Jack Kornfield - No Time Like the Present (Corte Madera)

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Co-sponsored by Spirit Rock Meditation Center

In No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are, internationally beloved teacher of meditation and mindfulness Jack Kornfield reveals that you can be happy now, this minute, with the keys to inner freedom.

In his first major book in several years, the inspiring author of the classic A Path with Heart, Jack Kornfield, invites us into a new awareness. Through his signature warmhearted, poignant, often funny stories, with their Aha moments and O. Henry-like outcomes, Jack shows how we get stuck and how we can free ourselves, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances. Renowned for his mindfulness practices and meditations, Jack provides these keys for opening gateways to immediate shifts in perspective and clarity of vision, allowing us to see how to change course, take action, or—when we shouldn’t act—just relax and trust.

Each chapter presents a path to a different kind of freedom—freedom from fear, freedom to start over, to love, to be yourself, and to be happy—and guides you into an active process that engages your mind, heart, and spirit, awakens your spirit, and brings real joy, over and over again. Drawing from his own life as a son, brother, father, and partner, and on his forty years of face-to-face teaching of thousands of people across the country, Jack presents a stirring call to be here, in the power of the now, the present, as we work through life’s passages. His keys to life will help us find hope, clarity, relief from past disappointments and guilt, and the courage to go forward.

Jack Kornfield, PhD, is one of the best known, most respected meditation teachers in the world. A psychologist and founder of two of the largest Buddhist Centers and communities in America, he is one of the key teachers who introduced mindfulness to the West. His books are classics, selling well over a million copies, translated into twenty-one languages. Jack has taught at major universities and medical schools including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, and Berkeley, teaches weekly classes to 400 at Spirit Rock, and to large crowds nationwide at retreats, conferences, and events.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781451693690
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Published: Atria Books - May 16th, 2017

In this landmark work, internationally beloved teacher of meditation and mindfulness Jack Kornfield reveals that you can be happy now, this minute, with the keys to inner freedom.


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Jordan Reid and Erin Williams - The Big Fact Activity Book for Pregnant People (Corte Madera)

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join authors Jordan Reid and Erin Williams, in partnership with charity: water for a discussion focusing on motherhood, working moms, female entrepreneurship and the importance of clean, safe water for women around the world. Jordan and Erin are the authors of The Big Fat Activity Book for Pregnant People. Please consider donating to charity: water to contribute to the health and success of women and mothers in developing countries.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213685
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Published: Plume Books - April 25th, 2017

"Funny as hell."--Amy Morrison, founder of Pregnant Chicken

The ultimate must-have for any mom-to-be with a sense of humor: an irreverent, laugh-out-loud activity book filled with quizzes, mazes, fill-in-the-blanks, journaling pages, and hysterical musings on what pregnancy is really like.
Baby shower gifts don't get more perfect than this.


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Thais Derich - Second Chance (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

This book event supports three local causes: Homeless Prenatal, Bay Area Homebirth Collective, and the International Cesarean Awareness Network

Ways you can help?
Buy a second book and the author will deliver to your choice of one of these three causes: Homeless Prenatal, Bay Area Homebirth Collective, and the International Cesarean Awareness Network

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Traumatized by an unwanted cesarean, Thais Derich begins the long journey of learning to trust her instinct and building the courage to go against societal norms and give birth to her second child the way she always wanted to: naturally. 

On the joyful day of her son’s birth, Derich never questioned going to the hospital. A week later, she walked out physically, spiritually, and emotionally injured, and fully disabused of the idea that the medical field would ever put her best interests before protocol, money, and legal concerns. The next three years of her life were spent recovering from that day, and preparing herself to do things her way when she became pregnant again. And then she did get pregnant again—and that resolve was put to the test. A universal story about betrayal and trust and the roller coaster ride in between, Second Chance illuminates the many ways in which our healthcare system is broken when it comes to helping women give birth, and gives a voice to all the mothers who have walked away from their delivery experiences wondering what the hell just happened.

Thais Derich was born in Carmel, CA. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and lived for two years in Belgium and France studying French before returning to live in California. After starting her own software training business and traveling the US teaching software at Fortune-500 companies, she and her husband decided to start a family, and she left the business to stay home full-time. While at home, she started a successful food blog, sold her healthy granola bars at Rainbow Grocery, and wrote Second Chance. Derich is published at Salon, BlogHer, BabyCenter, Literary Mama, Wild Violet Literary Magazine, Forge Journal, SFGate, and the San Francisco Examiner.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522185
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Published: She Writes Press - May 9th, 2017

On the joyful day of her son's birth, Thais Derich never questioned going to the hospital. A week later, she walked out physically, spiritually, and emotionally injured, and fully disabused of the idea that the medical field would ever put her best interests before protocol, money, and legal concerns.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Samantha Walravens - Geek Girl Rising (San Francisco)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

Meet the women who aren’t asking permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. Geek Girl Rising invites women everywhere to join the digital revolution and create the future!  Join author and journalist Samantha Walravens for a lively conversation about "breaking the glass ceiling in tech," along with: 

  • Maci Peterson, Co-Founder and CEO, On Second Thought
  • Aparna Pujar, Founder and CEO, Enfavr 
  • Samara Trilling, Software engineer, Google

Wine and refreshments will be served!

