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Matthew James - Collecting Evolution (Sausalito)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

In 1905, eight men from the California Academy of Sciences set sail from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands, and by the time they were finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science. These scientists collected over 78,000 specimens during their time on the islands, validating the work of Charles Darwin and laying the groundwork for foundational evolution texts like Darwin's Finches. Despite its significance, almost nothing has been written on this voyage, lost amongst discussion of Darwin's trip on the Beagle and the writing of David Lack. 

In Collecting Evolution, author Matthew James finally tells the story of the 1905 Galapagos expedition. James follows these eight young men aboard the Academy to the Galapagos and back, and reveals the reasons behind the groundbreaking success they had. A current Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, James uses his access to unpublished writings and photographs to provide unprecedented insight into the expedition. We learn the voyagers' personal stories, and how, for all the scientific progress that was made, just as much intense personal drama unfolded on the trip. This book shares a watershed moment in scientific history, crossed with a maritime adventure. There are four tangential suicides and controversies over credit and fame. Collecting Evolution also explores the personal lives and scientific context that preceded this voyage, including what brought Darwin to the Galapagos on the Beagle voyage seventy years earlier. James discusses how these men thought of themselves as "collectors" before they thought of themselves as scientists, and the implications this had on their approach and their results. 

In the end, the voyage of the Academy proved to be crucial in the development of evolutionary science as we know it. It is the longest expedition in Galapagos history, and played a critical role in cementing Darwin's legacy. Collecting Evolution brings this extraordinary story of eight scientists and their journey to life.

Matthew James is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Sonoma State University. He has been writing about the Galapagos in historical, scientific, and research capacities for over thirty years.

Collecting Evolution: The Galapagos Expedition That Vindicated Darwin Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780199354597
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 7th, 2017

In 1905, eight men from the California Academy of Sciences set sail from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands, and by the time they were finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science.


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Ellen Petry Leanse - The Happiness Hack (Sausalito)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Are you feeling overwhelmed or disconnected from things that once mattered to you? As we rely more and more on technology, it's the devices meant to simplify our lives that often cause us the most stress. In this refreshing, practical book, you'll learn ways to reclaim some of the calm and focus that's slipping away from many of us. By reading The Happiness Hack, you'll gain new insights that bring you more connectedness, help you manage your tech habits, and give you new ways of increasing happiness—all by your own design.

Ellen Petry Leanse has worked for Apple and Google, and has consulted for more than forty technology companies. Today she coaches start-up teams, teaches at Stanford University, and writes on innovation, mindfulness, and product design.

The Happiness Hack: How to Take Charge of Your Brain and Program More Happiness Into Your Life Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492656913
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Published: Simple Truths - November 7th, 2017

For years, Ellen Leanse worked with the biggest technology titans that fight for our attention, including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft... programming habits that revolved around our devices. By mapping how the mind works, innovators like Ellen are able to ingrain habits for all of us, revolving around our technology.


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Jim Holden - It Happened in Marin (Sausalito)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

What makes Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape? In It Happened in Marin, author Jim Holden brings us a wealth of answers. With Jim we explore the enchanted wilds of Mt. Tam. We learn about the difficult birth of the Golden Gate Bridge and the pioneers who brought it into being. We hike the trails of a secret wildlife preserve that Jim calls “The Big Empty,” and we get an insider’s look into the controversies surrounding the county’s oyster beds, its tule elk, and even Marin’s esteemed Buck Trust.

The lifeblood of Jim’s stories is his rich cast of characters. Here we meet renowned national figures like Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and Kit Carson, we meet Marin’s own William Kent and William Coleman, and we meet the fascinating but little known trailblazer, Martha Buckelew, a frontier woman who left a profound mark on her male-dominated world. There is high drama here too: the now infamous shootout and hostage-taking at the Marin County courthouse by a group of inmates from San Quentin, with the alleged involvement of activist Angela Davis. And we confront a stunning chapter in Marin history: the campaign of violence and intimidation fostered by a bizarre cult that once ran rampant in West Marin. Yes, it all happened here in Marin, just beneath the façade of wealthy sophistication for which Marin is so well known across the whole of America.

