Dr. Emeran Mayer & Erica and Justin Sonnenburg - A Microbiome Summit (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

Moderated by Bruce Goldman


Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of Wheat Belly and Grain Brain that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and body.

We have all experienced the connection between our mind and our gut—the decision we made because it “felt right;” the butterflies in our stomach before a big meeting; the anxious stomach rumbling when we’re stressed out. While the dialogue between the gut and the brain has been recognized by ancient healing traditions, including Aryuvedic and Chinese medicine, Western medicine has failed to appreciate the complexity of how the brain, gut, and more recently, the microbiome—the microorganisms that live inside us—communicate with one another. In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, offers a revolutionary look at this developing science, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health.

This book shows how to keep the brain-gut communication clear and balanced to:

• Heal the gut by focusing on a plant-based diet
• Balance the microbiome by consuming fermented foods and probiotics, fasting, and cutting out sugar and processed foods
• Promote weight loss by detoxifying and creating a healthy digestion and maximum nutrient absorption
• Boost immunity and prevent the onset of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
• Generate a happier mindset and reduce fatigue, moodiness, anxiety, and depression
• Prevent and heal GI disorders such as leaky gut syndrome; food sensitivities and allergies; and IBS; as well as digestive discomfort such as heartburn and bloating
• And much more.

Dr. Emeran Mayer has had a major role in the development of one of the world’s pre-eminent clinical and research programs in digestive diseases over the past 25 years, previously serving as the Founding Chair of UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, and more recently functioning as the Executive Director of UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, and the Co-Director of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center. He has joint appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Physiology and Psychiatry. Dr. Mayer has published more than 300 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts including Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been interviewed for major publications on brain gut interactions, including Psychology Today, the New York Times, the LA Times, Sunday Times of London, The Globe, The Guardian, The Scientific American, and the European magazines Die Zeit and Der Spiegel. His research was recently been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” will be the topic of a PBS Special on gut microbiota brain interactions in the “Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson” series, and was the subject of his Ted Talk, “The mysterious origins of gut feelings.”


Stanford University’s Justin and Erica Sonnenburg are pioneers in the most exciting and potentially transformative field in the entire realm of human health and wellness, the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms representing thousands of species to which our bodies play host, the microbes that we collectively call the microbiota. The microbiota interacts with our bodies in a number of powerful ways; the Sonnenburgs argue that it determines in no small part whether we’re sick or healthy, fit or obese, sunny or moody. The microbiota has always been with us, and in fact has coevolved with humans, entwining its functions with ours so deeply, the Sonnenburgs show us, humans are really composite organisms having both microbial and human parts. But now, they argue, because of changes to diet, antibiotic over-use, and over-sterilization, our gut microbiota is facing a “mass extinction event,” which is causing our bodies to go haywire, and may be behind the mysterious spike in some of our most troubling modern afflictions, from food allergies to autism, cancer to depression. It doesn’t have to be this way.

The Good Gut offers a new plan for health that focuses on how to nourish your microbiota, including recipes and a menu plan. In this groundbreaking work, the Sonnenburgs show how we can keep our microbiota off the endangered species list and how we can strengthen the community that inhabits our gut and thereby improve our own health. The answer is unique for each of us, and it changes as you age.

In this important and timely investigation, the Sonnenburgs look at safe alternatives to antibiotics; dietary and lifestyle choices to encourage microbial health; the management of the aging microbiota; and the nourishment of your own individual microbiome.

Caring for our gut microbes may be the most important health choice we can make.

Erica Sonnenburg, Ph.D. is a senior research scientist in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the role of diet on the human gut microbiota. She has published several peer-reviewed articles in well-respected scientific journals about her studies on the gut microbiota. She is the co-author of  book The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health.
Justin Sonnenburg, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2009, he was the recipient of an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. His laboratory at Stanford focuses on the role of the human gut microbiota on health. He is the co-author of the book The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health.

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ISBN: 9780062376558
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Published: Harper Wave - July 5th, 2016

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with the latest discoveries on the human microbiome, a practical guide in the tradition of The Second Brain, and The Good Gut that conclusively demonstrates the inextricable, biological link between mind and the digestive system.

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ISBN: 9780143108085
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Published: Penguin Books - May 3rd, 2016

The groundbreaking science behind the surprising source of good health

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Leslie Buck - Cutting Back (Sausalito)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 1:00pm

At thirty-five, Leslie Buck—a garden designer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a passion for Japanese-style landscapes—decided that she wanted to learn from the masters. Leaving behind a full life of friends, love, and professional security, she became the first American woman to learn pruning from one of the most storied landscaping companies in Kyoto.
Cutting Back recounts Buck’s bold journey and the revelations she has along the way. During her apprenticeship, she learns that the best Kyoto gardens look so natural that they appear untouched by human hands, even though her crew spends hours meticulously cleaning every pebble in the streams. She is taught how to bring nature’s essence into a garden scene, how to design with native plants, and how to subtly direct a visitor through a landscape. But she learns the most important lessons from her fellow gardeners: how to balance strength with grace, seriousness with humor, and technique with heart.

