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Heres Whats Hot at boadecias BOOKS, 398 colusa Ave., kensington. 559-9184.Nonfiction

1. BEL CANTO, by Ann Patchett (Harper Collins, $25). Distinctive characters and a masterful plot make this new novel by the author of The Magician's Assistant a cool summer read.

2. KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM SPY, by Mabel Maney (Harper Collins, $14). This spoof of James Bond novels by a San Francisco author features Jane Bond, James' lesbian twin sister.

3. FROSTING ON THE CAKE, by Karin Kallmaker (Naiad, $11.95). In these short stories, the East Bay's own "Queen of Lesbian Romance" explores what happened after her ten novels ended.

4. DISOBEDIENCE, by Jane Hamilton, (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $13.00). In this latest by the author of A Map of the World, a teenager discovers that his mother is having an affair.

Nonfiction

1. A HEARTBREAKING WORK OF STAGGERING GENIUS, by David Eggers (Vintage, $14). Sad but true and oh so ambitious, this memoir of orphaned siblings spares not a single gory detail.

2. THE BOTANY OF DESIRE, by Michael Pollan (Random House, $24.95). A "plant's-eye view" of humanity's struggle to control nature explores the histories of apples, tulips, potatoes, and cannabis.

3. ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, by David Sedaris (Little, Brown & Co., $14.95). The NPR autobiographer's essays poke fun at family life down South as well as life as an expatriate in Paris.

4. THE BETRAYAL OF AMERICA, by

Vincent Bugliosi (Thunder's Mouth, $9.95). The Supreme Court's decision last year to stop recounting votes in Florida was treason, the famous lawyer says, and the justices are nothing less than criminals. As if you didn't....

5. NICKEL AND DIMED, by Barbara Ehrenreich (Metropolitan, $23). Wondering how welfare reform was working out, the author took minimum-wage jobs to see whether she could survive; her testimony is sobering indeed.

6. KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, by Anthony Bourdain (Ecco, $14). A scary amount of smooching, spitting, and other unsanitary stuff goes on behind the scenes at fancy restaurants.

7. JOHN ADAMS, by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $35). The second president, overshadowed by both Washington and Jefferson, was a complex figure and a sensitive husband.

8. NOONDAY DEMON, by Andrew Solomon (Scribner, $20). A longtime sufferer's encyclopedic "atlas of depression" takes on one of the world's most widespread scourges with unprecedented depth.

9. FAST-FOOD NATION, by Eric Schlosser (Houghton Mifflin, $25). Scary revelations galore: Will you still buy Big Macs when you learn the secret of Secret Sauce?

10. GEORGE W. BUSHISMS, by

George

W. Bush; edited by Jacob Weisberg (Simon & Schuster, $9.95). Savor over 100 direct quotes from the leader of a land "where wings take dream" and where you try so hard "to put food on your family."

Fiction

1. WHITE TEETH, by Zadie Smith (Knopf, $14). Set mainly in London but venturing abroad, this funny-sad story of love, friendship, memory, and race by a twentysomething newcomer drew critical raves.

2. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY, by Michael Chabon (Random House, $26.95). This tale of two teen cousins who create a comic-book hero netted its Berkeley author a Pulitzer.

3. HOW TO BE GOOD, by Nick Hornby

(Riverhead, $24.95). In this latest from the High Fidelity author, a wife's affair turns her snarky husband into a saintly one. He wants to save the world, but can this marriage be saved?

4. BEE SEASON, by Myla Goldberg (Knopf, $13). After 9-year-old Eliza Naumann wins an important spelling bee, her family's dynamic changes completely: She's the star now, and she watches her new role unfold.

5. THE FEAST OF LOVE, by Charles Baxter (Knopf, $13). A parade of eccentric characters size up love -- between spouses, between dogs and their masters, between parent and child, and more.

6.

GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, by Susan Vreeland (Penguin, $11). Starting in modern-day Pennsylvania then plunging into the Holocaust and beyond, eight stories form the "biography" of a painting.

7. GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, by Tracy Chevalier (Dutton, $24.95). Set in the household of 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, this novel focuses on his servant-turned-model, Griet.

8. INTERPRETER OF MALADIES, by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner, $12). Love, longing, and death pepper this Pulitzer-snagging collection of stories set in Bengal, Boston, and beyond.

9. ANILS GHOST, by Michael Ondaatje (Vintage, $13). Forensic anthropologist Anil Tessera returns to her native Sri Lanka, where the corpses of the killed force her to confront the country's dark history.

10. GHOST WORLD, by Daniel Clowes

(Fantagraphics, $9.95). Now a live-action movie, this graphic tale by the hardworking East Bay underground cartoonist follows quirky teens Enid and Rebecca down the road to adulthood.

WHAT'S HOT AT BOADECIA'S, 398 Colusa Ave., Kensington; 559-9184.

1. BEL CANTO, by Ann Patchett (Harper Collins, $25). Distinctive characters and a masterful plot make this new novel by the author of The Magician's Assistant a cool summer read.

2. KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM SPY, by Mabel Maney (Harper Collins, $14). This spoof of James Bond novels by a San Francisco author features Jane Bond, James' lesbian twin sister.

3. FROSTING ON THE CAKE, by Karin Kallmaker (Naiad, $11.95). In these short stories, the East Bay's own "Queen of Lesbian Romance" explores what happened after her ten novels ended.

4. DISOBEDIENCE, by Jane Hamilton, (Bantam Doubleday Dell, $13.00). In this latest by the author of A Map of the World, a teenager discovers that his mother is having an affair.

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