Corte Madera Events

Marilyn Yalom - The Amorous Heart (Corte Madera)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 4:00pm

The symmetrical, exuberant heart is everywhere: it gives shape to candy, pendants, the frothy milk on top of a cappuccino, and much else. How can we explain the ubiquity of what might be the most recognizable symbol in the world?

In The Amorous Heart, Marilyn Yalom tracks the heart metaphor and heart iconography across two thousand years, through Christian theology, pagan love poetry, medieval painting, Shakespearean drama, Enlightenment science, and into the present. She argues that the symbol reveals a tension between love as romantic and sexual on the one hand, and as religious and spiritual on the other. Ultimately, the heart symbol is a guide to the astonishing variety of human affections, from the erotic to the chaste and from the unrequited to the conjugal.

Marilyn Yalom is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and the author of A History of the Wife, among other books. She lives in Palo Alto, CA, with her husband, Irvin.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780465094707
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Published: Basic Books - January 9th, 2018

An eminent scholar unearths the captivating history of the two-lobed heart symbol from scripture and tapestry to T-shirts and text messages, shedding light on how we have expressed love since antiquity


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Robert Crais - The Wanted (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

In The Wanted, when single-mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it’s because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she’s afraid he’s dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he’s been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole call in his friends Joe Pike. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won’t make any difference.

Robert Crais is the author of 20 previous novels, sixteen of them featuring private investigator Elvis Cole and his laconic ex-cop partner Joe Pike. Before writing his first novel, Crais spent several years writing scripts for such major television series as Hill Street Blues, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, Quincy, Baretta, and L.A. Law. He received an Emmy nomination for his work on Hill Street Blues, and one of his standalone novels, Hostage, was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. His novels have been translated into 42 languages and are bestsellers around the world. A native of Louisiana, he lives in Los Angeles.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399161506
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 26th, 2017

It seemed like a simple case--before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives in the new masterpiece of suspense from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.


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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.

 

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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).

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$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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Jasmin Darznick - Song of a Captive Bird (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Song of a Captive Bird, whether gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, or sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glace, Forugh Farrokzhad was always a rebel. Though Iran was Westernizing in the 1940s, during Forugh’s childhood, most of the country still believed that women were not to be heard from. Yet, at age eleven, young Forugh began writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father—and a passion for words lodged deeply within her. When she ended up in a suffocating marriage at sixteen, she ran away and fell into a passionate love affair which only increased her creative wingspan, leading her to seek freedom and independence.

Her poems were considered both scandalous and brilliant; Forugh was at once a national treasure and the devil too. She persevered, living by her own rules, at the cost of love, friendship, and eventually her own life, cut tragically short at the age of 32, amid the violent upheaval of the budding Iranian revolution.

In subsequent years, Forugh’s poetry was banned, the presses that printed her work burned to the ground, and citizens forced to hide away their treasured collections of her verses. To this day, Forugh Farrokhzad represents the birth of feminism in Iran, and Jasmin Darznik uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and ecstatic turmoil of this iconic woman’s story.

Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran and currently teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco. Her first book, The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life, was a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into eight languages, and published in thirteen countries. The memoir was a finalist for the Readers’ Choice Award from the Library of Virginia and short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Darznik’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. She has received awards and distinctions from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Zoetrope: All-Story, Iowa Review, Norman Mailer Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bennington Writing Seminars, and the Corporation of Yaddo. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399182310
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 13th, 2018

A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny

"Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal."--Forugh Farrokhzad


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John Heminway - In Full Flight (Corte Madera)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

A woman's quest for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II -- and a heroic career that hid a secret past.

Over the span of fifty years, Dr. Anne Spoerry, French by birth, treated hundreds of thousands of individuals across rural Kenya. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, Spoerry earned the cherished nickname "Mama Daktari"--"Mother Doctor"--from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive story of her life, her revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion and submission, during which she earned another nickname--this one sinister working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp. In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry's own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey through Africa and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.

John Heminway is an author and award-winning filmmaker who has produced and written more than 200 documentaries on subjects as varied as travel, brain science, evolution, and natural history. He has won two Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and a duPont-Columbia Award. Most recently, he is known for his exposés of the illicit ivory trade. In Full Flight is his sixth book. Heminway lives in Montana.

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ISBN: 9781524732974
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 13th, 2018

The remarkable story of one woman's search for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II--a life that sparked a heroic career, but also hid a secret past.


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