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Delia Ephron - Siracusa (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

Now in paperback, the electrifying novel -- described as a "suspenseful, thoroughly delicious tale" by People Magazine -- about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine--Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. She has written novels, including The Lion Is In and Hanging Up; humor books for all ages, including How to Eat Like a Child and Do I Have to Say Hello?; and nonfiction, most recently Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.). Her films include You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Her hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (co-written with Nora Ephron) ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world. She lives in New York City.

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212329
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Blue Rider Press - June 6th, 2017

A New York Times Bestseller
One of People Magazine's Top 10 Books of 2016
PW Best Book of 2016 (Fiction)


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Left Coast Writers®: Cheryl Krauter - Suriviving the Storm (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they've been touched by cancer. It doesn't tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel. Instead, it introduces a contemplative perspective and gives readers a pragmatic structure to help them tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helps them discover their authentic voice, giving them a way to speak in their own words. Workbook sections are the core of this book and offer a narrative structure created for patients, partners, families, and friends with an emphasis on the different needs and questions of each group.

This book focuses on the whole person, their potential, and their natural drive toward authenticity. A contemplative perspective emphasizes shared human needs such as love, belonging, and personal meaning, and expands beyond the learning-based behavioral and psychosocial resources that are currently available to cancer patients and their families. The book provides options that differ from the support group and medical models of treatment, opening up an alternative to the mode of managing or tolerating the issues of cancer into the realm of awareness, exploration, acceptance, and transformation. While it is tempting to find solutions and try to" there is much to be gained from learning how to live with uncertainty and from delving more deeply into the emotional residue of cancer.

Included are definitions of the different phases of cancer survivorship, material that gives survivors a viewpoint that normalizes the challenges they face, and current research and literature. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writings related to cancer are interspersed throughout the book to make it more personal.

Cheryl Krauter, MFT, is an existential humanistic psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in the field of depth psychology and human consciousness. She integrates her years of experience as a depth psychotherapist with her personal journey as a cancer survivor, working with clients in her private practice, presenting talks and workshops on living with the uncertainty of life-threatening illness, and guiding people in telling their cancer stories. She strongly believes that there is a need to bring attention to emotional healing in survivorship and is committed to making quality survivorship care accessible to all people who have suffered from cancer.

 

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780190636166
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 27th, 2017

Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they've been touched by cancer. It doesn't tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel.


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Melodie Winawer - The Scribe of Siena (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

“Winawer’s debut is a detailed historical novel, a multifaceted mystery, and a moving tale of improbable love…Winawer has created a prodigious, vibrant tale of past and present that transports readers and fills in the historical gaps. This is a marvelous work of research and invention” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Equal parts transporting love story and gripping historical conspiracy, debut author Melodie Winawer takes readers deep into medieval Italy, where the past and present blur and a twenty-first century woman will discover a plot to destroy Siena.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena’s very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman’s passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap—testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781501152252
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 16th, 2017

"Will remind historical fiction readers of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring...Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena" (Library Journal, starred review).


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Olivia Koski & Jana Grcevich - Vacation Guide to the Solar System (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Mt. Tam Astronomy

Imagine taking a hike along the windswept red plains of Mars to dig for signs of life, or touring one of Jupiter's sixty-four moons where you can photograph its swirling storms.  For a shorter trip on a tight budget, the Moon is quite majestic and very quiet if you can make it during the off-season.

With four-color illustrations and packed with real-world science, The Vacation Guide to the Solar System is the must-have planning guide for the curious space adventurer, covering all of the essentials for your next voyage, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive. Written by an astronomer who presents at the Hayden Planetarium and one of the creators of the Guerilla Science collective, this tongue-in-cheek reference guide is an imaginative exploration into the "What if" of space travel, sharing fascinating facts about space, the planets in our solar system, and even some moons!

Olivia Koski is Head of Operations at Guerilla Science. She was previously a senior producer at the Atavist Magazine, where she produced 30 interactive journalism stories, five of which were nominated for a National Magazine Award and one an Emmy. She has a master's in journalism from NYU and her writing has appeared in Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Scientific American.

Jana Grcevich, PHD, has worked as an astronomer and science educator at the American Museum of Natural History and hosts shows at the Hayden Planetarium. She received her undergraduate degrees in astronomy, physics, and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her doctorate in astronomy at Columbia University. She teaches astronomy to future high school Earth Science teachers as a part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at AMNH.

