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Telegraph Avenue Read-Alikes

If you liked Telegraph Avenue, you might also like these novels with an East Bay setting:

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The Cookbook Collector
Allegra Goodman
New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman’s delicious novel about 2 sisters, largely set in Berkeley, that explores appetite, temptation, and holding on to what is real in a virtual world.
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Martin Eden
Jack London
The semiautobiographical Martin Eden is the most vital and original character Jack London ever created. Set in San Francisco and Oakland, this is the story of Martin Eden, an impoverished seaman who pursues, obsessively and aggressively, dreams of education and literary fame.
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The Mistress of Spices
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A mystical tale told by Tilo, a young Indian woman in an old woman's body who has been trained in the secret powers of spices. Her special knowledge leads her to Oakland, California where she uses it to help the local Indian community by opening a spice shop from which she administers spices as curatives.
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A Theory of Small Earthquakes
Meredith Maran
A family story spanning two decades, set against the social, political, and geological upheavals of the Bay Area. Eager to escape her damaging past and chart her own future, Alison Rose is drawn to Zoe, a free-spirited artist who offers emotional stability and a love outside the norm.