Vint Virga - The Soul of All Living Creatures

As an emergency room clinician four years out of veterinary school, Dr. Vint Virga had a life-changing experience: he witnessed the power of simple human contact and compassion to affect the recovery of a dog struggling to survive after being hit by a car.  Observing firsthand the remarkably strong connection between humans and animals inspired him to explore the world from the viewpoint of animals and taught him to respect the kinship that connects us.

With The Soul of All Living Creatures, Virga draws from his decades in veterinary practice to reveal how, by striving to perceive the world as animals do, we can enrich our own appreciation of life, enhance our character, nurture our relationships, improve our communication with others, reorder our values, and deepen our grasp of spirituality.  Virga discerningly illuminates basic traits shared by both humans and animals and makes animal behavior meaningful, relevant, and easy to understand.  Insightful and eloquent, this book offers an intimate journey into the lives of our fellow creatures and a thought-provoking promise of what we can learn from spending time with them.

Dr. Vint Virga is a distinguished practitioner and leader in veterinary behavioral medicine.  He consults nationally to zoos and wildlife parks, private corporations, and professional organizations on the care and well-being of animals and has appeared as featured guest on ABC World News, PBS's Nature, and National Geographic Explorer.

 

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$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780307718877
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Broadway Books, 7/2014

John McQuaid - Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

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With reporting from kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, huge food corporations, and science labs, Tasty tells the story of the still-emerging concept of flavor and how our sense of taste will evolve in the coming decades. Tasty explains the scientific research taking place on multiple fronts: how genes shape our tastes; how hidden taste perceptions weave their way into every organ and system in the body; how the mind assembles flavors from the five senses and signals from body’s metabolic systems; the quest to understand why sweetness tastes good and its dangerous addictive properties; why something disgusts one person and delights another; and what today’s obsessions with extreme tastes tell us about the brain.

John McQuaid’s journalism has appeared in Smithsonian magazine, the Washington Post, Wired, Forbes.com, and EatingWell magazine. His science and environment reporting for The Times-Picayune anticipated Hurricane Katrina, explored the global fisheries crisis and the problems of invasive species. His work has won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. McQuaid is a graduate of Yale.

 

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$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781451685008
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2015

Class: Nina Schuyler: Writing Extraordinary Prose

01/24/2015 4:00 pm

Sat., Jan. 24 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105

 

 

You know those favorite sentences? The ones you wish you wrote? In this class, we’ll learn how to craft sentences that flow, jar, create suspense, or lead your reader to an unexpected place.


We’ll draw upon published work, including Faulkner, Conrad, Fitzgerald, and Woolf, and focus on syntax, rhythm, sound, diction, voice, schemes, tropes, and imagery. By the end, you’ll know the power of anaphora, asyndeton, and synecdoche.

 

 

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Class: Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Writing Sexy Stuff

01/24/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Jan. 24 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $120
 
 
 
 
If you have trouble steaming up the page, this is the workshop for you. Spend a day learning the techniques for adding spicy, sensual, and sometimes funny sizzle to your work. The class is full of quick free-writes and entertaining exercises that will have you moving from comfort to erogenous zones in no time.
 
Linda Watanabe McFerrin is the founder of Left Coast Writers®. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.
 
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Kathleen Jackson - Bind the Testimony

"Imagine sitting in a circle of fifteen men, men dressed in sky blue shirts and navy blue pants that have “CDCR Prisoner” stamped in bold yellow letters down one leg, men of varying ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds, men whose crimes include burglary, kidnapping, and murder. In my wildest imagination, I could not have pictured myself as part of that scene, and yet I have been sitting in such a circle at San Quentin State Prison, facilitating the Christian Creative Writing Class, for over two years, loving every moment and marveling at the men’s intensity. On a particular Friday morning in September of 2013, the men and I prayed and began the work of our class. After commenting on a piece of writing one of the students had shared, our conversation turned to a discussion of ways we could glorify God through our writing. James piped up: 'I think we should each write a testimony of how we came to Christ and put them all together in a book!' The fifteen men in the circle looked at one another and at me and grinned. And that was the genesis of Bind the Testimony". - Kathleen Jackson

Kathleen Jackson, a retired English teacher, volunteers at San Quentin State Prison as a facilitator, sponsor, and mentor for several groups, including Houses of Healing, CGA (Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous), Christian Creative Writing, VOEG (Victim Offender Education Group), and TRUST (Teaching Responsibility Utilizing Sociological Training). She is a member of the Garden Chapel Drama Team and the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Warden.

 

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Corte Madera
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94925
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United States

Kiera Butler - Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids & How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever

In Raise: What 4-H Teaches Seven Million Kids & How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever, when city-dwelling journalist Kiera Butler visits a county fair for the first time, she is captivated by the white-uniformed members of the 4-H club and their perfectly groomed animals. She sets off on a search for a “real” 4-H’er, a hypothetical wholesome youth whom she imagines wearing cowboy boots and living on a ranch. Along the way, she meets five teenage 4-H’ers from diverse backgrounds and gets to know them as they prepare to compete at the fair. Butler’s on-the-ground account of the teens’ concerns with their goats, pigs, sheep, proms, and SAT scores is interwoven with a fascinating history of the century-old 4-H club as it solicits corporate donations from top agribusiness firms such as DuPont, Monsanto, and Cargill. Her quest takes her from California’s cities and suburbs all the way to Ghana, where she investigates 4-H’s unprecedented push to expand its programs in the developing world—and the corporate partnership that is supporting this expansion.

Kiera Butler is a senior editor at Mother Jones.

 

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780520275805
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: University of California Press, 11/2014



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