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Elizabeth George - The Punishment She Deserves (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 7:00pm

In The Punishment She Deserves, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George returns with another character-driven crime drama featuring beloved characters Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley.

Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and his pugnacious and deeply loyal Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered. Fans of the longtime series will love the many characters from past books who join Lynley and Havers, but readers new to the series will quickly see why Elizabeth George is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of our time. Both a page-turner and a deeply complex story about the lies we tell, the lies we believe, and the redemption we need, this novel will be remembered as one of George's best.

Elizabeth George is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty psychological suspense novels, three young adult novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, as well as several other prestigious prizes. She lives in Washington State.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525954347
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Published: Viking - March 20th, 2018

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are forced to confront the past as they try to solve a crime that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of a quiet, historic medieval town in England


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Jacqueline Winspear - To Die But Once (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

Book Launch Party!

Maisie Dobbs, the remarkable protagonist created by New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear, returns for the fourteenth time in To Die But Once. The celebrated storyteller’s “sure hand and ability to meld historical events into an engaging crime narrative” (Booklist) are on full display in this extraordinary tale featuring “one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting” (Parade).
 
This immersive page-turner begins in late May of 1940, unfolding against the drama of Germany's European advance and the Dunkirk evacuation. But a case seemingly unconnected to the war has come Maisie's way. The son of a local pub landlord has been reported missing while working on a job painting buildings on airfields across the country. The happy-go- lucky lad had been acting strangely recently, and complaining of headaches. Is he merely enjoying his first taste of freedom? Or could his disappearance have a sinister connection to the war Britain is fighting?

Maisie's investigation uncovers a link—but it’s to a notorious London crime lord who will not hesitate to resort to violence. Maisie has never shied away from danger, though now there’s someone else to consider: Anna, the orphaned evacuee Maisie has welcomed into her home and her affections. As she does her best to reconcile her professional and personal responsibilities, two people close to Maisie’s heart put their lives at risk as the British Expeditionary Force awaits rescue in Dunkirk. But Maisie—who knows far too much about the tragic cost of war and the peril facing soldiers stranded on the beaches of France and their saviors—is powerless to do anything except wait.
 
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller, and a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She has won numerous awards, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062436634
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Published: Harper - March 27th, 2018

Maisie Dobbs--one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch)--faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.


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Karen Karbo - In Praise of Difficult Women (Corte Madera)

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, In Praise of Difficult Women explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.

Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Bestselling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives -- imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious -- provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being "difficult," Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling--whatever that means for you.

Karen Karbo is the author of multiple award-winning novels, memoirs and works of nonfiction. Her bestselling "Kick-Ass Women" series includes The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman, which was an international bestseller. Karbo's short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, Salon, and other publications. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award. Karbo lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to kick ass.

 

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By Karen Karbo, Cheryl Strayed (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781426217746
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Published: National Geographic Society - February 27th, 2018

From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.


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Kerry Campbell - Dreaming of France (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

No matter our age, many of us continue to dream about the person we might become, the next idyllic place we could call home, or even the serene beauty of another country we might visit. Sometimes on the periphery of these dreams we see glimpses of what might be, what we could be, waving to us like colorful flags on the horizon, urging us on to the next incarnation of our life.

Dreaming of France, award-winning writer Kerry Campbell’s debut collection of prose poems and vignettes, takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through France. Her characters are dreamers, a group of American women of all ages who explore their dreams and memories of France, alternately through the lenses of romantic love, fashion, food, interior design, gardens and family.

Rich in creative imagery, this book weaves its way between an imagined world and a real one. Immersed in luminous moments, the characters find themselves in a series of fully realized French landscapes: a well-preserved Roman amphitheater in Provence, a refugee camp in Calais, the Empress Josephine’s famous rose garden in Rueil-Malmaison, the windswept coast of Brittany.

Kerry Campbell is a writer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the recipient of the 2017 Blue Light Book Award and the 2016 New Millennium Poetry Prize. Her work has recently appeared in New Millennium Writings, Bitter Oleander, Paterson Literary Review, Laurel Review, Cloudbank, The Round, and American Mustard. Her next book, based on the life of Fletcher Christian, the famous 18th century British mutineer, will be published in 2020.

