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Mary Ann Mason - Babies of Technology (San Francisco)

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination. And without clear protections, the unique rights and needs of the children of assisted reproduction are often ignored.

Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child is the first to consider the voice of the child in discussions about regulating the fertility industry. The controversies are many. Donor anonymity is preventing millions of children from knowing their genetic origins. Fertility clinics are marketing genetically enhanced babies. Career women are saving their eggs for later in life. And Third World women are renting their wombs to the rich. Meanwhile, the unregulated fertility market charges forward as a multi-billion-dollar industry. This deeply-considered book offers answers to the urgent question: Who will protect our babies of technology?

Mary Ann Mason is Professor of the Graduate School, UC Berkeley, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Her most recent work has focused on the rights of the child in the fast growing world of assisted reproduction and genetic enhancement. Her recent books include Do Babies Matter, From Father’s Property to Children’s Rights, and The Custody Wars: Why Children Are Losing the Legal Battles and What We Can Do About It. She also co-edited All Our Families: New Policies for A New Century and An American Childhood. She is considered a national expert on children’s rights, child custody issues and family law and policy, frequently addressing national and international media, conferences, and workshops.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780300215878
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Published: Yale University Press - April 4th, 2017

Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination.


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Joshilyn Jackson - Meet and Greet (San Francisco)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Ahead of the publication of her newest novel, The Almost Sisters (out July 11), bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson stops by Book Passage's Ferry Building store for a meet-and-greet!

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

 

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ISBN: 9780062105714
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 11th, 2017

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.


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ISBN: 9780446694537
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Published: Warner Books (NY) - June 13th, 2006

For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end.


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ISBN: 9780062105691
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 11th, 2016

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally bestselling author of Someone Else's Love Story and gods in Alabama--an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780446582360
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 25th, 2012

A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there.


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ISBN: 9780062105660
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 5th, 2014

Someone Else's Love Story is beloved and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem--or what we hope they will be.


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By Joshilyn Jackson, Author (Read by)
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ISBN: 9780446699457
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 2nd, 2007

Nonny Frett understands the meaning of the phrase "inbetween a rock and a hard place" better than any womanalive. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and theother four baby steps from flat crazy." She's got twomen: a husband who's easing out the back door; and abest friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her frontyard.


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Scaachi Koul & Doree Shafrir - An Evening in Conversation (San Francisco)

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

A debut collection of fierce and funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants, addressing sexism, cultural stereotypes and the universal miseries of life by rising star Scaachi Koul.

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Koul deploys her razor sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color, where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn. Where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

With a sharp eye and biting wit, Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

Scaachi Koul was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is a culture writer for BuzzFeed. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Hairpin, The Globe and Mail, and Jezebel. She lives in Toronto.

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Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea. His mindfulness app, TakeOff, is already the hottest thing in tech and he's about to launch a new and improved version that promises to bring investors running and may turn his brainchild into a $1 billion dollar business--in startup parlance, an elusive unicorn.

Katya Pasternack is hungry for a scoop that will drive traffic. An ambitious young journalist at a gossipy tech blog, Katya knows that she needs more than another PR friendly puff piece to make her the go-to byline for industry news.
Sabrina Choe Blum just wants to stay afloat. The exhausted mother of two and failed creative writer is trying to escape from her credit card debt and an inattentive husband-who also happens to be Katya's boss-as she rejoins a work force that has gotten younger, hipper, and much more computer literate since she's been away.

Before the ink on Mack's latest round of funding is dry, an errant text message hints that he may be working a bit too closely for comfort with a young social media manager in his office. When Mack's bad behavior collides with Katya's search for a salacious post, Sabrina gets caught in the middle as TakeOff goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As the fallout from Mack's scandal engulfs the lower Manhattan office building where all three work, it's up to Katya and Sabrina to write the story the men in their lives would prefer remain untold.

An assured, observant debut from the veteran online journalist Doree Shafrir, Startup is a sharp, hugely entertaining story of youth, ambition, love, money and technology's inability to hack human nature.

Doree Shafrir is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News and has written for New York Magazine, Slate, The Awl, Rolling Stone, Wired and other publications. A former resident of Brooklyn, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Matt Mira, a comedy writer and podcaster, and their dog Beau.