With magnificent photography from Marin’s Brad Rippe, this is a book to savor and a must read for history buffs and for all of us who call Marin our home.

Jim Holden brings a distinguished background to these stories. A native of St. Louis, Jim came west and graduated from Stanford University. He then earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and practiced law for many years in San Francisco and Marin, mostly with Hanson Bridgett, LLP. For more than 45 years, Jim has lived in Marin County, hiking its trails, loving its spirit, and becoming an avid student of its unique history, culture and lore. Now retired, Jim and his wife Mary live in San Rafael.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780997640540
Availability: Backordered
Published: Val de Grace - October 31st, 2017

What makes California's Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape?


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Left Coast Writers® Salon: Albert Flynn DeSilver - Writing as a Path to Awakening (Sausalito)

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? "We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity," writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your own writing--so your words reveal layers of profound insight that inspire and move your readers.

Constructed as a year-long exploration with a new focus for each month and season, Writing as a Path to Awakening includes: 

- How to approach writing and reading with a greater level of presence and immersion
- Engaging curiosity, playfulness, and spontaneity to keep your regular practice fresh
- Meditating with poetry to deeply embody the power of language
- How you can spark your imagination by connecting to the groundless source of creation
- The meditative approach to storytelling--how not being trapped in your story liberates your capacity to create
- Editing, rewriting, and the path of spiritual transformation

"Writing and meditation practice are a powerful pair, a dynamic duo," Albert Flynn DeSilver teaches. "Together they nourish and push, trigger and define, inform and inspire, enable, and energize. To engage in both practices fully is to activate a more complete, creative, and spiritual self." With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a yearlong journey of growth and discovery--to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.

Albert Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, memoirist, novelist, speaker, and workshop leader. He has published several books of poetry and Beamish Boy, which Kirkus Reviews calls, "A beautifully written memoir of awakening and self-acceptance." He teaches at the Omega Institute, Esalen, Spirit Rock, and writing conferences nationally. He lives in northern California. 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781622039111
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Published: Sounds True - August 31st, 2017

The best writers say their work seems to come from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? "We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity," writes Albert Flynn DeSilver.


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Loraine Van Tuyl - Amazon Wisdom Keeper (Sausalito)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

With captivating lyricism, Amazon Wisdom Keeper transports us into the multicultural upbringing and transformation of Loraine Van Tuyl, a graduate psychology student and budding shamanic healer who's blindsided by startling visions, elusive drumming, and her inseverable mystical ties to the Amazon rainforest of her native Suriname. 

Is she in the wrong field, or did her childhood dreams, imaginary guides, and premonitions somehow prepare her for these challenges? Did Suriname's military coup and her family's uprooting move to the US rob her from all that she knew and loved at thirteen to help reveal her soul's purpose, or is she losing her mind by entertaining far-fetched questions and hunches that can't be answered or proven--like wondering if her perplexing life story is shedding light on the double-binds in her field on purpose, and suspecting that her soul's daunting blue print was plotted long before she was even born? Van Tuyl wrestles with these questions and more as she embarks upon her risky quest, enduring test upon test in search of her true self and calling while enrolled in a rigorous academic program that regards intuitive healing methods as unscientific--and even unethical.

Loraine Van Tuyl, PhD, CHT, holistic psychologist, shamanic healer, and Depth Hypnosis practitioner, is happiest when exploring how the natural world relates to our true nature in healing sessions, on the page, and in her journeys and dreams. She has guided visionaries, educators, holistic healers, artists, change-makers, and psychotherapists from the Native American Health Center, the UC Berkeley Counseling Center, the Space Clearing Society of the Sacred Stream, and at her private practice, the Sacred Healing Well. She is the author of Amazon Wisdom Keeper: A Psychologist’s Memoir of Spiritual Awakening, and is currently designing Awaken your Amazon Wisdom Goddess retreats for women who are ready to unbox, renature, and re-tree-t their denatured, fragmented selves (www.retreatsfornaturewisdomkeepers.com).

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523168
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Published: She Writes Press - October 24th, 2017

With captivating lyricism, Amazon Wisdom Keeper transports us into the multicultural upbringing and transformation of Loraine Van Tuyl, a graduate psychology student and budding shamanic healer who's blindsided by startling visions, elusive drumming, and her inseverable mystical ties to the Amazon rainforest of her native Suriname.


