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The Accidental Law Librarian by Anthony Aycoch
Along a Long Road by Frank Viva
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As Simple as It Seems by Sarah Weeks
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Birds of a Feather by Francisco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais
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Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains by P.I. Maltbie
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Devil May Care by Elizabeth Peters
A Dog's Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Dogma of Cats for Kids by Debra Snyder
Drive by Andrew Bush
Everything but the Horse by Holly Hobbie
Firestorm by Nevada Barr
The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey
For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco
Fuddles by Frans Vischer
I'm a Shark by Bob Shea
A King's Ransom by Jude Watson
Lettice the Flying Rabbit by Mandy Stanley
The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson
The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killough McClafferty
The Power of Thinking Differently by Javy W. Galindo
Saints by Gene Luen Yang
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 by Gail Carriger
Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap
The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
Wind Song by Carl Sandburg

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Comments for Drive

Drive: 12/26/13

cover artAs a Californian, cars for good or bad, have been a big part of my life. When I was a child, my father used to spend his free time and money on restoring old cars — Studebakers, Buick touring cars, etc. We would go to classic car shows (the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club annual car show, for example), classic car drives, and sometimes even had our car in the Coronado 4th of July parade. I am not a classic car aficionado like my father but I do still have a soft spot for them.

From my grandmother, I got the photography bug. Whenever we go on car trips and I'm not driving, I'm in the passenger seat, snapping photographs of the scenery we're passing. Sometimes I snap a photograph of an interesting automobile.

So it was the combination of old cars and photography that drew me to Drive by Andrew Bush. If you don't want to track down a copy of the book (or purchase one), his photographs are online in a collection called 66 Drives.

In the 1990s Andrew Bush took photographs of people in their cars as he drove around different places: Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, for example. The photographs Bush selected have a reto feel to them — the cars are pre-1990s (many from the 1960s-1970s). The people driving also tend to be wearing retro clothing.

It's so easy to just stare at each photograph and make up a half dozen possible stories about the car, the people and that captured moment in their drive.

Five stars

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