Book Groups

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

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm
Five Mondays: Feb. 13, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15 & June 12, 2017 • 7:00-9:00pm • $125
 
 
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.
 

BOOK LIST:

February 13

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen (Pen/Hemingway Award)

March 20

Han Kang, The Vegetarian (Man Booker International Prize)

April 17

Ali Smith, How to Be Both (Women’s Prize for Fiction, Costa  Novel and Goldsmiths Awards)

May 15

Don  Delillo, Libra (Irish Times International Fiction Prize)

June12

Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling (International Dublin Literary Award )

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

 

 
 
The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632747
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2014

An intimate portrayal of the drug wars in Colombia, from international fiction star Juan Gabriel Vasquez.


Libra Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780140156041
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 1991

From the author of White Noise (winner of the National Book Award) and Zero K


How to Be Both Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307275257
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Published: Anchor Books - October 13th, 2015

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST
WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE 2014 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2014 COSTA NOVEL AWARD
WINNER OF THE SALTIRE LITERARY BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD


The Vegetarian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth Press - August 23rd, 2016

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize


Eileen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128755
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Published: Penguin Books - August 16th, 2016

Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris as his recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour.


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 

The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
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Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

From John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

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


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

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)
 
Troubles: Winner of the 2010
By J. G. Farrell, John Banville (Introduction by)
$17.95
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


Dear Life: Stories Cover Image
$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


Shroud Cover Image
$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.


The Flamethrowers Cover Image
$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


The Garlic Ballads Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611457070
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade Publishing - November 1st, 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)
 
Troubles: Winner of the 2010
By J. G. Farrell, John Banville (Introduction by)
$17.95
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


Dear Life: Stories Cover Image
$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


Shroud Cover Image
$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.


The Flamethrowers Cover Image
$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


The Garlic Ballads Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611457070
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Arcade Publishing - November 1st, 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.

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Five Fridays: Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, & Jan. 16 • 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.
 
September: Schroder, Amity Gage 
October: We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo,
November: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
December: Young God, Katherine Faw Morris
January: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
 
Schroder Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781455512126
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2013

A lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit.


We Need New Names Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316230841
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - May 20th, 2014

A remarkable literary debut--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - February 4th, 2014

New York Times Notable Book of the Year


Young God Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780374534233
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 6th, 2014

Stripped down and stylized the sharpest, boldest, brashest debut of the year


All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$31.99
ISBN: 9781410470225
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thorndike Press - July 23rd, 2014

MARIE-LAURE LIVES WITH HER FATHER in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Five Tuesdays: Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, & Jan. 13 • 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.
 
September: Schroder, Amity Gage
October: We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo,
November: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
December: Young God, Katherine Faw Morris
January: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Schroder Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781455512126
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2013

A lyrical and deeply affecting novel recounting the seven days a father spends on the road with his daughter after kidnapping her during a parental visit.


We Need New Names Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316230841
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - May 20th, 2014

A remarkable literary debut--shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - February 4th, 2014

New York Times Notable Book of the Year


Young God Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780374534233
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 6th, 2014

Stripped down and stylized the sharpest, boldest, brashest debut of the year


All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$31.99
ISBN: 9781410470225
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thorndike Press - July 23rd, 2014

MARIE-LAURE LIVES WITH HER FATHER in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home.


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