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Susannah Meadows - The Other Side of Impossible (San Francisco)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

Feauturing an appearance by book subject Amy Chan
Co-Sponsored by Bay Area Young Survivors

You’re faced with a difficult health condition. You have exhausted medicine’s answers. What do you do? Here are the stories of seven families who were determined to solve the unsolvable. Their adventures take us to the outer frontier of medical science—where researchers and doctors are exploring the possible role of food in reversing disease, and are learning about the mind’s potential to heal the body, and even where hope may come from.

After trying her own inventive treatment, a physician with MS goes from a wheelchair to riding a bike again. One boy who has severe food allergies undergoes an unconventional therapy and is soon eating everything. Another child, with ADHD, refuses to take medication—and instead seems to improve his life through diet. In The Other Side of Impossible, people take unusual steps to combat autoimmune arthritis, autistic behaviors, and intractable epilepsy, too. This is a book about people driven by love, desperation, and astonishing perseverance—a community of the defiant, who share an extraordinary talent for hope.

Susannah Meadows is a former Senior Writer for Newsweek. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, writing a column for the Arts section about books. During her career she has covered the 2004 presidential campaign, the aftermath of 9/11, and the Duke lacrosse scandal, among many other stories. She has appeared on CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, Charlie Rose, and The Brian Lehrer Show. She lives with her husband and twin sons in Brooklyn.

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ISBN: 9780812996470
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Published: Random House - May 2nd, 2017

You're faced with a difficult health condition. You have exhausted medicine's answers. What do you do? Susannah Meadows tells the real-life stories of seven families who persisted when traditional medicine alone wasn't enough.

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Laura Kamoie and Stephanie Dray - America's First Daughter (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the compelling, richly researched America's First Daughter, a novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Laura Kamoie and Stephanie Dray tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

Laura Kamoie has always been fascinated by the people, stories, and physical presence of the past, which led her to a lifetime of historical and archaeological study and training. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from The College of William and Mary, published two non-fiction books on early America, and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction as the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty books.

Stephanie Dray is an award-winning, bestselling and two-time RITA award nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her critically acclaimed series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into eight different languages and won NJRW’s Golden Leaf. As Stephanie Draven, she is a national bestselling author of genre fiction and American-set historical women’s fiction. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation’s capital.

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ISBN: 9780062347268
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 1st, 2016


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Maureen Chiquet - Beyond the Label (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:30pm

The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values

In Beyond the Label, Maureen Chiquet shares her unlikely journey from literature major to business leader, seeking to inspire a new generation of women to create successful careers and meaningful lives by discovering what is most vital to them and defining themselves on their own terms. 

A mixture of vivid storytelling and provocative insights, this book helps you ask the right questions to discover your highest potential in today’s increasingly complex and competitive world. 

  • How do you define and re-define yourself as you grow? 
  • How do you recognize your blind spots? 
  • How do you step up as a leader without sacrificing your feminine side?

Rescuing the conversation from tired tropes—“glass ceilings” and “act like a man”—Chiquet puts forth a philosophy that will encourage readers to create a professional identity that is empowering, authentic, and meaningful. 

Wise, inspiring, and deeply felt, Beyond the Label is for every woman who is tired of trying to squeeze into constrained categories, and who longs for a life without limits on who she is or who she will become.

Maureen Chiquet began her career in marketing at L’Oreal Paris in 1985. She has worked at The Gap, helped launch Old Navy, and was president of Banana Republic before becoming COO and President of US operations of Chanel in 2003. In 2007 she became its first Global CEO, where she oversaw the business grow three-fold. She left Chanel in 2016 to focus on developing new leadership initiatives. She is a Trustee to the Yale Corporation and fellow of Yale University, where she graduated in 1985. She divides her time between Paris and New York.

