Tim Dorsey - Clownfish Blues (Corte Madera)

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

A (Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in Clownfish Blues, an insanely funny novel from the maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey.

If you’re loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own “episodes” of your favorite classic television show, Route 66! 

With Coleman riding shotgun, Serge is rolling down the highway of his dreams in a vintage silver convertible Corvette just like the snazzy car Martin Milner drove. It doesn’t matter that the actual Route 66 didn’t pass through Florida, for Serge discovers that a dozen episodes near the series’ end were filmed (really!) in his beloved home state. So for Serge and the always toked and stoked Coleman, the Sunshine State is all the road you need to get your kicks. 

But their adventure traveling the byways of the Sunshine State’s underbelly is about to take a detour. Someone is trying to tilt the odds in the state lottery amidst a conga line of huge jackpots spinning off more chaos than any hurricane season. With this much at stake, of course every shady character wants in. Crooked bodega owners, drug cartels laundering money through the lottery, and venture capitalists are all trying to game the system—and lining up to get their cut. They’re also gambling with their lives, because when Serge and Coleman get hip to this timely (and very lucrative) trip, there’s no telling whose number is up next. 

Throw in Brooke Campanella, Serge’s old flame, as well as the perpetually star-crossed Reevis, and it’s a sure bet that the ever lucky Serge will hit it big. Winning has never been this deadly—or this much fun!

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of nineteen novels: Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, Electric Barracuda, Gator A-Go-Go, Nuclear Jellyfish, Atomic Lobster, Hurricane Punch, The Big Bamboo, Torpedo Juice, Cadillac Beach, The Stingray Shuffle, Triggerfish Twist, Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Florida Roadkill. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062429223
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 24th, 2017

A (Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in this insanely funny novel from the maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey.

If you're loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own "episodes" of your favorite classic television show, Route 66


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Jeanne Foster - Writing Poetry (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., February 25, 2017 • 10:00am - 4:00pm • $130

The question is not “How to write” but “How to try to say what you really mean.”  In this course we will be writing and revising our own poems with an emphasis on saying “what you really mean.” There will be in-class exercises, time for writing in private, analysis of texts by established writers, and roundtable discussion of our own work in an honest and respectful atmosphere.  The focus is on enabling each of us to fulfill our unique potential for writing poetry.

Both new poets and those with prior experience are welcome. 

Please bring a copy of one of your poems to show to the group.

Jeanne Foster is Professor of Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College.  Her books include A Blessing of Safe Travel, A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry, Appetite: Food as Metaphor, and her most recent collection, Goodbye, Silver Sister.

 

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Margery McAleer - San Quentin Quail (Sausalito)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 1:00pm

The prison is a graveyard for the living, a place where tarnished egos and twisted minds congregate against their will and where anger is vented toward the guards and their families. My father had a job as a guard, later becoming the father of sports for San Quentin Prison. We had a home on the reservation across from the warden's mansion on the hill, and I attended the small school on the grounds where the warden's wife taught classes. The school janitor, an inmate ready for parole within a year, was always available to throw a ball or show us how to swing a bat. That's how the children of the guards grew up, liking and trusting the prisoners that walked freely through the prison grounds. It was a happy childhood, even though the school bus was occasionally late because of an execution.

San Quentin Quail: A Girl Behind Bars is a true experience of life on a prison reservation. This book is true California history, where guards and prisoners resided as one happy family--well, almost.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781945650192
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Published: Green Ivy - July 20th, 2016

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Sigrid Carter - Amazing Women (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 1:00pm

Sigrid Carter's life story, contained in Amazing Women: 4 German Girls, 25,000+ of Miles, 18 Months 0 Money, is worthy of becoming a movie. This was true before she even turned thirty. As an adventurous girl in her twenties, she and two girlfriends from Germany hitchhiked from Colorado to the Pacific coast of Mexico, where the trio took a canoe into the ocean, got lost, and found themselves surrounded by sharks just as bad weather set in. Somehow, they survived. The tide carried them to the shores of Peru, where they spent time living with Indians in the Amazon and working for biologists researching the rainforests, one of whom later became Carter's husband.

A Peruvian filmmaker did, in fact, turn the ordeal into a television movie, but Carter professes not to know the title or release date. She has no time for such things—she's too busy continuing to live a life most of us can only imagine.

