Magazine article Sunset

Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue

Magazine article Sunset

Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author and longtime Berkeley resident Michael Chabon's soulful new novel, Telegraph Avenue (HarperCollins, $28) - about, among many things, two friends struggling to save their record store - looks at race and class in urban America. Set in Berkeley and Oakland, the book pulses with longing for the way things ought to be and is inspired in part by Chabon's own neighborhood, celebrating "shared space where people from different backgrounds can be united, at least for a little while, in their passion for something small and good." Chabon's picks reflect that spirit.

-AS TOLD TO NICKI RICHESIN

1/2 "I generally find something amazing in Moe's rare-books room; usually I'm looking for mid-2oth-century smallpress science fiction and fantasy. Shakespeare It Co. offers cheaper (but equally genuine) thrills."

4 "Auctions scare me, so I just look at Gars Auction Gallery. They had some weird old astronomical/ optical equipment once that I thought was pretty awesome. …

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