Class: Wendy Walsh - Advanced Italian Review

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 9:30am

5 Thursdays; June 29- July 27, 2017; 9:30am - 12pm • $195

Wendy Walsh has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from UCB. She has been teaching Italian language, literature, and cooking since 1979.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Liyana Silver - Feminine Genius (San Francisco)

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:30pm

“Women are like candle flames,” writes Liyana Silver. “We can be dazzling sources of light and fire. But most of us are dimmed down, stressed out, and burnt out. The woman who will help to light and heal our world does the radical act of turning her own inner flame back on.” Feminine Genius combines Liyana’s insightful prose with nitty-gritty practices to help us break free of the conditioned cages that keep us trapped and reclaim the sensuality, power, and wild intelligence hidden within.

There is a particular kind of insanity running rampant in the world that compels most women to stuff down, ignore, or hide parts of ourselves in order to be acceptable, attractive, or taken seriously.

Which doesn’t work. It actually ensures we remain unfulfilled, miserable, and at war with ourselves—and that is a war no woman can win.

So now comes the good news: There is a path to help you become the woman you are aching to become.

This path is unruly, messy, a wee bit naughty, and audaciously asks you trust the very parts of you that you previously warred against. While this path has no script, map, or blueprint, you’ll learn to use your sensuous, desirous, wildly feeling female body as a steadfast and trustworthy compass.

Liyana Silver is a coach, teacher, and speaker who helps women find the full expression of their feminine strength in work and life. Her offerings include the mentorship program Woman: The Embodiment Experience and The Inner Feminine Badass Bootcamp online course. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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ISBN: 9781622038299
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Published: Sounds True - June 2017

There is a particular kind of insanity running rampant in the world that compels most women to stuff down, ignore, or hide parts of ourselves in order to be acceptable, attractive, or taken seriously.

Which doesn't work. It actually ensures we remain unfulfilled, miserable, and at war with ourselves--and that is a war no woman can win.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Siobhan Fallon - The Confusion of Languages (Corte Madera)

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 7:00pm

I’ll just read a little bit, I tell myself. And really, why shouldn’t I?

Both Cassie Hugo and Margaret Brickshaw dutifully followed their soldier husbands to the US Embassy in Jordan, but that’s about all the women have in common. After two years, Cassie’s an expert on the rules of the Middle East. For newly arrived Margaret, the move is a chance to see the world and explore. Against the odds the two strike up a friendship, until their husbands deploy and Cassie senses her new friend pulling away.

So when a fender-bender supposedly sends Margaret to the local police station, Cassie remains alone in the Brickshaw apartment to watch over Margaret’s toddler son. But with Margaret missing for hours Cassie becomes bored and soon frustrated, tired of being left behind while Margaret adventures. Then she discovers her friend’s journal. Where could Margaret be? Could her diary reveal the secrets that have come between them?

Written with stunning prose and powerful emotional insight, here is a story of two unforgettable women and the choices each will make in friendship, in marriage, and in love. The Confusion of Languages offers a poignant glimpse into the private lives of husbands, wives, and American military families living overseas.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of The 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction winner You Know When the Men Are Gone. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Prairie Schooner, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, NPR’s The Morning Edition, and Military Spouse magazine. Siobhan and her family moved to Jordan in 2011, and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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ISBN: 9780399158926
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 27th, 2017

A searing debut novel from the award-winning author of You Know When the Men are Gone, about jealousy, the unpredictable path of friendship, and the secrets kept in marriage, all set within the U.S. expat community of the Middle East during the rise of the Arab Spring.

"A gripping, cleverly plotted novel with surprising bite." --Phil Klay

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Linda Joy Myers - Song of the Plains (Corte Madera)

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence is a weaving of family history that starts in the Oklahoma plains and spans over forty years as Myers combs through dusty archives, family stories, and genealogy online. She discovers the secrets that help to explain the fractures in her family, and the ways in which her mother and grandmother found a way not only to survive the great challenges of their eras but to thrive, despite mental illness and abuse. She discovers how decisions made long ago broke her family apart―and she makes it her life’s work to change her family story from one of abuse and loss to one of finding and creating a new story of hope, forgiveness, healing, and love.
Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards, and the winner of the BAIPA Gold Medal award. She’s the author of three books on memoir writing: The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, Journey of Memoir, and Becoming Whole. She’s a co-author with Brooke Warner of two books: Breaking Ground on Your Memoir and The Magic of Memoir. Myers writes for the Huffington Post and co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months with Brooke Warner. A therapist for thirty-eight years, Myers also speaks about memoir, healing, and the power of writing the truth.


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ISBN: 9781631522161
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Published: She Writes Press - June 20th, 2017

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Amy Ettinger - Sweet Spot (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Join Amy Ettinger for a Meet & Greet opportunity!

For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year—frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family.

Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream’s evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America’s early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what’s really behind America’s favorite frozen treats.

Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can’t get enough of—one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.

Amy Ettinger is an essayist, journalist and editor. She has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Salon, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband and daughter.

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ISBN: 9781101984192
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Published: Dutton Books - June 27th, 2017

A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Al Franken - Giant of the Senate (Corte Madera)

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Tickets: $31 (includes signed book)
Please note: This event will feature Senator Franken discussing his latest book. All ticket holders will receive a signed copy of the book. There will not be an opportunity to meet Senator Franken following his presentation.

From Senator Al Franken -- #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum -- comes Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.


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ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

#1 New York Times Bestseller

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Corte Madera, CA 94925