Julie Monson - Gardening on California's Coast (Corte Madera)

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

Profusely illustrated with photographs, Gardening on California’s Coast is both a practical guide and a beautiful addition to any gardener’s library. Julie Monson provides advice for novice and experienced gardeners who garden on California’s Coast and in inland areas with a similar climate. The nine chapters include advice on landscaping, garden design and garden practices, using the gardens of West Marin, San Francisco, Kyoto, and England as inspiration. Throughout, beautiful photographs illustrate the book’s practical ideas and suggestions for successful gardening. Her nine chapters cover landscaping with trees, shrubs, flowers, food and ground covers; pruning and maintenance; ending with a chapter on the positive links between gardening, gardens and health.

Julie Monson has had a lifelong interest in gardens and gardening. Yet, it wasn’t until she and her husband, Jim, retired to Point Reyes in 1998 that she became an avid student of horticulture and landscape design. She designed and nurtures her own garden, inspired by gardens they have visited in Kyoto, England and France. Her gardening and garden writing is informed by ten years as an active member of the Marin Master Gardeners Program.

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ISBN: 9780997916232
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Published: Maples and Moss - October 23rd, 2016

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Barbara McDonald - Slipsliding by the Bay (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

A zany glimpse of a small college at a crossroads that will transport the reader back to the seventies in the Bay Area, a time of upheaval and societal change. 

Perched on the edge of San Francisco, Lakeside College is experiencing an identity crisis. John Gudewill is recruited as president to save the college from possible closure—but he is flummoxed at every turn. The faculty, led by secretive English professor Eliot Blanc, is determined to unionize. The alumni want Lakeside to return to its former status as a women-only college. Meanwhile, Sister Magdalena, the college’s infamous artist, is waging war against corporate America through her art, and the students are engaging in their own warfare through sit-ins and protests. With the college besieged on all sides, what is its new president to do? A hilarious spoof of academic intrigue, Slipsliding by the Bay mirrors the societal turmoil and follies of the seventies.

Barbara McDonald has had poetry published in anthologies and magazines and spent several summers at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, where she worked on Slipsliding by the Bay. She held various positions at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco before it closed: adjunct faculty, director of institutional service, editor and writer, and alumni director. After being a stringer for local papers and managing editor of a magazine, she worked at Dominican University as director of facilities. North American Review commissioned her to write an article on Lone Mountain, its progression and demise.

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ISBN: 9781631522253
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Published: She Writes Press - July 18th, 2017

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She Writes Press - Mystery Author Panel (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 7:00pm

Bright Heroines in Dark Times
Six authors of mysteries involving courageous and tenacious heroines will examine the allure of mystery, crime, and suspense. Women write more than one half of all mysteries, are 68% of all mystery readers, and are especially drawn to female protagonists. Why are so many women drawn to the mystery genre, as readers and writers, and what makes a compelling heroine?

Join She Writes Press publisher, Brooke Warner, and authors Michelle Cox (A Ring of Truth), J. L. Doucette (Last Seen), Jennifer Dwight (The Tolling of Mercedes Bell), Judith Newton (Oink), Amy S. Peele (Cut), and Kate Jessica Raphael (Murder Under the Fig Tree) for a lively discussion of these questions and of their novels, which span a wide range of styles and subspecialties within the mystery genre. They will also share their journeys to publication.

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ISBN: 9781631522024
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Published: She Writes Press - May 23rd, 2017

Psychologist and police consultant Dr. Pepper Hunt, struggling to deal with the murder of her husband, leaves the private practice they shared and relocates to Wyoming. There, in the stark landscape of the high desert, there is nothing to remind her of everything she lost and left behind.

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ISBN: 9781631520709
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Published: She Writes Press - May 3rd, 2016

"Full of surprises with impressive twists..." --Suspense Magazine "The Tolling of Mercedes Bell is an unforgettable page-turner--a must read by all " --San Francisco Book Review Recently widowed and adapting to the challenges of single motherhood, Mercedes Bell is a paralegal at Crenshaw, Slayne & McDonough when she meets Jack Soutane, a dashing San Francisco lawyer

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ISBN: 9781631522123
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Published: She Writes Press - April 18th, 2017

Pigs, poisoned cornbread, a feminist network, and a university tainted by corporate values. First in the Emily Addams Food for Thought Series.
One of the 18 funniest books to come out this spring. MediaBookBub.Com
One of the five foodie novels to read this summer. Epicurious

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ISBN: 9781631521843
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Published: She Writes Press - April 11th, 2017

While the federal government is launching a national investigation on the -equity- of organ distribution, a female tech CEO flies across the country to get a liver transplant.

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ISBN: 9781631529603
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Published: She Writes Press - November 3rd, 2015

Winner IPPY Silver in Mystery and IndieFab Finalist in Mystery and Multicultural Fiction

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Andrea Lieberstein - Well Nourished (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

Learn how to nourish your mind, body, and spirit and have a mindful relationship to food.

Many people use food to nourish themselves when what they are really hungry for is other forms of nourishment. What if we were living a life where we felt well-nourished emotionally, intellectually, physically, psychologically, spiritually, socially, and creatively? What if we were mindfully present to receive, experience, plan for, and engage in nourishing activities, moments, and practices regularly that fed us on many levels. What if we were able to maintain an inner sense of balance and nourishment even when things are not perfectly in balance, and have the tools and practices to do so rather than turn to food at those times?

