John Bateson presents The Final Leap ($29.95). The Golden Gate Bridge, which celebrates its 75th anniversary, is one of the most beautiful structures in the world. It's also the most deadly. Weaving together drama, politics and design against the backdrop of Bay Area life, this new book is the first ever written on a tragic subject which has touched many lives, including the staff at Book Passage, who last year lost a member of our bookselling family to a suicide off the bridge.
John Bateson is Executive Director of the Contra Costa Crisis Center in Contra Costa County, California and the author of Building Hope. He has served on the steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2007 he was appointed to a blue-ribbon committee charged with creating the California Strategic Plan on Suicide Prevention.