 

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ISBN: 9781250121028
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Published: Picador USA - May 2nd, 2017

One of NPR's Best Books of the Year

A DEBUT COLLECTION OF FIERCE, FUNNY ESSAYS ABOUT GROWING UP THE DAUGHTER OF INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN CULTURE, ADDRESSING SEXISM, STEREOTYPES, AND THE UNIVERSAL MISERIES OF LIFE


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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 25th, 2017


"A biting and astute debut novel with] many delights." --Lara Vapnyar, New York Times Book Review

Recommended as a book to read this month by BuzzFeed, Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Nylon, Town & Country and Lit Hub


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Sara Bendrick - Big Impact Landscaping (San Francisco)

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Transform your outdoor space on any budget with Big Impact Landscaping: 28 DIY Projects You Can Do on a Budget to Beautify and Add Value to Your Home, featuring step-by-step DIY projects and insider knowledge. Landscaping designer Sara Bendrick packs 10 years of experience into this beautiful how-to guide that will teach readers the best, most effective ways to elevate their yard and get the most out of it at every budget. Landscaping your yard can be complex and costly, but with Sara’s insider perspective, readers can make informed decisions on when to spend their time and money and where to save while maintaining a professional look for a lot less, plus the pride of building something amazing with their own hands. The book is sure to be a big hit with crafty men and women who love to get creative and make things themselves. Sara provides the information on materials and basic designs, then readers can follow the tutorials with step-by-step photos. For big impact projects that will make your yard feel like your outdoor home, readers can build their own feature fire place, reclaimed iron trellis, dry creek bed, natural stone fire pit, BBQ counter and more.

The book also features several easy projects for readers looking for even quicker options that give any outdoor space a beautiful, homey touch, such as a mosaic potting tabletop, simple vegetable bed, pebble mosaic carpet, decomposed granite path, patina framed wall piece or an easy bridge.

With more and more people starting to DIY their own home projects, this book is the ultimate inspiration and how-to guide for high quality results. Save money and give your yard a truly unique and beautiful renovation.

Sara Bendrick is a licensed landscape designer/contractor and host of the DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard! She has her own design and construction business, Sarita Landscape Design, based in San Diego, California. Sara has been featured in numerous magazines and media outlets and is a frequent guest speaker on home improvement shows, where she dishes out advice to DIYers and landscape enthusiasts alike. She is the cohost of an empowerment chat, #DIYCourage. Sara is currently filming a new pilot for the DIY Network.

 

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ISBN: 9781624143397
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Published: Page Street Publishing - March 14th, 2017

The Ultimate in Designer Landscaping Projects for Boosting Your Home's Value


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San Francisco Public Press - Wild West on the Waterfront (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join the San Francisco Public Press for a conversation about climate change and sea level rise at a launch party for Issue No. 21, featuring a special report about recent changes in state and local regulations for waterfront development. Officials and developers in San Francisco and other Bay Area cities are actively promoting large developments in zones that are likely to flood in coming decades, despite dire warnings from climate scientists. This investigation follows on a Public Press report from 2015 that identified more than two-dozen sites around the bay likely to be under water by 2100 according to consensus projections for sea level rise. Thanks to Book Passage for hosting this event at its Ferry Building location, which offers a perfect perspective on San Francisco's threatened waterfront and its uncertain future.

The San Francisco Public Press investigates social, economic and environmental problems, engaging the community in seeking solutions. Through our newspaper, website and audio platforms — and strategic partnerships with other nonprofit newsrooms — the Public Press produces award-winning, data-driven reports that help set the local news agenda. We are nonprofit, noncommercial and supported by local readers.

 

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Chris Haft - If These Walls Could Talk: San Francisco Giants (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

The San Francisco Giants are one of baseball's most storied franchises. Through the words of the players, via multiple interviews conducted with current and past Giants, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. In If These Walls Could Talk: San Francisco Giants: Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box, Chris Haft recounts stories from this decorated Giants dynasty, which earned World Series rings in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Giants fans will not want to be without this book.

