Betsy Carter - We Were Strangers Once (Corte Madera)

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

On the eve of World War II Egon Schneider--a gallant and successful Jewish doctor, son of two world-famous naturalists--escapes Germany to an uncertain future across the sea. Settling into the unfamiliar rhythms of upper Manhattan, he finds solace among a tight-knit group of fellow immigrants, tenacious men and women drawn together as much by their differences as by their memories of the world they left behind.

They each suffer degradations and triumphs large and small: Egon's terminally acerbic lifelong friend, bestselling author Meyer Leavitt, now wears a sandwich board on a New York street corner; Catrina Harty, the headstrong daughter of a dirt-poor Irish trolley driver, survives heartbreak and loss to forge an unlikely alliance; and Egon himself is forced to abandon his thriving medical practice to become the "Cheese Man" at a Washington Heights grocery. But their spirits remain unbroken, and when their little community is faced with an existential threat, these strangers rise up together in hopes of creating a permanent home. With her uncanny ability to create indelible characters in unforgettable circumstances, Betsy Carter's We Were Strangers Once is a gorgeous novel that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt adrift and longed for home.

Betsy Carter is the author of the novels Swim to Me, The Orange Blossom Special, and The Puzzle King, as well as her memoir, Nothing to Fall Back On. She is also the creator and editor of New York Woman Magazine, and has worked at many other magazines, including Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781455571437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 12th, 2017

"Carter's warm and beautiful prose brings us love, tragedy, mystery and hope in a moving celebration of America and the people who have come to it."--Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of Lucky Us and Away


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Advanced French Lvl 2 (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:30am

8 Tuesdays: Oct. 3 - Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 14, 21, & 28) • 10:35 am - 12:35 pm • $265

Review of advanced grammar, discussions on current issues. Students will read the contemporary French novel “Jules” by Didier Van Cauwelaert.

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan is a graduate of the Sorbonne. She has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan - Advanced French Lvl 1 (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:00pm

8 Tuesdays: Oct. 3 - Dec. 12 (no class Nov. 14, 21, & 28) • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $265

Genevieve Blaise-Sullivan is a graduate of the Sorbonne. She has taught French at College of Marin for over 30 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Frances Moore Lappe & Adam Eichen - Daring Democracy (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

Americans are distraught as tightly held economic and political power drowns out their voices and values. Legendary Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen offer a fresh, surprising response to this core crisis. This intergenerational duo opens with an essential truth: It’s not the magnitude of a challenge that crushes the human spirit. It’s feeling powerless—in this case, fearing that to stand up for democracy is futile. It’s not, Lappé and Eichen argue. With riveting stories and little-known evidence, they demystify how we got here, exposing the well-orchestrated effort that has robbed Americans of their rightful power. But at the heart of this unique book are solutions. Even in this divisive time, Americans are uniting across causes and ideologies to create a “canopy of hope” the authors call the Democracy Movement. In this invigorating “movement of movements,” millions of Americans are leaving despair behind as they push for and achieve historic change. The movement and democracy itself are vital to us as citizens and fulfill human needs—for power, meaning, and connection—essential to our thriving. In this timely and necessary book, Lappé and Eichen offer proof that courage is contagious in the daring fight for democracy.

Frances Moore Lappé is the author or coauthor of eighteen books about the environment, world hunger, and democracy, including Diet for a Small Planet, which has sold three million copies. Articles featuring or written by Lappé have also appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Nation, People, and elsewhere. A recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (often called the “Alternative Nobel”) and eighteen honorary doctorates, Lappé is the cofounder of the organizations Food First and the Small Planet Institute.

Adam Eichen is a writer, researcher, and political organizer working to build a democracy that represents and empowers all voices in society. In 2015, Adam was elected to the board of directors of Democracy Matters and has since helped guide the organization’s communication program. In 2016, he was appointed deputy communications director for Democracy Spring, a historic national mobilization comprising more than a hundred organizations working for campaign-finance and voting rights reform.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780807023815
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Beacon Press - September 26th, 2017

An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump's victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Class: Kathy Freschi - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:45am

4 Wednesdays: Oct. 4 - 25 • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm • $130

Novecento, a theatrical monologue by Antonio Baricco, tells the story of a boy stranded on the SS Virginian who becomes a famed pianist. Jelly Roll Morton, of New Orleans jazz fame, comes aboard to challenge him to a duel. Read and discussed in Italian, including the viewing of its film by Giuseppe Tornatore. Students will produce writing samples. Intermediate and Advanced students.

Kathy Freschi has been teaching Italian for over 40 years at UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley and College of Marin. In 1987, she founded the Credit Program of Italian at College of Marin, for which she was awarded La Stella d’Italia by the Republic of Italy.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh - Sweet (San Anselmo)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Insalata's Restaurant, San Anselmo
Tickets: $135 per person (includes meal & book)

Please note: online registration is now closed. To inquire about waitlist availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

Yotam Ottolenghi is widely beloved in the food world for his beautiful, inspirational, and award-winning cookbooks, as well as his London delis and fine dining restaurant. And while he’s known for his savory and vegetarian dishes, he actually started out his cooking career as a pastry chef. Sweet is entirely filled with delicious baked goods, desserts, and confections starring Ottolenghi’s signature flavor profiles and ingredients including fig, rose petal, saffron, orange blossom, star anise, pistachio, almond, cardamom, and cinnamon. A baker’s dream, Sweet features simple treats such as Chocolate, Banana, and Pecan cookies and Rosemary Olive Oil Orange Cake, alongside recipes for showstopping confections such as Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs and Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut, and Rosewater.

Ottolenghi is the author of Plenty and Plenty More, co-author with Ramael Scully of NOPI, and co-author with Sami Tamimi of Ottolenghi and Jerusalem, which was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. All five books were New York Times bestsellers. He lives in London, where he owns an eponymous group of restaurants and a high-end restaurant, Nopi.

Helen Goh is a pastry chef, longtime Ottolenghi collaborator, and the Ottolenghi product developer.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749141
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 3rd, 2017

A collection of over 110 recipes for sweets, baked goods, and confections from superstar chef Yotam Ottolenghi.


Insalata's Restaurant
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

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