October 25, 2016, Tuesday afternoon -- Reading Edward Deming Andrews

On Market Street
He is reading The People Called Shakers, by Edward Deming Andrews. He bought it on South Van Ness for 75 cents after all of his belongings were stolen the night before.

His favorite book is The Sands of Time, by Sidney Sheldon. It's an adventure romance about nuns who flee a Spanish convent when it is raided by the Spanish army. He started reading it when he was in San Quentin, and didn't finish. He said the superstition is, if you don't finish a book you start in prison, you'll be back. He did finish it later, and not in prison, impelled to keep reading not by superstition, but because it was a good book.