Linda Gray Sexton - Bespotted

The Sexton family's long love affair with the Dalmatian began in Linda Gray Sexton's childhood. There, on a snowy morning in the family home just outside Boston, Linda heard a whimpering coming from the basement. She discovered their first family dog giving birth to a litter. Witnessing the intimate act of birth had a profound effect on the family. Her mother, Anne, used the experience to complete the poem "Live," part of her third collection, titled " Live or Die ," which would be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. For Linda, the boundless joy of both breed and breeding triggered in her a lifelong love of Dalmatians. All told, thirty-eight Dalmatians will move through her life: the ones that cheer and support her through difficulty, divorce, and depression; the ones that stay with her as she enters the world of professional breeding and showing of Dals; and, of course, the one true dog of her heart, Gulliver, her most stalwart of canine champions. Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmations is a page-turning and compelling look at the unique place dogs occupy in our lives. It captures another piece of this literary family's history, taps into the curious and fascinating world of dog showing/dog fancy.

Linda Gray Sexton is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. She has written four novels and two memoirs, Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide and Searching for Mercy Street, both published by Counterpoint. She lives in Redwood City, California. 

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1 Ferry Building
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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781619023451
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 9/2014

Pat Montandon - Peeing On Hot Coals

This can’t-put-it-down coming of age memoir is dramatic and heart wrenching, as young Patsy Lou takes us on a journey through the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma and Texas at the time of out nation’s greatest environmental disaster. You will keep reading to find out what more could happen to this sweet child of the Great Depression after she endures severe burns down there at age seven when she pees on hot coals. As a result she suffers a type of genital mutilation that affects her entire life. And with it all, her delicious sense of humor is evident throughout Peeing On Hot Coals ($26.98). We laugh at the vivid description of her preacher dad, and a straight from the Bible Belt Mama and her eight siblings. From such humble beginnings and with little formal education Patsy Lou’s attitude of It Can be Done instilled in her the fearlessness to organize substantive meetings with world leaders in twenty-six countries.
 
Pat Montandon grew up in Oklahoma and Texas as the daughter of a Hell fire and brimstone preacher and a mother who demanded strict obedience to her and to religious strictures. Pat was a child of the Great Depression with a house full of siblings and an equal amount of fine brown sand from the Black Blizzards of the Dust Bowl. Eventually, with only a high school education, Pat used her agile mind and willingness to work and belief in herself to become a best selling author of five books. Later, she launched the International Children As The Peacemakers Foundation. That concept and the resultant journeys earned her the United Nations Peace Messenger Award and nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize. 
 
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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Lewis Buzbee - Blackboard

Lewis Buzbee was a self-proclaimed “average student,” one whose parents did not go to college. After the death of his father he began to spiral downward, but was saved from failing high school by attentive teachers—teachers who had ample resources thanks to a well-funded California school system. But now, schools have been devastated by funding cuts, and Buzbee wonders if it’s still possible to save at-risk students when “the public will to fund public education remains pallid, timid, hypocritical.” Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom looks to the origins of kindergarten, muses on the architecture of schools, and organizing principles and objects of the classroom like the blackboard and the desk, to discover what those spaces and objects tell students about the importance of learning. Buzbee adds insight not only as student, but also as a teacher and a father as he contrasts his daughter’s experiences with his own. This unique and refreshing approach to the subject makes for a warm and accessible read, and his story stands as a testament to what school can achieve in the life of a student.

Lewis Buzbee is the author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, After the Gold Rush, and Fliegelman’s Desire, as well as three award-winning novels for younger readers, Steinbeck’s Ghost, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, and Bridge of Time. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$23.00
ISBN-13: 9781555976835
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Published: Graywolf Press, 8/2014

Cooks with Books: Bryant Terry - Afro-Vegan

Greens Restaurant, San Francisco • Single $115; Couple $175 (one book)
 
 
 

Rising star and chef-activist, Bryant Terry draws from African, Caribbean, and Southern food to create 100 enticing vegan dishes. They include Jamaican Patties Stuffed With Maque Choux, Bereberre-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, and Cornmeal Dumplings. He explores popular African ingredients and traces their history, offering a cultural context. Terry is also the author of The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, and Grub.
 
The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 
 
 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
2 Marina Boulevard
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Fort Mason Building A
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94123
$27.50
ISBN-13: 9781607745310
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 4/2014

Gail Sheehy - Daring: My Passages

The author of Passages, a book that changed millions of lives, now lays bare her own life passages in a captivating memoir that reveals her harrowing and ultimately triumphant path from groundbreaking 1960s "girl" journalist to fearless bestselling author who made a career of excavating cultural taboos--from sex, menopause, and midlife crisis to illness, caregiving, and death. Daring to blaze a trail in a "man's world," Gail Sheehy became one of the premier practitioners of New Journalism at the fledgling New York magazine, along with such stellar writers as Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, and Jimmy Breslin. Daring: My Passages is also the beguiling love story of Sheehy's tempestuous romance with Clay Felker, the charismatic creator of New York magazine and the mentor who inspired her to become the fearless journalist who won renown for her penetrating character portraits of world leaders, including Hillary Clinton, both Presidents Bush, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, and Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev, among others.

World-renowned author of 17 books, journalist, and popular lecturer, Gail Sheehy has changed the way millions of women and men around the world look at the stages of their lives. Her revolutionary book Passages was named by the Library of Congress one of the ten most influential books of our times. Sheehy is one of the founding writers of New York and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984. She has written about presidential candidates from Robert Kennedy to Hilary Clinton and world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to Saddam Hussein.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$29.99
ISBN-13: 9780062291691
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 9/2014

Mathew Burrows - The Future, Declassified

In The Future, Declassified:  Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action, Mathew Burrows expands the most recent Global Trends report into a full length narrative that zeros in on the key global issues that will change our world in the coming decades. In the ten years Burrows spent at the US National Intelligence Council (NIC), he analyzed the biggest and most pressing challenges facing our world.  Most of his work remains classified, but this crucial study, which the NIC produces every four years, is not. Delivering a forthright critique on the risks of weak U.S. leadership in the face of such massive changes, Burrows details how the report’s findings can help our world face these impending challenges proactively and productively.

Mathew Burrows is the director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative. He has served as the National Intelligence Council’s counselor and director of analysis and production for the last decade. He served as the intelligence advisor to Richard Holbrooke when he was the US Ambassador to the UN. After 9/11, he became deputy national security advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. He lives in Washington, DC.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781137279552
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Published: Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 9/2014



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