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Left Coast Writers®: Audrey Fielding - Salento by 5 (San Francisco)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Salento by 5: Friendship, Food, Music and Travel Within the Heel of Italy's Boot is a collection of richly woven stories, travel tips, drawings and recipes written about the Southern Italian area of Salento by five authors: three local Italians from Salento and two travelers from California. A friendship that begins in the Rome airport, migrates to Salento at the southern tip of Puglia (the heel of Italy’s boot), blossoms over food and wine (of course), and culminates in a narrative filled with nostalgic and personal recollections of Salento’s history, culture, and its unique people. The five authors are The Traveler; The Raconteur; The Sketcher; The Music Maker; and The Cook.

Audrey Fielding is The Traveler. She captures the enchantment of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, the whisper of wind in the olive groves and the tastes of earthy greens, ear-shaped pasta, and bowls of steaming mussels. As editor/writer Audrey was introduced to Italy on a teaching sabbatical in 1992. Serendipitous events brought her to Salento in 2003 and ever since, she has returned yearly to an apartment facing the sea.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780986439087
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Published: Gemelli Press LLC - August 15th, 2016

Salento by 5 is a collection of richly woven Italian stories, written by three local Italians and two American travelers.


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Claire McMillan - The Necklace (San Francisco)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Always the black sheep of the tight-knit Quincy clan, Nell is cautious when she's summoned to the elegantly shabby family manor after her great-aunt Loulou's death. A cold reception from the family grows chillier when they learn Loulou has left Nell a fantastically valuable heirloom: a stunningly ornate necklace from India that Nell finds stashed in the back of a dresser in a Crown Royal whiskey bag. As predatory relatives begin circling and art experts begin questioning the necklace's provenance, Nell turns to the only person she thinks she can trust--the attractive and ambitious estate lawyer who definitely is not part of the old-money crowd.

More than just a piece of jewelry, the necklace links Nell to a long-buried family secret. It began when Ambrose Quincy brought the necklace home from India in the 1920s as a dramatic gift for May, the woman he intended to marry. Upon his return, he discovered the May had married his brother Ethan, the "good" Quincy, devoted to their father. As a gesture of friendship, Ambrose gave May the necklace anyway--reigniting their passion and beginning a tense love triangle.

Crisp as a gin martini, fresh as a twist of lime, The Necklace is the intelligent, intoxicating story of long-simmering family resentments and a young woman who inherits a secret much more valuable than a legendary necklace.

Claire McMillan is also the author of Gilded Age, inspired by Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth. She grew up in Pasadena, California, and now lives on her husband’s family farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio, with their two children. She practiced law until 2003 and then received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501165047
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Published: Touchstone Books - July 4th, 2017

Two generations of Quincy women--a bewitching Jazz Age beauty and a young lawyer--bound by a spectacular and mysterious Indian necklace.


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Atticus - Love Her Wild (San Francisco)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the "#1 poet to follow" by Teen Vogue and "the world's most tattoo-able" poet by Galore magazine. In his first published collection, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer's night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind--and will awaken your sense of adventure.

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By Atticus
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501171239
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Published: Atria Books - July 11th, 2017

The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.


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Maryn McKenna - Big Chicken (San Francisco)

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Big Chicken, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity--and human health threat--uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters--for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it's raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today's mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why "wonder drugs" revolutionized the way the world eats--and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America's favorite foods--and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.

Maryn McKenna is an award-winning journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She writes for Wired, National Geographic, Scientific American, Slate, Nature, The Atlantic, the Guardian, National Geographic magazine's online science salon Phenomena, and others, and is a senior fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781426217661
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Published: National Geographic Society - September 12th, 2017

In this eye-opening expose, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity--and human health threat--uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.


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Chris Sorensen & John Adler - The Blue Apron Cookbook (Ferry Building)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

 

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The Joy of Cooking for a new generation: A collection of easy-to-make, delicious, and original recipes from the kitchens of Blue Apron—the beloved national meal-delivery service—featuring 165 step-by-step, technique-driven dishes that will transform novice cooks into confident home chefs and will excite experienced cooks too

Named for the uniform of apprentice chefs in professional kitchens, Blue Apron has made its mark from its exemplary meal-delivery service, but its true passion is culinary education—a value that infuses their commitment to providing healthy, sustainably sourced, seasonal foundations for creative cooking.

Now in The Blue Apron Cookbook, this trusted national brand steps into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere, taking its familiar step-by-step instructional style to a new level in a technique-driven cookbook intended to build confidence and expertise through meals that are as beautiful to look at as they are mouth-wateringly delicious to enjoy.

Organized around essential meals that explain both the “how” and the “why” of cooking techniques, The Blue Apron Cookbook excites, educates, and inspires. With the help of 800 stunning color photographs and unparalleled step-by-step instruction, amateur home cooks will grow into competent home chefs, perfecting and creating variations of classics ranging from roast chicken to risottos, pastas, soups, salads, and desserts. Each chapter starts with the basics and builds from there—as you cook through the recipes, even experienced cooks will appreciate the basics in a new way, learning how one dish or technique can be transformed into many others.

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$39.99
ISBN: 9780062562760
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Published: Harper Wave - October 24th, 2017

The Joy of Cooking for a new generation: A collection of easy-to-make, delicious, and original recipes from the kitchens of Blue Apron--the beloved national meal-delivery service--featuring 165 step-by-step, technique-driven dishes that will transform novice cooks into confident home chefs and will excite experienced cooks too.


