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Cherilyn Parsons
Cherilyn Parsons

Cherilyn Parsons is a writer who lives in Berkeley, Calif. She has published feature stories and essays in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles...

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Three Novels That Knocked Me Out

As Virginia Woolf said in describing the library of her elusive character Jacob, “anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm.” I offer you the following three novels with extravagant enthusiasm.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Jonathan Franzen in Womanland

“Freedom” is about something important, but the hubbub about how the critical establishment favors male literary writers like Franzen is also significant. Why has everyone cared so much? Because fiction matters.

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A Night of Hope in Berkeley

It wasn’t quite Berkeley in 1964, but it wanted to be, and that might be the ultimate significance of the thousands-strong gathering Tuesday night in Sproul Plaza on the Cal campus.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Lost Horizon’ for American Ovaries

Ann Patchett’s sixth novel, “State of Wonder,” poses a provocative question: If, ladies, you could preserve your fertility into your 50s, 60s or even later, would you?

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Gazing Into the ‘Secret Center’ of the Novel

“The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist” by Orhan Pamuk is a love letter to the literary novel. It can expand your awareness and joy of reading. For novelists, it’s a treasure trove.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Blood and Suicide

Linda Gray Sexton, a survivor of suicide attempts, explores her bitter-sweet connections to her mother, famed poet and suicide victim Anne Sexton, and delves into a force that takes tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. each year.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


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Cherilyn Parsons
Cherilyn Parsons

Cherilyn Parsons is a writer who lives in Berkeley, Calif. She has published feature stories and essays in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Online Journalism Review, New York Newsday, and literary anthologies. Her writing focuses on books, travel, journalism and human rights; she is finishing a novel set partly in Tibet. As a professional fundraising consultant she has raised millions of philanthropic dollars for various nonprofit journalism ventures, most notably the Center for Investigative Reporting, which she was instrumental in growing from a staff of 6 people to 70. Currently she is developing a major literary fair for the greater San Francisco region, the Bay Area Book Festival, to debut in 2014.

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