Timothy Shriver - Fully Alive

As chairman of Special Olympics, Timothy Shriver has dedicated his life to the world’s most forgotten minority—people with intellectual disabilities. And in a time when we are all more rudderless than ever, when we’ve lost our sense of what’s ultimately important, when we hunger for stability but get only uncertainty, he has looked to them for guidance. Fully Alive chronicles Shriver’s discovery of a radically different, and inspiring, way of life. We see straight into the lives of those who seem powerless but who have turned that into a power of their own, and through them learn that we are all totally vulnerable and totally valuable at the same time. In addition, Shriver offers a new look at his family: his parents, Sargent and Eunice Shriver, and his uncles, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, all of whom were resolute advocates for those on the margins. Here, for the first time, Shriver explores the tremendous impact his aunt Rosemary, born with intellectual disabilities, had on his entire family and their legacy.

Timothy P. Shriver is a social leader, educator, activist, film producer, and business entrepreneur. He is the third child of Eunice Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics. As chairman of the Special Olympics, he serves more than three million athletes in 180 countries.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780374280918
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Sarah Crichton Books, 11/2014

Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - Twelve Recipes

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (includes signed book & meal)

     

 

When his oldest son was leaving for college, Cal Peternell, the chef of San Francisco's legendary Chez Panisse, realized that, although he regularly made dinners for his family, he'd never taught them the basics of cooking. Based on the life-altering course of instruction he prepared and honed through many phone calls with his son, Twelve Recipes is the ultimate introduction to the kitchen. Peternell focuses on the core foods and dishes that comprise a successful home cook's arsenal, each building skill upon skill--from toast, eggs, and beans, to vinaigrettes, pasta with tomato, and rice, to vegetables, soup, meats, and cake.

Twelve Recipes will help home cooks develop a core repertoire of skills and increase their culinary confidence. Peternell tells you what basic ingredients and tools you need for a particular recipe, and then adds variations to expand your understanding. Each tip, instruction, and recipe connects with others to weave into a larger story that illuminates the connection between food and life. A deeply personal book, it was written by the chef alone and it glows with warmth and humor as he mulls over such mundane items as toast and rice to offer surprising new insights about foods that only seem exceedingly ordinary. It's a book you're as likely to keep by your bedside as your stovetop. With Peternell as your guide, the journey is pure pleasure and the destination is delicious.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 

 

Location: 
Street:
Left Bank Restaurant
Additional:
507 Magnolia Ave.
City:
Larkspur
,
Postal Code:
94939

Twelve Recipes (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062270306
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow & Company, 10/2014

John F. Martin - In Character: Opera Portraiture

In Character: Opera Portraiture memorably captures operatic performers away from the audience but fully inhabiting their roles. It showcases the work of John F. Martin, who for years set up a portable studio in the basement of the San Francisco Opera and photographed the players in costume and full makeup right before or after they took the stage. The subjects range from nonsinging supernumeraries through chorus members and comprimarii to opera's greatest stars, such as Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Deborah Voigt, Juan Diego Florez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Their roles run the gamut of opera personalities: heroes and heroines, villains and outcasts, royalty and common folk, Biblical figures and creatures of myth. Facing Martin's camera, each artist projects the essence of his or her character, however great or small the part. The book also features a foreword by author Amy Tan; a preface by David Gockley, general director of the San Francisco Opera; essays on opera behind the scenes, the vital role of costumes, and the transformation of singers into characters; and an interview with world-renowned soprano Danielle de Niese. A collection unlike any other, In Character will have broad appeal-to opera and theater buffs, costume and fashion aficionados, and anyone who appreciates fine art photography.

John F. Martin has been a commercial photographer for more than 30 years. His photographs were included in the show of the Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou at UCLA Fowler Museum and are in its permanent collection, and this work has been published in Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, edited by Donald J. Cosentino. John’s publications also include a commemorative book of photographs from Amy Tan’s Bonesetter’s Daughter, the Opera. John has studied at New York’s School of Visual Arts, at City College, San Francisco, and at Stanford Continuing Studies, and he has taught at Academy of Art University.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$34.99
ISBN-13: 9781574674538
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Amadeus Press, 10/2014

Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten - Beautiful Hands

Co-authors Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi (Zero, One, Two) celebrate the forthcoming release of their beautifully written and illustrated book Beautiful Hands. Based on Bret Baumgarten’s experience of holding his daughter’s hands every morning and asking her, "What will your beautiful hands do today?,” this book was created to inspire children everywhere to use their power to help themselves and others achieve their dreams.

 

 

 

 

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

Beautiful Hands (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780990799306
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Blue Dot Press, 4/2015

Books & Coffee with Elaine & Friends - A Holiday Gift Books Review

Elaine Petrocelli and a team of Book Passage booksellers lead a discussion of books for the holidays. Come join us as we present new books for all the readers on your holiday shopping list this season, from children's books to the latest literary fiction, and art books to thrillers--we'll have the best recommendations for readers of all ages and interests.

 

 

 

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

Left Coast Writers®: Antoinette Constable - The Lasting War

The Lasting War is a new volume of poetry from Antoinette Constable.

Born and raised in France, Antoinette Constable is a registered nurse with British and American nursing degrees, and also runs her own catering business. She has lived in the United States for many years, where she raised her four children as a single mother. Her hobbies include reading, writing literary critiques, spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, collecting copper items, cooking and creating new recipes.

Her work has won the PEN First Prize for Poetry, as well as the Ann Stanford Award from the University of Southern California, and it has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Bay Area Poets Coalition, California Quarterly (CQ), The Chaffin Journal, Controlled Burn, Denver Metropolitan State Magazine, Foothill Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, The Healing Muse, Louisville Review, The Old Red Kimono, POEM, Psychological Perspectives, Southern Humanities Review, Unitarian Newsletter, and Unitarian Universalist Anthology. Her poem, "You Dream that the Word Hope Is Written on the Door," was published in the Anthology of Master Classes with David St. John in 2003, by Arctos Press. She was recently awarded a residency at Mesa Refuge, a prestigious writers' retreat near Oakland. 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111


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