John Bateson - The Education of a Coroner (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Ken Holmes

In the vein of Dr. Judy Melinek's Working Stiff, an account of the hair-raising and heartbreaking cases handled by the coroner of Marin County, California throughout his four decades on the job -- from high-profile deaths to serial killers, to Golden Gate Bridge suicides.

Marin County, California is a study in contradictions. Its natural beauty attracts thousands of visitors every year, yet the county also is home to San Quentin Prison, one of the oldest and largest penitentiaries in the country. Marin ranks in the top one percent of counties nationwide in terms of affluence and overall health, yet it is far above the norm in drug overdoses and alcoholism, and comprises a large percentage of suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Ken Holmes worked in the Marin County Coroner's Office for thirty-six years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the three-term, elected coroner. As he grew into the job--which is different from what is depicted on television -- Holmes learned a variety of skills, from finding hidden clues at death scenes, interviewing witnesses effectively, managing bystanders and reporters, preparing testimony for court to notifying families of a death with sensitivity and compassion. He also learned about different kinds of firearms, all types of drugs -- prescription and illegal -- and about certain unexpected and potentially fatal phenomena such as autoeroticism.

Complete with poignant anecdotes, The Education of a Coroner provides a firsthand and fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a public servant whose work is dark and mysterious yet necessary for society to function.

John Bateson was executive director of a nationally certified crisis intervention and suicide prevention center in the San Francisco Bay Area for sixteen years. He is the author of three previous books—The Last and Greatest Battle, The Final Leap, and Building Hope.

Ken Holmes is the retired coroner of Marin County. During his 36-year career, he investigated thousands of deaths, and his office was responsible for handling the majority of suicides from the Golden Gate Bridge.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501168222
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 15th, 2017

In the vein of Dr. Judy Melinek's Working Stiff, an account of the hair-raising and heartbreaking cases handled by the coroner of Marin County, California throughout his four decades on the job--from high-profile deaths to serial killers, to Golden Gate Bridge suicides.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Joshua Davis - From Head Shops to Whole Foods (San Francisco)

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the 1960s and '70s, a diverse range of storefronts—including head shops, African American bookstores, feminist businesses, and organic grocers—countered corporate power by bringing the work of political movements (the New Left, Black Power, feminism, environmentalism, and more) into the marketplace. Through shared ownership, limited growth, and workplace democracy, these "activist entrepreneurs" offered alternatives to conventional profit-driven business models. By the middle of the 1970s, thousands of these businesses operated across the United States—but only a handful survive today, and some, like Whole Foods Market, have abandoned their quest for collective political change in favor of the pursuit of profits.

Vividly portraying the struggles, successes, and sacrifices made by these activist business owners, From Head Shops to Whole Foods writes a new history of social movements and capitalism by showing how activists embraced small businesses in a way few historians have considered. The book rethinks the widespread idea that the work of social movements and political dissent is by definition antithetical to business and market activity. Joshua Clark Davis uncovers the historical roots of contemporary interest in ethical consumption, social enterprise, mission-driven businesses, and buying local while also showing how current companies, both big and small, have adopted the language—but rarely the mission—of liberation and social change.

Joshua Clark Davis is an assistant professor of history at the University of Baltimore.
 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780231171588
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Published: Columbia University Press - August 8th, 2017

In the 1960s and '70s, a diverse range of storefronts--including head shops, African American bookstores, feminist businesses, and organic grocers--brought the work of the New Left, Black Power, feminism, environmentalism, and other movements into the marketplace.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Tyler Gage - Fully Alive (Corte Madera)

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

In the spirit of Adam Braun’s The Promise of a Pencil and Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters, Fully Alive tells the story of an astoundingly successful young entrepreneur’s immersion in Amazonian indigenous spirituality and how he integrated the lessons he learned to build a successful, socially responsible company, live a purposeful life, and make a difference in the world.
In this book, Tyler Gage shares his spiritual adventures and the business savvy that helped him create RUNA, a tea and energy drink company that collaborates with the indigenous people of Ecuador to harvest the “master plant” guayusa, revealing a centuries-old guiding philosophy for building a sacred way of living that he discovered through Amazonian shamanism.

Following these teachings, what began as a humble start-up has now grown into a thriving, multi-million dollar company, selling products in more than 10,000 stores across the United States and Canada. With the help of collaborators like Channing Tatum, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Olivia Wilde, RUNA has created a sustainable source of income for the 3,000 farming families in Ecuador who grow guayusa organically, while also establishing a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting the issues that affect these indigenous communities.

Packed with practical and inspiring lessons, this book offers a comprehensive examination of how we too might become “fully alive,” both in business and as individuals.

