SEARCH: Troop Themed Books

Troop Themed Books

by Emerian Rich

5 books to explore the soldier’s life.

BOOKS1. Artillery at the Golden Gate by Brian B. Chin
If you enjoy the views and history of our feature article on the Presidio, check out this book for detailed information on the harbor defenses of San Francisco in World War II. This book tells the story of the “concrete soldiers,” the U.S. Army coast artillery men who manned the huge seacoast rifles and underwater minefields guarding the San Francisco harbor entrance during World War II. Beyond the tactics and technology of the Harbor Defenses, this book paints a rich mosaic of the memorable Army personalities, both officers and enlisted, and their experiences in the wartime city.

2. I’ll be Seeing You by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
What a touching, addictive journey through two women’s lives during the war. From the first letter I was hooked. The women are so different from one another and seem as if they have nothing in common, but their differences strengthen their friendship as they deal with …. continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH.



SEARCH: Ghosts Around the World

Ghosts Around the World
by Dianna Kersey


If you believe in ghosts, you’re not alone in this world. Over 39% of Brits and 45% of Americans believe in ghosts.

In researching for my book, Exsanguinate, I learned the world over has an obsession with the paranormal, especially ghosts. While many ghost stories are similar in nature, each culture has a different spin on them.

Many ghost stories are believed to stem from parents’ efforts to teach the rights and wrongs of life to children. Take for instance the tale called The Liver. A family gave money to a son to go to the store to purchase liver for dinner. The boy purchased candy instead and stole a liver from a drunk man. Later that night and for weeks to come, the boy was haunted by a voice constantly saying, “Give me back my liver, you thief!” If that won’t curtail a child’s bad habits, I don’t know what will … continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.

SEARCH: 5 Books with Immersive Cultural Settings

5 Books with Immersive Cultural Settings

by Emerian Rich

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  1. 1. The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice

I read this book in college over spring break, and I have to say, it changed my life. Marcel is a gent de couleur libre (a free person of color) born from a slave mother and her French master in 1840’s New Orleans. The gens did not fit in either the black slave community or the French white community, and were often sent abroad to study, but when Marcel finds his father will not send him, he has to find his own way in a community that no longer wants him. In this coming-of-age story, Marcel must come to grips with his heritage. Brought up to treat his half- sister as a slave and after being slammed into reality by an abusive and heart-breaking scene where his French father beats him and throws him off his property, Marcel struggles with the harsh reality of racism in its cruelest form. Where will he fit now that he is grown? Will he stay put—part of the problem—and continue his split life, or will he fight the system and become a complete outcast?

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I have to admit, I’m not usually one for cyborg sort of stuff, but I absolutely fell in love with Cinder. In a modern retelling of Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg, living with the most irritating adopted mother ever…. continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.


SEARCH: Books – 5 Gardening Favorites

5 Gardening Favorites

by Heather Roulo

With the return of spring comes the promise of a luxurious garden. Knowledge and planning can make your outdoor garden a pleasure rather than a chore. The right reference books will step you through preparing your garden for success.

Whether you have many questions or a few, these books will inspire you with new ideas and lead you to select plants that will thrive in your garden’s conditions. Avoid the pitfalls of planting the familiar and branch out into the ecstatic. These five books will change your garden for the better.

1. The New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide by The Editors of Sunset

BOOKSThis book is an indispensable resource for beginning and knowledgeable gardeners. Providing steps to setting up a garden, plant, and maintain, this perpetual favorite’s newest edition is the perfect resource for your gardening questions. Check out details on specific plants or skim for general ideas for your zone. It contains excellent pictures and maps to show where plants will grow best. This classic is in its 9th edition, and it’s still going strong. Some reviews claim the organization of this edition made it difficult to navigate, so you may want to keep your eyes open for an earlier edition.

2. Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs by Michael A. Dirr

Considered by many to be an essential garden book, and used in university landscape architecture classes, this book explores the breadth and scope of trees and shrubs. It combines two previously published titles… continue reading in the Spring 2018 magazine.

Books: Five Books to Achieve Cozy

Five Books to Achieve Cozy
by Michele Roger

littleparisWinter requires a bit of self-care. Reaching the state of “cozy” is a complex process as the temperature drops. Here are five books to inspire that wonderful state of winter bliss in all of its forms.


1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
If you love to read, the thought of a “book doctor” may have danced across your wish list at some point. In The Little Paris Book Shop, instead of therapy, the broken hearted of Paris flock to Monsieur Perdu and his floating barge of literary apothecaries. On the barge, he will “prescribe” a book to cure your sadness, heal your heart and help you to venture out into the realm of love once more. The big question is, can Monsieur Perdu mend his own heartbreak?

