Corte Madera Events

Mark Lukach - My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:00pm

A heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love.

Mark and Giulia's life together began as a storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe.

Eventually, Giulia fully recovered, and the couple had a son. But, soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended.

A story of the fragility of the mind, and the tenacity of the human spirit, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is, above all, a love story that raises profound questions: How do we care for the people we love? What and who do we live for? Breathtaking in its candor, radiant with compassion, and written with dazzling lyricism, Lukach's is an intensely personal odyssey through the harrowing years of his wife's mental illness, anchored by an abiding devotion to family that will affirm readers' faith in the power of love.

Mark Lukach is a teacher and freelance writer. His work has been published in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Pacific Standard, and WIRED, among others. He lives with his wife, Giulia, and their son, Jonas, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062422910
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Published: Harper Wave - May 2nd, 2017

A heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love.


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Judy Collins - Cravings (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

Tickets: $30 (includes signed copy of Cravings)

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.

Since childhood Judy Collins has had a tumultuous, fraught relationship with food. Her issues with overeating nearly claimed her career and her life. For decades she thought she simply lacked self-discipline. She tried nearly every diet plan that exists, often turning to alcohol to dull the pain of yet another failed attempt to control her seemingly insatiable cravings.

Today, Judy knows she suffers from an addiction to sugar and grains, flour and wheat. She adheres to a strict diet of unprocessed foods consumed in carefully measured portions. This solution has allowed her to maintain a healthy weight for years, to enjoy the glow of good health, and to attain peace of mind.

Alternating between chapters on her life and those of the many diet gurus she has encountered along the way (Atkins, Jean Nidetch of Weight Watchers, Andrew Weil, to name a few), Cravings is the culmination of Judy's genuine desire to share what she's learned -- so that no one else has navigate her heart-rending path to recovery.

Judy Collins has recorded more than fifty albums over her illustrious career. With several top-ten hits, Grammy nominations, and gold- and platinum-selling albums to her credit, she has also written several books and is a New York Times bestselling author.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780385541312
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Published: Nan A. Talese - February 28th, 2017

A no-holds-barred account of folk legend Judy Collins's harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating and of the journey that led her to a solution.


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Marianne Richmond - Bedtime Blessings (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

Bedtime Blessings offers a peaceful way to end the day with a special child, through this heartfelt prayer of gratitude and wish for God's blessings on others, too.

Created to help grow a joyful spirit of contentment in even the youngest child, this sweet blessing will guide them into dreamland with a heart full of thanks.

Beloved author and illustrator Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect with each other. She lives in the Minneapolis area.

 

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$4.99
ISBN: 9781492644958
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - January 2017

Dear God,
It's the end of the day
and time for my prayer
to say thanks for your blessings
and heavenly care
Bedtime Blessings offers a peaceful way to end the day with a special child, through this heartfelt prayer of gratitude and wish for God's blessings on others, too.


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Marissa Moss - Last Things (Corte Madera)

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

Last Things is the true and intensely personal story of how one woman coped with the devastating effects of a catastrophic illness in her family.

Using her trademark mix of words and pictures to sharp effect, Marissa Moss presents the story of how she, her husband, and her three young sons struggled to maintain their sense of selves and wholeness as a family and how they continued on with everyday life when the earth shifted beneath their feet.

After returning home from a year abroad, Marissa’s husband, Harvey, was diagnosed with ALS. The disease progressed quickly, and Marissa was soon consumed with caring for Harvey while trying to keep life as normal as possible for her young children. ALS stole the man who was her husband, the father of her children, and her best friend in less than 7 months.

This is not a story about the redemptive power of a terminal illness. It is a story of resilience—of how a family managed to survive a terrible loss and grow in spite of it. Although it’s a sad story, it’s powerfully told and ultimately uplifting as a guide to strength and perseverance, to staying connected to those who matter most in the midst of a bleak upheaval. If you’ve ever wondered how you would cope with a dire diagnosis, this book can provide a powerful example of what it feels like and how to come through the darkness into the light.

Marissa Moss has written more than seventy books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the "Amelia's Notebook" series (over 5 million sold), her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her picture book, Barbed Wire Baseball, won the California Book Award, Gold medal. Marissa is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children's publishing house.

 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781573246989
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Published: Conari Press - May 2017

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Robert Sapolsky - Behave (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

From the great neurobiologist and primatologist, a landmark, genre-defining examination of the decisive factors that dictate the boundaries of human behavior, both good and bad.

Why do we do the things we do?

Over a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky’s genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky’s storytelling concept is delightful but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: he starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person’s reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs, and then hops back in time from there, in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its genetic inheritance.

And so the first category of explanation is the neurobiological one. What goes on in a person’s brain a second before the behavior happens? Then he pulls out to a slightly larger field of vision, a little earlier in time: What sight, sound, or smell triggers the nervous system to produce that behavior? And then, what hormones act hours to days earlier to change how responsive that individual is to the stimuli which trigger the nervous system? By now, he has increased our field of vision so that we are thinking about neurobiology and the sensory world of our environment and endocrinology in trying to explain what happened.

Sapolsky keeps going—next to what features of the environment affected that person’s brain, and then back to the childhood of the individual, and then to their genetic makeup. Finally, he expands the view to encompass factors larger than that one individual. How culture has shaped that individual’s group, what ecological factors helped shape that culture, and on and on, back to evolutionary factors thousands and even millions of years old.

