Steven Galloway - The Confabulist

What is real and what is an illusion? Can you trust your memory to provide an accurate record of what has happened in your life?

The Confabulist
($27.95) is a clever, entertaining, and suspenseful narrative. It weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician’s in a way that will ultimately startle and amaze. It is at once a vivid portrait of an alluring world; a front-row seat to a world-class magic show; and an unexpected love story. In the end, the book is a kind of magic trick in itself-- there is much more to Martin than meets the eye.

Historically rich and ingeniously told, this is a novel about magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can—for better or for worse—alter what we perceive and believe.

Steven Galloway lives in British Columbia and teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was an IndieBound and a Barnes and Noble Discover selection, and has been chosen for community reads across the country.

 

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Postal Code:
94111

The Confabulist (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594631962
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 5/2014

Jason Padgett - Struck by Genius

The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift.
 
No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.

Yet Padgett wasn't born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.

The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. Struck by Genius ($27.00) recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.
 
Jason Padgett is an aspiring number theorist and mathematician with acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia. He is currently the manager of three futon stores in Tacoma, Washington. His art, drawings of the grids and fractals he sees synesthetically, won Best International Newcomer at the Artoconecto A-B(o)MB show at the Bakehouse Art Complex in 2008. Struck by Genius is his first book. 
 
Maureen Seaberg is an author with several forms of synesthesia and is an expert synesthesia blogger for Psychology Today. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times; the Daily Beast; the Huffington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; and ESPN: The Magazine. She has appeared on MSNBC, PBS and "The Lisa Oz Show" on Oprah Radio. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in the city. 
 
 
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Corte Madera
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94925
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780544045606
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 4/2014

Class: Josette Charbit Schwartz - Intermediate French

05/22/2014 1:15 pm

Four Thursdays: May 22-June 12 • 11:15-1:15 pm • $125

 

 

This class will use French with current events, varied texts, and dialogues.

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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94925
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United States

Kaye McDonough - Pagan

Kaye McDonough's Pagan: Selected Poems ($17.95) reverberates with a loving touch that spares nothing. Within its pages the impressions of a poet who focuses on lovers, friends, and family comes to life. The deft artistry of Vermeer, the splendid pathos of Beat legend Bob Kaufman, and the lives of many women are among the themes handled with grace and craftsmanship. McDonough serves as a witness to the mysteries of the ordinary. The impressive range of these poems will serve to enlighten and entertain generations to come.

Kaye McDonough was born in Pittsburgh in 1943, and studied literature at Vassar College before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a degree in Art History during the turbulent 1960s. She went to Paris in 1963 and explored the literary haunts of the "lost generation" before making her way back to California. She became part of the North Beach scene in San Francisco as a young publisher of Greenlight Press, and associate editor and typesetter for Alix Geluardi’s now classic anthology of San Francisco poets, 185. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has been a visiting playwright/poet at City College of New York, University of Utah, and Brown University. She has taught at various colleges and universities while continuing to do readings and to publish in numerous small press magazines. She is currently at work on a memoir, The Spell of Bohemia

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1 Ferry Building
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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111

Peter Heller - The Painter

Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.

Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience.

A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter ($24.95) is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.
 
Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780385352093
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Knopf, 5/2014

Joshua Ferris - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Paul O'Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn't know how to live in it. He's a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God.

Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online "Paul" might be a better version of the real thing. As Paul's quest to learn why his identity has been stolen deepens, he is forced to confront his troubled past and his uncertain future in a life disturbingly split between the real and the virtual.

At once laugh-out-loud funny about the absurdities of the modern world, and indelibly profound about the eternal questions of the meaning of life, love and truth, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour ($26.00) is a deeply moving and constantly surprising tour de force.

Joshua Ferris is the author of two previous novels, Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780316033978
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 5/2014



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