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David Boling - The Lost History of Stars (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places.

In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie’s father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions.

Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

Dave Boling, a sports writer based in Seattle, is the author of one previous novel, the critically acclaimed Guernica.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781616204174
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 6th, 2017

From a forgotten moment in history comes an inspiring novel about finding strength and courage in the most unimaginable places.


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Chelsea Clinton - It's Your World (San Francisco)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

Tickets: $15 (includes signed book)

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IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION

  • NOTE: This event is a book signing only.
  • Customers must have a ticket to stand in line
  • Each purchased copy of It’s Your World can be personalized with customer’s first name

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You can make a difference. You can make a change. It’s your world.

In It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, Chelsea Clinton tackles some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, especially for kids. Using data, charts and stories she unpacks challenges related to Poverty, Climate Change, Gender Equality, Health, Endangered Species and more. She also talks about what’s being done to make a difference in each area, particularly by kids and teenagers. With lots of suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shares her passion for helping others and shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts. The book will have three main thrusts:

  • Informing young readers using facts and research
  • Inspiring them with stories of hope and empowerment
  • Suggesting practical ways that young readers can make a difference in their own communities and in the larger world.

Filled with visuals including charts, graphs and photographs, this book has the potential to influence an entire generation’s activism and involvement in local and global issues.

Chelsea Clinton has always been interested in making the world a better place. When she was a child in Little Rock, Arkansas, one of her favorite books was 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, and as a teenager in Washington, D.C., she led her school’s service club. While she was at Stanford, Chelsea worked as a reading and writing tutor and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital. Today, she is Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation where she helps lead the work of the Foundation across its various initiatives, with a particular focus on work related to health, women and girls, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Chelsea holds a BA from Stanford University, an MPH from Columbia University, and an MPhil and doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University.

She lives in New York City with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChelseaClinton.

 

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780399545320
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Published: Puffin Books - April 4th, 2017

Now in paperback with a great new look First daughter turned activist and mother Chelsea Clinton shows kids how they can make a difference in their world. Filled with charts, photos, and lots of input from real kids, this is sure to inspire young readers.


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Jen Sincero - You Are a Badass at Making Money (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

From New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero comes the perfect sequel to her over-half-million-copy-sold phenomenon You Are a Badass. You Are a Badass at Making Money is a step-by-step guide to helping people overcome their blocks, push past their fears, and start making the kind of money they've never made before. Jen herself went from living in a converted garage to traveling the world in 5-star luxury in a matter of years, and knows all too well the layers of BS one can get wrapped up in around money, as well as what it takes to dig your way out. She goes in-depth on how powerful our thoughts are and how our bank accounts are mirrors for our beliefs about money. Written in the same style as her bestselling book You Are a Badass, Sincero's follow-up combines entertaining essays with life-changing concepts. Jen boils all her wisdom down into manageable, bite-sized tips so her readers can put them into practice and get real results.

Jen Sincero is a bestselling author, success coach, and motivational speaker who has spent over a decade traveling the world helping people transform their lives and their bank accounts via her public appearances, private sessions, coaching seminars, and her books, including the New York Times bestselling book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. Jen currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and can be found on the web at JenSincero.com.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780735222977
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Published: Viking - April 18th, 2017

From the #1New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, a life-changing guide to making the kind of money you ve only ever dreamed of.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Megan Miranda - The Perfect Stranger (San Francisco)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

In The Perfect Stranger—the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Megan Miranda is the author of several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint. She grew up in New Jersey, attended MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501107993
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 11th, 2017

In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls--a "fiendishly plotted thriller" (Publishers Weekly)--a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Bill Schutt - Cannibalism (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

“A masterful and compulsively readable book that challenges our preconceived notions about a behavior often sensationalized in our culture and, until just recently, misunderstood in the scientific world.” —Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History, and author of The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack

For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance. Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life-threatening circumstances, and few spent time studying it. A taboo subject in our culture, the behavior was portrayed mostly through horror movies or tabloids sensationalizing the crimes of real-life flesh-eaters. But the true nature of cannibalism--the role it plays in evolution as well as human history--is even more intriguing (and more normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact.

