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Jonathan Kauffman - Hippie Food (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 11:00am

An enlightening narrative history—an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan—that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.

Food writer Jonathan Kauffman journeys back more than half a century—to the 1960s and 1970s—to tell the story of how a coterie of unusual men and women embraced an alternative lifestyle that would ultimately change how modern Americans eat. Impeccably researched, Hippie Food chronicles how the longhairs, revolutionaries, and back-to-the-landers rejected the square establishment of President Richard Nixon’s America and turned to a more idealistic and wholesome communal way of life and food.

From the mystical rock-and-roll cult known as the Source Family and its legendary vegetarian restaurant in Hollywood to the Diggers’ brown bread in the Summer of Love to the rise of the co-op and the origins of the organic food craze, Kauffman reveals how today’s quotidian whole-foods staples—including sprouts, tofu, yogurt, brown rice, and whole-grain bread—were introduced and eventually became part of our diets. From coast to coast, through Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Vermont, Kauffman tracks hippie food’s journey from niche oddity to a cuisine that hit every corner of this country.

A slick mix of gonzo playfulness, evocative detail, skillful pacing, and elegant writing, Hippie Food is a lively, engaging, and informative read that deepens our understanding of our culture and our lives today.

 

 

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062437303
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - January 23rd, 2018

An enlightening narrative history--an entertaining fusion of Tom Wolfe and Michael Pollan--that traces the colorful origins of once unconventional foods and the diverse fringe movements, charismatic gurus, and counterculture elements that brought them to the mainstream and created a distinctly American cuisine.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Stanley Bing - Immortal Life (Corte Madera)

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

An ancient mogul has bought the power to live forever, but the strong young body he plans to inhabit has other ideas. The battle for immortal life begins.

Immortal Life. A fantasy. An impossible dream. For now, maybe. But as we speak the moguls of Big Tech are pouring their mountain of wealth into finding a cure for death. Don't tell them they won't succeed.

None of these titans is richer than Arthur Vogel. This inventor, tech tycoon, and all-round monster has amassed trillions (with a T) and rules over a corporate empire stretching all the way to Mars. The newest--and most expensive--life extension technology has allowed him to live to 127 years, but time is running out. His last hope to escape the inevitable lies with Gene, a human being specifically created for the purpose of housing Arthur's consciousness. The plan is to discard his used-up old carcass and come to a second life in a young, strong body with all appropriate working parts. But there's a problem: Gene. He may be artificial, but he is a person. And he has other ideas.

As Arthur sets off to achieve his goal of world domination, Gene hatches a risky plan of his own. The forces against him are very, very rich, extremely determined, and used to getting what they pay for. The battle between creator and creation is joined as the two minds wrestle for control of one body.

This story is real. The tech is in development. The sponsors are the titans of industry well known to you. Eternal life may very soon be at the fingertips of those who can afford it. Mixing brisk action, humor, and wicked social commentary, Immortal Life imagines a day just around the corner. Welcome to a brave new world that is too familiar for comfort--and watch the struggle for humanity play out to the bitter end.

Stanley Bing is a bestselling fiction and nonfiction writer, and a longtime columnist for Esquire, Fortune, and many other national publications. He is the author of almost a dozen books that explore the boundaries of hard-nosed, practical business strategy and satire. These include Crazy Bosses, which, in mapping the relationship between pathology and power, predicted so much of the current political climate; What Would Machiavelli Do, which addressed why mean people often do better than nice ones; and most recently a comprehensive replacement for the traditional MBA program, The Curriculum. His three novels are Lloyd: What Happened, You Look Nice Today, and Immortal Life.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501119835
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - December 5th, 2017

An ancient mogul has bought the power to live forever, but the strong young body he plans to inhabit has other ideas. The battle for immortal life begins.

