Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin - Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery

Ovenly is an award-winning bakery headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since 2010, their innovative baked goods have found their way into cafés, restaurants and stores nationwide. In their first cookbook, Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York’s Most Creative Bakery, Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin bring their knack for sweet and savory splendor to your home kitchen. Packed with the baking know-how of two straight-talking, home taught bakers and sprinkled throughout with irresistible full-color photographs, these inventive recipes are not to be missed.

Agatha Kulaga grew up in Connecticut, where some of her happiest childhood memories are of baking alongside her mother and grandmother, making old-world sweets like apple cake, poppy-seed rolled cake and fat dessert dumplings. In one lucky year, Kulaga quit her job of nearly ten years, started a business and married the man of her dreams. She has never been happier.

Erin Patinkin spent her early years in Chicago, where she developed an obsession for Vienna Beef hot dogs (ketchup is sacrilege), Big League Chew and Yan Can Cook television episodes. The day she traded business casual for an apron and clogs was the best day of her life.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780373892952
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Harlequin, 9/2014

Eve Pell - Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance

Join us for a special singles mixer in the Book Passage cafe at 5:30pm before Eve Pell’s event! $12 tickets include admission to the mixer, cheese & wine, and a reserved seat for the event.

 

 

Please note that this is a free event, and that a ticket is required only if you wish to attend the pre-event singles mixer.

Eve Pell says, a few things improve with age: wine, cheese, friendship, and love. As she and the couples in this wise and warm book see it, life experience adds dimensions to the art of connection, enabling mature people to finesse issues that cause young couples conflict. In Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance, Pell not only shares the more intimate details of her own experience (marrying Sam, a widower, at 71 after two divorces of her own), but also reveals a dynamic picture of modern romance. Pell illuminates how more seniors than ever are looking for that "one last blossoming of the heart," and tackling everyday issues such as dealing with the emotions of family members, deciding where to live, and how to divide finances.

Eve Pell is the author of the acclaimed memoir We Used to Own the Bronx, in which she detailed her upbringing in a prestigious New York family and how she left that world of privilege for a career as an investigative reporter. She went on to report for three award-winning PBS documentaries and is an award-winning writer published in the San Francisco Chronicle,
The Nation, Ms., Runners World, and other publications. She has been a staff reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting, has taught journalism at San Francisco State University and lectured at Stanford, and has won gold medals in international senior track and field competitions.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780804176460
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 1/2015

Peter Richardson - No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

Co-Sponsored by Amoeba Music

In Conversation with Paul Liberatore 

For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. While their albums sold well over time, the group never had a number one song, and they cracked the top ten only once—more than two decades after their formation—which raises the question, why did they become one of the world’s most legendary bands? Now, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the band’s creation, No Simple Highway by Peter Richardson is the first book to answer this deceptively simple question. Drawing on new research, interviews, and material from the Grateful Dead archives, No Simple Highway vividly recounts the Dead's colorful history, adding new insight into everything from the acid tests to the band's formation of their own record label to their massive late career success, while probing the riddle of the Dead's vast and durable appeal.

Peter Richardson is an author and lecturer in the humanities department at San Francisco State University and outgoing chair of the California Studies Association. Before that, he was an editor at the Public Policy Institute of California, a think-tank based in San Francisco; a tenured English professor at the University of North Texas; and an acquisitions editor at Harper & Row, Publishers. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781250010629
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press, 1/2015

Bich Minh Nguyen & Yiyun Li - Pioneer Girl & Kinder Than Solitude

Bich Minh Nguyen’s previous books—the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the American Book Award-winning novel Short Girls—established her talents as a writer of keen cultural observation. In Pioneer Girl, Nguyen entwines the Asian American experience with the escapist pleasures of literature, in a dazzling mystery about the origins of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Little House on the Prairie.

Lee Lien has long dodged her Vietnamese family’s rigid expectations by immersing herself in books. But now, jobless with a PhD in literature, she is back at home, working in her family’s restaurant under her mother’s hypercritical gaze—until an heirloom from their past sends Lee on a search for clues that may lead back to Wilder herself, transforming strangers’ lives as well as her own.

In Kinder Than Solitude, Yiyun Li tells the story of three people who, when young, were involved in a mysterious "accident" in which a friend of theirs was poisoned. Now grown up, the three friends are separated by time and distancewith two of them living in the United States and the other in Chinaand haunted by uncertainty and doubt about themselves and whether what happened to Shaoai was really "an accident." With her signature mesmerizing prose and brilliant, philosophical understanding of the joys and aches of the human heart, Li unfolds the mystery of what happened that day, and the power of the past to shape our present and future.

Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by Beth) teaches literature and creative writing in the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and their two children.

Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers' Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five, and The New Yorker named her one of twenty U.S. writers under forty to watch. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis.

 

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

Pioneer Girl (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780670025091
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Viking Adult, 2/2014

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781400068142
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Random House, 2/2014

Norman Doidge - The Brain's Way of Healing

Co-Sponsored by the Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area

While it has been believed for centuries that the brain’s complexity prevents recovery from damage or disease, The Brain's Way Of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing. As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge uses true stories and case studies to present cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications, and outlines principles that everyone can apply to improve brain performance and health. Doidge shows that natural, non-invasive stimuli—light, sound, vibration, movement—pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain’s own healing capacities without producing the unpleasant side effects that often accompany high-tech forms of treatment. Pointing to cases of patients who overcame chronic pain or recovered from debilitating accidents using these methods—such as one patient who was cured of ADHD through treatment with gentle vibrations on the back of the head, and others who were able to reverse the worst symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and stroke using a method of barely perceptible tingling of the tongue—he shows that there are multiple new ways to approach common brain injuries and highlights the latest discoveries about how healthy people can enhance their own brain plasticity and decrease the risk of dementia.

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself, which was chosen by the Dana Foundation for the Brain as the #1 book on the brain ever written for the general public.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780670025503
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Adult, 1/2015

Class: Kerrin Meis- Cultural History of Wine in Western Art

01/30/2015 12:00 pm
Fri., Jan. 30 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $35
 
 
 
 
 
Through illustrations of works of art we study the origins of winein Mesopotamia, its use in secular revelry in the Greco-Roman world and sacred ritual celebrations that begin with early Christianity and continue through the Renaissance and well beyond. We see how the hedonistic expression “Carpe Diem” becomes the admonishing phrase “Vanitas” in the seventeenth century. In Vino Veritas! -- compare Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with Edvard Munch’s “The Hangover.”

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


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