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Books, Etc. with Lynn Carey: Here’s a Must Read

Lynn just finished the Miller brother’s book and gives it her thumbs up

A couple of weeks ago, you may recall, Michael Barnard, owner of Rakestraw Books in Danville, forced a book into my hands. It was the galley of “Either You're In or You're In the Way: Two Brothers, Twelve Months, and One Filmmaking Hell-ride to Keep a Promise to Their Father” by Logan and Noah Miller, twins from Marin County.

They promised their dying dad they’d make a movie about him, starring Ed Harris. They’d never met Ed Harris. But by golly, they did it. The book tells about how they did it. It is a great read. It’s one of the more honest books I’ve read in a long time. It’s like these guys are talking, without a whole lot of editing, but it still works … whoever the editor was should be applauded for letting the boys’ voices shine through. The book tells all the amazing details about their attempt at gonzo filmmaking, which resulted in their soon-to-be released movie, “Touching Home.”

You’ll be hearing more about the Miller brothers. Maybe you already have. They’ve been on the Today show. They’ve got a great Facebook publicity machine working (sign up to be a fan!). You can find them on YouTube. And, they’re coming to a bookstore near you, real soon.

On Friday, May 22, they’re appearing at 7 p.m. at Rakestraw’s new location on Hartz Avenue in Danville. They’ll talk (totally entertaining in itself) and sign books. It costs $5, benefiting filmmaking programs in local high schools. Anyone with any interest in filmmaking, baseball (they both played in the minor leagues), or an entertaining read should go. I want to meet these guys, so I may see you there.

And, over in Corte Madera, Book Passage also has a deal going with the Miller boys. Buy the book there, and you can get two free tickets to Bookstock 2009, at 7 p.m. June 6 at AT&T Park. Not only will there be music and art, but “Touching Home” will be shown. You can buy tickets ($15) by clicking here. It benefits the Giants Community Fund.

I can’t wait to see this movie, and you’ll feel the same, no matter where you buy the book. So, I may see you at AT&T Park, too!

For 12 years, Lynn Carey has run the Times Book Club, which now appears in the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune newspapers. For the past 17 years, she's lived in Lafayette with her husband, Lamorinda Sun columnist Mike Zampa, and their two teenagers.