Boris Fishman - A Replacement Life

Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, ''didn't suffer in the exact way'' he needs to have suffered to qualify for the reparations the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has--as a Jew in the war, as a second-class citizen in the USSR, as an immigrant in America. So? Isn't his grandson a ''writer''?

High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant-scraping behind him. Only the American dream is not panning out for him: Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American--but he wants to be a lionized writer even more.

Slava's turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is a truth and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention at which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America--but not before collecting a lasting price from his family.

A Replacement Life
is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

Boris Fishman was born in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and other publications. He is the editor of Wild East: Stories From the Last Frontier, an anthology about Eastern Europe after the fall of communism, and the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center, among others. A Replacement Life is his first novel.

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

A Replacement Life (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062287878
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Harper, 6/2014

Class: Tressa Berman - Life Is A Story

10/19/2014 4:00 pm

 Sun., Oct. 19 • 10:00-4:00pm • $105

 

 

Everyone has a life story, but how do we shape that story to make it compelling? Through inclass exercises, we will consider the art of the interview, life history methods, performance, and writing techniques to bring your life story alive. Please bring samples of interviews or works-in-progress to class. Tressa Berman, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and writer who has collected life histories and interviews as a fieldworker and oral historian for more than 25 years.

 

 

 

 

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

Marcia DeSanctis - 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

Whether she is a die-hard Francophile or simply dreaming of Paris, a woman will discover France, her way, in 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. With her eye trained towards the feminine, award-winning author Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of traveling and living in France to lead women into the City of Light, along the Cote d’Azur, and through vineyards, cooking classes, lavender fields and architectural treasures. These 100 entries capture art, culture and jaunts along France's many beaches, and include not only most-visited attractions such as the Chateau de Versailles and the Musee d'Orsay, but many places to be discovered. Wander around the Art Nouveau city of Nancy, make a pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, or discover the Cathar Cathedral of St. Cecile in Albi. From sexy to literary, from spiritual to simply gorgeous, the range of this book proves that the allure of France for women goes beyond food and fashion.

Marcia DeSanctis spent years traveling the world as a network news producer and is now writing a memoir. Her work has been in Vogue, Departures, The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, More, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and the Huffington Post. She loves to travel alone and her idea of heaven is arriving at a new place, opening the hotel room door, checking out what candy is in the mini-bar, and then heading outside to explore her new temporary neighborhood. She lives in Bethlehem, CT.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781609520823
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Travelers' Tales, 5/2013

Katherine Applegate - Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Special Children's Event! 

 

Newbury medalist Katherine Applegate presents the extraordinary true story of a special gorilla who was captured as a baby in the Congo and brought to a mall in America to attract shoppers. After public pressure mounted to find a better way of life for him, Ivan became a fixture in the hearts of many, while his story became a national symbol of animal welfare. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780544252301
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Clarion Books, 10/2014

Garth Stein - A Sudden Light

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
 
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

A Sudden Light ($26.95) is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, published in thirty-five languages. He is also the author of two previous novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon. He lives in Seattle with his family.
 
Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

A Sudden Light (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781439187036
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster, 9/2014

Dan Jones - The War of the Roses

The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. The riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, The War of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.

Dan Jones is an award-winning historian of the Middle Ages. His four-part television series based on The Plantagenets is currently in production and will be broadcast in 2015. He lives in London.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$36.00
ISBN-13: 9780670026678
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Adult, 10/2014



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