Frank Reiss' Top Five 

Owner of A Cappella Books

For the past 17 years, Frank Reiss' bookstore, A Cappella Books, has been a welcome resource for independent-minded book lovers.

1. "Having been reading to increase my understanding of global warming for a long time, I'm fairly consumed. Founder Mike Tidwell predicted Hurricane Katrina and is a leading voice against do-nothing governments controlled by oil and coal interests."

2. The war in Iraq: "This unprovoked, unnecessary action, which has cost so many lives and so many billions of dollars, leads me to think about little else these days."

3. Short books: "Today's lifestyles don't lend themselves to enough time to read, and since I depend on people continuing to buy books for my livelihood, I actively promote books like the 'Open Media' series from Seven Stories Press and the '33 1/3' series from Continuum."

4. WRFG Radio (89.3 FM): "Especially with the -- temporary, I hope -- local absence of Air America Radio, we need this progressive voice on the airwaves now more than ever."

5. Paletas -- Latino-style popsicles: "Ever since moving from San Francisco almost 20 years ago, I have longed for these delicacies made with fresh, tropical fruit, so much so that I cut a hole in the wall of my bookstore to open up into a new shop -- Xocolatl -- trying to match their deliciousness."


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