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Leah Lax - Uncovered

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

A naïve lesbian teen in Texas is drawn into a group of Hassidic Jews with their offers of refuge from her troubled family and promises of eternal love. She becomes one of them, but ultimately, as a forty-something woman, comes to reject everything she has lived for three decades in order to be who she truly is. 

In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells her story—beginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew, and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she’s known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom. In understated, crystalline prose, Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, cult-like faith, and motherhood during her years with the Hasidim, and explores how her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings simmer beneath the surface throughout her time there. The first book to tell the story of a gay woman who spent thirty adult years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Lax’s long journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs.

Leah Lax has won awards in both fiction and nonfiction and her work has been included in numerous anthologies and publications, print and online--including Dame, Lilith, and Salon. Her work for stage has been reviewed inThe New York Times, and Rolling Stone magazine, and has been broadcast on NPR. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631529955
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Published: She Writes Press - August 28th, 2015

In "Uncovered," Leah Lax tells her story beginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew, and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she's known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom.


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She Writes Press - Spring 2016 Tour (San Francisco)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join She Writes Press as they welcome authors JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, Ashley Sweeney, Risa Nye, and Tuya Pearl as part of their Spring 2016 tour!

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From the privacy of a confidential read, and with the perspective of both client and healer, Tell Me Your Story: How Therapy Works to Awaken, Heal, and Set You Free moves you through the stages of therapy from the initial phone call to the final goodbye connecting body, mind, and spirit with inner wisdom to reclaim and enjoy your most authentic life.

Tuya Pearl is the pen name of a psychotherapist from Southern California.

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Just when US WAVE Livvy Delacourt thinks she and her team of psychic Nazi hunters are ready for whatever The Reich can throw at them, Hitler adds to the mix a spy who also happens to be a wizard. An emotional journey through paranormal realms, Expect Deception: An Operation Delphi Novel is a fast-paced, suspenseful tale of what happens when US Navy psychics pit themselves against their Nazi counterparts.

JoAnn Smith Ainsworth experienced WWII food rationing, Victory Gardens, and blackout sirens as a child.

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When Eliza Waite chooses to leave a stagnant life in rural Washington State and join the masses traveling north to Alaska in 1898 during the tumultuous Klondike Gold Rush, she encounters challenges and successes in both business and love. Using Gold Rush history, diary entries, and authentic pioneer recipes, Eliza Waite transports readers to the sights sounds, smells, and tastes of a raucous and fleeting era of American history.

A native New Yorker, Ashley Sweeney lives and writes in La Conner, Washington.

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After a devastating firestorm destroys Risa Nye’s Oakland, California home and neighborhood, she has to dig deep to discover her inner strength and resilience. There Was a Fire Here is the story of how Nye adjusts to the turning point that will forever mark the “before and after” in her life—and a chronicle of her attempts to honor the lost symbols of her past even as she struggles to create a new home for her family.

 

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ISBN: 9781631520600
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Published: She Writes Press - June 21st, 2016

Just when US WAVE Livvy Delacourt thinks she and her team of psychic Nazi hunters are ready for whatever The Reich can throw at them, Hitler adds to the mix a spy who also happens to be a wizard. Now dark magic is being used to attack US facilities, and Livvy must match wits with the evil wizard, whose objective is to destroy Operation Delphi and all her team.


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ISBN: 9781631520587
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Published: She Writes Press - May 16th, 2016

After the tragic death of her husband and son on a remote island in Washington's San Juan Islands, Eliza Waite joins the throng of miners, fortune hunters, business owners, con men, and prostitutes traveling north to the Klondike in the spring of 1898.


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ISBN: 9781631520457
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Published: She Writes Press - May 17th, 2016

Tell Me Your Story: How Therapy Works to Awaken, Heal, and Set You Free Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631520662
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Published: She Writes Press - June 21st, 2016

"A Guide to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, Compulsions, Addiction, Fear, Grief, Obsessions, Confusion, and Self-Doubt"


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She Writes Press - Spring 2016 Tour (San Francisco)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join She Writes Press as they welcome authors Sheila Grinell, Hollis Giammatteo, Virginia A. Simpson, and Melissa Rea as part of their Spring 2016 tour!

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In Appetite,  twenty-five-year-old Jenn Adler brings home a guru from Bangalore with a plan to marry him, forcing her parents to come to grips with the impending marriage—and its effect on their own.

Born in a taxi in Manhattan, Sheila Grinell studied at the Bronx High School of Science, Harvard University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Towards the end of her forty-year career as a creator of science museums, she began to write fiction.

