Book Groups

Book Group: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Four Mondays: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 27 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $95
 
 
 
We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of…a brilliant, idiosyncratic, still-best-selling look at San Francisco, by a writer who walked almost every block; a masterful first novel about two sisters, the seductive artist who paints their portrait, and intricate secrets about the three—and art—that emerge decades later; the special 25th-anniversary edition of a wonderfully entertaining travelogue, updated with musings on how both Nepal and travel writing have changed; and a new collection, at long last, of 14 engrossing, adventurous tales by a much-lauded short-story writer.
January: Gary KamiyaCool Gray City of Love
February: Tracy GuzemanThe Gravity of Birds
March: Jeff GreenwaldShopping for Buddhas
April: Molly Giles, All the Wrong Places
 
 

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Eight Tuesdays: Mar. 3-Apr. 21 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200
 
 
 
 
“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures. Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 37th year.
 
 

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evenings)

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Five Mondays: Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18 & June 15 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
February: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra (National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize)
March:Suspended Sentences, Patrick Modiano (2014 Nobel Prize in Literature)
April: The End of a Story, Lydia Davis (Man Booker International Prize, MacArthur Fellow) 
May: Lyrics Alley, Leila Aboulela (Scottish Book Award) 
June: The Hunters, James Salter (Windham-Campbell Prize)
 
 

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoons)

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Five Mondays: Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18 & June 15 • 1:00-3:00pm • $105
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
February: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra (National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize)
March: Suspended Sentences, Patrick Modiano (2014 Nobel Prize in Literature)
April: The End of a Story, Lydia Davis (Man Booker International Prize, MacArthur Fellow) 
May: Lyrics Alley, Leila Aboulela (Scottish Book Award) 
June: The Hunters, James Salter (Windham-Campbell Prize)
 
 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
*Please note the dates changes and updated book list! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Classes Dept. at 415-927-0960 ext 1
Six Tuesdays: Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 12, June 9, July 14 & August 11 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105
 
 
 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.
 
March: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
April: We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
May: Oleander Girl, Chitra Divakaruni
June: The Translator, Nina Schuyler
July: Every Day is for the Thief, Teju Cole
August: People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara
 
 
 

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
*Please note the dates changes and updated book list! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Classes Dept. at 415-927-0960 ext 1
Six Fridays: Mar. 13, Apr. 17, May 15, June 12, July 17 & August 21 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105
 
 
 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.
 
March: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
April: We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
May: Oleander Girl, Chitra Divakaruni
June: The Translator, Nina Schuyler
July: Every Day is for the Thief, Teju Cole
August: People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara
 
 
 

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Summer Session)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Tuesday: Aug. 5 • 10:30-12:30pm • $20

 

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - April 8th, 2014

Now a Major Motion Picture
TODAY Book Club pick
TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012

"The greatest romance story of this decade." 
Entertainment Weekly

-Millions of copies sold-
 
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller


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94925 Corte Madera
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Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evening)

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Five Mondays: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, & Jan. 19 • 7:00-9:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
September: Troubles, J.G. Farrell (Man Booker Prize)
October: Dear Life, Alice Munro (Nobel Prize for Literature)
November: Shroud, John Banville (Asturias Literary Prize)
December: The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (National Book Award)
January: The Garlic Ballads, Mo Yan (Nobel Prize)

By J. G. Farrell, John Banville (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590170182
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - October 31st, 2002

Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize


$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743725
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - July 30th, 2013

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE(R) IN LITERATURE 2013
A "New York Times" Notable Book
A "Washington Post" Notable Work of Fiction
A Best Book of the Year: "The Atlantic, "NPR, "San Francisco Chronicle," "Vogue," "AV Club
"


$15.95
ISBN: 9780375725302
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

One part Nietzsche, one part Humbert Humbert, and a soupcon of Milton’s Lucifer, Axel Vander, the dizzyingly unreliable narrator of John Banville’s masterful new novel, is very old, recently widowed, and the bearer of a fearsome reputation as a literary dandy and bully. A product of the Old World, he is also an escapee from its conflagrations, with the wounds to prove it.


$17.00
ISBN: 9781439142011
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2013 BY "THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"


By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611457070
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade Publishing - November 2012

The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest.


Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoon)

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Five Mondays: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, & Jan. 19 • 1:00-3:00pm • $105
 
 
 
 
This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Nobel Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and the Asturias Literary Prize. Carol Benet has an M.A from Michigan and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.
 
September: Troubles, J.G. Farrell (Man Booker Prize)
October: Dear Life, Alice Munro (Nobel Prize for Literature)
November: Shroud, John Banville (Asturias Literary Prize)
December: The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner (National Book Award)
January: The Garlic Ballads, Mo Yan (Nobel Prize)

By J. G. Farrell, John Banville (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590170182
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - October 31st, 2002

Winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize


$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743725
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - July 30th, 2013

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE(R) IN LITERATURE 2013
A "New York Times" Notable Book
A "Washington Post" Notable Work of Fiction
A Best Book of the Year: "The Atlantic, "NPR, "San Francisco Chronicle," "Vogue," "AV Club
"


$15.95
ISBN: 9780375725302
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

One part Nietzsche, one part Humbert Humbert, and a soupcon of Milton’s Lucifer, Axel Vander, the dizzyingly unreliable narrator of John Banville’s masterful new novel, is very old, recently widowed, and the bearer of a fearsome reputation as a literary dandy and bully. A product of the Old World, he is also an escapee from its conflagrations, with the wounds to prove it.


$17.00
ISBN: 9781439142011
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST - NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2013 BY "THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"


By Mo Yan, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611457070
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade Publishing - November 2012

The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials maltreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest.


CANCELED: Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Please note this class is canceled. If you have any questions, contact the Classes Dept. at 415-927-0960 ext 1.  
 
Eight Tuesdays: Oct. 28-Dec. 16 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200
 

 
 
“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences, too.” What makes a poem worth reading? This group looks at famous poets from several centuries and from several literatures. Widely published local poet and author John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn, now in its 37th year.

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