Sheila Weller - The News Sorority

For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three—Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour—broke through, definitively remaking America’s nightly news. Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, bestselling author Sheila Weller crafts a lively and eye-opening narrative, revealing the combination of ambition, skill, and character that enabled these three singular women to infiltrate the once impenetrable “boys club” and become cultural icons.

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Diane Sawyer was a driven, elegant young woman in a time of societal upheaval. Her fierce intellect, almost insuperable work ethic, and mysterious emotional intelligence would catapult Sawyer from being the first female on-air correspondent for 60 Minutes to presenting heartbreaking specials on child poverty in America while anchoring the network flagship, ABC World News Tonight.

Katie Couric, always conveniently underestimated because of her girl-next-door demeanor, brazened her way through a succession of regional TV news jobs until she finally hit it big in New York. In 1991, Couric became the Today show cohost, where over the next fifteen years she transformed the “female” slot from secondary to preeminent. Couric’s greatest triumph—and most bedeviling challenge—was inheriting the mantle of Walter Cronkite at CBS Evening News, as the first woman ever to anchor a prestigious nighttime network news program.

A glamorous but unorthodox cosmopolite—the daughter of a British Catholic mother and Iranian Muslim father—Christiane Amanpour made a virtue of her outsider status. She joined the fledgling CNN on the bottom rung and then became its “face,” catalyzing its rise to global prominence. Her fearlessness in war zones and before presidents and despots would make her the world’s witness to some of its most acute crises and television’s chief advocate for international justice.

The News Sorority ($29.95) takes us behind the scenes as never before to track Sawyer’s, Couric’s, and Amanpour’s ascendance to the highest ranks of the media elite, showing that the compelling desire to report the news—a drive born of curiosity, empathy, and humanity—must be matched by guts, awesome competitive fervor, and rare strategic savvy.

Sheila Weller is the author of the acclaimed memoir Dancing at Ciro’s and the New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation, among other books. She is a contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, and Glamour, and has written for many other magazines, winning numerous awards for her articles.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$29.95
ISBN-13: 9781594204272
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 9/2014

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: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Houghton Mifflin, 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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