 

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781421837840
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Published: Blue Light Press - September 6th, 2017

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Michael Wing - Passion Projects for Smart People (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 1:00pm

You loved your college major. You worked hard to earn your degree. And now your day job doesn't fully use your education, engage your mind, or feed your soul. But there are still limitless opportunities to do intellectually serious work -- work that will win you professional recognition, travel opportunities, and even publication in peer-reviewed journals. All you have to do is create your own academic opportunities, and Passion Projects for Smart People will show you exactly how to do it.

The perfect career guide for the era of the Ph.D. barista, the underpaid adjunct, and the gig economy, this guide will help you take charge of your career and your life. Written by a high school science teacher who has done field work in six countries, published in professional journals, and worked with NASA, Passion Projects for Smart People details how to turn side projects into career-development opportunities. Passion Projects for Smart People shows you how to develop your own research and creative projects; form collaborations with universities and public agencies; apply for grants and professional experience opportunities; travel around the world for free; and develop your career as a teacher and mentor.

Michael Wing is a public high school teacher. He has done field work on five continents and worked in collaboration with NASA, the University of California, the Mars Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781610353069
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Published: Quill Driver Books - November 1st, 2017

You loved your college major. You worked hard to earn your degree. And now your day job doesn't fully use your education, engage your mind, or feed your soul. But there are still limitless opportunities to do intellectually serious work--work that will win you professional recognition, travel opportunities, and even publication in peer-reviewed journals.


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Greg Sarris & Robert McNally - An Evening in Conversation (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:00pm

In the tradition of Calvino's Italian Folktales, Greg Sarris, author of the award-winning novel Grand Avenue, turns his attention to his ancestral homeland of Sonoma Mountain in Northern California.

In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Waterbug kidnaps an entire creek; in which songs have the power to enchant; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people's memories in stones.

Inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales, these stories are timeless in their wisdom and beauty, and because of this timelessness their messages are vital and immediate. The figures in these stories ponder the meaning of leadership, of their place within the landscape and their community. In these stories we find a model for how we can all come home again.

At once ancient and contemporary, How a Mountain Was Made is equally at home in modern letters as the ancient story cycle. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist's creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in a new and emergent direction.

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On a cold, rainy dawn in late November 1872, Lieutenant Frazier Boutelle and a Modoc Indian nicknamed Scarface Charley leveled firearms at each other. Their duel triggered a war that capped a decades-long genocidal attack that was emblematic of the United States' conquest of Native America's peoples and lands. Robert Aquinas McNally tells the wrenching story of the Modoc War of 1872-73, one of the nation's costliest campaigns against North American Indigenous peoples, in which the army placed nearly one thousand soldiers in the field against some fifty-five Modoc fighters.

Although little known today, the Modoc War dominated national headlines for an entire year. Fought in south-central Oregon and northeastern California, the war settled into a siege in the desolate Lava Beds and climaxed the decades-long effort to dispossess and destroy the Modocs.

The war did not end with the last shot fired, however. For the first and only time in U.S. history, Native fighters were tried and hanged for war crimes. The surviving Modocs were packed into cattle cars and shipped from Fort Klamath to the corrupt, disease-ridden Quapaw reservation in Oklahoma, where they found peace even more lethal than war.

The Modoc War tells the forgotten story of a violent and bloody Gilded Age campaign at a time when the federal government boasted officially of a "peace policy" toward Indigenous nations. This compelling history illuminates a dark corner in our country's past. 

Robert Aquinas McNally is a freelance writer and editor based in Concord, California. He is the author or coauthor of nine nonfiction books, including So Remorseless a Havoc: Of Dolphins, Whales, and Men.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781597144148
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Published: Heyday Books - October 10th, 2017

At once ancient and contemporary, How a Mountain Was Made is equally at home in modern letters as the ancient story cycle. Sarris infuses his stories with a prose stylist's creativity and inventiveness, moving American Indian literature in a new and emergent direction.


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ISBN: 9781496201799
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Published: Bison Books - November 1st, 2017

On a cold, rainy dawn in late November 1872, Lieutenant Frazier Boutelle and a Modoc Indian nicknamed Scarface Charley leveled firearms at each other. Their duel triggered a war that capped a decades-long genocidal attack that was emblematic of the United States' conquest of Native America's peoples and lands.


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Roger Housden - Ten Poems for Difficult Times (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Proving that poetry is not hard to understand or meaningful to only a few, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight. While the poems here acknowledge the "Sorrow everywhere" (Jack Gilbert, "A Brief for the Defense") and that "The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that's a conservative estimate" (Maggie Smith, "Good Bones") they also highlight the many and diverse ways a poem, a turn of phrase, a beautifully expressed direction of our attention can turn grief to grit, anger to action, and pain to perseverance. Ten Poems for Difficult Times is the perfect gift for those suffering, and is also a must for the nightstand of any thinking, feeling, and human being.

