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Reading L.a.

June 01, 1997

John Andrew Frederick, vocalist-guitarist, English professor:

"Dear Dear Brenda: The Love Letters of Henry Miller to Brenda Venus," by Henry Miller (2.13.61 Publications).

"I like the way Miller talks about having been a 'beggar for the greater part of his life.' That metaphor of an artist makes me, by turns, wince and laugh."

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Laura Oatman, architect:

"Feng Shui: The Book of Cures," by Nancilee Wydra (Contemporary Books).

"Wydra's book has made me realize that intuitive design really has a basis in psychology. Feng shui reminds you that all spaces have emotional and psychic implications."

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Bill Russell, manager, Los Angeles Dodgers:

The novels of Louis L'Amour.

"I'm a huge fan of the Old West and a huge fan of Louis L'Amour. It would not be fair for me to choose one because I love them all. He makes you feel as if you're there. You're experiencing Western life through his characters. His stories also make you think."

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Patricia Shin, political consultant:

"East to America: Korean-American Life Stories," by Elaine Kim and Eui-Young Yu (The New Press)

"Published after the riots, this book provides an honest look at one of the newest groups of immigrants to America and has helped me learn a lot about myself and my heritage."

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