Jim Holden - It Happened in Marin (Sausalito)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

What makes Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape? In It Happened in Marin, author Jim Holden brings us a wealth of answers. With Jim we explore the enchanted wilds of Mt. Tam. We learn about the difficult birth of the Golden Gate Bridge and the pioneers who brought it into being. We hike the trails of a secret wildlife preserve that Jim calls “The Big Empty,” and we get an insider’s look into the controversies surrounding the county’s oyster beds, its tule elk, and even Marin’s esteemed Buck Trust.

The lifeblood of Jim’s stories is his rich cast of characters. Here we meet renowned national figures like Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and Kit Carson, we meet Marin’s own William Kent and William Coleman, and we meet the fascinating but little known trailblazer, Martha Buckelew, a frontier woman who left a profound mark on her male-dominated world. There is high drama here too: the now infamous shootout and hostage-taking at the Marin County courthouse by a group of inmates from San Quentin, with the alleged involvement of activist Angela Davis. And we confront a stunning chapter in Marin history: the campaign of violence and intimidation fostered by a bizarre cult that once ran rampant in West Marin. Yes, it all happened here in Marin, just beneath the façade of wealthy sophistication for which Marin is so well known across the whole of America.

With magnificent photography from Marin’s Brad Rippe, this is a book to savor and a must read for history buffs and for all of us who call Marin our home.

Jim Holden brings a distinguished background to these stories. A native of St. Louis, Jim came west and graduated from Stanford University. He then earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and practiced law for many years in San Francisco and Marin, mostly with Hanson Bridgett, LLP. For more than 45 years, Jim has lived in Marin County, hiking its trails, loving its spirit, and becoming an avid student of its unique history, culture and lore. Now retired, Jim and his wife Mary live in San Rafael.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780997640540
Availability: Backordered
Published: Val de Grace - October 31st, 2017

What makes California's Marin County such an enjoyable place to live and such a unique part of the American landscape?


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Irvin Ungar - Arthur Szyk (San Francisco)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art is an indispensable publication on the life and work of the great Polish-Jewish-American artist-activist Arthur Szyk. A master of miniature painting and calligraphy, Szyk (1894-1951) brought his unmistakable style to subjects as diverse as biblical stories, literary classics, and political cartoons. This powerful, striking book is one for all art enthusiasts and collectors, students of World War II and Holocaust history, and the art world in general, as well as a vital tool for educators.

Irvin Ungar, a former pulpit rabbi and antiquarian bookseller, has devoted the past quarter-century to scholarship on Arthur Szyk. He has curated and consulted for numerous Szyk exhibitions, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Deutsches Historisches Museum (Berlin), the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Library of Congress.

 

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By Irvin Ungar (Editor), Michael Berenbaum (Contribution by), Tom Freudenheim (Contribution by)
$54.95
ISBN: 9781911282082
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Giles - October 10th, 2017

This is an indispensable publication on the life and work of the great Polish-Jewish-American artist-activist Arthur Szyk. A master of miniature painting and calligraphy, Szyk (1894-1951) brought his unmistakable style to subjects as diverse as biblical stories, literary classics, and political cartoons.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

John Heminway - In Full Flight (Corte Madera)

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

A woman's quest for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II -- and a heroic career that hid a secret past.

Over the span of fifty years, Dr. Anne Spoerry, French by birth, treated hundreds of thousands of individuals across rural Kenya. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, Spoerry earned the cherished nickname "Mama Daktari"--"Mother Doctor"--from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive story of her life, her revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion and submission, during which she earned another nickname--this one sinister working as a "doctor" in a Nazi concentration camp. In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one's troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry's own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey through Africa and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.

John Heminway is an author and award-winning filmmaker who has produced and written more than 200 documentaries on subjects as varied as travel, brain science, evolution, and natural history. He has won two Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and a duPont-Columbia Award. Most recently, he is known for his exposés of the illicit ivory trade. In Full Flight is his sixth book. Heminway lives in Montana.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732974
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 13th, 2018

The remarkable story of one woman's search for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II--a life that sparked a heroic career, but also hid a secret past.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Leslie Keenan - You Can Complete That Book (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:00am

Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 • 10:00 am- 4:00 pm • $105

Have you started a book but haven't been able to finish it? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don't know how to stitch them together? Do you feel overwhelmed, blocked, or stuck? In You Can Complete That Book!, you will learn the reasons writers get stuck, and how to get back in the flow, write effortlessly, find solutions for structural issues, navigate the publication process and ultimately complete the book.

Writing challenges us to face our core issues. As a result we become experts at procrastination, perfectionism, or simply making sure we are always too busy to finish. Underneath all these defenses, there is gold: the nugget of pure creativity waiting to be expressed once you learn how to make room for it to be revealed.

Leslie Keenan is a writing coach, teacher and editor with 30 years' experience. She lives in Marin County, California with her daughter. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ying Compestine - The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:00am

Special Children's Event!

In The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes, Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China, and his three advisors take advantage of him by stealing his stores of rice, gold, and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. With the help of his tailors, he comes up with a clever idea to outsmart his devious advisors: He asks his tailors to make "magical" new clothes for him. Anyone who is honest, the young emperor explains, will see the clothes' true splendor, but anyone who is dishonest will see only burlap sacks. The emperor dons a burlap sack, and the ministers can't help but fall for his cunning trick.

Ying Chang Compestine grew up in Communist China and now lives in Lafayette, California. She is a popular author of children's books, cookbooks, and novels.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781419725425
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2017

Ming Da is only nine years old when he becomes the emperor of China, and his three advisors take advantage of him by stealing his stores of rice, gold, and precious stones. But Ming Da has a plan. With the help of his tailors, he comes up with a clever idea to outsmart his devious advisors: He asks his tailors to make "magical" new clothes for him.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Anna Raimondi - Conversations with Mary (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 4:00pm

Prominent spiritual counselor and medium Anna Raimondi channels the Virgin Mary in this insightful, prescriptive, and timely dialogue that not only acts as a guide to modern spirituality but celebrates the Mother Mary as a central figure for all people and religions across the globe.

For those who loved Conversations with God and Ask and It Is Given, Conversations with Mary is a prescriptive guide that unveils a modern Mary, one who encourages meditation and enlightenment, and whose teachings apply to us globally.

Anna Raimondi was five-years-old when she first channeled and received messages from Mary. She was in her backyard on Long Island, sitting in a small grotto where a statue of the Virgin Mary once stood. Immersed in "a feeling of pure and unadulterated peace," she heard a gentle yet strong voice say, "Anna, I'm here for you always. Always come to me." That was her first of many conversations with Mary.

Today, Anna is a psychologist, renowned medium, and spiritual counselor with a large following. Mary's conversations with her are simultaneously illuminating, inspiring, and provocative, and offer lessons in modern prayer while guiding readers back to the simple messages God gave us of love and peace.

 

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$22.00
ISBN: 9781501156359
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - October 17th, 2017

Prominent spiritual counselor and medium Anna Raimondi channels the Virgin Mary in this insightful, prescriptive, and timely dialogue that not only acts as a guide to modern spirituality but celebrates the Mother Mary as a central figure for all people and religions across the globe.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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