Monday 7 December 2009: Scott Sampson, Bryant Simon, Paul Linde
On 7 December I featured books published by the University of California Press. Over the past decade I have talked with more UC Press authors than those of any other publisher. On this program I tried to emphasize the wide range of subjects UC Press covers. The three authors I talked with all write in a very personal manner unlike what you might expect from an academic press. On each of their topics there was another excellent UC press book whose authors would probably also be worth talking to.

I talked with paleontologist Scott D Sampson about his book Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life. Another UC Press author who also attracted me was Richard Milner and his recently published Darwin's Universe: Evolution for A to Z.

I then talked with Bryant Simon about Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America through Starbucks. Another UC Press author who writes about the role of beverages in human society is Patrick McGovern, who recently published Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer and other Alcoholic Beverages.

I finally talked with Paul R Linde, MD, about Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist. A complement to this book would be Philippe Bourgeois and Jeff Schonberg's Righteous Dopefiend, which deals with homeless San Francisco drug addicts as they live their lives on the street.

I didn't even try to talk with Derek Hayes about his Historical Atlas of the United States and Historical Atlas of the American West. I would have spent 15 minutes saying 'these are such beautiful books' and you'll figure that out without me as soon as you see them.

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