Roger Housden grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath, England. From 1986 to 1998 he founded and ran The Open Gate, a conference and workshop center in England that introduced the work of Ram Dass, Thich Naht Hanh, Jacob Needleman, James Hillman, Robert Bly and many others into Europe. His work has been featured many times in O Magazine, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. His first book was published in the U.K. in 1990, and as of 2017, he has published twenty-three books, including four travel books, a novella, Dropping the Struggle, and the bestselling Ten Poems series. He now runs live and online writing workshops with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.

 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781608685295
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Published: New World Library - March 15th, 2018

Proving that poetry is not hard to understand or meaningful to only a few, Roger Housden has spent nearly twenty years creating poetry collections that meet the changing needs of readers. Housden has a knack for choosing poems that resonate and then writing about them in ways that prompt smiles of agreement, nods of appreciation, and wows of insight.


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Linda Spalding - A Reckoning (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

A Reckoning is a richly evocative and important novel about what happens to a Virginia family that must come to terms with their slave-owning past as the Civil War approaches and an abolitionist visits their plantation, throwing it into turmoil and eventually sending the family West.

It is 1855. The thousand-acre Dickinson farm on the Virginia-Kentucky border is run by two brothers--Benjamin, who owns the land, and John, a circuit-riding Methodist preacher, who manages the land and the sale of cotton and brandy. When a naturalist arrives asking questions about birds and plants, he's invited to stay -- but his real mission is to distribute maps, compasses, and knives to the slaves, who then begin to escape, causing chaos on the farm and bitterness between the brothers. We follow one half of the family as they head for the Kansas Territory and we follow one of the runaway slaves as he travels to freedom in Canada. Both journeys are full of electrifying incident, near escapes, and the astonishing beauty of undefiled America. Throughout, the characters contend with eternal vicissitudes and the pleasures of family and friends, and sometimes loneliness, but they must all finally come to a reckoning with America's original sin: slavery.

Linda Spalding was born in Kansas and lived in Mexico and Hawaii before immigrating to Canada in 1982. She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, The Purchase (awarded Canada's Governor General's Literary Award), Daughters of Captain Cook, The Paper Wife, and (with her daughter Esta) Mere. Her nonfiction includes The Follow (published in the U.S. as A Dark Place in the Jungle), Riska: Memories of a Dayak Girlhood, and Who Named the Knife. She is the recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. She lives in Toronto, where she is an editor of Brick magazine.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747008
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 13th, 2018

A richly evocative and important novel about what happens to a Virginia family that must come to terms with their slave-owning past as the Civil War approaches and an abolitionist visits their plantation, throwing it into turmoil and eventually sending the family West.


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Michael David Lukas - Last Watchman of Cairo (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Book Launch Party!

In this spellbinding novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.

Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary -- perhaps magical -- Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph's family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces -- potent magic, forbidden love -- that boldly attempt to bridge that divide.

Michael David Lukas is the author of the internationally bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul, which was a finalist for the California Book Award, the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize and has been published in fifteen languages. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Brown University, he has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He works in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley and lives in Oakland, California.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399181160
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 13th, 2018

In this spellbinding novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.


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Peter Carey - A Long Way from Home (Corte Madera)

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

In A Long Way From Home, two-time Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country/continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial.

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in southeastern Australia. Together they enter the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the ancient continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive. With them is their lanky, fair-haired navigator, Willie Bachhuber, a quiz show champion and failed schoolteacher who calls the turns and creeks crossings on a map that will remove them, without warning, from the white Australia they all know so well. This is a thrilling high-speed story that starts in one way, and then takes you someplace else. It is often funny, more so as the world gets stranger, and always a page-turner even as you learn a history these characters never knew themselves.

Set in the 1950s, this is a world every American will recognize: black, white, who we are, how we got here, and what we did to each other along the way.

Peter Carey is the author of thirteen previous novels. In addition to the Booker Prize, his honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for more than twenty-five years.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520177
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 27th, 2018

The two-time Booker Prize-winning author now gives us a wildly exuberant, wily new novel that circumnavigates 1954 Australia, revealing as much about the country/continent as it does about three audacious individuals who take part in the infamous 10,000-mile race, the Redex Trial.


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