In Cannabalism, zoologist Bill Schutt sets the record straight, debunking common myths and investigating our new understanding of cannibalism’s role in biology, anthropology, and history in the most fascinating account yet written on this complex topic. Schutt takes readers from Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, where he wades through ponds full of tadpoles devouring their siblings, to the Sierra Nevadas, where he joins researchers who are shedding new light on what happened to the Donner Party--the most infamous episode of cannibalism in American history. He even meets with an expert on the preparation and consumption of human placenta (and, yes, it goes well with Chianti).

Bringing together the latest cutting-edge science, Schutt answers questions such as why some amphibians consume their mother’s skin; why certain insects bite the heads off their partners after sex; why, up until the end of the twentieth century, Europeans regularly ate human body parts as medical curatives; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of the Neanderthals. He takes us into the future as well, investigating whether, as climate change causes famine, disease, and overcrowding, we may see more outbreaks of cannibalism in many more species--including our own.

Schutt's new title places a perfectly natural occurrence into a vital new context and invites us to explore why it both enthralls and repels us.

Bill Schutt is a professor of biology at LIU Post and a research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. His first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures, was selected as a Best Book of 2008 by Library Journal. Born in New York City and raised on Long Island by parents who encouraged his love for turning over stones and peering under logs, Schutt quickly grew a passion for the natural world, with its enormous wonders and its increasing vulnerability. He received his PhD in zoology from Cornell and has published over two dozen peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from terrestrial locomotion in vampire bats to the precarious, arboreal copulatory behavior of a marsupial mouse. His research has been featured in Natural History magazine as well as the New York Times, Newsday, the Economist, and Discover magazine. He was recently reelected to the board of directors of the North American Society for Bat Research. A recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant at the AMNH, Schutt lives on the East End of Long Island with his wife and son.

 

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781616204624
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 14th, 2017

"A masterful and compulsively readable book that challenges our preconceived notions about a behavior often sensationalized in our culture and, until just recently, misunderstood in the scientific world." --Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History, and author of The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack


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San Francisco, CA 94111

David Shields - Other People (San Francisco)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:30pm

In conversation with Kelly Corrigan

Other People: Takes & Mistakes is an intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation.

Can one person know another person? How do we live through other people? Is it possible to fill the gap between people? If not, can art fill that gap? Grappling with these questions, David Shields gives us a book that is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays, written over the last thirty-five years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. The book is divided into five sections: Men, Women, Athletes, Performers, Alter Egos. Whether he is writing about sexual desire or information sickness, George W. Bush or Kurt Cobain, women’s eyeglasses or Greek tragedy, Howard Cosell or Bill Murray, the comedy of high school journalism or the agony of first love, Shields’s sustained, piercing focus is on the multiplicity of perspectives informing any situation, on the irreducible log jam of human information, and on the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection.

David Shields is the internationally best-selling author of twenty books, including The Thing About Life, Reality Hunger, Black Planet, Remote, and War Is Beautiful. He and his wife live in Seattle, where he is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Kelly Corrigan is the New York Times bestselling author of Glitter & Glue, Lift, The Middle Place and the Host of KQED’s "Exactly" as well as the co-founder of Notes & Words.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385351997
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 21st, 2017

An intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Kate & David Marshall - The Book of You (San Francisco)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

For fans of the Q&A series, a guided journal parents and grandparents can use to express the ways they love, appreciate, and admire their adolescent, teen, and adult children.

The Book of You: For My Child, with Love is an inexpensive but meaningful gift offering prompts, checklists, fill-in-the-blanks and more to capture a parent’s love for his or her child. This lovely journal makes it easy to dig deep and express love in new and meaningful ways.

Sample prompts include:

I think of you when I hear this music or sound:

Here is a list of words I think describe your personality well:

You seem happiest when you:

When I brag about you now I say…

I admire how much you know about:

I love that you don’t do this:

I was proud to be your parent when:

Three things I look forward to seeing you do or doing with you:

Lastly, if I knew one of us was going to disappear tomorrow, I’d tell you this today:

With a gorgeous paper-over-board package, this is an ideal gift—a book that will become a treasured keepsake for generations to come.

