Our Book Picks for July

Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar, It Books, $26.95. The former front man for the rock group Van Halen is now the co-owner of El Paseo House of Chops in Mill Valley. His 256-page book travels from a Fontana childhood to rock stardom to business successes. Quite candid!

Walkabout Northern California: Hiking Inn to Inn by Tom Courtney, Wilderness Press, $16.95. Europeans regularly hike inn to inn on trails, and now you can do it in Northern California. West Marin, Mendocino Coast and Tahoe Basin are among the areas mentioned. Note: Do extra research before starting out.

New California Writing edited by Gayle Wattawa, Heyday, $20. This inaugural edition features collected works by established and emerging voices. Intriguing titles include “George Blanda Ate My Homework,” “John Wayne Loves Grandma Dot” and “Afghanistan Can’t Wash Away Vietnam.” Great reads.

Like a Tree: How Trees, Women and Tree People Can Save the Planet by Jean Shinoda Bolen, Ecco, $34.99. Conari Press, $23.95. The latest by best-selling Mill Valley author Bolen talks about the role of trees in our life via metaphysics, psychology and mythology. Both personal and prophetic.