Immortal Life. A fantasy. An impossible dream. For now, maybe. But as we speak the moguls of Big Tech are pouring their mountain of wealth into finding a cure for death. Don't tell them they won't succeed.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

James L'Etoile - Bury the Past (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 1:00pm

Bury the Past continues the pairing of detectives John Penley and Paula Newberry as they investigate a homicide where the evidence reveals their prime suspect–a man already in prison. He has the ultimate alibi. The case
takes an unexpected turn for detective Newberry when a case from her past resurfaces and puts her in the killer’s crosshairs.

James L'Etoile has twenty-nine years of experience in prisons and jails across the country. An experienced Associate Warden, Chief of Institution Operations, Hostage Negotiator and Director of Parole with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, L'Etoile draws upon his background to bring his crime fiction to life. He resides in Cameron Park, CA with his wife, Ann-Marie. This is his second Detective Penley mystery.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781683314424
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - December 12th, 2017

How do you stop a killer who's already behind bars?

Sacramento Police Detectives John Penley and Paula Newberry are enlisted to investigate a case involving the trafficking of stolen street drugs. But they quickly find it's more difficult than they first imagined when the crime is being committed by a group of corrupt cops undermining the system.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Robert Hass - From the Monastery to the World (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal were both poets and priests, wholly committed to a life of spiritual contemplation which was never far from the gritty work that lead them to risk life and reputation in order to raise worldwide consciousness concerning issues of social justice and the abuse of human rights. From the Monastery to the World, with an introduction by renowned poet Robert Hass, collects the complete correspondence between these spiritual men and dedicated activists, translated into English for the first time.

The letters in this book, written between Merton and Cardenal from 1959-1968, give us fascinating insights into the early spiritual and political awakenings of eventual Sandinista and exponent of liberation theology Ernesto Cardenal, who was then a novice leaving the Trappist Monastery in Kentucky where he first met Merton. While making the long trip home to Nicaragua to build a utopian artist’s commune on the Island of Solentiname, Cardenal rubs elbows with some of Latin America’s greatest writers and artists of that time.

Robert Hass attended St. Mary's College and Stanford University. His books of poetry include Time and Materials, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 and the National Book Award in 2008.

 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781619029019
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 26th, 2017

Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal were both poets and priests, wholly committed to a life of spiritual contemplation which was never far from the gritty work that lead them to risk life and reputation in order to raise worldwide consciousness concerning issues of social justice and the abuse of human rights.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gianna Marino - If I Had a Horse (Corte Madera)

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:30am

Special Children's Event!

* Pre-order the book from the Book Passage website and receive a 10% discount! Books will be signed and can be picked up at or after the event. *

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If I Had a Horse is an inspiring, self-reflective picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino.

If I had a horse, he might be shy, like me.
But if I stayed quiet, he’d learn to be my friend.
I would have to tame him. I would have to be strong, like him. And he would have to be gentle, like me.
And together, we could do anything.

Marino’s vibrant, silhouetted art brings to life this picture book about understanding, stepping beyond boundaries, and bravery.

Gianna Marino was born in San Francisco and spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. Her explorations expanded after graduating from high school and in order to afford her many journeys, Gianna had several jobs at once: apprenticing a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer and driving horse carriages through the park. Gianna explored many corners of the world, from Africa and Asia, to the South Pacific and Europe, to crewing on sailboats in the high seas. At work and school, she became known as “Boomerang”. Gianna finally landed a full-time freelance gig designing toys for children, but after several years in a corporate box with no windows, she left for good and began writing and illustrating books for children.Her books include Meet Me at the Moon, Following Papa’s Song, Too Tall Houses, and Night Animals. Though she still wanders the world, Gianna now lives in Northern California and works full-time writing and illustrating.

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By Gianna Marino, Gianna Marino (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781626729087
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 30th, 2018

If I Had a Horse is an inspiring picture book with simple text and gorgeous, impressionistic artwork from acclaimed author-illustrator Gianna Marino about a girl imagining what life would be like with a horse.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Elaine Petrocelli & Friends - Children’s Books Galore! (Corte Madera)

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:00am

Join Elaine Petrocelli and our team of enthusiastic booksellers to hear about the best books and gifts for the holiday season! 

