Check it out: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2006/07/10/findrelig.DTL
I read the book review in the Chronicle, and T. C. Boyle's new book, Talk Talk, sounds incredible. He also wrote The Tortilla Curtain, which I continue to recommend. Also, The Banquet Bug by Geling Yan sounds intriguing.
I am surprised when I open to the page with the Chronicle Best Sellers. In the past, I would have known and possibly read all of the interesting ones, but, today, it is like hieroglyphics to me. I know three of the books of thirty. Where have I been? I feel myself emerging from a dark forest into light. I touch the grass, and fondle the light, and reach now again to touch the words in books.
Amazingly, Jane and I were discussing the value of words this morning. We were reviewing February 28 when she was at the Search Engine Conference, where the price of a word is mighty. I wasn't into words back then. I just wanted to feel what I was feeling, without any concern for or awareness of the story. No wonder I lost my touchstone of books, but now, I read the book review and check in with Amazon, and I think I'm coming back to those pages, those fragrant gifts, like leaves, from trees.