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Gayle Brandeis & Andrea Jarrell - The Art of Misdiagnosis & I'm the One Who Got Away (Sausalito)

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Gayle Brandeis’s mother disappeared just after Gayle gave birth to her youngest child. Several days later, her body was found: she had hanged herself in the utility closet of a Pasadena parking garage. In this searing, formally inventive memoir, Gayle describes the dissonance between being a new mother, a sweet-smelling infant at her chest, and a grieving daughter trying to piece together what happened, who her mother was, and all she had and hadn’t understood about her.

Around the time of her suicide, Gayle’s mother had been working on a documentary about the rare illnesses she thought ravaged her family: porphyria and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. In The Art of Misdiagnosis, taking its title from her mother’s documentary, Gayle braids together her own narration of the charged weeks surrounding her mother’s suicide, transcripts of her mother’s documentary, research into delusional and factitious disorders, and Gayle’s own experience with misdiagnosis and illness (both fabricated and real). Slowly and expertly, Gayle peels back the complicated layers of deception and complicity, of physical and mental illness in Gayle’s family, to show how she and her mother had misdiagnosed one another.

Gayle’s memoir is both a compelling search into the mystery of one’s own family and a life-affirming story of the relief discovered through breaking familial and personal silences. Written by a gifted stylist, this memoir delves into the tangled mysteries of disease, mental illness, and suicide and comes out the other side with grace.

Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement (judged by Toni Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, and contest founder Barbara Kingsolver), Self Storage, Delta Girls and My Life with the Lincolns, which received a Silver Nautilus Book Award and was chosen as a Read on Wisconsin pick, as well as a collection of poetry, The Selfless Bliss of the Body. Her essays, poems and short fiction have been widely published and have received numerous honors, including a Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, and a Notable mention in The Best American Essays 2016. She teaches in the low residency MFA programs at Antioch University, Los Angeles and Sierra Nevada College, where she was named Distinguished Visiting Professor/Writer in Residence. Gayle served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014 and was called a Writer Who Makes a Difference by The Writer Magazine

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As featured in the New York Times “Modern Love” column, listed as a Redbook Magazine must-read, and listed by The Rumpus, Hello Giggles, Bustle, and Southern Living as a "fall book pick."

Fugitives from a man as alluring as he is violent, Andrea Jarrell and her mother develop a powerful, unusual bond. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she’s put that chapter of her life behind her―until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees that it’s her mother’s choices she’s been trying to escape all along. Without preaching or prescribing, I’m the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of having the courage to become both safe enough and vulnerable enough to love and be loved.

Andrea Jarrell’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other popular and literary publications. She earned her BA in literature at Scripps College and her MFA in creative writing and literature at Bennington College. A Los Angeles native, she currently lives in suburban Washington, D.C. 

 

The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving My Mother's Suicide Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807044865
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Published: Beacon Press - November 14th, 2017

Award-winning novelist and poet Gayle Brandeis's wrenching memoir of her complicated family history and her mother's suicide


I'm the One Who Got Away: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522604
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Published: She Writes Press - September 5th, 2017

As featured in the New York Times "Modern Love" column * a Redbook Magazine must-read * Rumpus, Hello Giggles, Bustle, and Southern Living magazine Fall book pick Fugitives from a man as alluring as he is violent, Andrea Jarrell and her mother develop a powerful, unusual bond.


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Karen Page - Kitchen Creativity (Sausalito)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Beyond a cookbook, Kitchen Creativity is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes ) that will inspire you to think, improvise, and cook like the world's best chefs.

Great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Here Karen Page distills brilliant insights into creative processes from more than 100 top restaurant kitchens, including the Bazaar, Blue Hill, Daniel, Dirt Candy, Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad, Gramercy Tavern, the Inn at Little Washington, Le Bernardin, Oleana, Rustic Canyon, Saison, Single Thread, and Topolobampo. Based on four years of extensive research and dozens of in-depth interviews, Page illuminates the method (and occasional madness) of culinary invention.  The ultimate reference for culinary brainstorming, this new title will spur your creativity to new heights, both in the kitchen and beyond.