It was her adventurous spirit that led Carter to set up her agency, Envoyé Travel, in 1971 in Lubbock, Texas, where her husband has established himself as an associate dean at Texas Tech University. Lest you think married life and operating a thirty-six-year-old business has tamed her, Carter kayaks every morning, and a few days after we spoke, she was on her way to a polar bear expedition in Churchill, Canada.

"Whatever you do in life is a big commitment, so it needs to be fun," says Carter, who's been to all seven continents. "I love this business. There is nothing more fun in life than talking about destinations."

And Carter has a lot of stories to tell—so much so that she landed the cover of Travel Agent in 1992 and in 1995 self-published a book, Travel Like a Millionaire Without Being One, which is being updated for a second printing.

Her zest for life is infectious. She personally runs select small group trips, leading people on a pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain, and taking others to the Arctic Circle to stay with Eskimos. Many of the local operators she uses have been discovered – and vetted – through her own travels.

"Wherever I go, I make friends," Carter says, who also works with such suppliers as Abercrombie & Kent, Butterfield & Robinson, and Clipper Adventures. "I went to India, and my goal was to experience yoga with the best teacher there. I checked the prices, and it was $850 a night! I thought, 'I'm not going to spend that kind of money.'"

She left for India and, on the way, met a yoga teacher who invited her to dinner. "It turned out that the family is the number-one yoga family in India—even the Clintons have studied with them," Carter shares. "They live very, very basic, but the simplicity of their lifestyle.

 

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$28.99
ISBN: 9781490773407
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Published: Trafford Publishing - July 22nd, 2016

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Alex George - Setting Free the Kites (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes Setting Free the Kites, the powerful story of the unintended consequences that friendship, hope, and obsession impose on two families in crisis.

Haverford, Maine, is a town that’s easily overlooked. So is Robert Carter, an eighth-grader in 1976 who’s a ready target for the class bully. That is, until the first day of school and a new kid appears: Nathan Tilly. Nathan is fearless, impetuous, and obsessed with kites and flying. As Robert and Nathan become friends, they’re drawn into each other’s families, where they witness unexpected tragedy and learn that all families can harbor secrets. When summer arrives, both boys work at the local amusement park owned by Robert’s family, and it’s there that Robert and Nathan begin to learn some harsh truths about family, desire and revenge. Honest and heartfelt, with echoes of novels by Wally Lamb and John Irving, Setting Free the Kites is both a poignant coming-of-age story and a moving family drama that explores the terrible costs of misplaced hope.

Alex George is an Englishman who lives, works, and writes in the middle of America. He studied law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris before moving to the United States. He lives in Missouri with his family.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399162107
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 21st, 2017

From the author of the "lyrical and compelling" (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship, loss, and hope.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

John Brooks - The Girl Behind the Door (Corte Madera)

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

Early one Tuesday morning John Brooks went to his teenage daughter's room to make sure she was getting up for school and found her room dark and neater than usual. Casey was gone but he found a note: "The car is parked at the Golden Gate Bridge. I'm sorry."

Several hours later a security video was found that showed Casey stepping off the bridge. Brooks spent months after Casey's suicide trying to understand what led his seventeen-year-old daughter to take her life. He examines Casey's journey from her abandonment at birth in Poland, to the orphanage where she lived for the first fourteen months of her life, to her adoption and life with John and his wife Erika in Northern California. He reads. He talks to Casey's friends, teachers, doctors, therapists, and other parents. He consults adoption experts, researchers, clinicians, attachment therapists, and social workers.

In The Girl Behind the Door: A Father's Quest to Understand His Daughter's Suicide, Brooks shares what he learned and asks, What did everyone miss? John's hope is that Casey's story, and what he discovered since her death, will help others. This important book is a wakeup call that parents, mental health professionals, and teens should read.

John Brooks, a former senior financial executive in the broadcast and media industry, has turned to writing, mental health activism, and volunteer work with teenagers in Marin County, California. He also maintains a blog at ParentingandAttachment.com, to share his experience and educate other adoptive families about parenting and therapy techniques unique to children with attachment issues. The Girl Behind the Door, winner of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Parenting Award for Parenting and Family issues, is his first book.

 

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ISBN: 9781501128363
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 7th, 2017

"A moving and riveting memoir about one family's love and tragedy...beautifully researched, and expressed" (Anne Lamott).
Early one Tuesday morning John Brooks went to his teenage daughter's room. Casey was gone, but she had left a note: The car is parked at the Golden Gate Bridge. I'm sorry. Within hours a security video showed Casey stepping off the bridge.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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