry writes in her memoir, "Fatty Fatty Boom Boom." The auntie ...

As we mentioned last week, this has been one of our most impactful elections in recent history; but the mid-term elections are close to being over.

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The latest season of Netflix’s acclaimed series “The Crown,” which follows the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, debuts on Wednesday, just two months after the queen died at the age of 96. In this fifth season, created by Peter Morgan, the series has progressed to the 1990s, with Imelda Staunton stepping into the role of the queen in her 60s, taking over for Olivia Colman and Claire Foy, ...

What will the future look like for us the citizens of America, the greatest country in the world?

We need for some of the leaders of our families to insist in making changes to improve the dysfunctional family situations that are raising ha…

Over the years through this column there has been a consistent emphasis on the importance of helping others who are in need.

Things got out of hand when someone took a video of a professional sports team during their practice while an altercation was taking place. Th…

Years ago, as children, when we told a lie or did something wrong and were caught, there would be a look of bashfulness or even shame on our f…

Most of us have been involved in fights or skirmishes when we were children and some even as teenagers and adults.

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