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Author Events at our Corte Madera store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA, (415) 927-0960. All events are free & open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Ori Hofmekler - The 7 Principles of Stress (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ori Hofmekler, acclaimed author of The Warrior Diet and one of the first proponents of intermittent fasting, challenges conventional wisdom about diet, fitness, and anti-aging with a new approach to health that uses stress to live longer, stay fit, and ward off fat. Supported by cutting-edge research, this book redefines the term "nutrition" as it reveals the stress-mimicking nutrients that yield the same benefits as fasting and exercising. At the core of The 7 Principles of Stress is the biology of stress and the way it affects key aspects of life from feeding and sexual behavior to mental and physical performance. Hofmekler demonstrates that that there is a thin line between beneficial stress and harmful stress, and shows how to put knowledge of the difference into powerful practice. His book is a call to action--a manifesto of living life to its utmost evolutionary potential, under stress, as nature intended.

Ori Hofmekler is the author of The Warrior Diet and the first to introduce the concept of intermittent fasting in practice. A native born Israeli, he graduated from the Bazalel Academy of Art and the Hebrew university where he earned a degree in Human Sciences. Hofmekler's formative military experience prompted a life interested in survival science and the biology of stress, all of which inspired him to pioneer a new area of research known as stress activated food (SAF). The SAF project was initiated in collaboration with a group of scientists and scholars to investigate the impact of nutrients in stressed food on the health and life-span of the consuming organisms. Hofmekler has been since working on new research projects which he believes can help utilize this data to further understand the dynamics of stress and improve life. Hofmekler's previous books include The Warrior Diet (2002, 2007), Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat (2003), The Anti-Estrogenic Diet (2006), and Unlock Your Muscle Gene (2011).

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ISBN: 9781623171810
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 7th, 2017

Ori Hofmekler, acclaimed author of The Warrior Diet and one of the first proponents of intermittent fasting, challenges conventional wisdom about diet, fitness, and anti-aging with a new approach to health that uses stress to live longer, stay fit, and ward off fat.

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Marilyn Yalom - The Amorous Heart (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

The symmetrical, exuberant heart is everywhere: it gives shape to candy, pendants, the frothy milk on top of a cappuccino, and much else. How can we explain the ubiquity of what might be the most recognizable symbol in the world?

In The Amorous Heart, Marilyn Yalom tracks the heart metaphor and heart iconography across two thousand years, through Christian theology, pagan love poetry, medieval painting, Shakespearean drama, Enlightenment science, and into the present. She argues that the symbol reveals a tension between love as romantic and sexual on the one hand, and as religious and spiritual on the other. Ultimately, the heart symbol is a guide to the astonishing variety of human affections, from the erotic to the chaste and from the unrequited to the conjugal.

Marilyn Yalom is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and the author of A History of the Wife, among other books. She lives in Palo Alto, CA, with her husband, Irvin.

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ISBN: 9780465094707
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Published: Basic Books - January 9th, 2018

An eminent scholar unearths the captivating history of the two-lobed heart symbol from scripture and tapestry to T-shirts and text messages, shedding light on how we have expressed love since antiquity

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Left Coast Writers®: Carol Sheldon - A Sleuth in the Haven (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:00pm

A Sleuth in the Haven follows journalist Gwen Harris through another series of frightening experiences. Bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven as Gwen tries to track down the attacker at her aunt's retirement home. Captured by ex-convict Sonny, she is forced to help him plot revenge against his sister, who let him take the fall for a murder during their bootlegging days. Gwen must use her ingenuity and wits to match the tortured and unpredictable demands of her adversary. With unexpected twists, this second in the Gwen Harris series takes the reader back to the days of prohibition, rum running and speakeasies.

Carol Sheldon is an author and playwright. A Sleuth in the Haven is Sheldon's fourth novel. Mother Lode is a best seller, and won an award from Bay Area Independent Publishing Association for Best Fiction. Her numerous plays have won awards across the country, both in professional and community productions. Sheldon lives and teaches writing in Marin County, California.

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Robert Crais - The Wanted (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

In The Wanted, when single-mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it’s because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she’s afraid he’s dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he’s been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole call in his friends Joe Pike. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won’t make any difference.

