Left Coast Writers®: Left Coast Writers - Holiday Celebration

With Special Surprise Guests!

Join the Left Coast Writers literary salon for a special holiday celebration. The Left Coast Writers will share food, drink and a celebration of the holidays in stories and poems. They’ll also share their recommendations for the best book gifts this season.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Bryon MacWilliams - With Light Steam

In 1996 Bryon MacWilliams left the relative stability of the United States for the chaos of post-Soviet Russia, and stayed. Over the course of nearly twelve years he reported on academe and the sciences for the world’s leading publications, and sought out the best baths—or banyas—everywhere he went. His story of Russia through its cult of steam begins on a frosty Sunday morning in a gypsy cab traveling to a bath-house in Moscow, where the steam is conjured by an out-of-work carpenter named Grisha, who takes on MacWilliams as a kind of apprentice, allowing him into an otherwise closed world through which MacWilliams could see himself, and Russia, with different eyes.

With Light Steam, whose title is derived from the phrase used in banyas in lieu of goodbye, is the only book in English devoted to the banya and the only volume in any language to present Russia through the lens of its bath culture, the most Russian thing there is. General readers and scholars alike will be enchanted with this unforgettable portrait of a people and a millennia-spanning tradition.

Bryon MacWilliams is an American writer who reported extensively from Russia and the former Soviet Union from 1996 to 2008. He was the Moscow correspondent for the U.S. weekly newspaper The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has reported for The New York Times, Newsweek, Nature, Science, and other publications. This is his first book.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780875807089
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Northern Illinois University Press, 10/2014

Mary Jo Conahay, Barbara Graham, Faith Adiele, Ethel Rohan, Susan Ito & Laura Fraser - Whatever Doesn't Kill You

Shebooks, a publisher of short e-books by and for women, has compiled its best memoirs into the print anthology Whatever Doesn't Kill You. In “Ricochet: Two women war reporters and a friendship under fire,” award-winning journalist Mary Jo McConahay explores the personal toll of war reporting in Central America. Playwright and author Barbara Graham’s delicate “Camp Paradox” takes on the taboo topic of women abusing younger girls. Susan Ito’s “The Mouse Room” is the quirky tale of a young woman working in a genetics lab trying to find her own birth mother. Author Faith Adiele’s “The Nigerian-Nordic Girls’ Guide to Lady Problems” makes a trip to the gynecologist’s office funny, while exposing racial disparities in women’s health care. Award-winning short story writer Ethel Rohan’s “Out of Dublin” is an exquisite tale of emotional survival. In the gorgeous “Nest. Flight. Sky.” memoirist Beth Kephart muses on her mother’s death and her new-found obsession with birds.

All these memoirs are brave and beautifully written. These women use the power of writing to understand and overcome challenges in true life stories that are an inspiration for all of us.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Gregg Herken - The Georgetown Set

A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington, The Georgetown Set is a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner.

In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and the endgame of Vietnam. The Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country’s premier political pundits; Frank Wisner, a driven, manic-depressive lawyer in charge of CIA covert operations; and a host of other diplomats, spies, and scholars responsible for crafting America’s response to the Soviet Union from Truman to Reagan.

This was a smaller, cozier Washington—utterly unlike today’s capital—where presidents made foreign policy in consultation with reporters and professors over martinis and hors d’oeuvres, and columnists like the Alsops promoted those policies in the next day’s newspapers.  Together, they navigated the perilous years of the Cold War, yielding triumphs—and tragedies—with very real consequences for present-day America and the world.

Gregg Herken is professor emeritus of modern American diplomatic history at the University of California and the author of Brotherhood of the Bomb, Cardinal Choices, Counsels of War, and The Winning Weapon.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780307271181
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Knopf, 10/2014

Carlos Santana - The Universal Tone

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

 

 

In conversation with ABC 7's Cheryl Jennings

Carlos Santana's unforgettable memoir offers a page-turning tale of musical self-determination and inner self-discovery, with personal stories filled with colorful detail and life-affirming lessons. The Universal Tone traces his journey from his earliest days playing the strip bars in Tijuana while barely in his teens and brings to light the establishment of his signature guitar sound; his roles as husband, father, recording legend, and rock guitar star; his indebtedness to musical and spiritual influences -- from John Coltrane and John Lee Hooker to Miles Davis and Harry Belafonte; and his deep, lifelong dedication to a spiritual path that he developed from his Catholic upbringing, Eastern philosophies, and other mystical sources. It includes his recording some of the most popular and influential rock albums of all time, up to and beyond the 1999 sensation Supernatural, which garnered nine Grammy Awards and stands as arguably the most amazing career comeback in popular music history.

Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Emmy and Gracie Award winner, Cheryl Jennings, is weekday co-anchor of ABC7 News at 11:00 am and at 5:00 pm. Cheryl also files special assignment news reports and is the host of the Emmy Award winning community affairs program, Beyond the Headlines.

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780316244923
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 11/2014

Evan Goldstein - Wines of South America

The most comprehensive guide to the wines of the entire continent, Wines of South America introduces readers to the astounding quality and variety of wines that until recently have been enjoyed, for the most part, only locally. Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein leads wine enthusiasts on an exciting geographical journey across ten countries, describing the wines, grapes, and regions of each.

Goldstein begins the tour with a continental overview, discussing the arrival of the vine and wine culture, surveying the range of grapes planted and cultivated, and summarizing the development of modern day viticulture and winemaking. He explores the two giants of the continent, Argentina and Chile, in expansive chapters that cover their unique histories, wine regions, wine styles, prominent grapes, and leading producers. Goldstein covers the evolving industries of Brazil and Uruguay and discusses the modern-day activities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

In 1987 Evan Goldstein became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. He served two terms as chairman of the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers, served as an adviser to the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, acted on the Board of Directors of Women Chefs’ and Restaurateurs, and received finalist nominations four times for the James Beard “Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional” award in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2005.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$39.95
ISBN-13: 9780520273931
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: University of California Press, 8/2014



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