Kristiina Ehin - Walker on Water

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A woman cultivates a knack for walking on water, but is undermined by her husband’s brain, which he removes each night when he returns home from work; a repeat divorcee struggles with the irksome habit of eating her husbands’ arms; a very skeptical dragon wonders what sex is all about: these are the stories of Kristiina Ehin, Estonia’s literary star. Walker on Water gathers a collection of unforgettable folktales and reimagines them for the 21st Century. Combining elements of surrealism and the fantastical, she prods at the idiosyncrasies of modern relationships, and creates new mythologies for the likes of love, desire, and fidelity.  Ilmar Lehtpere's translation renders Ehin's distinctive narratives--always occurring just below the surface of waking life --with confidence, humor and intelligence.

Kristiina Ehin is an internationally renowned poet. Her collection The Drums of Silence was awarded the British Poetry Society Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation in 2007, and her collection 1001 Winters has been nominated for the same prize in 2013.  In her native Estonia, Ehin has published six volumes of poetry, three books of short stories, and a retelling of South-Estonian folk tales. She has written plays, as well as poetic radio broadcasts. She has won Estonia’s most prestigious poetry prize for Kaitseala—a book of poems and journal entries written during a year spent living as a nature reserve warden on an otherwise uninhabited island off Estonia’s north coast.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

Walker on Water (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781939419071
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Unnamed Press, 5/2014

Leon Panetta - Worthy Fights

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $40 (includes a complimentary signed book)

 

 

It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful and respected members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then “retired” to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline. But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America’s war against Al Qaeda, including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. And then, in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

Like his career, Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta’s values. It is imbued with the frank, grounded, and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from: his family’s walnut farm in beautiful Carmel Valley, California. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship. Panetta is a Democrat who pushed for balanced budgets while also expanding care for the elderly and sick; a devout Catholic who opposes the death penalty but had to weigh every drone strike from 2009 through 2011. Throughout his career, Panetta’s polestar has been his belief that a public servant’s real choice is between leadership or crisis. Troubles always come about through no fault of one’s own, but most can be prevented with courage and foresight.

Leon Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009–2011, and as secretary of defense from 2011–2013. An Italian American Democrat, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977–1993, the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993–1994, and President Clinton’s chief of staff from 1994–1997. He is the founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and has served as professor of public policy at his alma mater, Santa Clara University.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781594205965
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 10/2014

Joe Perry - Rocks

Co-Sponsored by Amoeba Music 

 

In the tradition of the mega-bestseller Life by Keith Richards, Aerosmith's Joe Perry opens up for the first time about the wild, inside story of his life in the legendary band he cofounded in 1970--which is still going strong today.
Before the platinum records or the Super Bowl half-time show or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe Perry was a boy growing up in small-town Massachusetts. He idolized Jacques Cousteau and built his own diving rig that he used to explore a local lake. He dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. But Perry's neighbors had teenage sons, and those sons had electric guitars, and the noise he heard when they started playing would change his life.

The guitar became his passion, an object of lust, an outlet for his restlessness and his rebellious soul. That passion quickly blossomed into an obsession, and he got a band together. One night after a performance he met a brash young musician named Steven Tyler; before long, Aerosmith was born. What happened over the next forty-five years has become the stuff of legend: the knockdown, drag-out, band-splintering fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the packed arenas and timeless hits; the reconciliations and the comebacks.

Rocks is an unusually searching memoir of a life that spans from the top of the world to the bottom of the barrel--several times. It is a study of endurance and brotherhood, with Perry providing remarkable candor about Tyler, as well as new insights into their powerful but troubled relationship. It is an insider's portrait of the rock and roll family, featuring everyone from Jimmy Page to Alice Cooper, Bette Midler to Chuck Berry, John Belushi to Al Hirschfeld. It takes us behind the scenes at unbelievable moments such as Joe and Steven's appearance in the movie of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (they act out the murders of Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees).

Full of humor, insight, and brutal honesty about life in and out of one of the biggest bands in the world, Rocks is the ultimate rock-and-roll epic. In Perry's own words, it tells the whole story: "the loner's story, the band's story, the recovery story, the cult story, the love story, the success story, the failure story, the rebirth story, the re-destruction story, and the post-destructive rebirth story.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$27.99
ISBN-13: 9781476714547
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/2014

Marin School for the Arts - Fall Arts Festival

10/17/2014 8:30 pm

Join us at the Corte Madera store for a celebration of the arts, featuring presentations by Marin School of the Arts students, including jazz and rock band ensembles, a multi-media art exhibit, creative writing presentations, entertainment in dance and theater, and vocal works.

Founded in 2003, MSA is a specialized program embedded in Novato High School, offering talented and motivated students an award-winning arts education within a larger program of academic and college-prep courses. Students of diverse socioeconomic, cultural and geographic backgrounds come from all over the Bay Area to be part of this unique experience that focuses on studies in film and video, dance, digital arts, photography, creative writing, visual arts, music, and theater arts.

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

Bill Broder - Two Russian Bicycles

Sausalito Library • Russian Tea Provided

Two Russian Bicycles: A Fictional Journey into the Past on Two Novellas consists of two curiously related novellas, both prophetic of the future course of Russian and world history.  Based in historical fact, both reveal how the small battles of the hearth, friendship, and love shape history and underlie the effort to remain human in times bedeviled by a brutal destiny. The first novella, Tolstoy’s Wife, depicts Sonya Tolstoy’s struggle for the love of her husband, Leo Tolstoy—a struggle intimately shaped by her belief in the values that inform Tolstoy’s great novels. The second, The Sphynx of Kiev, focuses on the importance of Lenin's character and personal life in shaping the distinctive properties of the two Russian Revolutions at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Bill Broder is the author of A Prayed for the Departed, Crimes of Innocence, Esau's Mountain, What Rough Beast?, Taking Care of Cleo, and The Sacred Hoop, among other books. Broder has also acted as member, Executive Director and Artistic Director of a playwrights workshop, California On Stage, and has completed a number of full-length plays. Abalone! was produced in Carmel, California. His other plays have received staged readings in the Bay Area by Equity actors at the Upstart Stage, The Plays in Progress Series at A.C.T., The Western Stage Theater Company, the New Playwrights Festival, and New Visions Festival. Two of his plays were presented as staged readings at The Second and Third Annual California Studies Conference in Sacramento, California.Professionally, Broder has worked extensively as a free-lance writer, specializing in the writing, design, and production of educational materials for museums, schools, exhibitions, and publishing companies.

 

 



 

Location: 
Street:
Sausalito Library
Additional:
420 Litho St
City:
Sausalito
,
Postal Code:
94965
$12.96
ISBN-13: 9781496123640
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Createspace, 5/2014

Class: Alison Berka- Begin Your Next Step: Resumes

10/18/2014 11:30 am

Saturday Oct. 18 • 9:30-11:30 am • $40

 

 

This workshop is for women ready to re-launch their careers after staying out of the workforce for a while. Whether you want a job while the kids are in school or you are already an empty

nester, you’ll need to reassess your skills and experience (both work and volunteer). Learn how to present yourself in a positive and marketable format. Alison Berka has an MBA in marketing and has successfully built a second career in development and communications.

 

 

 

 

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


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