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Part memoir, part travelogue, Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray ($14.95) is an unlikely declaration of love, as much to a place as to a state of mind, by the American-born son of German-speaking Jewish refugees. Peter Wortsman imagines the parallel celebratory haunting of two sets of ghosts, those of the exiled erstwhile owners, a Jewish banker and his family, and those of the Führer’s Minister of Finance and his entourage, who took over title, while in another villa across the lake another gaggle of ghosts is busy planning the Final Solution.Peter Wortsman writes short stories, plays, travelogues, essays and poetry, and also translates from the German, which he considers another form of border crossing. He is the author of A Modern Way to Die, a book of short fiction, and Burning Words, a play produced in 2006 at the Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton, Mass., and slated for production in Pforzheim, Germany, in 2014. His travel pieces have run in major American newspapers and been featured four years in a row in Travelers’ Tales’ The Best Travel Writing. A 2010 Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, he was the recipient of the Solas Awards’ 2012 Gold Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year.
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Author Pam Houston discusses her trio of recent releases with writer Joshua Mohr. The wanderlust memoir A Little More About Me ($14.95) follows Houston across five continents, from the Alaskan outback to the mountains of Bhutan. In the novel Contents May Have Shifted ($14.95), a woman stuck in a dead-end relationship leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds comfort a whirlwind trip around the globe. Eleven linked short stories featuring a photographer named Lucy O'Rourke make-up Houston's collection Waltzing the Cat ($14.95). Pam Houston's previous works include Cowboys Are My Weakness. Her stories have been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. She has been a contributing editor to Elle and Ski and writes regularly for Condé Nast Sports for Women.Joshua Mohr is the author of the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, Some Things That Meant the World to Me, and Termite Parade, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.
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Join us for the culminating event for One Book One Marin 2013. Marin County residents started reading and discussing the 2013 selection, Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars in January.In Conversation with KQED's Michael Krasny From getting tattoos to bungee jumping to eating maggoty cheese, humans undoubtedly do some strange things. But none of these activities comes close to the sheer weirdness of voluntarily - eagerly, in fact - confining oneself to a tiny room without a proper shower or toilet within a wasteland that lacks water, gravity, or oxygen for a month or even a year. Welcome to space. In Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void ($15.95), Mary Roach enters the final frontier - not the grand triumphs and tragedies that you see on TV but all the stuff in between - the small comedies, the odd experiments, and the everyday victories. Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.