 

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780143129776
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017

Packed with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated guide to traveling in our solar system


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David Montgomery - Growing a Revolution (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

A MacArthur Fellow’s impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow, covering the soil, and diversifying crop rotations.

The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.

But there is reason for hope. David Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today.

Cutting through standard debates about conventional and organic farming, Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. Farmers he visited found it both possible and profitable to stop plowing up the soil and blanketing fields with chemicals. Montgomery finds that the combination of no-till planting, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations provides the essential recipe to rebuild soil organic matter. Farmers using these unconventional practices cultivate beneficial soil life, smother weeds, and suppress pests while relying on far less, if any, fertilizer and pesticides.

These practices are good for farmers and the environment. Using less fossil fuel and agrochemicals while maintaining crop yields helps farmers with their bottom line. Regenerative practices also translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions—and stash an impressive amount of carbon underground. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Montgomery lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all, cool the planet, and restore life to the land.

David Montgomery is the author of The Rocks Don't Lie and The Hidden Half of Nature and a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne Biklé, and Loki, their guide-dog dropout.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608328
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 9th, 2017

The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.


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Marin Poetry Center - Traveling Show

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host:
Robin Leslie Jacobson

Readers:
Calvin Ahlgren
Barbara Brooks
Laurel Feigenbaum
Marilyn King
Janis Seagrave
Elizabeth Weaver

The Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show brings together local poets (MPC members from all over the Bay Area) to read their own or others' work aloud. In groups of no more than five, these poets hold forth at coffee houses, bookstores, libraries, the occasional bar, and some civic sites. The shows are short (one hour and change), punchy, pithy, informal, and well attended.

The Marin Poetry Center is a local organization dedicated to the development and appreciation of poetry. It has a number of activities and programs; please visit its website at marinpoetrycenter.org.

 

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Class: Kate Rider - Intermediate Italian

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:30am

5 Wednesdays, June 14 - July 19 (No class June 28), 2017 • 9:30 - 11:30 am • $160

Kate Rider studied Italian at Stanford, Middlebury College, and in Florence and Genoa. She earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature at S.F. State, and teaches Italian at Dominican University. She loves to share her passion for Italian with her students! Classes are fun and relaxed, with a variety of activities and an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

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Class: Cathy Rath - Enhancing Your Craft (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

Thursday Jun. 15, 2017 • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm • $50

Starting out or nearing the end of your writing project? No worries, there’s always time to enhance your craft.  A well-written novel, short story or memoir entices us with creative characterization, consistent point of view, and memorable dialogue. Come and review the fundamentals in this interactive workshop, and then please return for the full journey in a four-week session offering.

Cathy Rath is currently a professor at SFSU and a professional writing coach.

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Kris Perry & Sandy Stier - Love on Trial: Our Supreme Court Fight for the Right to Marry (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm

Told in their own voice, this is the story of two women who took their struggle for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court -- and won.

Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are the lead plaintiffs in the team that sued the state of California to restore marriage equality. By 2008, when Californians voted in Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage, Kris and Sandy had been a couple raising their four sons for almost a decade.

Living in Berkeley, they were a modern family, but without the protections of legal marriage. In alternating voices, Love on Trial tells the story of each woman's journey from her 1960s all-American childhood to the US Supreme Court, sharing tales of growing up in rural America, coming out to bewildered parents, falling in love, and finally becoming a family. From wrangling teenagers and careers to hot flashes at the Supreme Court, this book provides an honest, amusing look at a family that landed in the middle of one of the most important civil rights battles of our era.

Kris Perry is the Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund. Sandy Stier is a Senior Advisor in the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families. They lived for many years in Berkeley, California; now they live in Washington, D.C.

 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781938901652
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Published: Roaring Forties Press - May 9th, 2017

Told in their own voice, this is the story of two women who took their struggle for marriage equality all the way to the Supreme Court--and won.


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Class: Kerrin Meis - Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Fridays: June 16 & 23, 2017 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $75

Preview of the groundbreaking exhibition opening at the Legion of Honor on June 24. The importance of the milliner, usually a woman, in the fashion capital of the world, Paris, from 1874 to 1914. We study the social and economic ambience surrounding this phenomenon while being captivated by the colors, materials and innovation of these high fashion arbiters and the artists who celebrated them: Degas, Renoir, Manet, Cassatt and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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