Author, author: new books by Bay Area writers

Lee Daniel Kravetz, a San Francisco writer and former J. correspondent, has co-authored “Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success” with clinical psychologist David B. Feldman, an associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University.

Their book offers case studies in “positive psychology.” It gives real-life examples of people who have overcome psychological obstacles related to major trauma and stress, such as the Bay Area’s Clemantine Wamariya, a recent Yale University graduate and appointee to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council who nearly died in a campaign of ethnic killings in her native Rwanda.

“We wanted to learn from the experience of those who had encountered fundamental, life-altering growth in response to trauma and, as a result, had revolutionized their lives and often the world around them.” they write.  “At first we thought we’d be searching for a needle in a haystack. We were wrong — and were both surprised and enthralled by the incredible stories we encountered.”

“Supersurvivors” by David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz (227 pages, HarperWave, $25.99)


A short weekly meeting between spouses is key to long-lasting relationships, advises Marcia Naomi Berger, a San Rafael–based psychotherapist and marriage counselor. Berger has for many years led couples workshops at Parents Place, a program of S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services. If you can’t make her workshops, she now has a book, “Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love.”

Subtitled  “30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted,” this step-by-step book promises to provide “a practical way to gain a fulfilling marriage.” Berger, who’s been married for 24 years, also leads sessions on the topic. One is coming up in San Rafael later this month. For details, visit

“Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love” by Marcia Naomi Berger (232 pages, New World Library, $15.95)


Margareta Ackerman’s “Running from Giants: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of a Child,” tells her grandfather’s story of survival. For the first 10 years of his life, Srulik Ackerman enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the Polish town of Nowosiolki. That changed dramatically when the Nazis arrived.

Ackerman — born in Belarus, later a resident of Israel and now of San Jose — began the book project with only her grandfather’s notes, then spent three years alternately writing and interviewing him to complete the narrative.

Striking pen-and-ink illustrations by Vivien Mildenberger, who divides her time between Northern and Southern California, add dramatic impact to this unusual Holocaust memoir.

“Running from Giants” by Margareta Ackerman (86 pages, CreateSpace, $7.99)