Corte Madera Events

Jeffrey Siger - Aegean April (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

The beautiful Greek island of Lesvos, birthplace of the poet Sappho, and for centuries an agrarian paradise famed for anise-flavored ouzo and tasty sardines, sees its serenity turn into chaos as the world watches boatloads of refugees daily flee onto its shores from Turkey across the narrow Mytilini Strait.

Mihalis Volandes is one of Lesvos' elite, the patriarch of a storied shipping clan. He's weathered many changes in his long life, and when a government policy accelerates the surge of refugees onto his island, he rises to prominence in relief efforts he sees as growing increasingly ineffectual.

One evening, after working to stir up support for his breakthrough plan to strike at the heart of the lucrative refugee trafficking trade, he returns to his mansion in darkness - only to fall victim in his own garden to a swishing sword.

A refugee-turned-local-aid-worker is found at the scene, splattered with Volandes' blood, and swiftly arrested by island police. Case closed - or would be, if young Ali Sera were not working with SafePassage, an NGO (non-government organization), headed on Lesvos by American Dana McLaughlin. McLaughlin is having none of Ali's arrest. Within hours the phone rings in the Athens office of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, and she's requesting that Kaldis take over the investigation.

Volandes was a prominent citizen and the crime particularly gruesome. Could it be terrorism or something else? But whether Ali is guilty or framed, Andreas can't ignore a powerful motive for the murder. Volandes' daring plan, if implemented, would soon shut down the cash-generating refugee-trafficking pipeline between Turkey and Lesvos.

And so, we're off on a nail-biting ride with Kaldis and his team through Byzantine island politics, deteriorating diplomatic relations, and a world on fire with intrigues and more brutal deaths.

Aegean April once again links modern Greece to its ancient past, the powerful grip of myths upon its people, and cutting edge issues of societal change affecting our world at large.

Jeffrey Siger is an American author living half of each year for the past dozen years on the Aegean Greek island of Mykonos, where he writes a best-selling series of mystery thrillers exploring serious societal issues confronting modern day Greece.

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Sam Graham-Felsen - Green (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Boston, 1992. David Greenfeld is one of the few white kids at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School. Everybody clowns him, girls ignore him, and his hippie parents won't even buy him a pair of Nikes, let alone transfer him to a private school. Unless he tests into the city's best public high school--which, if practice tests are any indication, isn't likely--he'll be friendless for the foreseeable future.

Nobody's more surprised than Dave when Marlon Wellings sticks up for him in the school cafeteria. Mar's a loner from the public housing project on the corner of Dave's own gentrifying block, and he confounds Dave's assumptions about black culture: He's nerdy and neurotic, a Celtics obsessive whose favorite player is the gawky, white Larry Bird. Before long, Mar's coming over to Dave's house every afternoon to watch vintage basketball tapes and plot their hustle to Harvard. But as Dave welcomes his new best friend into his world, he realizes how little he knows about Mar's. Cracks gradually form in their relationship, and Dave starts to become aware of the breaks he's been given--and that Mar has not.

Infectiously funny about the highs and lows of adolescence, and sharply honest in the face of injustice, Sam Graham-Felsen's debut Green is a wildly original take on the struggle to rise in America.

Green Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399591143
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - January 2nd, 2018

A coming-of-age novel about race, privilege, and the struggle to rise in America, written by a former Obama campaign staffer and propelled by an exuberant, unforgettable narrator.


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Michelle Gale - Mindful Parenting in a Messy World (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World is a guidebook that teaches busy, stressed out parents how to become more present with themselves and with their children. Through Michelle Gale's engaging and often funny personal stories, parents discover practical ways to:

- Meet conflict with compassion and curiosity
- Recognize family as a catalyst for personal growth
- React less and connect more
- Grow their capacity for self-awareness, humor and love
- Find ease in the midst of family mayhem

“This is likely the most honest description of what genuine mindfulness means for our everyday lives that you will ever read,” says Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of the Oprah-acclaimed books The Conscious ParentOut of Control, and The Awakened Family. “This is the story of a mother who lays out her struggles as an individual, a wife, and a parent in a manner that causes us to laugh and cry with her—and simultaneously admire her—as she tells of her messy journey and shows us what it really means to be mindful.”

Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free MamaHands Free Life, and Only Love Today, says: “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World reveals how mindfulness can ground parents moment-to-moment, even amidst chaos, and find peace together and within."