Well Nourished will show readers how to develop a mindful relationship to food and craft a well-nourished life with step-by-step examples, tools, and mindful practices that can be individualized to their unique needs.

Andrea Lieberstein, MPH, RDN, RYT, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, mindful eating and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor, and coach. Andrea was a leader in developing and implementing mindfulness and mind-body programs at Kaiser Permanente Northern California for over 20 years and is a contributing author to the chapter on meditation in The Stress Reduction and Relaxation Training Workbook.

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ISBN: 9781592337521
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Published: Fair Winds Press (MA) - July 15th, 2017

Learn how to nourish your mind, body, and spirit and have a mindful relationship to food.

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Terry Jastrow & Anne Archer - The Trial of Prisoner 043 (Corte Madera)

Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 4:00pm

On March 19, 2003, President George W. Bush ordered the launch of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following the Commander in Chief’s directive, an assault force of 250,000 US and coalition forces invaded Iraq. Addressing the American people on prime-time television, Bush justified waging the war to “disarm Iraq,” “free its people,” and “defend the world from grave danger.” His goals were based on assumptions that Iraq had a stockpile of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), that the Iraqi people were yearning for liberation, and that Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, was not only an evil tyrant but a global terrorist threat of the magnitude of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.      

Beyond the economic cost to the American people (more than five trillion dollars thus far) and military deaths (over 4,400 US soldiers), the war in Iraq claimed at least one million civilian casualties, including children; decimated a culture; and aggravated anti-American hostilities. 

What if Bush ordered the war based not on assumptions but outright lies? Should—and could—a former US president be held accountable in a court of law for war crimes? 

A screenwriter, playwright, and celebrated Emmy Award-winning producer/director who traces his roots back to the Mayflower and an American president, Terry Jastrow explores this unprecedented scenario in his gripping debut novel, The Trial of Prisoner 043. Backed by rigorous research, this hard-hitting work of fiction presents a powerful case that George W. Bush exploited the horrific attacks of 9/11 to win public support for his war with Iraq—even though he may have known that one had absolutely no connection to the other. 

From its dramatic opening—the former president is abducted on a renowned golf course in Scotland and flown to The Hague to meet his accusers—The Trial of Prisoner 043 draws readers in and keeps them riveted with stunning revelations, moving testimony, and gripping suspense. Bush is the first head of a major superpower, let alone the reigning superpower, to be subjected to international law before the International Criminal Court (ICC). For a full year, the ICC has been amassing evidence to indict Bush as the ultimate decision maker responsible for an unjustifiable and perhaps illegal war. The prosecution is led by a dynamic team: Michael McBride, a hard-charging, fiercely intelligent lawyer from the United States, and Nadia Shadid, a passionate, gifted attorney born and raised in Fallujah, Iraq. After failed rescue attempts by the US military, Bush resigns himself to standing trial and brings in his own dream team for his defense. Guilty or innocent—will justice prevail?             

Terry Jastrow began his career in the entertainment industry with ABC Sports as the youngest network television producer in history. During his time with ABC, he produced or directed many major sporting events, including a Super Bowl, six Olympic Games, and sixty major golf championships. He won seven Emmy Awards, having been nominated seventeen times. He served as president of Jack Nicklaus Productions and, after studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York City, enjoyed a few eventful years as an actor in theater, film, and television. In 2015, he wrote, produced, and directed a feature film, The Squeeze. In 2016, he wrote the stage play The Trial of Jane Fonda, which was produced in London and received a nomination for Best New Play (Off West End). A descendant of America’s second president, John Adams, Jastrow was born in Colorado, raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and has lived his adult life in New York and California.

Anne Archer is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1987 film Fatal Attraction. Her other film appearances include Paradise Alley, Patriot Games, Short Cuts, Clear and Present Danger and Lullaby. On stage, she starred as Mrs. Robinson in the West End production of The Graduate in 2001, and in the title role of The Trial of Jane Fonda at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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ISBN: 9781946241153
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Published: Four Springs Press - August 2017

What Would Happen If George W. Bush Were Prosecuted for War Crimes? On a glorious autumn morning in St. Andrews, Scotland, former US president George W. Bush approached the first tee of the world-famous Old Course to play a round of golf he would not finish.

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Left Coast Writers® Salon: Michael Krasny - Let There Be Laughter (Corte Madera)

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:00pm

*Note: This is a Literary Salon for registered Left Coast Writers® members only -- sign-up for a membership online or in-store today*

From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.

Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah, and it's been said that he knows more of them than anyone on the planet. He certainly states his case in this wise, enlightening, and hilarious book that not only collects the best of Jewish humor passed down from generation to generation, but explains the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs.

-What's Jewish Alzheimer's?-
-You forget everything but the grudges.-

-You must be so proud. Your daughter is the President of the United States -
-Yes. But her brother is a doctor -

-Isn't Jewish humor masochistic?-
-No. And if I hear that one more time I am going to kill myself.-

With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and form of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish.

Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.

Book Passage hosts the monthly meetings of Left Coast Writers® at our Corte Madera store. This Literary Salon is led by author/teacher Linda Watanabe McFerrin. The monthly meetings provide an evening of literary connections, support, counsel, provocative readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Each meeting also features a presentation by one of several Bay Area literary figures. The fee includes membership in Left Coast Writers®, a group of new and experienced writers. LCW has its own lively newsletter and website at www.leftcoastwriters.com/

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ISBN: 9780062422040
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 27th, 2016

From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925