Author Karen Page and photographer Andrew Dornenburg have been described as "perhaps the most influential and important of all food writers working today" (KLAV Radio), having created "many definitive guides" (Wall Street Journal) and "some of the most important books on cooking" (Good Food, KCRW/NPR), "making their mark with books that bring us inside the craft and life of America's chefs and their restaurants" (The Splendid Table, NPR).Drawing on a shared passion for food, as well as previous careers as a creativity and strategy consultant to Fortune 500 companies (Page) and as a restaurant chef (Dornenburg), the duo's thought-provoking books are often fueled by creative pursuits outside the kitchen, from Harvard Business School's famed creativity course to a dance company's advisory board. Their books have been translated into multiple languages and received citations as sources of information and/or inspiration in numerous scholarly, fiction, nonfiction, and other creative works globally. Former Washington Post wine columnists who have run six marathons between them, the married couple lives in New York City.

 

Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius--With Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas from the World's Most Creative Chefs Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316267809
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 31st, 2017

"Utter genius... If Leonardo da Vinci wrote a book on culinary creativity in 2017, this would be it." - Michael Gelb, New York Times bestselling author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
Unlock your creative potential with the world's most imaginative chefs.


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Second Sunday Stories: Samantha Vamos - Alphabet Boats (Sausalito)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

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In Alphabet Boats, readers will set sail and learn the ABCs with a boat for each letter!

Discover twenty-six types of vessels, from the more common -- canoe and motorboat -- to the unusual -- umiak and Q-boat. Just like in Alphabet Trucks and Alphabet Trains, colorful art includes the letters of the alphabet hidden (and not-so-hidden) in supporting roles in the illustrations.

Samantha Vamos is a mom, wife, children’s book author, and former-practicing lawyer (in that order).  She is a first-generation American from a multicultural family, and she treasures her diverse heritage and background and someday hopes to write about it.  Prior to becoming published, she attended Georgetown University Law Center and practiced law in both Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. She wrote stories in her spare time and Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (Viking Children’s Books) was her first children’s picture book.  Samantha has lived on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in the Pacific Northwest, and now she, her husband, and her son live in the beautiful state of California. 

 

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By Samantha R. Vamos, Ryan O'Rourke (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781580897310
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - April 17th, 2018

Set sail and learn the ABCs with a boat for each letter


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Second Sunday Stories: Bethanie Murguia - The Too-Scary Story (Sausalito)

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

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In The Too-Scary Story, Grace wants Papa to tell her a scary bedtime story... but her little brother Walter doesn't want it to be TOO scary. So as Papa invents the story of two children out for a walk in the woods, Grace and Walter take turns correcting him. But when darkness falls, a shadow looms, and footsteps follow the children all the way home, will the siblings triumph over the too-scary story? 

Bethanie Murguia earned an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. She lives with her family and her forty pound lap dog, Thunder, in the San Francisco Bay area. She is the creator of numerous picture books, including Zoe Gets Ready and Cockatoo, Too.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780545732420
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 27th, 2017

Grace wants Papa to tell her a scary bedtime story... but her little brother Walter doesn't want it to be TOO scary So as Papa invents the story of two children out for a walk in the woods, Grace and Walter take turns correcting him. But when darkness falls, a shadow looms, and footsteps follow the children all the way home, will the siblings triumph over the too-scary story?


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Second Sunday Stories: Arree Chung - Ninja! Claus (Sausalito)

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

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After missing Santa in previous years, Maxwell is determined to catch Santa this year. Will Maxwell catch Santa or will he come up empty handed? 

Find out who is the ultimate ninja in Ninja Claus! -- the third installment of the Ninja! series. 

Arree Chung is the author of author and illustrator of Ninja! and Ninja! Attack of the Clan and the illustrator of Danger Gang. He's also the founder of Storyteller Academy, where he teaches his creative process in making stories.When he's not working on ideas for stories or businesses you can find him playing basketball or riding his bike around the San Francisco Bay area. 

 

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By Arree Chung, Arree Chung (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627795524
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 10th, 2017

A young ninja has waited all year for Christmas Eve. He puts his skills to the test in the pursuit of one goal--to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. But does Santa have some super-special ninja tricks of his own?


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