Class: Sandra Kierulff - Conversational French (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 2:00pm

Six Mondays; Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 (no class Jan. 15 & Feb. 19) • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm • $225

Conversational French, with an emphasis on practical vocabulary for travelers, as well as a review of useful grammar structures through lively discussion, readings and songs.

Sandra Kierulff has taught French at the College of Marin, and was the instructor and author of “French à la Carte,” a French course aired on KQED radio. 

She lived and worked in France for several years and holds degrees in French and Spanish.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chloe Benjamin - The Immortalists (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:00pm

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. In search of one thing they can know for sure, the Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

Though the siblings keep the dates secret from one another, their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco. Dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

Chloe Benjamin is the author of the novel The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award and was longlisted for the 2014 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A San Francisco native, Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and of the University of Wisconsin, where she received her MFA in fiction. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

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ISBN: 9780735213180
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

A dazzling family love story reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You from a novelist heralded by Lorrie Moore as a "great new talent."

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Ellen Petry Leanse - The Happiness Hack (Sausalito)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Are you feeling overwhelmed or disconnected from things that once mattered to you? As we rely more and more on technology, it's the devices meant to simplify our lives that often cause us the most stress. In this refreshing, practical book, you'll learn ways to reclaim some of the calm and focus that's slipping away from many of us. By reading The Happiness Hack, you'll gain new insights that bring you more connectedness, help you manage your tech habits, and give you new ways of increasing happiness—all by your own design.

Ellen Petry Leanse has worked for Apple and Google, and has consulted for more than forty technology companies. Today she coaches start-up teams, teaches at Stanford University, and writes on innovation, mindfulness, and product design.

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ISBN: 9781492656913
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simple Truths - November 7th, 2017

For years, Ellen Leanse worked with the biggest technology titans that fight for our attention, including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft... programming habits that revolved around our devices. By mapping how the mind works, innovators like Ellen are able to ingrain habits for all of us, revolving around our technology.

100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Graciela Pera - Beginning Continuing Spanish (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:00am

8 Wednesdays; Jan. 10 - Feb. 28 • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm • $250

Graciela Pera was born in Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires and has been teaching Spanish for over 35 years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kate Rider - Advanced Italian (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 4:00pm

6 Wednesdays; January 10 – February 14 • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm • $190

Kate Rider has an M.A. in Italian Literature from San Francisco State University and has taught Italian at Dominican University. Her classes are fun and relaxed, with an emphasis on practical speaking ability.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Gary Wasserman - The Doha Experiment (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

Gary Wasserman’s decision to head to Qatar to teach at Georgetown sounds questionable, at best. “In the beginning,” he writes, “this sounds like a politically incorrect joke. A Jewish guy walks into a fundamentalist Arab country to teach American politics at a Catholic college.” But he quickly discovers that he has entered a world that gives him a unique perspective on the Middle East and on Muslim youth; that teaches him about the treatment of Arab women and what an education will do for them, both good and bad; shows him the occasionally amusing and often deadly serious consequences his students face simply by living in the Middle East; and finds surprising similarities between his culture and the culture of his students.

Most importantly, after eight years of teaching in Qatar he realizes he has become part of a significant, little understood movement to introduce liberal, Western values into traditional societies. Written with a sharp sense of humor, The Doha Experiment offers a unique perspective on where the region is going and clearly illustrates why Americans need to understand this clash of civilizations.

Gary Wasserman taught at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in China and at Columbia University, George Mason University, and Medgar Evers College, CUNY. He has also worked as a Washington communications consultant. He has written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Political Science Quarterly and the Chronicle of Higher Eduction. He is a frequent TV political commentator and the author of a bestselling American politics textbook, now in its 15th edition.

The Doha Experiment: Arab Kingdom, Catholic College, Jewish Teacher Cover Image
By Gary Wasserman, Dick Durbin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781510721722
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Gary Wasserman's decision to head to Qatar to teach at Georgetown sounds questionable, at best. "In the beginning," he writes, "this sounds like a politically incorrect joke.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925