Michelle Gale is a mindfulness educator, corporate trainer, executive coach, and podcast host. She is on a mission to support parents in staying meaningfully connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexity of contemporary life and work are accelerated. She works in schools, communities, and corporations teaching mindfulness and speaking to parents.

Michelle was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent most of her career working in high growth technology start-ups. In addition to her board work with the Holistic Life Foundation she is currently an advisor to the Mindful Schools, Wisdom 2.0 and Tilt365. Michelle is also a Strategic Partner with The Trium Group and WisdomLabs.

Michelle received her M.A in Psychology from Meridian University and her undergraduate degree from Florida State University where she studied Child Development. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, who are by far her greatest life teachers.

 

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World: Living with Presence and Parenting with Purpose Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781628654813
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Published: Motivational Press, Inc. - October 12th, 2017

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Ori Hofmekler - The 7 Principles of Stress (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Ori Hofmekler, acclaimed author of The Warrior Diet and one of the first proponents of intermittent fasting, challenges conventional wisdom about diet, fitness, and anti-aging with a new approach to health that uses stress to live longer, stay fit, and ward off fat. Supported by cutting-edge research, this book redefines the term "nutrition" as it reveals the stress-mimicking nutrients that yield the same benefits as fasting and exercising. At the core of The 7 Principles of Stress is the biology of stress and the way it affects key aspects of life from feeding and sexual behavior to mental and physical performance. Hofmekler demonstrates that that there is a thin line between beneficial stress and harmful stress, and shows how to put knowledge of the difference into powerful practice. His book is a call to action--a manifesto of living life to its utmost evolutionary potential, under stress, as nature intended.

Ori Hofmekler is the author of The Warrior Diet and the first to introduce the concept of intermittent fasting in practice. A native born Israeli, he graduated from the Bazalel Academy of Art and the Hebrew university where he earned a degree in Human Sciences. Hofmekler's formative military experience prompted a life interested in survival science and the biology of stress, all of which inspired him to pioneer a new area of research known as stress activated food (SAF). The SAF project was initiated in collaboration with a group of scientists and scholars to investigate the impact of nutrients in stressed food on the health and life-span of the consuming organisms. Hofmekler has been since working on new research projects which he believes can help utilize this data to further understand the dynamics of stress and improve life. Hofmekler's previous books include The Warrior Diet (2002, 2007), Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat (2003), The Anti-Estrogenic Diet (2006), and Unlock Your Muscle Gene (2011).

The 7 Principles of Stress: Extend Life, Stay Fit, and Ward Off Fat--What You Didn't Know about How Stress Can Reboot Your Mind, Energy, and Sex L Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781623171810
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Published: North Atlantic Books - November 7th, 2017

Ori Hofmekler, acclaimed author of The Warrior Diet and one of the first proponents of intermittent fasting, challenges conventional wisdom about diet, fitness, and anti-aging with a new approach to health that uses stress to live longer, stay fit, and ward off fat.


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Maia Duerr - Work That Matters (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

Create a career that is an expression of your life's core intention with a mindfulness-based journey to clarify your highest calling, create a vision for meaningful vocation, and enact practical steps to make that vision a vivid reality.

So many of us feel trapped in wage slavery and deadened to our true talents and life's purpose. Or we've wandered through dozens of jobs and are left feeling adrift and without meaning in our lives. Livelihood is a source of great suffering for way too many.

From disenchanted alfalfa sprout packer to bombastic Buddhist Chaplain, author, and longtime meditator, Maia Duerr wandered through dozens of jobs before she was able to examine the emotional, psychological, and cultural barriers to creating work that expressed her life's core intention, what she calls "liberation-based livelihood."

Work is one of the primary vehicles for expressing our deepest selves. In Work That Matters, Duerr takes readers through a careful and comprehensive process that can lead to new insights, breakthroughs, and positive reformulation of their careers. Mindfulness practice is an invaluable tool in the process of gaining new perspective. This book gives you the tools to create joyful work that embodies love and compassion--for yourself, and for the whole world.

Maia Duerr has been passionate about pursuing the question, "How can I create right livelihood?" She has served as Research Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and Director of the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program--among many other jobs, ranging from alfalfa sprout packer to anthropologist to Buddhist chaplain--to finally realize what she calls "Liberation-Based Livelihood." She defines this as livelihood that is an expression of your life's Core Intention. Duerr has an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She blogs at The Liberated Life Project.

Work That Matters: Create a Livelihood That Reflects Your Core Intention Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781941529683
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Parallax Press - December 26th, 2017

Create a career that is an expression of your life's core intention with a mindfulness-based journey to clarify your highest calling, create a vision for meaningful vocation, and enact practical steps to make that vision a vivid reality.


