Lee Daniel Kravetz & David B. Feldman - Supersurvivors

Eighty percent of Americans suffer trauma in their lifetimes, and many are able to survive and overcome its effects. Then there are those, who, in the aftermath of great tragedy and turmoil, accomplish extraordinary feats. They break records, win awards, and meet the seemingly unattainable goals they set for themselves. These are the supersurvivors: the individuals who not only rebuild their lives, but thrive and grow in ways never previously imagined.

A cancer-ridden Olympic Gold Medalist, a blind man who rowed across the Atlantic, and an amputee stuntman are among the extraordinary stories that open the door to understanding the surprising and counterintuitive aspects of accomplishment. Renowned psychologists and popular writers, David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz, interview dozens of men and women who have a “miracle” story, and uncover how they were able to achieve greatness in the wake of their traumas. Their findings are startling-- the conventionally held belief that optimism alone has the potential to heal is simply untrue.

In stark contrast of blind optimism, it is by allowing the stress of trauma to exact an emotional toll that leads the way to healing. Drawing from scientific findings and their experience as clinical psychologists, the authors weave the narratives of these supersurvivors to elucidate what is common among them-- they all had a realistic approach to their challenges. Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success ($25.99) is sure to reset our thinking about how we deal with all our challenges, no matter how big or small.

Lee Daniel Kravetz received a master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2013, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Columbia School of Journalism. Kravetz has written for print and television. At the age of 29, he survived a battle with cancer, and found himself confronted with a seemingly endless series of physical and emotional hurdles. The experience called into relief his personal values and choices, and he changed the course of his life to study clinical counseling with a focus on positive psychology. Kravetz lectures at the San Francisco Writers Grotto and is a founder of the LitCamp Writers Conference.

David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University. Dr. Feldman is the author of two previous books, has written for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and has published numerous research articles.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062267856
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harperwave, 6/2014

Laura McBride - We Are Called to Rise

Beyond Las Vegas’s casinos lies a boomtown where four lives can be brought together by one split-second choice.

In the predawn hours, a woman’s marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to fit in and get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling that he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise.

We Are Called to Rise ($25.00) is a story about a child’s fate. It is a story about families—the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other and reminds us that compassion and charity can rescue us, even in our darkest moment. It is a book that will break your heart and then put it back together.
 
Laura McBride teaches at the College of Southern Nevada and lives with her husband and two children in Las Vegas. She graduated with a degree in American Studies from Yale University and wrote part of We Are Called to Rise, her first novel, while in residency at Yaddo.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781476738963
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster, 6/2014

Class: Josette Charbit Schwartz - French Poems and Songs

07/01/2014 1:00 pm

Four Tuesdays: July 1-29 • 11:00-1:00 • $125

 

 

This course is based on a variety of songs and poems to develop your grammar, enhance your vocabulary, and reinforce your speaking skills. Be ready to sing in French or read a poem from Jacques Prévert.

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.

Not for beginning students.

 

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

Jean Kwok - Mambo in Chinatown

From the bestselling author of Girl in Translation comes a new novel, Mambo in Chinatown ($27.95), the story of a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing.
 
Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong grew up in New York’s Chinatown, the older daughter of a Beijing ballerina and a noodle maker. Though an ABC (America-born Chinese), Charlie’s entire world has been limited to this small area. Now grown, she lives in the same, tiny apartment with her widower father and her eleven-year-old sister, and works—miserably—as a dishwasher.

But when she lands a job as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, Charlie gains access to a world she hardly knew existed, and everything she once took to be certain turns upside down.  Slowly, within this new arena, shy, clumsy, unfashionable Charlie’s own natural talents begin to emerge, and gradually her perspective, her expectations, and her sense of self all are transformed—something she must hide, at great pains, from her father and his suspicion of all things Western. As Charlie blossoms, though, her sister becomes chronically ill. As Pa insists on treating his ailing child exclusively with Eastern practices to no avail, Charlie is forced to find a way to reconcile her two selves and her two worlds—Eastern and Western, old world and new—to rescue her sister while also keeping her newfound confidence and identity.
 
Jean Kwok is the author of Girl in Translation. She was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and completed an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University.
 
Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States

Mambo in Chinatown (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594632006
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 6/2014

Jacqueline Winspear - The Care and Management of Lies

By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained—by Thea’s passionate embrace of women’s suffrage, and by the imminent marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. When Kezia and Tom wed just a month before war is declared between Britain and Germany, Thea’s gift to Kezia is a book on household management—a veiled criticism of the bride’s prosaic life to come. Yet when Tom enlists to fight for his country and Thea is drawn reluctantly onto the battlefield, the farm becomes Kezia’s responsibility. Each must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil.

As Tom marches to the front lines, and Kezia battles to keep her ordered life from unraveling, they hide their despair in letters and cards filled with stories woven to bring comfort. Even Tom’s fellow soldiers in the trenches enter and find solace in the dream world of Kezia’s mouth-watering, albeit imaginary meals. But will well-intended lies and self-deception be of use when they come face to face with the enemy?

Published to coincide with the centennial of the Great War, The Care and Management of Lies ($26.99) paints a poignant picture of love and friendship strained by the pain of separation and the brutal chaos of battle. Ultimately, it raises profound questions about conflict, belief, and love that echo in our own time.
 
Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, A Lesson in Secrets, The Mapping of Love and Death, Among the Mad, and An Incomplete Revenge, as well as four other national bestselling Maisie Dobbs novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha, Alex, and Macavity awards for the first book in the series, Maisie Dobbs, which was also nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel and was a New York Times Notable Book. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.
 

 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062220509
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper, 7/2014

Class: Josette Charbit Schwartz - French Review

07/03/2014 1:00 pm

Four Thursdays: July 3-31 • 11:00-1:00 • $125

 

 

This class will review grammar and vocabulary through varied texts and contemporary literature.

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.

Not for beginning students.

 

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


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