Robert Crais is the author of 20 previous novels, sixteen of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Quincy, Baretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into 42 languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.

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ISBN: 9780399161506
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 26th, 2017


Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner Joe Pike take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Robert Crais.

It seemed like a simple case--before the bodies started piling up...

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Michelle Gale - Mindful Parenting in a Messy World (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World is a guidebook that teaches busy, stressed out parents how to become more present with themselves and with their children. Through Michelle Gale's engaging and often funny personal stories, parents discover practical ways to:

- Meet conflict with compassion and curiosity
- Recognize family as a catalyst for personal growth
- React less and connect more
- Grow their capacity for self-awareness, humor and love
- Find ease in the midst of family mayhem

“This is likely the most honest description of what genuine mindfulness means for our everyday lives that you will ever read,” says Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of the Oprah-acclaimed books The Conscious ParentOut of Control, and The Awakened Family. “This is the story of a mother who lays out her struggles as an individual, a wife, and a parent in a manner that causes us to laugh and cry with her—and simultaneously admire her—as she tells of her messy journey and shows us what it really means to be mindful.”

Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free MamaHands Free Life, and Only Love Today, says: “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World reveals how mindfulness can ground parents moment-to-moment, even amidst chaos, and find peace together and within."

Michelle Gale is a mindfulness educator, corporate trainer, executive coach, and podcast host. She is on a mission to support parents in staying meaningfully connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexity of contemporary life and work are accelerated. She works in schools, communities, and corporations teaching mindfulness and speaking to parents.

Michelle was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent most of her career working in high growth technology start-ups. In addition to her board work with the Holistic Life Foundation she is currently an advisor to the Mindful Schools, Wisdom 2.0 and Tilt365. Michelle is also a Strategic Partner with The Trium Group and WisdomLabs.

Michelle received her M.A in Psychology from Meridian University and her undergraduate degree from Florida State University where she studied Child Development. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, who are by far her greatest life teachers.


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ISBN: 9781628654813
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Published: Motivational Press, Inc. - October 12th, 2017

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John Heminway - In Full Flight (Corte Madera)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

A woman's quest for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II -- and a heroic career that hid a secret past.

Over the span of fifty years, Dr. Anne Spoerry, French by birth, treated hundreds of thousands of individuals across rural Kenya. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, Spoerry earned the cherished nickname "Mama Daktari"--"Mother Doctor"--from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive story of her life, her revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion and submission, during which she earned another nickname--this one sinister working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp. In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry's own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey through Africa and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.

John Heminway is an author and award-winning filmmaker who has produced and written more than 200 documentaries on subjects as varied as travel, brain science, evolution, and natural history. He has won two Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and a duPont-Columbia Award. Most recently, he is known for his exposés of the illicit ivory trade. In Full Flight is his sixth book. Heminway lives in Montana.

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ISBN: 9781524732974
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 13th, 2018

The remarkable story of one woman's search for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II--a life that sparked a heroic career, but also hid a secret past.

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Mark Nelson & Bill Silver - Way of Zing (Corte Madera)

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 7:00pm

Zing is the radiant energy of human vitality. It is the energy of stars aligning, when everything in your life feels in unquestionable congruence. 

The Way of Zing inspires and empowers you to successfully navigate your work and life, pursuing your unique passions and purposes in ways that ignite work/life energy and vitality. Through the application of some simple yet profound practices, you can walk a Fourfold Path of awareness, alignment, action and actualization. An energy path leading you to a life of prosperity, discovery, connection and meaning, the quadruple bottom line of human vitality. 

You will matter, living a life of relevance and purpose, making a special contribution to the world. 

At the end of the day, you will be energized, fulfilled, accomplished. 

Mark Nelson is a Zing Prophet, Entrepreneurial Pathfinder, Venture of One, Caravan Builder, Authorpreneur, and a father.

Bill Silver is a Zing Sage, World Navigator, Infinite Learner, and Professor of Risky Business.

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ISBN: 9780999262610
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Published: Way of Zing Co - September 4th, 2017

Have you ever known anyone who had difficulty finding their Way in work and in life?