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Beth Macy - Truevine (San Francisco)

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. 

Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? Truevine is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316337540
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.


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Kimberley Lovato - Unique Eats and Eateries of San Francisco (San Francisco)

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

In-conversation with Don George

When people talk about great food cities, San Francisco rises to the top of the list thanks to its 49-square-miles of mouthwatering ways to whet your appetite. Unique Eats & Eateries of San Francisco invites the city’s nearly 25 million annual visitors—and its food-obsessed residents—to discover the stories and histories that simmer behind some of San Francisco’s iconic dishes, historic restaurants, and artisanal shops. Want to taste the prize-winning pie of a 12-time World Pizza Champion? Eat your homework at cheese school? Attend a dinner party for 40? Food truck hop in a national park? Chow down on dumplings in the country’s oldest Chinatown? Or eat your first Hangtown Fry? Pull up a chair and crack open Unique Eats & Eateries of San Francisco. This tasty guide is seasoned with all you need for an unforgettable edible exploration of one of the world’s most food-savvy cities.

Kimberley Lovato is a freelance writer whose lifestyle and travel articles have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Delta Sky, American Way, Virtuoso Life, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Private Clubs, BBC Travel, travelandleisure.com, and in many more print and online publications. 

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$20.95
ISBN: 9781681061115
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Published: Reedy Press - October 1st, 2017

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Patricia Ravasio - The Girl from Spaceship Earth (San Francisco)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Partnership with Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Girl from Spaceship Earth: A True Story is the true story of a lifelong passion to live up to the practical utopian ideas of iconic American genius R. Buckminster Fuller. An honest tell-all memoir about climbing out of comfort zones and finding your own voice to make a difference in the world. It also gives readers a charming introduction to the once famous Bucky, the inventor of Synergetic Geometry and geodesic dome, and whose unswerving faith in humanity sweeps the author off her feet.

In 1982 Chicago, a mind-blowing two-day interview with the iconic futurist leads an overeager wannabe journalist to promise she’ll share his urgent messages with the world, in time to help humanity awaken in time. When Fuller’s dire predictions come true on 9/11 she must face up to her commitment, which morphs into a fiery passion when she makes unsettling discoveries about Bucky's archives at Stanford. Her outsized passions threaten her relationships and her sanity.

And yet she persists. 

Patricia Ravasio has won awards for her radio reporting, advertising copywriting, real estate sales, and community volunteerism. She wrote a long-running weekly column for her community newspaper and pens occasional guest opinion pieces for the Marin Independent Journal, but this is her first book, inspired by her 1982 interviews with iconic genius R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). Pat is the mother of three grown daughters and lives with her husband of thirty years in Corte Madera.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780999046302
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Published: Patricia Field Ravasio - September 12th, 2017

Cosmic Surfing with a Genius Called Bucky

This innovative debut memoir tells the remarkable true story of one girl's lifelong passion to live up to the practical utopian ideas of the iconic American genius Steve Jobs called the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century.


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Left Coast Writers®: Maxine Schur - Places in Times (San Francisco)

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

For years readers have delighted in Maxine Rose Schur's award-winning travel essays. Now, all the tales of her unusual honeymoon are gathered in one illustrated volume, Places in Time. Whether camping in the center of Paris, dangling off a Panamanian tramp steamer, or hitching across Australia, her tales are funny, exciting and tender. Maxine Rose Schur set out to see the world. With high spirits and little money, the author traveled not only far geographically, but emotionally, toward the hearts of others. She faced the violent grief of a Mexican sheriff, celebrated a wild elopement in Turkey and was initiated into a mysterious daily ritual with an Iranian forest ranger. Looking back, she tempers her youthful encounters with mid-life wisdom, capturing the spirit of all those she met, and evoking cherished places in time. If you're looking for travel writing that blends gentle insight with delicious surprise, fasten the seatbelt on your armchair and come along.

Maxine Rose Schur is an award-winning travel journalist and the author of several books for both children and adults. As the recipient of the Joan G. Sugarman Award given by the Washington Independent Writer’s Legal and Educational Fund, Ms Schur was the 1997 Baker-Nord Guest Lecturer on Writing in the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. In 2004, she was named the Dan Stone Memorial Children’s Book Author. Her evocative rendering of daily life in an Ethiopian village Day of Delight won the 1994 Parent's Choice Award and was read by Gregory Hines on National Public Radio and recorded on CD. 

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781592661039
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Published: Capra Press - December 10th, 2013

A fascinating account of a young woman's life as a trusting and adventurous traveler in the carefree days prior to 9/11. A thrilling read.


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David Friend - The Naughty Nineties (San Francisco)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

In-conversation with Nicole Daedone

The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido examines the scandal-strafed decade when our public and private lives began to blur due to the rise of the web, reality television, and the wholesale tabloidization of pop culture.

In this comprehensive and often hilarious time capsule, David Friend combines detailed reporting with first-person accounts from many of the decade's singular personalities, from Anita Hill to Monica Lewinsky, Lorena Bobbitt to Heidi Fleiss, Alan Cumming to Joan Rivers, Jesse Jackson to key members of the Clinton, Dole, and Bush teams.

This book also uncovers unsung sexual pioneers, from the enterprising sisters who dreamed up the Brazilian bikini wax to the scientists who, quite by accident, discovered Viagra.

David Friend, a Vanity Fair editor, curator, and Emmy-winning documentary producer, is the author of Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11.

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780446556293
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Published: Twelve - September 12th, 2017

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