Maybe so.

“Monsieur Perdu sensed eyes brushing over him from under mascaraed lashes. If he caught, held, and returned a woman’s gaze, he would already be entangled in the ‘cabeceo’, the silent exchange of glances that was the currency of every tango negotiation, an “invitation with the eyes.”….continue reading the Winter 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

Books: Food in Literature

Food in Literature
by Sumiko Saulson

BOOKS“She continues to cook, using the process of preparing the meal to parse her thoughts. Each act of cooking is a meditation upon her life. By the end of the meal, she decides that her abusive husband has no real power over her.”

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In Jane Eyre, food represents comfort. During childhood,Jane and her best friend Helen Burns live in an orphanage, where the kindness of adults is gauged by their generosity concerning food. Helen is sick with consumption.

Tea, bread, and butter are staples the kindly Miss Temple offers the girls. The orphanage restricts the amount of food they are allowed to have, so that the tiny pat of butter and bit of bread are barely enough for just one girl.

Miss Temple makes up for it by supplying the girls with generous slices of seedcake to supplement the toast and butter. Caraway seed cake was a popular British snack cake of the Victorian era.

2. Love by Toni Morrison
In Love, two childhood best friends, Heed and Christine, have their lives torn apart when Christine’s grandfather takes Heed as his bride, instigating a lifelong battle over inheritance. Christine’s mother is a talented cook. Christine loves food. Heed, a trophy wife, thinks about the service more than….continue reading the Fall 2017 issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Change Your Life with Books

Change Your Life with Books
by Rick Kitagawa

The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth cover

Looking for a little reading adventure this summer? Check out these
four books that will change your life for the better.

1. The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth by James Altucher If there was ever a gut-check in the form of a book, this is it. If you will ever throw a book down and scream at it, it will probably be this one, assuming you haven’t read his previous book, Choose Yourself!. In this book, your truths and assumptions—like your 401k, your job, and the importance of goals—will be torn down quickly. Even though Altucher will continue to push, poke, and challenge you and all that you hold dear, he also provides many solutions so that you walk away empowered and ready for the new challenges waiting on the horizon.

Altucher’s writing style is very conversational. Reading this is like listening to a crazy old friend of yours who happens to have made and lost millions over the year and is trying to save himself by saving you. If you’re going to read one book on this list, this is it, but be warned….continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.


SEARCH: 5 Fantastic Dog Books

5 Fantastic Dog Books
by Carrie Sessarego


Groucho Marx once famously said, “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

Indeed, dogs and books go together like chew toys and tennis balls. Here are five recommended books about very good dogs.

1. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
This classic novel of adventure is as exciting now as it was when first published in 1916. Buck grows up pampered and adored in “the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley,” until he is stolen, transported to Alaska, and trained as a sled dog. In Alaska, Buck quickly learns how to fight for dominance among other sled dogs and how to survive a series of masters ranging from indifferent to abusive. Buck find a true friend in John Thorton, but is also tempted to abandon the world of humans altogether…continue reading the Spring issue of SEARCH Magazine.


SEARCH: 5 Spooky Books for Fall

 5 Spooky Books for Fall
by Emerian Rich

vampyre1816_flyleafThe Vampyre by John William Polidori

Purportedly the very first fiction written about vampires in 1819 by a close friend to Byron, The Vampyre is a must read for any vampire enthusiast. Lord Ruthven is a suave British nobleman and vampyre. Since this book is in the public domain, you can read this for free at Project Gutenberg. There is also a free edition on Amazon Kindle as well as a free audio version through LibriVox.

Tudolphohe Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe

Perhaps one of the most non-read famous books, Udolpho was spoken about in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Udolpho is like Loch Ness or Bigfoot for Austen fans. They’ve heard of it and wondered about it, but very few of us have actually tried to read it. A great Gothic novel in its own right, the book follows a girl who suffers the death of her father and supernatural terrorists in a gloomy castle. While the language is not for everyone because it’s written in old-style English, for those of you who can fight through it, you won’t be disappointed in the tale. You can get this public domain book on Amazon free…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: 5 Books that will transport you to the sea

In the Summer Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
we explore 5 Books that will transport you to the sea
by Carrie Sessarego.

how-stella-got-her-groove-backIn the summer, our hearts turn to the ocean! We are so fortunate to have the sea right at our doorstep in the Bay Area. Here are five very different books about the ocean that are guaranteed to make you reach for your swimsuit or, alternatively, make you feel very content to stay on the sand.

  1. How Stella Got Her Groove Back, by Terry McMillan

This book was hugely popular upon its release in 2004, but it lost some of its luster when the author’s personal life failed to reflect the happy ending of her fictional counterpart. Setting real-life…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.