Husband-wife team David and Kate Marshall have sold more than 900,000 guided journals, including What I Love About You (a personalized way to say "I love you" to your sweetheart) and The Book of Myself. David is the Vice-President of Editorial and Digital of Berrett-Koehler Publishing. Kate Marshall works for Project Second Chance, Contra Costa County Library’s adult literacy program. They have two grown children, one living in Berkeley and one in Minneapolis.

 

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780735210875
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Published: Plume Books - May 2nd, 2017

From the authors of What I Love About You, a personalized way to say I love you to your child


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Lauren Fern Watt - Gizelle's Bucket List (San Francisco)

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Family Dog Rescue

The playful, epic adventure of a 160-pound English Mastiff and the twentysomething girl who grew up alongside her—Marley & Me for a whole new generation.

Lauren Fern Watt took her 160-pound English Mastiff to college—so of course after graduation, Gizelle followed Lauren to her first, tiny apartment in New York. Because Gizelle wasn’t just a dog; she was a roommate, sister, confidante, dining companion, and everything in between.

Together, Gizelle and Lauren went through boyfriends, first jobs, a mother’s struggle with addiction, and the ups and downs of becoming an adult in the big city. But when Gizelle got sick and Lauren realized her best friend might not be such a constant after all, she designed an epic bucket list to make the absolute most of the time they had left.

Bursting with charm, this unique, coming-of-age story of a girl making her way through life is a testament to the special way pets inspire us to live better, love better, and appreciate the simple pleasures. Gizelle’s Bucket List is the humorous, poignant lesson our pets teach us: to embrace adventure, love unconditionally, and grow into the people we want to be.

Lauren Watt was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. After college, she moved to a tiny New York apartment with her 160-pound English Mastiff, Gizelle. Her first book has been translated into eleven languages and optioned for film.

 

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781501123658
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 7th, 2017

The playful, epic adventure of a 160-pound English Mastiff and the twentysomething girl who grew up alongside her--Marley & Me for a whole new generation.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

David Callahan - The Givers (San Francisco)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age is an inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists and how they’re quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.

While media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and many other issues—with deep impact on government policy. Above all, he shows that the influence of the Givers is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg turn to philanthropy. Based on extensive research and interviews with countless donors and policy experts, this is not a brief for or against the Givers, but a fascinating investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for us all.

David Callahan is the author of seven previous nonfiction books including The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead and Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking America. He is founder and editor of the media site Inside Philanthropy, and co-founder of the national think tank Demos. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, and he is a frequent media commentator. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

 

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781101947050
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 11th, 2017

An inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists--and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Hank Parker - Containment (San Francisco)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

From Hank Parker, a former US government advisor on agroterrorism,  comes Containment, a ripped-from-the-headlines debut thriller about a global plot to release a deadly virus and the elite response team who must try to stop it.

When a gruesome new tick-borne virus breaks out near a major US city and the outbreak is traced to an extremist group in Southeast Asia, the race to stop a global bioterrorism conspiracy is on. Government epidemiologist Mariah Rossi must leave the safety of her lab to help fellow scientist and covert CIA agent Curt Kennedy track the disease back to its source. Their worldwide net leads them to an underground lab in the jungles of the Philippines, then to a deadly and climactic battle in coral reefs near Malaysian Borneo, and finally to London and back to America, where the virus must be contained. For fans of Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, this chilling, realistic thriller is a terrifying reminder of how vulnerable humans are to biological threats—and in this instance, just one tick bite away from catastrophe.

Hank Parker holds a PhD in biological oceanography and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, where he teaches a course on biological threats to food and agriculture. He formerly served as a Senior Executive and Acting Director of Homeland Security for the Agricultural Research Service of USDA and has published and lectured on bio- and agro-terrorism. He lives in Vermont.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781501136443
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Published: Touchstone Books - January 10th, 2017

From a former US government advisor on agroterrorism comes a ripped-from-the-headlines debut thriller about a global plot to release a deadly virus and the elite response team who must try to stop it.


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