Recommendations of recent books from the staffs of a rotating list of Northern California independent bookstores. This week’s list is from Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda. 925-254-7606. www.orindabooks.com.
The Milk Lady of Bangalore, by Shoba Narayan: A delightful glimpse at the idiosyncrasies of life in modern India. After 20 years living in New York City, the author and her husband return to India so their two children will grow up knowing their extended family and culture.
My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley: A witty social comedy introduces a San Francisco college counselor traveling east to help his ex-wife deal with her recalcitrant high school daughter as well as turn a decaying New England mansion into a successful Airbnb.
The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner: A raw, unflinching look at a woman in the prison system. Romy Hall is serving two life sentences for a crime she did commit, and reflecting on the life that got her there.
There There, by Tommy Orange: This stunning debut novel is a gut-wrenching story about the identity, history and fate of the urban American Indian. Written with unflinching honesty, this story will have you glued to the pages from start to finish.
Forest Bathing, by Qing Li: Shinrin-Yoku: Forest bathing is the practice of spending time in the forest for better health, and Qing Li describes how this connection with nature can reduce stress and boost energy.
Re-Cyclist, by Michael Hutchinson: An entertaining and informative history of the bicycle over the past 200 years.
The Foreign Cinema Cookbook: Recipes and Stories Under the Stars, by Gayle Pirie and John Clark: For the first time since it opened in the Mission District in 1999, Foreign Cinema has produced a beautiful cookbook, highlighting 125 of its signature dishes.