Literary Luncheons

Literary Luncheon: Dave Barry - Best. State. Ever (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

A brilliantly funny exploration of the Sunshine State from the man who knows it best: Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times-bestselling author Dave Barry.

We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?” Somehow, the state’s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness and gunfire (“Our motto: ’Come back! We weren’t firing at you!’”) that it is today.

Best. State. Ever is the most hilarious book yet from “the funniest damn writer in the whole country” (Carl Hiaasen, and he should know). By the end, you’ll have to admit that whatever else you might think about Florida—you can never say it’s boring.

From 1983 to 2004, Dave Barry wrote a weekly humor column for The Miami Herald, which in 1988 won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He is the author of more than thirty books, including such bestsellers as the nonfiction Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster), You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, and I’ll Mature When I’m Dead; the novels Big Trouble, Tricky Business, and Insane City; the very successful YA Peter Pan novels (with Ridley Pearson); and his Christmas story The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog. Two of his books—Big Trouble and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys—have been turned into movies. For a while, his life was even a television series, Dave’s World, but then it was canceled. The series. Not the life. For many years, Dave was also a guitarist with the late, infamous, and strangely unlamented band the Rock Bottom Remainders.

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ISBN: 9781101982600
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 6th, 2016

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Literary Luncheon: Ann Patchett - Commonwealth (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal and signed book)

The acclaimed, bestselling author winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062491794
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Published: Harper - September 13th, 2016

The acclaimed, bestselling author winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives.


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Literary Luncheon: Louise Erdrich - LaRose (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes Book)

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. Our son will be your son now, they tell them.

As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal. But when a vengeful man with a long-standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, hurling accusations of a cover-up the day Dusty died, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.

Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America's most distinguished literary masters.

Louise Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, short stories, and a memoir.

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ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winningThe Round Houseand the Pulitzer PrizenomineeThe Plague of Doveswields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.


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Literary Luncheon: Anna Quindlen - Miller's Valley (Corte Madera)

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes Book)

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“Vintage Quindlen, a compelling family tale rich in recognizable characters, resplendent storytelling, and reflective observations. It is also an affectionate and appreciative portrait of a disappearing way of life.”
Booklist

“Keenly observed, quietly powerful … Quindlen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist and former reporter, writes with great empathy, making you care deeply about her characters.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A moving exploration of family and notions of home … Quindlen’s prose is crisp and her insights resonant. This coming-of-age story is driven as much by the fully realized characters as it is by the astute ideas about progress and place.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“In this crisply told story of progress, loss, love, deception, loyalty, and grace, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Quindlen once again captures her readers’ attention from first page to last.”
 – Library Journal

Read the New York Times Book Reivew review of Miller's Valley

Listen to Anna Quindlen discuss Miller's Valley on "The Diane Rehm Show"

Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, Miller's Valley is an extraordinary novel about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.

Anna Quindlen is the author of several bestselling novels: Rise and Shine, Blessings, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue, and nonfiction books Good Dog. Stay., Being Perfect, Loud & Clear, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud, and How Reading Changed My Life. She has also written two children's books The Tree That Came to Stay, and Happily Ever After. Her New York Times column Public and Private won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Her column now appears every other week in Newsweek.

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ISBN: 9780812996081
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Published: Random House - April 5th, 2016

"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER In a small town on the verge of big change, a young woman unearths deep secrets about her family and unexpected truths about herself. Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen's bestsellers, "Miller's Valley" is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget.


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Literary Luncheon: Tracy Chevalier - At the Edge of the Orchard (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (Includes Lunch and a Book)

In At the Edge of the Orchard, the Goodenough family have left nineteenth-century New England to settle in the swamps of western Ohio, bringing with them branches of a favorite apple tree. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle between James and Sadie Goodenough over what to do with the fruit, revealing irreconcilable differences in character. The escalation of this war resonates through their children and forces the youngest, Robert Goodenough, to make an agonizing choice that haunts him as he runs away, grows up, and moves ever farther west. Only among the redwoods and sequoias of goldrush-era California does he find solace and, eventually, answers.

Moving back and forth between Ohio and California and anchored by two real-life tree men—legendary Johnny Appleseed and the English plant collector William Lobb—this epic novel chronicles the implosion of a pioneer family and the shock waves it sends through the generations and across America.

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of seven previous novels, including Girl With a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.

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Published: Viking - March 15th, 2016

From internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier, a riveting drama of a pioneer family on the American frontier


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Literary Luncheon: Elizabeth George - A Banquet of Consequences

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

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Tickets: $60 (Includes Lunch and a Signed Book)

The unspoken secrets and buried lies of one family rise to the surface in Elizabeth George's A Banquet of Consequences.  As Inspector Thomas Lynley investigates the London angle of an ever more darkly disturbing case, his partner, Barbara Havers, is looking behind the peaceful facade of country life to discover a twisted world of desire, deceit, and murder. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind, but what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? After various career-threatening issues with her department, Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself. So when a past encounter with a bestselling feminist writer and her pushy personal assistant gives her a connection to the Cambridge murder, Barbara begs Thomas Lynley to let her pursue the crime. Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first page to last, Lynley and Havers are pushed under mounting pressure to solve one of the most complex cases they have ever encountered.