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ISBN: 9780062655707
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Published: HarperBusiness - April 18th, 2017

The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Samantha Walravens - Geek Girl Rising (San Francisco)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

Meet the women who aren’t asking permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. Geek Girl Rising invites women everywhere to join the digital revolution and create the future!  Join author and journalist Samantha Walravens for a lively conversation about "breaking the glass ceiling in tech," along with: 

  • Maci Peterson, Co-Founder and CEO, On Second Thought
  • Aparna Pujar, Founder and CEO, Enfavr 
  • Samara Trilling, Software engineer, Google
  • Teresa Ibarra, computer science major at Harvey Mudd; software engineering intern at StitchFix
  • Jean Miller Truelson, Co-founder and CEO, DogPatch Technology, maker of theFlowerApp

Wine and refreshments will be served!


With exclusive access to some of the most intriguing female entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond, Geek Girl Rising takes you inside the lives of the women disrupting “business as usual” across the nation’s vibrant tech scene. With a nod to trailblazers like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens profile the next generation of women fighting at the grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that’s changing the way we live, work and connect to each other. These women are going for it– building tech start-ups, investing in each other’s ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes, creating networks of support and rallying their younger sisters.

Readers will meet Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. They’ll get a peek inside YouTube sensation Michelle Phan’s ipsy studios, where she is grooming the next generation of digital video stars while leading her own mega e-commerce beauty business. They will sit down with Tracy Chou, former lead software developer at Pinterest, whose public urging in late 2013 helped push Silicon Valley tech giants to reveal the tiny number of women in their ranks, propelling the “women in tech” conversation to front pages. They will tour the headquarters of The Muse, the hottest career site for millennials and meet its intrepid CEO, Kathryn Minshew, who stared down sexism while raising millions of dollars to fund the company she co-founded. And they will journey around the country to meet a new crop of female investors, including Theresia Gouw and Kathryn Finney, who are infusing women-led tech start-ups with much needed capital.

These women are the rebels proving that a female point of view not only matters in the age of technology, but can rock big returns on investment. At a time when women hold a quarter of computing jobs in the U.S. and make up a fraction of the entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, their stories show that in today’s fast-moving innovation economy, there is a place for anyone who has a big idea and the passion to build it.

Samantha Walravens is an award-winning journalist and editor of the New York Times-acclaimed book, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. She writes about women, career and work-life issues for publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Disney Interactive and Modern Mom and speaks to audiences nationwide on the topic of work-life success, including groups at Google, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, UBS, Northern Trust, the Society of Women Engineers and Princeton University. Samantha started her career as a technology reporter for PC World magazine in San Francisco, led marketing communications at Tumbleweed Software, and is currently uncovering the stories of women changing the face of technology for Geek Girl Rising. She is a member of Pipeline Angels, an angel network that invests in female-led companies, and serves on the Alumni Schools Committee for her alma mater, Princeton University.

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ISBN: 9781250112262
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 23rd, 2017

"I don't know much about tech, but I do know that these pioneer women are pretty dope. Geek Girl Rising gives a much needed voice to the fearless women paving an important path in the tech world, while forming a lasting sisterhood along the way." - Kelly Ripa

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Lucy Kalanithi & John Duberstein - The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

In honor of the late Nina Riggs, this event will be presented by Lucy Kalanithi & Nina's husband, John Duberstein, in conversation with Kelly Corrigan

“We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other.”

Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. 

How does one live each day, “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?

Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs’s breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time? 

Brilliantly written, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones. It's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina’s other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer and looking death squarely in the face to say “this is what will be.”

Especially poignant in these uncertain times, Riggs urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.

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ISBN: 9781501169359
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2017


Best Books of 2017 Selection by * The Washington Post * O Magazine * NPR * Bitch * Medium *

"Stunning...heartrending...this year's When Breath Becomes Air." --Nora Krug, The Washington Post

"Beautiful and haunting." --Matt McCarthy, MD, USA TODAY

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San Francisco, CA 94111

David Gessner - Ultimate Glory (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Before he made a name for himself as an acclaimed essayist and nature writer, David Gessner devoted his twenties to a cultish sport called Ultimate Frisbee. Like his teammates and rivals, he trained for countless hours, sacrificing his body and potential career for a chance at fleeting glory without fortune or fame. His only goal: to win Nationals and go down in Ultimate history as one of the greatest athletes no one has ever heard of.

