Author, author: new books by Bay Area writers

The unconventional beginning of Anne Germanacos’ new novel, “Tribute,” sets the tone for the entire book.

Thanksgiving got a little raucous. Afterwards, I went around picking up the pieces — but physical, not psychological.

• My lips dried up completely.

•  Am I tired or is this just cold hands?

• If she feels I’ve given up on her, will my mother die?

The author, who runs the Germanacos Foundation in San Francisco, has written the novel in tribute to her mother.

Rescue Press, the book’s publisher, describes it as a “prose-novel, essay, experiment in narrative” that chronicles “the daily life of a woman whose mother is dying and who begins to see a psychoanalyst, a woman who lives among lovers, sisters and children, across continents and their conflicts (New York, San Francisco, Crete, Cyprus, Israel/Palestine).”

Germanacos will read from her book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 at Book Passage, in the San Francisco Ferry Building. For other upcoming book talks, visit her website,

“Tribute” by Anne Germanacos (278 pages, Rescue Press, $16)


Don’t be misled by the title of David Mark’s new book, “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes.” It’s not about training our favorite pets.

It’s about language, notes Mark, the editor-in-chief of Politix (, a Palo Alto-based news and discussion site. “Dog Whistles,” co-authored by veteran Washington, D.C., journalist Chuck McCutcheon, “decodes what politicians really mean when they use odd-sounding, insiderish phrases,” Mark tells J. As the election season “heats up,” he says, “Dog Whistles” aims “to keep readers’ antennas on high alert for intentionally confusing language by political types of both parties.”

Mark will be speaking at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 to the Retired Men’s Club at Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, where he is a member. His topic: “How to Talk to Politicians.”

“Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes” by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark (272 pages, ForeEdge, $19.95 paperback)