Chris Haft has covered Major League baseball since 1991. He co-authored a book on the Giants' 2010 World Series title, This Is Our Time. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Haft graduated from Stanford University and has two daughters, Samantha and Stephanie. Mike Krukow is a seven-time Emmy-Award winning broadcaster and color commentator for the San Francisco Giants. He pitched for the Giants from 1983 to 1989. Brandon Crawford became the Giants' everyday shortstop in 2012. He won back-to-back Gold Glove awards for defensive excellence in 2015-16 and was named a Silver Slugger recipient as the National League's top offensive performer at his position in 2015.

 

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Published: Triumph Books (IL) - May 15th, 2017

The San Francisco Giants are one of baseball's most storied franchises. Through the words of the players, via multiple interviews conducted with current and past Giants, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. Haft recounts stories from this decorated Giants dynasty, which earned World Series rings in 2010, 2012, and 2014.


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Laurie R. King - Lockdown (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:30pm

A community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.

Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget.

A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school's reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day -- bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald's bright vision.

A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother's history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns. Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal. But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.

Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Lockdown charts compelling characters on a collision course -- a chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart.

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, Califia’s Daughters (written under the pen name Leigh Richards), and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.

 

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Published: Bantam - June 13th, 2017

A community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.


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Laura McBride - Round Midnight (San Francisco)

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, 'Round Midnight is the story of four women--one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness--whose lives change at the Midnight Room.

June Stein and her husband open the El Capitan casino in the 1950s, and rocket to success after hiring a charismatic black singer to anchor their nightclub. Their fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount. Honorata leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a Chicago businessman, then hits a jackpot at the Midnight Room when he takes her on a weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Engracia, a Mexican immigrant whose lucky find at the Midnight Room leads to heartbreak, becomes enmeshed in Honorata's secret when she opens her employer's door to that Chicago businessman--and his gun.

And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own mysterious past. A favor for Honorata takes her to the Midnight Room, where she hits a jackpot of another kind.
Mining the rich territory of motherhood and community, this is a story that mirrors the social transformation of our nation. Full of passion, heartbreak, heroism, longing, and suspense, it honors the reality of women's lives.

A graduate of Yale and a Yaddo fellow, Laura McBride is the author of We Are Called to Rise, which has been selected by more than a dozen community reads and FYE programs. She teaches at the College of Southern Nevada and lives in Las Vegas with her family.

 

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Published: Touchstone Books - May 2nd, 2017

From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

What is it about the Midnight Room?


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Eric Liu - You're More Powerful Than You Think (San Francisco)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. All the "givens" of civic life are no longer given. From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power. It is no longer the exclusive domain of CEOs, political elites, and insiders from either political party. And the question that today's rising citizens have to face is: Are you ready? Do you understand power? And if you want to make change in the world, do you know how?

The answers to all these questions are provided in Eric Liu's incisive book, You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen. In its pages, Liu lays out the elements and the strategies of citizen power, showing when to create a hashtag, when to call your Congressman, and when to take to the streets. (When you go, don't forget your camera.) Above all, Liu reminds us that *someone* always has power, which means if you're not participating, you're surrendering.

Published in the early days of a new presidency, this book is not just a manual for power but an inspiring call to action. As Liu shows, voting is just one way of inciting change. So is protesting. What happens after the election, and after the march through the streets, is the real test of whether we the people can truly be we the powerful.

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including A Chinaman's Chance, The Gardens of Democracy and The Accidental Asian. Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.

 

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ISBN: 9781610397070
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 28th, 2017

Is this the America you want? If not, here's how to claim the power to change your country.


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Terry McDermott - Off Speed (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception  traces the evolution of pitching and the pitcher's art of deception. Terry McDermott tells the fascinating story of baseball's 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch. Using the framework of a single game (nine chapters, nine innings, nine pitches), he explores the history of every type of pitch, combining the folk wisdom of the players with the enormous wealth of new data brought to the sport by the growing legion of statisticians who are transforming many of the sport's once sacred beliefs. As a lifelong baseball fan, McDermott approaches his subject with the love every fan brings to the park plus the expertise of a probing journalist, exploring with irrepressible enthusiasm and curiosity both the science and the romance of the game.

Terry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (coauthored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers Who They Were, Why They Did It.

 

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ISBN: 9780307379429
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 16th, 2017

Longlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

The lively and fascinating story of baseball's 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch


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