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With exclusive access to some of the most intriguing female entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond, Geek Girl Rising takes you inside the lives of the women disrupting “business as usual” across the nation’s vibrant tech scene. With a nod to trailblazers like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens profile the next generation of women fighting at the grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that’s changing the way we live, work and connect to each other. These women are going for it– building tech start-ups, investing in each other’s ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes, creating networks of support and rallying their younger sisters.

Readers will meet Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. They’ll get a peek inside YouTube sensation Michelle Phan’s ipsy studios, where she is grooming the next generation of digital video stars while leading her own mega e-commerce beauty business. They will sit down with Tracy Chou, former lead software developer at Pinterest, whose public urging in late 2013 helped push Silicon Valley tech giants to reveal the tiny number of women in their ranks, propelling the “women in tech” conversation to front pages. They will tour the headquarters of The Muse, the hottest career site for millennials and meet its intrepid CEO, Kathryn Minshew, who stared down sexism while raising millions of dollars to fund the company she co-founded. And they will journey around the country to meet a new crop of female investors, including Theresia Gouw and Kathryn Finney, who are infusing women-led tech start-ups with much needed capital.

These women are the rebels proving that a female point of view not only matters in the age of technology, but can rock big returns on investment. At a time when women hold a quarter of computing jobs in the U.S. and make up a fraction of the entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, their stories show that in today’s fast-moving innovation economy, there is a place for anyone who has a big idea and the passion to build it.

Samantha Walravens is an award-winning journalist and editor of the New York Times-acclaimed book, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. She writes about women, career and work-life issues for publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Disney Interactive and Modern Mom and speaks to audiences nationwide on the topic of work-life success, including groups at Google, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, UBS, Northern Trust, the Society of Women Engineers and Princeton University. Samantha started her career as a technology reporter for PC World magazine in San Francisco, led marketing communications at Tumbleweed Software, and is currently uncovering the stories of women changing the face of technology for Geek Girl Rising. She is a member of Pipeline Angels, an angel network that invests in female-led companies, and serves on the Alumni Schools Committee for her alma mater, Princeton University.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250112262
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 23rd, 2017

Meet the women who haven t asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. They are going for it -- building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other's ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes and rallying the next generation of women in tech.


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Marcie Anderson - Are We There Yet? (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

Marcie Anderson discovered at a young age we are offered no clear direction to our desired destination. She teaches yoga as a soft and sometime hilarious segue into Eastern spirituality, and offers powerful practices to heal past, present, and future karma. Her debut book, Are We There Yet? is for readers ready to discover the gifts in the lessons they are given, and the path to the purpose of their life.

Marcie Anderson, a former competitive athlete and athletic model, is now an International teacher, healer and holds a PhD in Eastern Psychology after living, studying and practicing in India for more than 10 years. Marcie is a master in helping to bridge Western methods and practices with Eastern spiritual knowledge and soul healing techniques, mainly focusing on healing heartbreak in others. Marcie is the author of Meditation for Athletes, presented to each athlete at the London Summer Olympics. Marcie is a soul doctor and meditation specialist with over 15 years in practice.

 

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$11.99
ISBN: 9781504371520
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Published: Balboa Press - January 3rd, 2017

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Thomas E. Ricks - Churchill and Orwell (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike

Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930's -- Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War, and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time, Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century they would be considered two of the most important people in British history for having the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly, in words and in deeds, against the totalitarian threat from both the left and the right. In a crucial moment, they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. Together, to an extent not sufficiently appreciated, they kept the West's compass set toward freedom as its due north.

It's not easy to recall now how lonely a position both men once occupied. By the late 1930's, democracy was discredited in many circles, and authoritarian rulers were everywhere in the ascent. There were some who decried the scourge of communism, but saw in Hitler and Mussolini -men we could do business with, - if not in fact saviors. And there were others who saw the Nazi and fascist threat as malign, but tended to view communism as the path to salvation. Churchill and Orwell, on the other hand, had the foresight to see clearly that the issue was human freedom--that whatever its coloration, a government that denied its people basic freedoms was a totalitarian menace and had to be resisted.

In the end, Churchill and Orwell proved their age's necessary men. The glorious climax of Churchill and Orwell is the work they both did in the decade of the 1940's to triumph over freedom's enemies. And though Churchill played the larger role in the defeat of Hitler and the Axis, Orwell's reckoning with the menace of authoritarian rule in Animal Farm and 1984 would define the stakes of the Cold War for its 50-year course, and continues to give inspiration to fighters for freedom to this day. Taken together, in Thomas E. Ricks's masterful hands, their lives are a beautiful testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it can take to stay true to it, through thick and thin.

Thomas E. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its "Future of War" project. He was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the prizewinning blog The Best Defense. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, and the number one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

 

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594206139
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Published: Penguin Press - May 23rd, 2017

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike


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