Rabih Alameddine - The Angel of History

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

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Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Joyce Maynard - The Best of Us

George Omi - American Yellow

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ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

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Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval.

Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History follows Yemeni-born poet Jacob as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco at the height of AIDS. Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by 14 saints. Set in Cairo, and Beirut Sana'a, Stockholm, and San Francisco, Alameddine gives us a charged philosophical portrait of a brilliant mind in crisis. This is a profound, philosophical and hilariously winning story of the war between memory and oblivion we wrestle with every day of our lives.

Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels An Unnecessary WomanI, the Divine KoolaidsThe Hakawati. and the story collection, The Perv.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125767
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 4th, 2016

"There are many ways to break someone's heart, but Rabih Alameddine is one rare writer who not only breaks our hearts but gives every broken piece a new life."--Yiyun Li
Following the critical and commercial success of An Unnecessary Woman, Alameddine delivers a spectacular portrait of a man and an era of profound political and social upheaval.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
Kentfield, CA 94904

Dr. Patricia Frisch - Whole Therapist, Whole Patient (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

Integrating the work of Reich, Masterson, and Jung, Whole Therapist, Whole Patient is a step-by-step guidebook for professionals to learn about the psychology of their patients and conduct treatment in a dynamic way. This text combines Reich’s character analyses, Masterson’s work on personality disorders, and Jung’s dream analyses to create a clear typology of character types that therapists can use to understand themselves and their patients. Also included are case management techniques and guidance for working with difficult patients. In addition, readers can turn to the book’s online resources to access a downloadable patient package, case presentation guide, and psychological history form.

Patricia Frisch, PhD, MFT, is a licensed psychologist, as well as founder and executive director of the Orgonomic Institute of Northern California (OINC), where she mentors, supervises, and trains professionals in character analysis, somatic interventions, and diagnostic typologies. She authored a chapter in Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy (SAGE Publications, 2015). Dr. Frisch also maintains an active private practice in Mill Valley, California.

 

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$44.95
ISBN: 9781138562363
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Published: Routledge - February 1st, 2018

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Travis Nichols - Betty's Burgled Bakery (Corte Madera)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Event for Kids!

Join author Travis Nichols for a book talk and a drawing project for kids in attendance!

When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled But how? Something isn't quite right -- and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what Alliteration abounds in Betty's Burgled Bakery, a comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries. Perfect for lovers of wordplay and sweet treats, not to mention educators and librarians looking for an engaging story to teach alliteration, this multi-paneled early graphic novel is a raucous adventure. Detailed back matter discusses uses of alliteration and animal eating habits.

Travis Nichols writes books, draws, paints, and makes comics. He is the author of a number of award-winning books for young people, including the previous title featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, Fowl Play, a mystery told all in idioms. He lives in San Francisco, California.

 

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781452131832
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 7th, 2017

When the Gumshoe Zoo's alarm alerts them, they learn Betty's Bakery has been burgled But how? Something isn't quite right--and it's up to these determined detectives to figure out what Alliteration abounds in this comic book caper featuring the Gumshoe Zoo, a detective agency facing the craziest crime ever committed: pilfered pastries.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dr. Samuel Harrington - At Peace (Corte Madera)

Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 4:00pm

Most people say they would like to die quietly at home. But overly aggressive medical advice, coupled with an unrealistic sense of invincibility or overconfidence in our health-care system, results in the majority of elderly patients misguidedly dying in institutions. Many undergo painful procedures instead of having the better and more peaceful death they deserve.

At Peace outlines specific active and passive steps that older patients and their health-care proxies can take to ensure loved ones live their last days comfortably at home and/or in hospice when further aggressive care is inappropriate. Through Dr. Samuel Harrington's own experience with the aging and deaths of his parents and of working with patients, he describes the terminal patterns of the six most common chronic diseases; how to recognize a terminal diagnosis even when the doctor is not clear about it; how to have the hard conversation about end-of-life wishes; how to minimize painful treatments; when to seek hospice care; and how to deal with dementia and other special issues.

Informed by more than thirty years of clinical practice, Dr. Harrington came to understand that the American health-care system wasn't designed to treat the aging population with care and compassion. His work as a hospice trustee and later as a hospital trustee drove his passion for helping patients make appropriate end-of-life decisions.

Samuel Harrington, MD, an honors graduate of Harvard College and the University of Wisconsin Medical School, concentrated his clinical practice at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. There he served as a medical staff leader, a trustee, and as Sibley's representative to the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Board Committee. This work and his service on the board of trustees of a nonprofit hospice brought Dr. Harrington into the discussion of end-of-life medical care.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781478917410
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - February 6th, 2018

The authoritative, informative, and reassuring guide on end-of-life care for our aging population.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Walter Mosley - Down the River Unto the Sea (Corte Madera)

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Down the River Unto the Sea, Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.

A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of--and why.

Running in parallel with King's own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's, and King's own.

Walter Mosley is one of America's most celebrated and beloved writers. A Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, he has won numerous awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Award, a Grammy, a PEN USA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and several NAACP Image awards. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. His short fiction has appeared in a wide array of publications, including The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Playboy, and his nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and The Nation. He is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins series, including most recently Charcoal Joe. He lives in New York City.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316509640
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Published: Mulholland Books - February 20th, 2018

"Mosley writes with great power here about themes that have permeated his work: institutional racism, political corruption, and the ways that both of these issues affect not only society at large but also the inner lives of individual men and women." --Booklist (starred review)


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Zak Dychtwald - Young China (San Francisco)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

A close up look at the Chinese generation born after 1990 exploring through personal encounters how young Chinese feel about everything from money and sex, to their government, the West, and China's shifting role in the world--not to mention their love affair with food, karaoke, and travel. Set primarily in the Eastern 2nd tier city of Suzhou and the budding Western metropolis of Chengdu, the book charts the touchstone issues this young generation faces. From single-child pressure, to test taking madness and the frenzy to buy an apartment as a prerequisite to marriage, from one-night-stands to an evolving understanding of family, Young China offers a fascinating portrait of the generation who will define what it means to be Chinese in the modern era.

Zak Dychtwald was twenty when he first landed in China. He spent years deeply immersed in the culture, learning the language and hanging out with his peers, in apartment shares and hostels, on long train rides and over endless restaurant meals.

Zak Dychtwald moved to China after graduating from Columbia University and has since become fluent in Mandarin while developing an understanding of the inner workings of modern Chinese culture. He is head of the China practice for the Dilenschneider Group. He lives in New York City and travels frequently to China.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250078810
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 13th, 2018

The 24-year old author, who is fluent in Chinese, examines the future of China through the lens of the Jiu Ling Hou--the generation born after 1990.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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