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.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$14.00
ISBN-13: 9780374534981
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: FSG Originals, 9/2014

Class: Rusty Morrison- For Poets: Courting the Emergent

02/04/2015 8:00 pm

Wed. Feb. 4 • 6:00-8:00 pm • $40 

 

Most writing classes focus on praxis— teachable techniques currently in vogue. Yet, it’s a common tenet of creativity that a poet must break with conventions if an impulse of emergent possibility, of poiesis, arises that calls the writer beyond what is currently popular, beyond the current norms of one’s own writing style. How to teach the art of attuning to one’s own unique unveiling of the previously unseen and bring it into presence?

In this class, we will observe that a strict division between poiesis and praxis isn’t necessary: we’ll try catalysts that ask poiesis, thrilling, unexpected directions, to spring from astute attention to what is waiting, nascent, in one’s praxis. Current studies in neuroscience support this: unexpected insights can arrive when old ideas galvanize in new ways. The right brain trolls the left and recombines what it finds. Though we are usually unconscious to the process, we can train ourselves to become more alert to its potential occurrence. This class is appropriate for new poets and for poets who are very proficient in their craft.

**Pre-class assignment instructions upon registration.

Rusty Morrison is co-publisher of Omnidawn, author of five books, and winner of many awards including "The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story" which won The James Laughlin Award and "After Urgency" which won The Dorset Prize. Her most recent book is "Beyond the Chainlink" from Ahsahta Press. 

 

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

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

Co-Sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences

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.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780670014873
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Adult, 3/2015

Daniel Alarcón - One Book One Marin 2015 Launch

Book Passage, along with The Marin County Free Library, City Public Libraries of Marin County and Dominican University of California, is pleased to announce the 2015 One Book One Marin reading program with the selection of At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón. Join us for the launch of this county-wide celebration with a talk and signing by the author.

Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man; his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother; and his acting career can’t seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson’s hero, Henry Nuñez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that’s when the real trouble begins.

Nelson’s fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson’s story—and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

Daniel Alarcón is the author of the story collection War by Candlelight, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. He has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40,” and is executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781594632839
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Trade, 10/2014

Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States
$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781594633669
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 1/2015

Tara Mohr - Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In gave many women new awareness about what kinds of changes they need to make to become more successful; yet most women need help implementing them. In the tradition of Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly, Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message provides practical tools to help women quiet self-doubt, identify their callings, “unhook” from praise and criticism, unlearn counterproductive good girl habits, and begin taking bold action.

Tara Mohr has an MBA from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from Yale. Mohr has been a columnist with the Huffington Post since 2010 and has been featured on the Today show, in MORE, ForbesWoman, Harvard Business Review, Whole Living, The Financial Times, and numerous other media outlets.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781594206078
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Gotham, 10/2014



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