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When Hollis Giammatteo sought a job working with the elderly, she did so with the intention of finding models of healthy aging. And she failed. In The Shelf Life of Ashes, Giammatteo chronicles her experiences with her wards, as well as the trip she embarks upon when her mother, who is convinced she is dying, entreats her to come “home.” Trips back, traumas triggered, identity in crisis, equanimity gained—this quasi-comic, concentrated journey engages the reader in the process of naming and facing the tasks involved in growing old, while asking a simple but weighted question: Can aging be done well?

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When a life-threatening illness makes it necessary for Virginia A. Simpson’s mother, Ruth, to come live with her, Simpson struggles to heal their relationship before Ruth dies. Touching and vividly human, The Space Between reminds us all that without accepting the inevitability of death and looking ahead to it with clarity, life cannot be fully lived.

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Conjuring Casanova follows ER physician Elizabeth Hillman. She's been hurt by the men in her life far too often, which is why she spends her free time safely alone, reading the memoir of Giacomo Casanova, history’s most famous libertine. But when a child in Lizzy’s care dies, she flees to Venice, Italy for a much-needed break. It's there, on a lovely rooftop, Casanova appears beside her.

Melissa Rea has degrees in psychology and French literature, and is an amateur Casinovist.

 

 

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ISBN: 9781631520228
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Published: She Writes Press - May 17th, 2016

The Shelf Life of Ashes: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631520471
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Published: She Writes Press - May 10th, 2016

The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631520495
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Published: She Writes Press - April 5th, 2016

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ISBN: 9781631520563
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Published: She Writes Press - June 7th, 2016

ER physician Elizabeth Hillman has been hurt by the men in her life far too often which is why she spends her free time safely alone, reading the memoir of Giacomo Casanova, history's most famous libertine. But when a child in Lizzy's care dies, she flees to Venice, Italy for a much-needed break and there, on a lovely rooftop, Casanova appears beside her. In 2016, Casanova is still Casanova.


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Antonio Garcia Martinez - Chaos Monkeys (San Francisco)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this “chaos monkey” to test online services’ robustness—their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society’s chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, García Martínez joined Facebook’s nascent advertising team, turning its users’ data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark “Zuck” Zuckerberg. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company’s monetization strategy, Antonio García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter. He also fathered two children with a woman he barely knew, committed lewd acts and brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg’s desk), lived on a sailboat, raced sport cars on the 101, and enthusiastically pursued the life of an overpaid Silicon Valley wastrel. 

Now, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital “privacy,” García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, will we survive?

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062458193
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

Liar's Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent expose of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio Garcia Martinez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager and startup founder/CEO.

The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple:

Investors are people with more money than time.

Employees are people with more time than money.


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Laura Miller - Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. is the debut cookbook from YouTube's Tastemade star Laura Miller. A soon to be modern classic, this book will engage your taste buds with strengthening breakfasts (avocado grapefruit bowls; ginger maple granola), easy weeknight dinners (golden gazpacho; sweet potato curry), crowd-pleasing party food (mango and coconut jicama tacos; spicy mango chile wraps), irresistible drinks & desserts (lavender cheesecake; chile truffles), and many more nutritious, satisfying dishes that are as beautiful and fun to make as they are healthful. Eschewing a strict or dogmatic approach to raw veganism, Laura's self-deprecating humor, candor about issues of food and body-image, and infectious enthusiasm make her the ideal guide and travel companion for people who want to fall back in love with produce or simply celebrate the joy of real, good food.

Laura Miller is the creator and star of the hit show "Raw. Vegan. Not Gross." on YouTube's Tastemade channel, with over seven million views. Her irreverent approach to raw food, as well as her quirky and gorgeous wearable produce projects ("froobs"), have garnered her a devoted following and national press coverage. Prior to "Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.", Laura ran a raw vegan desserts company called Sidesaddle Kitchen. She lives in California, and loves the company of her akita-pitbull rescue dog, Buzz.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250066909
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 17th, 2016

Whether you already love vegan food or need some convincing, YouTube star Laura Miller offers more than a hundred entirely vegan and mostly raw recipes for all people who want to eat deliciously.


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Bill Lascher - Eve of a Hundred Midnights (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 12:30pm

On New Year’s Eve, 1941, just three weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were bombing the Philippine capital of Manila, where journalists Mel and Annalee Jacoby had married just a month earlier. The couple had worked in China as members of a tight community of foreign correspondents with close ties to Chinese leaders; if captured by invading Japanese troops, they were certain to be executed. Racing to the docks just before midnight, they barely escaped on a freighter—the beginning of a tumultuous journey that would take them from one island outpost to another. While keeping ahead of the approaching Japanese, Mel and Annalee covered the harrowing war in the Pacific Theater—two of only a handful of valiant and dedicated journalists reporting from the region.

