Literary Luncheon: Joshilyn Jackson - Someone Else's Love Story

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

 

 

For single mom Shandi Pierce, life is a juggling act. She's finishing college, raising precocious three-year-old Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents.Then she gets caught in the middle of a stickup at a gas station and falls instantly in love with William Ashe, when he steps between the armed robber and her son. Now, in Someone Else's Love Story, William and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head-on, making choices that will reveal unexpected truths about love, life, and the world they think they know.

Joshilyn Jackson is the author of five novels: gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062105660
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow & Company, 8/2014

Jean-Pierre Moullé & Denise Lurton Moullé - French Roots

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

Spinster Sisters Restaurant • Santa Rosa

Ticket: $95 person (includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert)

 

 

A narratively rich cookbook of French and Californian recipes from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise Moullé. French Roots spans 60 years and two continents, following the lives of its authors through food. Beginning with the dishes of old-world France, the couple’s birthplace, the book focuses on the simple, pared-down preparations of French food common in the postwar period. Their story then travels to the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, where Jean-Pierre was appointed executive chef at Chez Panisse when California cuisine was just emerging as a distinctive and important style, and where Denise began importing French wine. Finally, the journey returns to France, where the couple revisit the classic dishes of their native country and forgotten skills of foraging, hunting, and preserving at their home in Bordeaux. So much more than a collection of 100 elegant recipes, French Roots is the story of an adventure of two people and two cuisines.

Until his retirement in April 2012, Jean-Pierre Moullé was the executive chef at Chez Panisse, where he began working in 1975. Denise Moullé comes from the Bordeaux wine-making empire of the Lurton family. She worked as a wine distributor in California for many years before starting Two Bordelais in 1987, which offers guided tours through France.

Location: 
Street:
401 South A St.
City:
Santa Rosa
,
Postal Code:
95401
Country:
United States
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781607745471
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press, 9/2014

Seth Casteel - Underwater Puppies

The world fell in love with swimming canines in Seth Casteel's first book, Underwater Dogs. Now, in more than 80 previously unpublished portraits, Underwater Puppies shows off man's best friends at their most playful and exuberant. Each vibrant and colorful underwater image shows off the wild and sublime range of emotions of puppies, cute and irresistible to the very last.

Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer with a passion for working with animals and an established member of the animal rescue community. He lives in New York and Los Angeles. His two dogs, Nala and Fred, have accepted the fact that they will be photographed every single day.

 

 

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

Underwater Puppies (Hardcover)

$21.00
ISBN-13: 9780316254892
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 9/2014

Jessica Merchant - Seriously Delish

Jessica Merchant, creator of the popular food blog How Sweet Eats, has now created her first cookbook, Seriously Delish. Her playfulness jumps off the page in her inventive and incredibly delicious recipes, such as Amaretto-Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Toast Croutons, Mini Crab Cakes with Sweet Corn and Blueberry Salsa, and Fleur de Sel Caramel Bourbon Brownie Milk Shakes. Her sense of humor, which brings millions of visitors to her site, shows through in chapter titles like "Breakfast (. . . for Dinner?)" and "Salad, Soups, and Vegetable-like Things (Ugh, if We Must)." Merchant makes food that people get excited about, nothing run-of-the-mill or expected. As an added bonus, all of the photographs in the book were taken by Merchant herself, giving her cookbook the personal touch that her fans love and newcomers will appreciate. Seriously Delish features imaginative recipes that are tasty and original and bring readers to a place where cooking becomes adventurous and food becomes fun.

Jessica Merchant founded the popular food blog How Sweet Eats in 2009. A self-proclaimed food fanatic, she shares her ramblings with millions, creating a community on her site that brings in over 100,000 readers every day.
 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States
$29.99
ISBN-13: 9780544176492
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin, 9/2014

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - Off the Sidelines

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $30 (includes a complimentary signed book)

 

 

Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: “Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.” A young corporate lawyer at the time, Gillibrand felt as if she’d been struck by lightning. She instantly knew that her voice—all women’s voices—were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them.

Off the Sidelines is a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military).

Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office. She lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares, and the support system she turns to in her darkest moments: her husband, their two little boys, and lots of girlfriends. She explains why “ambition” is not a dirty word, failure is a gift, listening is the most effective tool, and the debate over women “having it all” is absurd at best and demeaning at worst. In her sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice, she dares us all to tap into our inner strength, find personal fulfillment, and speak up for what we believe in.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780804179072
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 9/2014

Jake Kaida & Matthew Tavis Johnson - Blue Collar Nomad Literary Soundtrack Project

Jake Kaida sponsors his way across the land as a farmhand, cook, organic gardener, landscape artist, writing instructor, mentor to at-risk youth and his favorite tasks---picking apples and gleaning grapes in the autumn. Blue Collar Nomad is a compendium of his North American travel and place-based pieces, which he composed between 23-35 years of age.  These atmospheric poems, travel stories, and spiritual vignettes blend genuine working class ethics with jazzy intuitive language in order to rouse hidden emotions and knead spiritual nerves within the reader’s psyche.

Wandering is a collection of deeply moving travel/place compositions that form the soundtrack for Jake Kaida’s book. These musical pieces evoke the emotional fluidity as well as the various psychological nuances and changing ambiances that a nomad encounters in various locations. Matthew Tavis Johnson deftly captures the unencumbered rhythm and transitory openness that occurs during the transitional phases of traveling from place to place.  Overall, the composer was able to delve into the intuitive vitality of each specific poem, travel narrative or spiritual vignette and render its musical heart.

Jake Kaida is an itinerant worker and spiritual pilgrim who has spent time in all forty-eight continental United States and several Canadian provinces. He has done this without the use of cell phones or any handheld technological devices.  

Matthew Tavis Johnson is an accomplished pianist and musical composer who has released several beautiful albums over the years, including Reach for the Sky, Walk With Me, Light and Dark.  He is also a member of the experimental indie rock band Evening Shades.

 

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


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