Leslie Buck is a garden designer and aesthetic pruner who specializes in natural design in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over two decades of gardening experience, and a fine art degree from U.C. Berkeley and the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts in France. In 2000, Leslie studied with Uetoh Zoen, one of the oldest and most highly acclaimed landscape companies in Japan. Leslie has worked, taught, and volunteered in hundreds of private landscapes and as well as dozens of public gardens including the Portland Japanese Garden, Hakone Japanese Garden, Tassajara Zen Center, and Merritt College.

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ISBN: 9781604697933
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Published: Timber Press (OR) - May 3rd, 2017

"This is an absorbing read about the formative interplay of humans, cultures, and gardens." --Publishers Weekly starred review

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Lawrence Furman - Memoir of a Slightly Mad Mystic (Sausalito)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

Memoir of a Slightly Mad Mystic is the fascinating story of a midwestern boy who began having out of body journeys when he was 9 years old. But the freedom and joy those flights provided faded when he began sinking into a quagmire of mental illness. After he was tossed into the antiseptic world of drugs, electroshock, and enforced isolation that was the 1960’s mental health care system, his condition only worsened. Trapped as he was between wildfires raging in his head and a narrow-minded version of therapy, a cure seemed out of the question—until he died… three times. This is the story of how he survived death, and how three journeys through the transformative portal of death’s doorway awakened his soul and restored his sanity. This strange but true adventure speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and our immortality, and reminds us of just how mystical the world we live in truly is.

Lawrence Furman returned from his journeys’ into the afterlife craving more experience in this one. His desire to fulfill the visions he’d gained in the spirit world began in the “60’s” in San Francisco. During a 15-year stint in a spiritual community, his exploration into healing modalities led him to become a deep tissue body-worker and counselor, as well as a male mid-wife. As an actor, director, and writer, Lawrence toured the country with several theater companies, and he’s traveled the globe performing as a magician. These days, he mentors teens, is busy writing another book, gives workshops, and is a sought after speaker.

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ISBN: 9780998469225
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Published: Magic of Lawrence Lemon - February 1st, 2017

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Delia Ephron - Siracusa (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

Now in paperback, the electrifying novel -- described as a "suspenseful, thoroughly delicious tale" by People Magazine -- about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine--Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. She has written novels, including The Lion Is In and Hanging Up; humor books for all ages, including How to Eat Like a Child and Do I Have to Say Hello?; and nonfiction, most recently Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.). Her films include You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Her hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (co-written with Nora Ephron) ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world. She lives in New York City.


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ISBN: 9780735212329
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Published: Blue Rider Press - June 6th, 2017

A New York Times Bestseller
One of People Magazine's Top 10 Books of 2016
PW Best Book of 2016 (Fiction)

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Left Coast Writers®: Cheryl Krauter - Suriviving the Storm (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they've been touched by cancer. It doesn't tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel. Instead, it introduces a contemplative perspective and gives readers a pragmatic structure to help them tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helps them discover their authentic voice, giving them a way to speak in their own words. Workbook sections are the core of this book and offer a narrative structure created for patients, partners, families, and friends with an emphasis on the different needs and questions of each group.

This book focuses on the whole person, their potential, and their natural drive toward authenticity. A contemplative perspective emphasizes shared human needs such as love, belonging, and personal meaning, and expands beyond the learning-based behavioral and psychosocial resources that are currently available to cancer patients and their families. The book provides options that differ from the support group and medical models of treatment, opening up an alternative to the mode of managing or tolerating the issues of cancer into the realm of awareness, exploration, acceptance, and transformation. While it is tempting to find solutions and try to" there is much to be gained from learning how to live with uncertainty and from delving more deeply into the emotional residue of cancer.

Included are definitions of the different phases of cancer survivorship, material that gives survivors a viewpoint that normalizes the challenges they face, and current research and literature. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writings related to cancer are interspersed throughout the book to make it more personal.

Cheryl Krauter, MFT, is an existential humanistic psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in the field of depth psychology and human consciousness. She integrates her years of experience as a depth psychotherapist with her personal journey as a cancer survivor, working with clients in her private practice, presenting talks and workshops on living with the uncertainty of life-threatening illness, and guiding people in telling their cancer stories. She strongly believes that there is a need to bring attention to emotional healing in survivorship and is committed to making quality survivorship care accessible to all people who have suffered from cancer.


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ISBN: 9780190636166
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 27th, 2017

Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they've been touched by cancer. It doesn't tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel.

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Melodie Winawer - The Scribe of Siena (Corte Madera)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

“Winawer’s debut is a detailed historical novel, a multifaceted mystery, and a moving tale of improbable love…Winawer has created a prodigious, vibrant tale of past and present that transports readers and fills in the historical gaps. This is a marvelous work of research and invention” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Equal parts transporting love story and gripping historical conspiracy, debut author Melodie Winawer takes readers deep into medieval Italy, where the past and present blur and a twenty-first century woman will discover a plot to destroy Siena.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena’s very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman’s passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap—testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love.

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ISBN: 9781501152252
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 16th, 2017

"Will remind historical fiction readers of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring...Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena" (Library Journal, starred review).

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