Today Ultimate is played by millions of people around the world, with professional teams in more than two dozen cities. In the 1980s, it was an obscure sport with a (mostly) undeserved stoner reputation. Its early heroes, key players like Kenny Dobyns, Steve Mooney, Tom Kennedy, and David Barkan, were as scrappy as the sport they loved, driven by fierce competition, intense rivalries, epic parties, and the noble ideals of the Spirit of the Game.

Ultimate Glory is a portrait of the artist as a young ruffian. Driven by ambition, whimsy, love, and vanity, Gessner lives for those moments when he loses himself completely in the game. He shares the field and his seemingly insane obsession with a cast of closely knit, larger-than-life characters. As his sport grows up, so does he, and eventually he gives up chasing flying discs to pursue a career as a writer. But he never forgets his love for this misunderstood sport and the rare sense of purpose he attained as a member of its priesthood.

David Gessner is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller All the Wild That Remains. He has taught Environmental Writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard and is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the award-winning literary journal Ecotone.

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ISBN: 9780735210561
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

A story of obsession, glory, and the wild early days of Ultimate Frisbee.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 6:45pm

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers • 50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Michael Landers - Culture Crossing (San Francisco)

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

One of businesses greatest modern challenges is navigating the inevitable culture clashes that come with a global workplace. In Culture CrossingMichael Landers says the solution is deceptively simple: by becoming aware of your own culturally conditioned beliefs and practices, you can more easily recognize and adapt to those other cultures. 

People, money, and information are flowing faster than ever across international borders, putting us all just one step away from a culture crash—that moment when you unintentionally confuse, frustrate, or offend someone from another culture. Are you struggling with trying to learn the customs, nuances, and hot buttons of every culture you might come into contact with? Michael Landers guides you toward a better solution: becoming aware of your own cultural “baggage.” You'll learn to sidestep the knee-jerk reactions that can get you into trouble and develop the agility to adjust your behaviors and expectations as needed. Through a mix of entertaining and instructive stories, valuable insights, and eye-opening self-assessments, this book offers an essential primer for improving all your interactions with people from any background.


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ISBN: 9781626567108
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - January 9th, 2017

Thrive in the multicultural communities where you work and live

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Stephen Baccari - The Travel Effect (San Francisco)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

Have you ever wanted to change your reality? Have you ever felt that your current environment was limiting you from success? Have you ever wanted to transform your life by going somewhere foreign, but were unable to do so because of fears around money, security, and time?

After realizing that his outlook on life was making him miserable, Stephen Baccari started asking the following questions: How can I learn to love and respect myself? How do I uncover my passions? How do I create a life that I’m proud of?

In The Travel Effect, Baccari combines his around-the-world adventures with practical advice for anyone who wants to become a Mindful Traveler and discover any destination.

Stephen Baccari is a travel advisor, motivational speaker, and writer. His adventures for self-discovery took off in 2008 when he studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then, he has traveled to over fifty countries and lived on four continents. He has worked as a travel agent for film honchos, rock stars, and other glitterati. His writing has been published by Vogue and Elle magazines, and his travel photography has been featured in Travel & Leisure. He is a proud graduate of the University of San Francisco and Coaches Training Institute.

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ISBN: 9780998628004
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Published: Union & Mason Books - May 16th, 2017

Have you ever wanted to change your reality? Have you ever felt that your current environment was limiting you from success? Have you ever wanted to transform your life by going somewhere foreign, but were unable to do so because of fears around money, security, and time?

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Graeme Simsion - The Best of Adam Sharp (San Francisco)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the bestselling author of The Rosie Project, a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music.

On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT. But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?

And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?

The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about staying together and drifting apart, but most of all, it's about the power of the songs we sing when we fall in love.

Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in over thirty-five languages. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.

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ISBN: 9781250130402
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 2nd, 2017

"This dazzling story about a former pianist who has a second chance in midlife with his former actress flame will do some major heart-warming this Spring -- and readers will never foresee the incredible ending." --POPSUGAR

"It's a fun sweet ride." --The Washington Post

One of Glamour Magazine's "Most Anticipated Books of 2017"

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