Julia Cooke - The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba provides a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in contemporary Cuba. Weaving together stories of those she encountered, Julia Cooke artfully illuminates the last generation of Cubans raised under Castro: waiting out hurricanes at rummy storm parties, asking ancestors for advice during living room Santería ceremonies, attending raucous drag cabarets, and reconciling an undefined future with the urgency of today.

Julia Cooke is a freelance journalist and teacher who has lived in and reported from Mexico City and Havana. She has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center and Columbia University, where she completed her master of fine arts in creative nonfiction writing. Her essays about Cuba have been published in Conde Nast Traveller, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthology, among numerous newspapers and magazines. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781580055314
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Published: Seal Press, 4/2014

S.S. Taylor - The Expeditioners: The Secret of King Triton's Lair

Introduction by Dave Eggers

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous -- and presumed dead -- explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

S. S. Taylor has a strong interest in books, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, maps, and exploring known and unknown places. The author of O’ Artful Death, she lives in Hartland, VT.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$22.00
ISBN-13: 9781940450209
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Published: McSweeney's Books, 9/2014

Jason Mott -The Wonder of All Things

The Wonder of All Things starts on an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear. Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals.  He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780778316527
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Published: Mira Books, 9/2014

Elizabeth Rosner - Electric City

Elizabeth Rosner pulls double-duty with a new poetry collection/memoir and a new novel.

Ensconced in Electric City, Sophie is coming of age just as the town is gasping its last breaths. The town, and America as a whole, is on the cusp of great instability: blackouts, social unrest over Vietnam, and soon the advent of the seventies. Into her orbit drifts Henry Van Curler, the favored son of one of Electric City's founding Dutch families, as well as Martin Longboat, grandson of Joseph Longboat. This new generation of Electric City will face both the history of their town and their own uncertain future, struggling to bridge the gap between the old world and the new. Electric City is a vital, pulsing, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world

Composed over a period of some twenty years, the poetry collection Gravity is Rosner’s profoundly searching account of her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In these direct and revealing pages, Rosner traces the earliest remembered resonances of her parents’ past and her own dawning awareness of the war history that colored her family home during her youth in Schenectady, New York.

Elizabeth Rosner is the author of The Speed of Light and Blue Nude.

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

Electric City (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781619023468
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 10/2014

Gravity (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780989302333
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Published: Atelier26, 10/2014

Walter Isaacson - The Innovators

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Grace Cathedral in San Francisco • Ticket: $42 (includes complimentary signed book)

 

 

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative

Walter Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

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Street:
Grace Cathedral
Additional:
1100 California St
City:
San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94108
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781476708690
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/2014

Kristiina Ehin - Walker on Water

Litquake Event!

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.

 

 

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Street:
1 Ferry Building
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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111

Walker on Water (Paperback)

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



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