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Special Children's Event: Ian Lendler - Little Sid (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2:00pm

Featuring special guest, Spirit Rock family-meditation expert, Dawn Scott.

In this charming and accessible picture book, Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma offer a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha.

A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn't be given---happiness.

Join Little Sid as he sets off on a journey of discovery and encounters mysterious wise-folk, terrifying tigers, and one very annoying mouse.

With Lendler's delightful prose and Bouma's lyrical artwork, Little Sid weaves traditional Buddhist fables into a classic new tale of mindfulness, the meaning of life, and an awakening that is as profound today as it was 2,500 years ago.

Ian Lendler is the author of the acclaimed Stratford Zoo graphic novel series and the picture books, Undone Fairy Tale, Saturday, and One Day A Dot. He is at one with the universe, but only when eating pizza. He lives near San Francisco, CA.
 

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By Ian Lendler, Xanthe Bouma (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726369
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Published: First Second - January 23rd, 2018

In this charming and accessible picture book, Ian Lendler and Xanthe Bouma offer a heart-warming account of the childhood of the Buddha.

A spoiled young prince, Siddhartha got everything he ever asked for, until he asked for what couldn't be given---happiness.


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Special Event - Mock Caldecott 2018 (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

Tickets: $20 per person

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FOR GROWN UPS

What is a Mock Caldecott?

The Caldecott Medal is the most important award given to illustrated children’s books, and is awarded each year by the American Library Association. This afternoon of wine and discussion will cover the criteria by which the Caldecott committee judges books for this prestigious award, and offers a fun, hands-on experience as we discuss and vote on some of the year’s best illustrated books.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 15 PEOPLE (not counting your moderator)!

Attendees must complete the reading ahead of time.

Reading list:

(Click here for Caldecott Terms and Criteria)

  1. Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
  2. The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  3. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
  4. Muddy by Michael Mahin, illustrated by Evan Turk
  5. Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  6. Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Allen Say
  7. Spinning by Tillie Walden
  8. Why Am I Me by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
  9. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  10. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

 

Big Cat, Little Cat Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723719
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 14th, 2017

There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn't come back.


The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

Zoom meets Beautiful Oops in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration

One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake.
The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush.


Grand Canyon Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596439504
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 21st, 2017

Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.


Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters Cover Image
By Michael Mahin, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481443494
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2017
Parents' Choice Recommended

A picture book celebration of the indomitable Muddy Waters, a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll.


Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763680947
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

The instant New York Times bestseller

A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.


Silent Days, Silent Dreams Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780545927611
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 31st, 2017

James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read or use sign language.


Spinning Cover Image
By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626729407
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Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir Spinning captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.


Why Am I Me? Cover Image
By Paige Britt, Selina Alko (Illustrator), Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338053142
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 29th, 2017

Presented as a thoughtful, poetic exchange between two characters -- who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions -- this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we.


Wolf in the Snow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250076366
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 3rd, 2017

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.


The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

This is a story about a duck and mouse who get swallowed by a wolf, and then decide to live in his belly.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.


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Joan & Anne Watts - The Collected Letters of Alan Watts (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

Philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915–1973) popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings. The Collected Letters of Alan Watts reveals the remarkable arc of Watts’s colorful and controversial life, from his school days in England to his priesthood in the Anglican Church as chaplain of Northwestern University to his alternative lifestyle and experimentation with LSD in the heyday of the late sixties. His engaging letters cover a vast range of subject matter, with recipients ranging from High Church clergy to high priests of psychedelics, government officials, publishers, critics, family, and fans. They include C. G. Jung, Henry Miller, Gary Snyder, Aldous Huxley, Reinhold Niebuhr, Timothy Leary, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Watts’s letters were curated by two of his daughters, Joan Watts and Anne Watts, who have added rich, behind-the-scenes biographical commentary.

Joan Watts grew up in the United States and England, attending private schools, and then studied art at various institutions in the United States. She also studied sumi-e (Japanese ink
painting) for two years in Japan. Her art has won awards in juried shows and hangs in many private collections. In addition to her art career, she spent twenty-five years as a successful fund-raiser in the nonprofit world. Most of her life decisions have been influenced in one way or another by her father, Alan Watts.