The result is one of the most dazzling tours de horizon of the science of human behavior ever attempted, a majestic synthesis that harvests cutting-edge research across a range of disciplines to provide a subtle and nuanced perspective on why we ultimately do the things we do…for good and for ill. Sapolsky builds on this understanding to wrestle with some of our deepest and thorniest questions relating to tribalism and xenophobia, hierarchy and competition, morality and free will, and war and peace. Wise, humane, often very funny, Behave is a towering achievement, powerfully humanizing, and downright heroic in its own right.

Robert M. Sapolsky is the author of several works of nonfiction, including A Primate’s Memoir, The Trouble with Testosterone, and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers. He is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. He lives in San Francisco.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781594205071
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Published: Penguin Press - May 2nd, 2017

Why do we do the things we do?


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José Gutiérrez & Dean Radar - An Evening of Poetry (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

A World Less Away is a honeycomb, blackbox, dream codex and memory palace. These poems traffic in the interstices of our lives where the quotidian is imbued with meaning and hums with metaphysical unrest. By turns existential, surreal and elegiac, the poems in this collection take swerves that are sure to transport the reader to the oneiric side of reality while never losing sight that "flesh was the first simile/we were given,/to feel, conjure,/never truly inhabit.

José Gutiérrez is a San Francisco-based poet. His work has appeared in Eratio, Scythe, Margie, Poemeleon, DMQ, Kestrel, Thrush Journal, Jetfuel, Caliban, Gnarled Oak and the anthologies Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent and is forthcoming in Metonym, Public Pool, eleveneleven and Xavier Review, among others. He works as an interpreter and translator in the medical and legal fields in the Bay Area.

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Wikipedia articles are never finalized. In Dean Rader's energized and inventive new book, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, the poet considers identity of self and society as a Wikipedia page -- sculpted and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and unseen forces. And, in the case of Rader, how identity can be affected by the likes of Paul Klee's paintings and the characters from the children's stories about Frog and Toad. Rader's cagey voice is full of humor and inquiry, warmly inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.

Born in Oklahoma, Dean Rader has published in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture. He is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco, and writes regularly on literature and politics for The San Francisco Chronicle.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781329841031
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Published: Lulu.com - February 23rd, 2016

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595080
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 21st, 2017

"By writing honestly about the difficulties of self-representation, Rader represents himself as a writer who cares deeply about his audience and his craft." --ZYZZYVA

"Rader's poetry asks how to be an artist in a nation founded on and still struggling with the demand for representation and what poetry as a medium means in an era of representational sprawl." --Jacket


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Emma Cline - The Girls (Corte Madera)

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged--a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Emma Cline's remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction.

Emma Cline was the winner of The Paris Review's Plimpton Prize in 2014. She is from California.

 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988024
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Published: Random House Trade - May 9th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong--this stunning first novel is perfect for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad.


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Class: Anne Lamott - On Writing

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

Sat., May 13 • 1:00 - 4:00 pm • $160

Join Anne Lamott, the bestselling author of Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, for an afternoon that includes an onstage interview, a lecture, and a Q&A session. Anne Lamott offers advice on the writing process, while also touching upon the experiences of the writer and the writing life. Writers working at all levels are encouraged to learn from one of the great writers of our time. Anne Lamott taught the first Book Passage writing class almost two decades ago. It’s a joy to welcome her back.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780385480017
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Published: Anchor Books - September 1995

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times
Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author:


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ISBN: 9781594486296
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014

Look out for Anne's next book, Hallelujah Anyway, coming April 2017.
New York Times
Bestseller
From the bestselling author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace.


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Susan C. Shea - Love & Death in Burgundy (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that's no easy task.

When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town's secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine's quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers' secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer.

From critically acclaimed author, Susan C. Shea, comes Love & Death in Burgundy, an atmospheric mystery filled with good Chablis, french cheese, and, of course, murder.

Susan C. Shea spent more than two decades as a non-profit executive before beginning her career as a mystery author. Susan is past-president of the northern California chapter of Sisters in Crime and secretary of the national SinC board, a member of MWA, and blogs on CriminalMinds. In addition to Love & Death in Burgundy, she is also the author of the Dani O'Rourke mystery series. Susan lives in Marin County, California and travels to France as often as she can.

 

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781250113009
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Published: Minotaur Books - May 2nd, 2017

After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little communityu. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that's no easy task.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder - Filling Her Shoes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family is a beautiful story of how a regular family formed in an irregular way. It is a collection ordinary and extraordinary moments—from the triumphs of her first parenting “wins” as the new mother figure in Max’s life to the tragedy of Betsy losing twins in the second trimester of pregnancy to the joy of welcoming their second son, Sam, into their family soon after.

Heartfelt and moving, Betsy Graziani Fasbinder's story proves that family roots can be formed and strengthened in shared experiences and emotions like triumph and disappointment, desire and discouragement, courage and fear. It is the story of how great love and great loss can live side by side and can ultimately create the richest family inheritance.

Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second wife when she married a widow with a young son. Their family fashioned itself with loss and love as their foundation, and with tenderness and commitment as their guides. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Fire & Water and the founder of The Morning Glory Project, which celebrates those who have not only survived tragic loss and trauma, but have turned their heartbreak into heroism and their history into inspiration. Betsy has been a licensed psychotherapist in California since 1992. She lives with her husband in their intermittently empty nest in Marin County, California.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521980
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Published: She Writes Press - May 9th, 2017

On the day that she decided to marry a widower also a long-time friend Betsy Graziani Fasbinder knew that she wasn t only gaining a husband, she was inheriting a son.


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