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Whether you’re spending the summer months vegging out on the beach, by the pool, on the porch or on the couch, here’s to some dreamy summer reading!

The Cafes of San Francisco: A Guide to the Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of America’s Original Café Society

Did you leave your heart in San Francisco? Or was it just your appetite? TCB Café Publishing has released "The Cafes of San Francisco," which highlights the standout cafes of the San Francisco scene. Both natives and visitors agree that the city wouldn’t be the same without them. "The truth is that San Francisco’s cafes are some of the oldest and most established in the country, and the café culture is so ingrained that without them, San Francisco would no longer be unique," says Stephanie Green, publishing director of TCB Café.

This delicious book serves as your guide, and includes more than 300 full-color photographs, in-depth portraits of 50 cafes and a directory including more than 340 cafes. In addition, celebrities and notable figures such as Mayor Willie Brown, comedian Will Durst and Consul General of Italy Francesco Sciortino contribute their thoughts and memories of the Bay City’s café scene. Recipes from noted chefs are also included.

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SHE BOP II: The Definitive History of Women in Rock, Pop and Soul By Lucy O’Brien

Get your toes tapping, and dig right in to this classic hands-on history of women in the music biz-on stage, on camera, and working behind the scenes in a male dominated industry. All the key name are here from Ella Fitzgerald to Madonna, but to its credit "She Bop II" refuses to look at women artists simply as personalities, problems, or victims. Armed with a feminist viewpoint, many personal interviews, and a detailed knowledge of the stars and their music, Lucy O’Brien’s fascinating book is a must-read for anyone interested in music and the music business.

Published by Continuum books, "She Bop II", a big, fat paper back is well worth the $24.95 it costs. Check out

L’Esprit de la Louisiane: The Spirit of Louisiana, The Music of the Prairies By Christy Lawrence Viviano, with illustrations by Chestee Harrington

For the past 30 years, Christy Lawrence Viviano has been collecting stories told to her by the people of South Louisiana, stories which illustrate their rich history and unique culture. In "L’Esprit de la Louisiane" she has teamed up with artist Chestee Harrington’s vision of the multi-cultural elements that make up the music that accompanies the stories.

This slim, evocative tome resonates with moving vignettes of lonely cowboys, prairie housewives whose only possessions are flocks of chickens, young girls attending dances in the hopes of meeting their future husbands. All are tales of love, laughter and heartache, the elements of Cajun music tradition.

Don’t miss this one! We mean it! Published by Treehouse Press, Opelousas, Louisiana Price: $40 / Issue 36 - September 2018
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