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100 "Best Books" of the West

Posted June 9, 1999

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston's "Woman Warrior" took slot 42.

In an effort to counteract the Eastern bias of "best book" lists generated by New York publishers, the San Francisco Chronicle recently polled its readers to name the best nonfiction books of the 20th century written in English about, or by an author from, the Western United States.

Not surprisingly, Berkeley alumi and faculty figured prominently among the 100 authors topping the list.

At least seven alums, several of whom also teach on campus, made it onto the "Chronicle Western 100."

Author Joan Didion's "White Album" was voted number nine. The list of best-loved books also included "The Woman Warrior" (number 42) by Maxine Hong Kingston, who teaches in the English department; "I Lost It at the Movies" by critic Pauline Kael (44); "Books in My Baggage" by Lawrence Clark Powell (51); "Men to Match My Mountains" by Irving Stone (53); "Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans" (61) by Ronald Takaki, professor of ethnic studies; and "The Town That Fought to Save Itself" (98) by Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism.

"Ishi in Two Worlds" by Berkeley anthropologist Theodora Kroeber, also polled high on the list, taking the number 12 spot.



June 9 - July 13, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 35)
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