One Book One Marin 2018: Arlie Russell Hochschild - Strangers in Their Own Land (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm


One Book One Marin 2018 Launch Event!

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

This book goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream—and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California.


Popular across the United States and throughout the world, One Book programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole city or county. The city, county and college libraries of Marin, and community partners Book Passage and the Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California collaborate to bring Marin County readers stimulating programming and events related to the book throughout a three-month period, February - April, each year. All events are free and open to the public.

The launch party at Book Passage kicks off the celebration and introduces the author and programming events that take place during the months of February, March and April. Most events take place at city and community libraries throughout Marin and are geared around themes of the novel. The One Book One Marin program will conclude with a special event on April 18 at Dominican University's Angelico Hall, featuring Arlie Russell Hoschild and KQED host Michael Krasny in conversation.


Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620972250
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - September 6th, 2016






One of "6 Books to Understand Trump's Win" according to the New York Times the day after the election

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Elizabeth Flock - The Heart is a Shifting Sea (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:00pm

In the vein of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, an intimate, deeply reported and revelatory examination of love, marriage, and the state of modern India—as witnessed through the lives of three very different couples in today’s Mumbai

In twenty-first-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class, and religion are influencing the nation’s development, so too are pop culture and technology—an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea introduces three couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by Maya’s desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child becomes entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, made possible by an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love. Though these three middle-class couples are at different stages in their lives and come from diverse religious backgrounds, their stories build on one another to present a layered, nuanced, and fascinating mosaic of the universal challenges, possibilities, and promise of matrimony in its present state.

Elizabeth Flock has observed the evolving state of India from inside Mumbai, its largest metropolis. She spent close to a decade getting to know these couples—listening to their stories and living in their homes, where she was privy to countless moments of marital joy, inevitable frustration, dramatic upheaval, and whispered confessions and secrets. The result is a phenomenal feat of reportage that is both an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition and an unforgettable look at the universal mysteries of love and marriage that connect us all.

The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062456489
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - February 6th, 2018

"Elizabeth Flock takes us on an intimate cruise on the shifting sea of the heart, in the best book set in Bombay that I've read in years. Flock's total access to her characters, and her highly sympathetic and nonjudgmental gaze, prove that love and literature know no borders.

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Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner - Modern Loss (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices, accompanied by gorgeous two-color illustrations and wry infographics.

At a time when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, where intimate posts about loss go viral and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends, it's clear we are navigating new terrain without a road map.

Let's face it: most of us have always had a difficult time talking about death and sharing our grief. We're awkward and uncertain; we avoid, ignore, or even deny feelings of sadness; we offer platitudes; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit.

Enter Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, who can help us do better. Each having lost parents as young adults, they co-founded Modern Loss, responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they offer the insights of the Modern Loss community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and--above all--empathize.

Soffer and Birkner, along with forty guest contributors including Lucy Kalanithi, singer Amanda Palmer, and CNN's Brian Stelter, reveal their own stories on a wide range of topics including triggers, sex, secrets, and inheritance. Accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and witty "how to" cartoons, each contribution provides a unique perspective on loss as well as a remarkable life-affirming message.

Brutally honest and inspiring, Modern Loss invites us to talk intimately and humorously about grief, helping us confront the humanity (and mortality) we all share. Beginners welcome.


Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062499189
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Wave - January 23rd, 2018

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices, accompanied by gorgeous two-color illustrations and wry infographics.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German for Travelers (Corte Madera)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Fridays; Mar. 2 - Apr. 27 (no class Mar. 30) • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

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Class: Kerrin Meis - Significant Others (Corte Madera)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 2, 9, and 16 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

A close look of the works and lives of artists who inspired each other  from Vasily Kandinsky and Gabriele Muenter to Julia Kleinhans Mathews and Arthur Mathews. Was their most brilliant work created while they were together or was parting company  an opportunity for growth?  We study Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Sonia Terk- Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington, and others all considered in the context of the artistic  milieu in which they worked.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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Class: Karen Benke - Creative Writing Adventure for Kids (Corte Madera)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30am

Saturday March 3 • 9:30 am - 12:30pm • $140

A Creative Writing Adventure for 4th/5th/6th graders who want to dive deep into playing with words on and off the page. We eavesdrop for dialog, swap images, tip words, mash-up stories, create envelopes, stash letters, hide poems, wander far into our dreaming-doodling imaginations, and replenish ourselves with snacks and laughs and new ways to surprise
ourselves with a pen + paper.  All materials included.  

**Writing Adventure limited to 20 young writers.**

Karen Benke is the author of three popular books that inspire a love of creative writing: Rip the Page! Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing…along with the forthcoming Rip ALL the Pages Journal. 

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