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Come join the California Writers Club and Michael David Lukas!Ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, Eleonora Cohen proves herself an extraordinarily gifted child—a prodigy—at a very young age. When she is eight years old, she stows away aboard a ship, following her carpet merchant father, Yakob, to the teeming and colorful imperial capital of Stamboul where a new life awaits her.In the narrow streets of this city at the crossroads of the world, intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. But it is only when she charms the eccentric Sultan Abdulhamid II—beleaguered by friend and foe as his unwieldy realm crumbles—that Eleonora will change the course of an empire. The Oracle of Stamboul ($13.99) is a marvelously evocative, magical historical novel that will transport readers to another time and place—romantic, exotic, yet remarkably similar to our own.Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright scholar in Turkey, a late-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv and a Rotary scholar in Tunisia. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, and his writing has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, National Geographic Traveler and the Georgia Review. Lukas lives in Oakland, California, less than a mile from where he was born. When he isn’t writing, he teaches creative writing to third- and fourth-graders. Visit him online at www.michaeldavidlukas.com. Suggested donations: $5 for California Writers Club Members, $10 for Non-Members A nonprofit 501c3 educational corporation, California Writers Club–Marin sponsors events that are open to the public. Learn more at http://www.cwcmarinwriters.com.
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Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober are professionals, wives, and mothers with five young children between them. They understand the challenges and rewards of two-career households. They also know that families thrive not in spite of working mothers but because of them. You can have a great career, a great marriage, and be a great mother. The key is tapping into your best resource and most powerful ally—the man you married.After interviewing hundreds of parents and employers, surveying more than a thousand working mothers, and combing through the latest government and social science research, the authors have discovered that kids, husbands, and wives all reap huge benefits when couples commit to share equally as breadwinners and caregivers. Mothers work without guilt, fathers bond with their kids, and children blossom with the attention of two involved parents. Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All ($18.95) presents real-world solutions for parents who want to get ahead in their careers and still get to their children’s soccer games.Sharon Meers leads strategy for Magento, eBay’s global e-commerce platform. Formerly, Meers was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years and was co-chair of the Women’s Network in the Investment Management Division. Joanna Strober is the Founder and CEO of an online company developing a platform and tools to help fight and prevent childhood obesity. Formerly, she was a direct venture capital investor and private equity investor for over 20 years. Sharon and Joanna both live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their husbands and children.