Hadar Aviram - Cheap On Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment

After forty years of increasing prison construction and incarceration rates, winds of change are blowing through the American correctional system. The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the unsustainability of the incarceration project, thereby empowering policy makers to reform punishment through fiscal prudence and austerity. In Cheap on Crime: Recession-Era Politics and the Transformation of American Punishment, Hadar Aviram draws on years of archival and journalistic research and builds on social history and economics literature to show the powerful impact of recession-era discourse on the death penalty, the war on drugs, incarceration practices, prison health care, and other aspects of the American correctional landscape.

Hadar Aviram is Professor of Law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she co-directs the Hastings Institute for Criminal Justice and publishes the California Correctional Crisis blog.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$29.95
ISBN-13: 9780520277311
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of California Press, 1/2015

Dr. Christine Carter - The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Guzman Hall, Dominican University

Tickets: $30 (includes book)

 

 

In this inspiring and influential new book, Christine Carter synthesizes the very latest in neurological, psychological and sociological science to reveal the secret to success and happiness at work and at home. Through an extraordinary blend of cutting-edge scientific research and its practical application, Carter offers a way not just to cope with modern pressures, but to truly thrive. The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work is the first book to offer readers a clear and achievable alternative to our modern busyness treadmill. Full of surprises about the ways we may have been going at this all wrong, it's a book about moving from trying to do things right to doing the right things.

Christine Carter got her PhD from UC Berkeley in sociology and is now the resident happiness expert at UC-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research center that "translates" the study of happiness, resilience, and emotional intelligence for the public. The author of the bestselling Raising Happiness Dr. Carter blogs regularly for Greater Good, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today show and NPR, and has helped thousands of people lead happier and more productive lives through her lectures and online classes.

 

Location: 
Street:
Guzman Hall, Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Ave.
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780553392043
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 2/2015

Michael Meyer - In Manchuria

With The Last Days of Old Beijing, Michael Meyer looked at the modernization of China’s ancient city, and with In Manchuria he furthers his fascinating piece on This American Life, charting the much-mythologized region bordered by Mongolia, North Korea and Siberia, now called the Northeast. For three years, Meyer lived in the remote Northeast in the rice-farming community of Wasteland. A quiet village of two dozen homes, one road, and communally farmed rice paddies, where the temperature can reach 20 below and the sun sets before 4 o’clock. There Meyer witnessed Wasteland’s sweeping changes with the arrival of Eastern Fortune Rice, a privately held and governmentally-backed company which began buying up paddies and hiring their farmers as laborers. Wasteland’s saga mirrors the tremendous shift most of rural China is undergoing; Eastern Fortune has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights. Once a commune, Wasteland is now a company town, a phenomenon happening across China, one that Meyer documents for the first time.

Michael Meyer first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. The winner of a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, Meyer has also won a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$28.00
ISBN-13: 9781620402863
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Press, 2/2015

Class: Alice Acheson - Greatest Marketing Tool

02/27/2015 1:00 pm
Fri., Feb. 27 • 10:00-1:00pm • $60 


 
 
Would your verbal book description gain the same success?  True story:  A New York City editor on the subway overheard two women talking, before turning their conversation to the book one of the women was writing.  The editor, still listening, was intrigued, asked for the manuscript to be submitted, and PUBLISHED the book!  This story could have occurred in the cafe at Book Passage or in the check-out line in your local super market.  

A writer's first step to market a book is to talk to "everyone."  You never know who the listener might be: an agent, publisher, bookseller, future reader.  Learn what works, what doesn't -- and why.  Don't blow your golden opportunity!

The pre-class assignment (instructions upon registration) is to write that 30-second pitch, practice it out loud -- many times -- and memorize it so it sounds like conversation.

"[The class] gave me an easy way to talk to my friends, booksellers, the media and new readers.  But I also use what I learned as a way to shape everything I'm writing.  Chances are, if I can't describe my story idea concisely (even to myself) then I need to keep thinking.  I need to make sure I'm clear about what I'm writing.  For me, it's the starting, not ending point of publishing a book.  It's been the most valuable bit of wisdom I've learned."
    --     Jennifer Solow, bestselling author of THE ARISTOBRATS and THE BOOSTER
 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

02/27/2015 2:30 pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

In An Innocent Abroad, more than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives.

In his introduction, editor Don George explains how innocence and worldliness intertwine into an intricate relationship that enables each to thrive: “As long as we continue into unfamiliar situations, to open our hearts and minds to foreign ways, as long as we are able to keep losing our innocence abroad, that innocence will never end—and our appreciation of the world, our embrace of this unembraceable whole, will extend, and extend, and extend.”

Don George is the Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications.  In 25 years of wandering, Don has visited more than 60 countries and has published more than 600 articles in newspapers and magazines around the globe.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

Location: 
Street:
College of Marin, Kentfield Library
Additional:
835 College Ave.
City:
Kentfield
,
Postal Code:
94904
$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781743603604
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Lonely Planet, 12/2014

Class: Alice Acheson - Publishing Choices

02/27/2015 5:00 pm
Fri., Feb. 27 • 2:00-5:00pm • $60 
 
 
 
 
What is POD?  How does it differ from self-publishing?  Will either be easier, faster, better than the route to a traditional publisher?

All authors need to investigate the most appropriate method of publication before finishing their books.  You owe it to yourself -- and your pocketbook -- to learn the advantages and pitfalls of each type.  Using decades of working with all three publishing choices, the instructor shares that no method is appropriate for all books and all authors.

For some publishing routes the services provided are quite different; for others the author might pay all the expenses.  Can your book be reviewed and sold in bookstores and will you earn more money with one procedure over the others?  The answers to these crucial questions -- and others -- will determine the appropriate publishing route.

"[Alice Acheson's] knowledge about and reflection upon the reality of the publishing business makes her absolutely credible."
    --     Catherine Conway Honig, Book Passage student
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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