Imagine waking up everyday feeling inspired, passionate, and full of vitality, looking forward to the adventures the day will bring.

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Daniel Ellsberg - The Doomsday Machine (Corte Madera)

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

At the same time former presidential advisor Daniel Ellsberg famously took the top-secret Pentagon Papers, he also took with him a chilling cache of top secret documents related to America's nuclear program in the 1960s. Here for the first time he reveals the contents of those documents, and makes clear their shocking relevance for today.

The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising insider's account of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization, whose legacy -- and renewal under the Obama administration -- threatens the very survival of humanity. It is scarcely possible to estimate the true dangers of our present nuclear policies without penetrating the secret realities of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, when Ellsberg had high-level access to them. No other insider has written so candidly of that long-classified history, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Ellsberg's analysis of recent research on nuclear winter shows that even a "small" nuclear exchange would cause billions of deaths by global nuclear famine.

Ellsberg, in the end, offers steps we can take under a new administration to avoid nuclear catastrophe. Framed as a memoir, this gripping expose reads like a thriller with cloak-and-dagger intrigue, placing Ellsberg back in his natural role as whistle-blower. It is a real-life Dr. Strangelove story, but an ultimately hopeful -- and powerfully important -- book.

In 1961, Daniel Ellsberg, a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, drafted Secretary Robert McNamara's plans for nuclear war. Later he leaked the Pentagon Papers. He lectures and writes on the dangers of the nuclear era and the need for whistle-blowing. A Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Ellsberg is the author of Secrets and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America. He is also a key figure in Steven Spielberg's upcoming film about the Pentagon Papers, The Papers, scheduled to be released in December 2017. He lives in Kensington, California, with his wife, Patricia.


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ISBN: 9781608196708
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - December 5th, 2017

Shortlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness expose of the dangers of America's Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day.

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Eric O'Grey - Walking with Peety (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:00pm

In partnership with Marin Humane

Eric O'Grey was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. As a result, Eric reversed his diabetes, got off all medication, and became happy and healthy for the first time in his life -- eventually reconnecting with and marrying his high school sweetheart. Walking with Peety is for anyone who is ready to make a change in his or her life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring. This is more than a tale of mutual rescue. This is an epic story of friendship and strength.

Eric O'Grey is an inspirational speaker with a bachelor of science degree in finance from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University. Eric enjoys long distance running with his dog Jake, gourmet plant-based cooking, and spending time with his wife, Jaye. He is passionate about animal kindness, plant-based nutrition, and helping others reverse obesity, type 2 diabetes, and achieve their optimal weight and happiness.


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ISBN: 9781478971160
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 10th, 2017

Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days.

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Anna Gatmon - Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World (Corte Madera)

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

Passionate about making spirituality practical and accessible to everyone in their personal and professional life, she offers tools on how to rise above the daily grind in Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World: Four Keys to Fulfillment and Balance. Through her personal experience and research, Dr. Anna Gatmon found four keys that lead to amore whole and compassionate way of life, which is spiritually and materially balanced.


  • Ability to find peace and break out of a dispirited mood within minutes
  • A shift from feeling alone to feeling that you are cared for
  • Increased impact on daily situations
  • Enhancement of your intuitive decision-making skills
  • Ability to embrace your authentic self
  • Connecting with your true purpose
  • A greater sense of harmony, intimacy, and connection with people

Believing that her knowledge is not just for spiritual seekers but also for anyone looking for more meaning and fulfillment in their life, this spiritual coach provides a road map to living a life that is spiritually fulfilling without having to give up material pleasures.

Anna Gatmon, PhD, is a visionary educator and spiritual midwife.  The founder of an alternative elementary school, she is a former fashion model who comes from a multicultural background that spans the USA, Sweden, Israel, and France.  She holds a doctoral degree in Transformative Learning from the California Institute for Integral Studies. Anna won the bronze award in the Living Now 2017 book competition in their Enlightenment/Spirituality category for Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World. She lives with her family in Sonoma County, California.


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ISBN: 9781631522567
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Published: She Writes Press - August 15th, 2017

Living a Spiritual Life in a Material World offers a offers an unconventional approach to the spiritual-material split so prevalent in our culture. In these pages, Dr.

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