Supported by deep historical research, extensive interviews, and the Jacobys’ personal letters, Bill Lascher recreates the Jacobys’ thrilling odyssey and their love affair with the Far East and one another. Bringing to light their compelling personal stories and their professional life together, Eve of a Hundred Midnights is a tale of an unquenchable thirst for adventure, of daring reportage at great personal risk, and of an enduring romance that blossomed in the shadow of war.

Bill Lascher is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Pacific Standard, Gizmodo, Portland Monthly, and other publications. He was a 2011 Knight Digital Media Center multimedia and convergence fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062375209
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 21st, 2016

The unforgettable true story of two married journalists on an island-hopping run for their lives across the Pacific after the Fall of Manila during World War II a saga of love, adventure, and danger.


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Emily Paster - Food Swap (San Francisco)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Part cookbook, part how-to guide, Food Swap features more than 80 recipes for artisanal items that will be coveted at food swaps and adored as gifts, including everything from salted caramel sauce and Meyer lemon curd to green tomato salsa, lavender shortbread, cultured butter, apricot jalapeño jelly, and rum vanilla extract. You’ll also find creative ways to irresistibly package your items, plus perforated gift tags ready for personalization. Finally, author Emily Paster—co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap, one of the biggest in the world—offers guidance on setting up a food swap in your own community, as well as inspiring stories from people who are part of this growing movement.

Emily Paster is the creator of the popular website West of the Loop, which was named a Top Mommy Blog by Time Out Chicago Kids and a Family Food Blog to Savor by Red Tricycle. She is the co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap, teaches canning classes in the Chicago area, and writes on food and entertaining for Chicago Parent magazine.

Food Swap: Specialty Recipes for Bartering, Sharing & Giving Including the World S Best Salted Caramel Sauce Cover Image
By Emily Paster, Kate Payne (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781612125633
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Published: Storey Publishing - May 17th, 2016

Part cookbook, part how-to guide, "Food Swap" features more than 80 recipes for artisanal items that will be coveted at food swaps and adored as gifts, including everything from salted caramel sauce and Meyer lemon curd to green tomato salsa, lavender shortbread, cultured butter, apricot jalapeno jelly, and rum vanilla extract.


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David Daley - Ratf**ked (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

With Barack Obama’s historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks—known to political insiders as “ratf**king”—to a whole new, unprecedented level. Flooding state races with a gold rush of dark money made possible by Citizens United, the Republicans reshaped state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held. Reconstructing this never- told-before story, David Daley examines the far-reaching effects of this so-called REDMAP program, which has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. Ratf**ked pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history.

David Daley is the editor in chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow for the Wilson Center for Humanities and the Arts and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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ISBN: 9781631491627
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 14th, 2016

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Charles Wheelan - Naked Money

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:30pm

Consider the $20 bill.

It has no more value, as a simple slip of paper, than Monopoly money. Yet even children recognize that tearing one into small pieces is an act of inconceivable stupidity. What makes a $20 bill actually worth twenty dollars? In the third volume of his best-selling "Naked" series, Charles Wheelan uses this seemingly simple question to open the door to the surprisingly colorful world of money and banking.

The search for an answer triggers countless other questions along the way: Why does paper money (“fiat currency” if you want to be fancy) even exist? And why do some nations, like Zimbabwe in the 1990s, print so much of it that it becomes more valuable as toilet paper than as currency? How do central banks use the power of money creation to stop financial crises? Why does most of Europe share a common currency, and why has that arrangement caused so much trouble? And will payment apps, bitcoin, or other new technologies render all of this moot?

In Naked Money, Wheelan tackles all of the above and more, showing us how our banking and monetary systems should work in ideal situations and revealing the havoc and suffering caused in real situations by inflation, deflation, illiquidity, and other monetary effects. Throughout, Wheelan’s uniquely bright-eyed, whimsical style brings levity and clarity to a subject often devoid of both. With illuminating stories from Argentina, Zimbabwe, North Korea, America, China, and elsewhere around the globe, Wheelan demystifies the curious world behind the paper in our wallets and the digits in our bank accounts.

Charles Wheelan is the author of the best-selling Naked Statistics and Naked Economics and is a former correspondent for The Economist. He teaches public policy and economics at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his family.

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393069020
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 4th, 2016

Consider the $20 bill.


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Jojo Moyes - Me Before You

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 5:00pm

Special Giveaway!
Customers who purchase Me Before You on May 16, the day of the event, will be eligible to recieve a pair of bumblebee tights courtesy of Penguin Books!

Supplies and sizes are limited. Book purchase at Book Passage required to recieve tights.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of After You, Me Before You, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, The Ship of Brides and Honeymoon in Paris. She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143124542
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Published: Penguin Books - July 30th, 2013

The "New York Times" bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture; US release on June 3, 2016.
They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .


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