Anne Watts’s philosophies were also strongly shaped by her experience as the daughter of Alan Watts. Anne is a certified hypnotherapist and an educator and counselor in the areas of human sexuality, sexual abuse, family stress, self-esteem, healing the inner child, and financial and aging issues. Since 1985, she has facilitated hundreds of workshops in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, England, and Germany with the Human Awareness Institute, work she is deeply passionate about. She lives in Santa Rosa, California, in a deeply loving relationship with her husband, Mark Kupke, who has been her partner since 1984.

The Collected Letters of Alan Watts Cover Image
By Alan Watts, Joan Watts (Editor), Anne Watts (Editor)
$32.50
ISBN: 9781608684151
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Published: New World Library - December 1st, 2017

Philosopher, author, and lecturer Alan Watts (1915-1973) popularized Zen Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies for the counterculture of the 1960s. Today, new generations are finding his writings and lectures online, while faithful followers worldwide continue to be enlightened by his teachings.


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Madisyn Taylor - Unmedicated (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 1:00pm

Moderated by Deborah Evans

The cofounder of the holistic lifestyle website DailyOM presents a gentle and accessible step-by-step guide to moving from excessive reliance on medications to fundamentally healing yourself through four pillars of natural wellness.

Madisyn Taylor was plagued by depression and anxiety, suffering from chronic physical problems that left her desperate for solutions. Spending decades searching for answers, she first turned to the medical community, which put her on a rollercoaster course of numerous doctors, tests, and an unhealthy reliance on medications that left her numb and lifeless.

With her happiness and future on the line, she then made the decision to become unmedicated, reaching out to the natural, holistic health realm. And after years of practice and research, Madisyn developed an integrative wellness program that put her back in the driver’s seat of her health, and ultimately, her life.

Unmedicated is her thoughtful account of how she broke free from binding mental chains and physical ailments to be happy, healthy, and productive; it is also a guide for you to apply her practical techniques to your own healing journey. Madisyn offers a daily program of easy-to-follow actions based on four pillars that will build a lifelong foundation for health: clear your mind; strengthen your body; nurture your spirit; and find your tribe.

Whether you want to be happy and stay happy, find relief from depression and anxiety, or heal and create a healthy change, Unmedicated is a gentle, compassionate, and achievable path that empowers you to take back your life and live fully.

Madisyn Taylor is the cofounder, editor-in-chief, and content curator of the popular inspirational website and daily email newsletter, DailyOM. A recognized leader in self-help and new thought spirituality, Madisyn has more than twenty-five years of experience in personal development and alternative healing methodologies. Madisyn has written articles and an online course for Oprah.com and other publications. She is an award winning and bestselling author of two previous books, creator of a line of meditation albums, and was featured in the documentary Sensitive: The Untold Story. Madisyn resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Debra Evans is a developmental book editor, writing coach and consultant possessing a unique depth of experience in the fields of non-fiction, self-help and transformational events. She has served as an editorial assistant to the late Debbie Ford and as the national director of conference programming for Whole Life Expos, where she worked with many of the giants of the personal development world, including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer, and others. She has worked on 19 books, including The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse by Debbie Ford, The Book of Doing and Being by Barnet Bain, and the forthcoming book by bestselling author Kristine Carlson, From Heartbreak to Wholeness: The Hero's Journey to Joy.

 

Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781582706573
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - January 23rd, 2018

The cofounder of the holistic lifestyle website DailyOM presents a gentle and accessible step-by-step guide to moving from excessive reliance on medications to fundamentally healing yourself through four pillars of natural wellness.


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Terence Clarke - New York (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

See the view from the High Line, find love in Central Park, dance with the finest ballerina of the century, and feel the artistic pulse of Williamsburg, Brooklyn…all in New York.

Terence Clarke is the director of publishing at Astor & Lenox. He is also a novelist, a short-story writer, a journalist, and a translator of literature from Spanish to English. Among his favorite authors, he mentions Jane Austen, Frank O'Connor, and Eduardo Galeano. His own novels include The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, My Father in the Night, The King of Rumah Nadai, and A Kiss for Señor Guevara. His short-story collections include The Day Nothing Happened, Little Bridget and the Flames of Hell, and New York

New York: Stories Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780986058271
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Published: Astor and Lenox LLC - November 1st, 2017

See the view from the High Line, find love in Central Park, dance with the finest ballerina of the century, and feel the artistic pulse of Williamsburg, Brooklyn...all in New York.

"Clarke's enjoyable collection captures an authentic charm....new takes on classic stories of New York by Salinger or Capote--fine company, all in all." -Kirkus Reviews


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