Tyler Gage is the cofounder and Chairman of RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energy beverages with guayusa, a rare Amazonian tea. For his work on RUNA, Tyler has been named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur” and the Citizen Leader of the Year by the Speciality Food Association. He is also the founder of PlantMed, an organization dedicated to building the world’s first centers for the practice, research, and preservation of Amazonian plant medicine. Gage and RUNA have been featured on ABC’s Nightline, in National Geographic, Fast Company, and in Richard Branson’s book, Screw Business as Usual.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501156021
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Published: Atria Books - August 1st, 2017

Fully Alive tells the story of an astoundingly successful young entrepreneur's immersion in Amazonian indigenous spirituality, its life-changing impact on him, and how he integrated the lessons he learned to build a successful, socially responsible company, live a purposeful life, and make a difference in the world.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Alex McNeil & Andrew Vargas Delman - Personal Essay for College Admission (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00am

2 Saturdays; Aug. 19 & 26, 2017 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $125

The college essay is a powerful tool for conveying a student’s personality while demonstrating capacities for introspection and maturity. Over two weekends, we explore the fundamentals of a great college essay—learning to recognize and avoid cliché, accessing stories that reconcile past experiences with future aspirations, and learning the art of self-evaluation and revision. The workshop is a chance for rising high school seniors to brainstorm and to begin writing their own college essays.

Alex McNeil and Andrew Vargas Delman are the founders of North Coast Prep, a tutoring and college counseling group that helps families navigate the process of applying to college with an emphasis on student health and mental wellbeing. They have extensive experience as tutors and teachers, application consultants, and writing advisors, and have written two short books—one about the “prestige trap” of college admissions, and another about their “whole person” approach to college applications.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marilynn Preston - All is Well (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

When journalist Marilynn Preston started her fitness column in Chicago in 1976, yoga and yogurt were interchangeable terms and most people thought the mind body connection was another name for “neck.”

Everything changes. We live in a healthy lifestyle world now, and in her new book, All is Well Marilynn offers readers a provocative guide to living your best life—healthy and happy, juicy and engaged, alert to corporate predators and health hucksters of every stripe.

The chapters are short and savvy, lively and opinionated: Link Mind and Body. Explore Endlessly. Tweet Mindfully. Make Your Getaway. Raise an Active Kid. Practice De-Aging. Grow Your Gray Matter. Be Your Own Uncle Sam.

Each chapter closes with a reader-friendly action step because at its core, All is Well is about lifestyle change—how it happens, and what you need to know to make positive changes in your life.

From eating clean to going green, from losing weight to adding muscle, from living longer to dying more easily, Marilynn links body and mind to culture and politics. She has great empathy for readers who have tried and failed to realize their personal vision of well being, but she knows you can always Begin. Again. and be successful. Sometimes you have to redefine success. And that’s good too.

In her long-running weekly syndicated column Energy Express, and now in All is Well, Marilynn offers readers a welcoming evidence-based path to more joy, greater health and sustained happiness—three essentials of a healthy lifestyle. Three more, she writes, are crispy fries, good wine, and love, love, love.

Marilynn Preston is a journalist, healthy lifestyle expert, Emmy Award-winning TV producer, and the author of Energy Express, America’s longest-running syndicated fitness column. She is an ACE-certified fitness trainer and certified Wellcoach. Her own practice includes yoga, race walking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and wine tasting—not on the same day. She’s circumambulated Mt. Kailash in Tibet, climbed Mt. Olympus in Greece, bicycled in France, golfed in Bhutan, and scuba dived in the YMCA pool in Chicago. Her next big adventure is getting people to read All is Well to create their happiest, healthiest lives.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Laura Holmes Haddad - This Is Cancer (Corte Madera)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Cancer is indiscriminate. It cares little for class, creed or color. Its patients are literally everywhere. When Laura Holmes Haddad was diagnosed, she discovered shelf upon shelf of overly-earnest, somber, gray survival books, and knew there had to be a better way. This Is Cancer is the thoughtful, informative fabulous-looking result for those who prefer their pathos with equal parts humor and reality and a touch of flair. A “what to expect when you’re expecting” book for the diagnosis you don’t want but are stuck with, This Is Cancer is the book that patients keep in their “heading to the hospital bag,” because it’s the only one that tells them what’s going on and keeps them company.

Including such useful snippets as:

• There is no limit to what you will put yourself through when told it might save your life.
• Stay away from the Internet. And don’t let anyone tell you “what they looked up” about your diagnosis.
• You’ll be surrounded by people but you’ll feel lonely, and alone, sometimes.
• Lexapro is Tylenol for the soul.
• If you don’t like your doctor(s), find new ones. You will feel somewhat at the mercy of them, like they hold the key to your mortality, but in fact more than one doctor can potentially save you and some are nice and some are mean.

Whether you or your loved ones want a primer full of useful information in an easy to reference format or a friendly and comforting read, the honest, grave, and mordantly funny stories and tips from young survivors will bring you the real intel and advice that you need most during this tremendously difficult time.

Laura is the author of Anything But Chardonnay: A Guide to the Other Grapes and co-author of Pure Flavor: 125 Fresh, All-American Recipes from the Pacific Northwest, Lulu Powers, Food to Flowers: Simple, Stylish Food for Easy Entertaining, Anna Getty’s Easy Green Organic, and I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas. After a three-year battle with breast cancer, Laura began writing about cancer and speaking about patient advocacy.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781580056267
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - October 18th, 2016

Cancer is indiscriminate. It cares little for class, creed or color. Its patients are literally everywhere. When Laura Holmes Haddad was diagnosed, she discovered shelf upon shelf of overly-earnest, somber, gray survival books, and knew there had to be a better way.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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