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Image of the cover of Tea Leaf Green’s latest CD featuring all four band membersTea Leaf Green, a rock quartet that formed at SF State and has since jammed alongside Bob Weir and Dave Matthews, has released "Rock 'n' Roll Band" (SCI Fidelity Records), a live CD. TLG comprises Trevor Garrod (B.S., '00), keyboards/vocals; Josh Clark (B.A., '91), guitar/vocals; Ben Chambers (B.A., '01), bass/vocals; and Scott Rager (B.A., '01), drums.
The cover of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles featuring a side profile of the legendary film directorIn "What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career" (University Press of Kentucky, '06), Joseph McBride, assistant professor of cinema, challenges conventional wisdom about Orson Welles' supposed creative decline. The book examines the films of the writer-director's little-known later period.
Image of the cover of Becoming Almost Famous, featuring images of author Ben Fong-Torres throughout his journalistic career with Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney and The Jackson Five.Veteran Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres (B.A., '66) provides a backstage pass to interviews with rock legends in "Becoming Almost Famous: My Back Pages in Music, Writing and Life" (Backbeat Books, '06). The collection of previously published profiles and essays includes the former Daily Gater reporter's reflections on past assignments. The cover of Jacqui Naylor’s The Color of Five featuring a head shot of the artistJacqui Naylor's (B.S., '91) fifth and latest recording, the aptly named "The Color Five" (Ruby Star Records), is a mix of jazz, pop, rock, gospel, folk and blues that offers five originals, five covers and five of her trademark "acoustic smashes" -- rock tunes sung over jazz standards or vice versa.
The cover of Maxine’s latest poetry collection features a modern exhibit in a museum setting"Among the Names" (Apogee Press, '05) is the eighth book of poetry from Maxine Chernoff, chair of creative writing and coeditor of the journal New American Writing. The 33 poems in the collection touch on the spiritual and emotional complexities that surround the act of giving. The cover of The Messenger featuring a shadowy building with shadowy figures atop itIn "The Messenger" (Putnam, '06), a thriller by Daniel Silva (attended '84), Israeli art restorer/spymaster Gabriel Allon enlists the aid of beautiful American art expert Sarah Bancroft to infiltrate a dangerous organization led by a militant Islamic Saudi businessman. When plans go awry, Bancroft's life hangs in the balance.
The cover of This is Not Chick Lit. A black cover with no image, only large capital letters in bright pink against a black background.Neither daily calorie counting nor shopping trips appear in "This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America's Best Women Writers" (Random House, '06) edited by Elizabeth Merrick (M.A., '97). The collection includes envelope-pushing literary fiction from the likes of Aimee Bender, Francine Prose and Jennifer Egan.
The cover of Stop the Show featuring a red curtain  and an emcee announcing the book’s title via a large white balloon"Stop the Show! A History of Insane Incidents and Absurd Accidents
in the Theater" by Brad Schreiber (attended '72–'75; '77) includes an anecdote from actress-director Laurel Ollstein (B.A., '81). During a performance of "Much Ado About Nothing," as the character of Claudio was sentenced to death, the actor's elderly Jewish grandmother loudly proclaimed from the audience, "Oy, they're gonna kill Bobby!"
The cover of Fathering Your Toddler, a book featuring a men's button-down shirt with a few stray crayons in the front pocket.Armin Brott's (B.A., '81) personal experience and extensive research laid the foundation for "Fathering Your Toddler: A Dad's Guide to the Second and Third Years, Second Edition" (Abbeville Press, '05). The book offers candid advice for fathers with a range of concerns and issues, including "deployed dads" and single- and step-parents
The cover of A Season of Fire and Ice shows a photograph of a single yellow maple leaf that has fallen into the snow."A Season of Fire and Ice" (Unbridled Books, '06) by Lloyd Zimpel (attended '60-'62), a novel in the form of 1880s-era journal entries, follows patriarch and farmer Gerhardt Praeger as he attempts to settle the harsh territory of the Dakotas.
The cover of Leaves and Pods features a collage of collected greenery.Photographer/installation artist Josie Iselin (M.F.A., '94) celebrates the beauty of springtime greenery, fall foliage and winter's brown husks in "Leaves and Pods" (Abrams Books, '06). The collection of detailed portraits of flora from around the world includes writing by Mary Ellen Hannibal.
The cover of The Great Detective At the Crucible of Life features a drawing of a shadowy figure in a cave.Thos. Kent Miller (B.A, '82) has published "The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life" (Wildside Press, '05), a book in the form of an Allan Quatermain memoir. The fictional story follows a quest into the deserts of Ethiopia in 1872.
The Truce cover is a stark black and white cover with lines.Karen Umemoto (B.A., '84) provides an eyewitness account of urban violence in "The Truce: Lessons from an L.A. Gang War" (Cornell University Press, '06). The book examines gang warfare and racial conflict in Los Angeles' Oakland neighborhood between 1993 and 1994, when 17 people were killed and more than 50 injured. The cover of A Turn for Lucas which features an illustration of children playing soccer.Gloria Averbuch (B.A., '74), the author of best-selling soccer books written with legends Brandi Chastain and Anson Dorrance, brings her love of the game to children in "A Turn for Lucas" (Mitten Press, 2006).

The cover of Line by Line shows a railroad track stretching into the distance where bright yellow lights glow from afar."Line by Line" (Concord Records) features bass virtuoso John Patitucci (attended '77-'78) on both acoustic bass and six-string electric bass. A founding member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band, he is joined by other musicians including Adam Rogers (guitars) and Brian Blade (drums).
 


 

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