Joyce Carol Oates - The Sacrifice

In The Sacrifice, when a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice—of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what—and who—the “sacrifice” actually is, and what consequences these kind of events hold for us all.

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestsellers The Accursed and The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

 

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The Sacrifice (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062332974
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Published: Ecco, 1/2015

Alexandra Fuller - Leaving Before the Rains Come

With astounding candor and in the wry, often hilarious prose that her devoted readers have come to expect, Alexandra Fuller takes on the rise and fall of her own marriage and addresses how her father shaped her view of the world in Leaving Before the Rains Come.  In hopes of understanding what went wrong and finding ways to rebuild her life after a painful divorce, Fuller turns to her African past for answers. As she explores the vibrant memories of her childhood, she hunts for clues as to what it means to live life completely and without regret.

Alexandra Fuller has written five books of non-fiction. Her debut, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 BookSense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.

 

 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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94925
$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781594205866
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 1/2015

Joshua Davis - Spare Parts

Ten years ago, a team of undocumented Mexican American students from Carl Hayden High, a scrappy, underfunded public school in West Phoenix, took part in a national, NASA-sponsored underwater robotics competition. The school had recently launched a robotics club at the initiative of two unconventional teachers and was going up against not only other high schools, but colleges from around the country, including a team from MIT that was the beneficiary of a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. Improbably and amazingly, the four teens from West Phoenix won.
 
In Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream, Joshua Davis expands on this story, placing the teens’ amazing 2004 accomplishments in the context of the immigration debate and their entire lives. Davis takes us back to their childhoods in Mexico, shows us their daily struggles as they grew up in the United States, and brings their dramatic stories — which, in one case, involves deportation, a job picking beans in Mexico, and a tour with the US military in Afghanistan — up to the present day.

Joshua Davis has been a contributing editor at Wired for a decade and is the cofounder of Epic magazine. He is the author of The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions, a memoir about his experiences as an arm wrestler, backward runner, and matador.

 

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780374534981
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Published: FSG Originals, 9/2014

David Linden - Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind is an engaging and fascinating examination of this critical interface between our bodies and the outside world, between ourselves and others. David Linden explores every aspect of touch: how has touch come to be central to social interactions and in general health? (Touch deprivation affects a range of psychiatric and physical conditions, such as obesity, type II diabetes and gastrointestinal diseases.) Why can’t we read Braille with our genitals? (We actually have seven classes of specialized touch receptors.) Why do women have better fingertip detection of fine tactile form compared with men? How do drugs like Ecstasy work to heighten and motivate sensual touch? What happens in the brain and skin when an orgasm is faked? Why does a hot bath feel great on a cold day and lousy on a sweltering day even though the heat sensors in our skin are activated to the same level in both cases? Why can watching someone else scratch make us feel itchy? Is there a biological basis for the use of acupuncture for pain relief? Why is tickle sensation unique and why can’t we tickle ourselves?

David Linden is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the New York Times bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure and The Accidental Mind.

 

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San Francisco
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94111
$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780670014873
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Adult, 3/2015

Class: Kerrin Meis- Celebrating the de Young: Great American and Modernist Art

02/06/2015 12:00 pm
Four Fridays: Feb. 6-27 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $140
 
 
 

 
Study the masterworks for which the de Young is famous. We begin with Copley, move on to West, Stuart, Vanderlyn et al, view the landscapes of Bierstadt, Church and Keith, study Bingham and Johnson, and marvel trompe l’oeil canvases of Harnett and Peto. The American Realists and Impressionists round out our tour of the 19th century. We then revel in 20th century works by Bay Area Figurative Artists, ending with an ode to Thiebaud.
 
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Corte Madera
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Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Expanding Travel Writing to Fiction

02/07/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Feb. 7 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $140 (includes a copy of Dead Love)
 
 
 
 
If you love writing about place, you might want to stret-t-t-tch your horizons. In an age where navigating the globe has never been more important, fabulous settings—along with great dialog— have become one of the keys to the best fiction. Join award winning travel writer and novelist Linda Watanabe McFerrin will show you how to take your writing about place to a whole new dimension that is out of this world in a workshop with an emphasis on craft, exercises, and work on your individual projects.
 
 
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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925


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