Barbara Bonner - Inspiring Courage (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

How can we manage to move forward in the face of hardship, when the odds aren't in our favor? Inspiring Courage offers us a beautiful companion to the challenges of daily life -- it is a book of inspiration and a resource for finding strength when the very notion of courage seems unfathomable. This collection of quotations, poetry, and uplifting accounts of ordinary acts of life-changing courage -- often in the face of fear -- are carefully selected to open us up to living life fully, from a place of strength and love.

In this book we are inspired to all kinds of courage: courage to live a human life, courage to face disaster, and courage to help an ailing world. Included are stories of ordinary people who have faced illness, loss, and discrimination, and taken on political challenges and the environmental crisis. Selected poems and quotations include figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Twain, the Buddha, Maya Angelou, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pema Chodron, Rumi, Wendell Berry, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many more.

Barbara Bonner started her professional life as an art historian, moving on to leadership positions in three New York City museums. She later served as Vice President of Bennington College and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she formerly served as board chair at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She now has her own consulting practice focused on helping non-profits transform their philanthropic support. Committed to a life in philanthropy, she has served on ten nonprofit boards and has started a fund to serve women with cancer in her region. A gardener, swimmer, avid reader and enthusiastic student of yoga, Eastern religions and contemplative practice, Barbara is the inordinately proud mother of an actor and an English professor and grandmother of magnificent Archer and Nate. Barbara lives in a converted barn in Housatonic, Massachusetts.


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ISBN: 9781614292616
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wisdom Publications - April 18th, 2017

Through a broad scope of quotations, poems, and true-life stories, Inspiring Courage offers inspiration to help us authentically live life to the fullest, even against all odds.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Diane Conway - Fearless Creating

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Sat., June 24 • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • $60

Fear can kill our ideas and stop us in our tracks. In the class you’ll summon the courage to slay the inner critic and outsmart procrastination and perfectionism.  You’ll get serious tips delivered with lighthearted laughter. 

Diane Conway, is a writing coach and Book Midwife, the author of three published books including What Would You Do If You Had No Fear? Living Your Dreams While Quakin’ in Your Boots (foreword by Anne Lamott).

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Patti Breitman - Even Vegans Die (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

Even Vegans Die is a compassionate and practical guide to care giving, inclusion and acceptance when we or others are ill or dying. It includes advice and information for ensuring that our loved ones, human and nonhuman, will be cared for as we wish when we are gone. Patti Breitman examines the false promise of eternal health when promoting a plant based diet, and the harm that does to ourselves and our community. This is a book for anyone who ever thought that their yoga, running, diet or healthy lifestyle choices guaranteed protection from disease and mortality. If you were ever embarrassed when you got sick, or didn't know what to say when someone else was sick, this book is for you.

Patti Breitman is a co-founder of Dharma Voices for Animals and the director of the Marin Vegetarian Education Group. In 2016 she was honored with the Lisa Shaprio Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes. Patti lives in Fairfax and considers herself the happiest vegan in town.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Admiral James Stavridis - Sea Power (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

From the time of the Greeks and the Persians, clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power.  To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this more than Admiral James Stavridis, one of the most decorated naval officers of our time. A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, he served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. In Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans, Stavridis takes us with him on a remarkable voyage of the world’s most important bodies of water. He shows us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has helped create the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow.  
This book is a marvelous naval history, giving us fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and Cold War submarine blind man’s bluff. It is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean and the South China Sea. Finally, Admiral Stavridis steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution.

Admiral Jim Stavridis, USN (Ret.) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who spent over 35 years on active service in the Navy. He commanded destroyers and a carrier strike group in combat and served for seven years as a four-star admiral, including nearly four years as the first Navy officer chosen as Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO. After retiring from the Navy he was named the dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2013. He has written articles on global security issues for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

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ISBN: 9780735220591
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Published: Penguin Press - June 6th, 2017

From one of the most admired admirals of his generation--and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO--comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world's most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Thomas Centolella - Almost Human (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Thomas Centolella’s new poems register attraction, delight, expectations fulfilled and foiled, and moments of great feeling cherished and/or lamented. Employing the vividness of narrative without yielding to its linear strictures and overly familiar tonalities, many of the first-person protagonists are mysterious figures at once engaging and idiosyncratic, even outright eccentric. Often betwixt and between, neither here nor there, they are uncertain of actually getting anywhere. Almost Human documents the restive life-force incarnated in an endangered species—our own—and charts the movement of the self between spirit and human, recalling the idea, attributed to Teilhard de Chardin, that we aren’t human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience.

Thomas Centolella is the author of four books of poetry. His awards include the American Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award, and publication in the National Poetry Series. He is also a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems have appeared widely in magazines, anthologies, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He has been a visiting writer at many colleges, universities and literary centers and has taught creative writing in the Bay Area for 30 years, notably at College of Marin and in private Marin workshops. 


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Sedaris - Theft By Finding (Corte Madera)

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 4:00pm

Tickets: $30.50 (includes signed book)

Please note that we are now sold out of seats for this event, and are no longer selling tickets for the book/seat combination to attend. We are now selling Standing Room Only tickets, and the event will be broadcast on our in-store monitors in the store and café. Patrons with Standing Room Only tickets will join the signing line after all seated patrons have lined up. David Sedaris will stay to sign every book for guests in attendance!

Introduction by Kelly Corrigan

It's no coincidence that the world's best writers tend to keep diaries. If you faithfully record your life in a journal, you're writing every day-and if you write every day, you become a better writer. David Sedaris has kept a diary for forty years. This means that if you've kept a diary for a year of your life or less, Sedaris is at least forty times better at writing than you are.

In his diaries, he's recorded everything that has captured his attention-overheard comments, salacious gossip, soap opera plot twists, secrets confided by total strangers. These observations are the source code for his finest work, and with them he has honed his self-deprecation and learned to craft his cunning, surprising sentences.

Now, for the first time, Sedaris shares his private writings with the world in Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. This is the first-person account of how a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job became one of the funniest people on the planet.

Most diaries - even the diaries of great writers - are impossibly dull, because they generally write about their emotions, or their dreams, or their interior life. Sedaris's diaries are unique because they face outward. He doesn't tell us his feelings about the world, he shows us the world instead, and in so doing he shows us something deeper about himself.

Written with a sharp eye and ear for the bizarre, the beautiful, and the uncomfortable, and with a generosity of spirit that even a misanthropic sense of humor can't fully disguise, Theft By Finding proves that Sedaris is one of our great modern observers. It's a potent reminder that there's no such thing as a boring day-when you're as perceptive and curious as Sedaris, adventure waits around every corner.

David Sedaris is the author of the books Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. He lives in England.


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ISBN: 9780316154727
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

One of the most anticipated books of 2017: Boston Globe, New York Times Book Review, New York's "Vulture," The Week, Bustle, BookRiot

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Corte Madera, CA 94925