Our children’s book specialists will share their excitement with you about all of the wonderful books we have this season for children and young readers of all ages. Join us for coffee, snacks, and lots of fun!

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Elaine Petrocelli & Friends - Holiday Gift Books Review (Corte Madera)

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00am

Join Elaine Petrocelli and our team of enthusiastic booksellers to hear about the best books and gifts for the holiday season! 

Our team of booksellers will present and recommend new books for all the readers on your holiday shopping list, as well as a few non-book book items you can wear, carry, or even play with. Join us for coffee, snacks, and lots of fun!
 

 

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Jeffrey Siger - Aegean April (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos as the world watches boatloads of refugees daily flee onto its shores from Turkey across the narrow Mytilini Strait.

Mihalis Volandes is one of Lesvos' elite, the patriarch of a storied shipping clan. He's weathered many changes in his long life, and when a government policy accelerates the surge of refugees onto his island, he rises to prominence in relief efforts he sees as growing increasingly ineffectual.

One evening, after working to stir up support for his breakthrough plan to strike at the heart of the lucrative refugee trafficking trade, he returns to his mansion in darkness - only to fall victim in his own garden to a swishing sword.

A refugee-turned-local-aid-worker is found at the scene, splattered with Volandes' blood, and swiftly arrested by island police. Case closed - or would be, if young Ali Sera were not working with SafePassage, an NGO (non-government organization), headed on Lesvos by American Dana McLaughlin. McLaughlin is having none of Ali's arrest. Within hours the phone rings in the Athens office of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, and she's requesting that Kaldis take over the investigation.

Volandes was a prominent citizen and the crime particularly gruesome. Could it be terrorism or something else? But whether Ali is guilty or framed, Andreas can't ignore a powerful motive for the murder. Volandes' daring plan, if implemented, would soon shut down the cash-generating refugee-trafficking pipeline between Turkey and Lesvos.

And so, we're off on a nail-biting ride with Kaldis and his team through Byzantine island politics, deteriorating diplomatic relations, and a world on fire with intrigues and more brutal deaths.

Aegean April once again links modern Greece to its ancient past, the powerful grip of myths upon its people, and cutting edge issues of societal change affecting our world at large.

Jeffrey Siger is an American author living half of each year for the past dozen years on the Aegean Greek island of Mykonos, where he writes a best-selling series of mystery thrillers exploring serious societal issues confronting modern day Greece.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tribute to Denis Johnson - The Largesse of the Sea Maiden (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

Twenty-five years after Jesus’ Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on aging, mortality, and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson.
 
Join us for a specially curated evening celebrating Denis Johnson's last book The Largesse of the Sea Maiden. Authors Tom Barbash, Melissa Cistaro, Gerald Fleming, Molly Giles, and Kate Milliken will read selections and discuss Johnson’s work.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812988635
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - January 16th, 2018

Twenty-five years after Jesus' Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

J.K. Collins (Kimberley Cameron) - Meditations on Menopause (Corte Madera)

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

In Meditations on Menopause, find peace and mindfulness throughout your body's transition by coloring this stunning alphabet. A menagerie of imaginative patterns, animals, floral designs, and empowering messages will guide and de-stress you as you take on this new phase of life.

J.K. Collins is the pen name of Kimberley Cameron, a literary agent and President of Kimberley Cameron and Associates. She has been successful with many different genres, and especially loves the thrill of securing representation for debut authors. Cameron represents both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.

 

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By J. K. Collins, Chloe Sotnick (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781944387181
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Reputation Books - November 7th, 2017

Find peace and mindfulness throughout your body's transition by coloring this stunning alphabet. A menagerie of imaginative patterns, animals, floral designs, and empowering messages will guide and de-stress you as you take on this new phase of life.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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