Elizabeth George, whose books have sold more than 9 million copies, is the author of several books for teens including A Young Woman's Guide to Making Right Choices, A Young Woman's Call to Prayer, and A Young Woman After God's Own Heart--A Devotional. She's taught high school and college students and currently teaches and speaks at Christian events worldwide. Elizabeth and her husband, Jim, have two married daughters.

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Published: Viking - October 27th, 2015

George's mystery unfolds with great psychological depth, finely drawn characters and gorgeous portraits of the English countryside. . . . George] is an essential writer of popular fiction today. "The Washington Post"


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Literary Luncheon: Stacy Schiff - The Witches

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

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Ticket: $60 (Includes Meal & Signed Book)

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic. As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, The Witches: Salem, 1692 is Stacy Schiff's account of the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

Stacy Schiff is the author of Vera, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupery, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. Her most recent book, Cleopatra: A Life, won the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography. The recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has contributed to the New Yorker, New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others. She lives in New York City.

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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 27th, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Cleopatra," the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.
It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.


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Literary Luncheon: Erica Jong - Fear of Dying

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (Includes Meal & Signed Book) 

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Hilarious, heart wrenching, and beautifully told, Fear of Dying is the story of Vanessa Wonderman, a gorgeous former actress in her 60's who finds herself balancing between her dying parents, her aging husband and her beloved, pregnant daughter. Although Vanessa considers herself "a happily married woman," the lack of sex in her life makes her feel as if she's losing something too valuable to ignore, so she places an ad for sex on a site called Zipless.com and the life she knew begins to unravel. With the help and counsel of her best friend, Isadora Wing, Vanessa navigates the phishers and pishers, and starts to question if what she's looking for might be close at hand after all.

Erica Jong is a poet, novelist, and essayist, best known for her eight New York Times bestselling novels, including Fear of Flying (which has sold twenty-six million copies in more than forty languages) and Fear of Fifty. Ms. Jong is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry. Her latest, Love Comes First, was released by Tarcher-Penguin in January 2009.

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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 8th, 2015

Four decades ago, Erica Jong revolutionized the way we look at love, marriage and sex. Her world-wide bestseller, FEAR OF FLYING opened the doors for writers from Jennifer Weiner to Lena Dunham. Now she does it again by giving us powerful, new perspective on the next phase of women's lives.


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Literary Luncheon: Isabel Allende - Ripper

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

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Indiana and Amanda Jackson have always had each other. Though their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Teenage Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature-as is her father, the SFPD’s deputy chief of homicide. Brilliant and introverted, Amanda is a natural-born sleuth addicted to Ripper, the online mystery game she plays with her beloved grandfather and friends around the world.

When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, probing hints and deductions that elude the police department. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother’s disappearance have something to do with the series of deaths? Now, with her mother’s life on the line, the young detective must solve the most complex mystery she’s ever faced before it’s too late. Ripper, the latest novelf from Isabel Allende, is a tightly plotted tale of crimes obvious and masked is sharply perceptive, utterly charming, and intensely suspenseful

Isabel Allende is the author of twelve works of fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, Inés of My Soul, Daughter of Fortune, and a novel that has become a world-renowned classic, The House of the Spirits. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.

 

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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 2015

Isabel Allende the New York Times bestselling author whose books, including Maya's Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial killer in San Francisco.


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Literary Luncheon: Ann Packer - The Children's Crusade

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book) 

 

From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier, a sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.

Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres in a rustic community south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he has yet to create, Bill buys the property on a whim. In Penny Greenway he finds a suitable wife, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life seems compelling and answerable, and they marry and have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high.

Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a reckoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family’s future. One by one, the siblings take turns telling the story—Robert, a doctor like their father; Rebecca, a psychiatrist; Ryan, a schoolteacher; and James, the malcontent, the problem child, the only one who hasn’t settled down—their narratives interwoven with portraits of the family at crucial points in their history.

Reviewers have praised Ann Packer’s “brilliant ear for character” (The New York Times Book Review), her “naturalist’s vigilance for detail, so that her characters seem observed rather than invented” (The New Yorker), and the “utterly lifelike quality of her book’s everyday detail” (The New York Times). Her talents are on dazzling display in The Children’s Crusade, an extraordinary study in character, a rare and wise examination of the legacy of early life on adult children attempting to create successful families and identities of their own. This is Packer’s most deeply affecting book yet.

Ann Packer is the critically acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and two nationally bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award among many other prizes and honors. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies, and her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and published around the world.

 

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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 7th, 2015

From the "New York Times" bestselling, award-winning author of "The Dive From Clausen's Pier," a sweeping, masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family, over the course of five decades.


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