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Luisa Smith is the Buying Director for Book Passage. She's been a part of the store staff for almost twenty years.







ISBN-13: 9781476708690
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/2014
Starting with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter,  and ending with modern day innovators such as Steve Jobs, Isaacson has crafted a fascinating history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation happens.  The Innovators is a masterly saga for people interested in both computers and creativity. Some signed copies available.

My Favorite Things (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062122971
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Published: Harper Design, 10/2014
From best selling author Maira Kalman comes a beautiful pictorial and narrative exploration of objects both quotidian and unusual.  With more than 50 original paintings in her quirky and original style, this book is a lovely meditation on the importance of significant objects in our lives.

ISBN-13: 9780399172083
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Published: Blue Rider Press, 10/2014
Through the framework of all the cars he has owned throughout his life, iconic musician Neil Young discusses his six decades in the music business and his dedication to clean energy and the environment. With both the power and humor the reader will recognize from his music, Special Deluxe offers a remarkable view into the life of one of our great musicians and a genuine artist.

ISBN-13: 9780812994995
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Published: Random House, 10/2014
A hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays from Lena Dunham.  From the disappointment of relationships to imagining a time when she is past caring, Dunham’s artfully written memoir will have you laughing, cringing, and completely charmed.

ISBN-13: 9780062333865
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Published: Harper, 12/2014
An exuberant group biography that follows ten women in Britain in the 1950s whose pioneering lives paved the way for feminism and laid the foundation of modern women’s success. Before there could be a Danica Patrick, there had to be a Sheila van Damm; before there was Barbara Walters, there was Nancy Spain. These pioneers forever changed the fabric of culture and society. 

ISBN-13: 9781476764191
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/2014
The proprietor of New York’s highest rated bakery and the creator of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel  is considered a genius in the world of fine French baking. Here he gives us not only a gorgeous book of 30 mouth-watering recipes, but also reveals the stories which inspired his most sought after creations.

A New Napa Cuisine (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781607745945
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 10/2014

The debut cookbook from the head chef at the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood, featuring nearly 100 recipes and spotlighting the artisans, gardeners, and growers, as well as the hidden landscapes of Napa Valley, that have influenced and inspired Kostow’s unparalleled cuisine.

ISBN-13: 9781607745471
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 9/2014
A narratively rich cookbook from longtime Chez Panisse executive chef Jean-Pierre Moulle and his wife, Denise Moulle. Spanning  60 years and two continents. French Roots follows the lives of its authors through food, beginning with the dishes of old-world France and ending with contemporary California cuisine.

ISBN-13: 9781597142922
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Published: Heyday Books, 10/2014
A fascinating chronicle of the 1915 World’s Fair, when host city San Francisco emerged from the ashes of earthquake and fire as a center of beauty and progress. Ackley takes readers on an in-depth tour of the fair, revealing the dramas of its construction and the wonders that hid within the palace walls.

ISBN-13: 9781607747109
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 9/2014
The words and definitions in this charming book range from the lovely, such as goya, the Urdu word to describe the transporting suspension of belief that can occur in good storytelling, to the funny, like the Hawaiian pana po’o, which describes the act of scratching your head to remember something you’ve forgotten. Each beautiful, simple illustration adds just the right amount of visual intrigue to anchor the words and their meanings. 

How to Read a Book (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780671212094
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Published: Touchstone, 1/1972
Originally written in 1940 and first published by Simon & Schuster in 1972, How to Read a Book introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them in order to gain the most understanding and insight from any book. This stunning hardcover keepsake edition is the classic and definitive guide to reading comprehension for students of literature, scholars across disciplines, and anyone who just loves to read.

ISBN-13: 9780300187373
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Published: Yale University Press, 9/2014
One of our finest critics gives us an altogether original history of rock ‘n’ roll. “Transmission” by Joy Division. “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James and then Beyoncé. “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse. In Marcus’s hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory.

ISBN-13: 9781939621108
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Published: Goff Books, 10/2014
New Yorker cover artist and San Francisco native Mark Ulriksen parallels major life events from dating, married life, and raising a family, with such humorous moments as house-breaking a puppy, obedience classes, the sad melancholy of nursing an aging canine friend, Ted, and his eventual ascension to “dog heaven.” The intuitive, colorful paintings communicate a depth of understanding of the quips and quirks of our canine companions.

ISBN-13: 9780670786039
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Published: Viking Adult, 11/2014
Drawing on both a wide range of scholarship as well as his own acute searching as a believer, James Carroll takes a fresh look at familiar narratives—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. He takes the challenges of science and contemporary philosophy seriously and retrieves the power of Jesus’ profound ordinariness, as an answer to his own last question—what is the future of Jesus Christ?

ISBN-13: 9781452131412
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Published: Chronicle Books, 9/2014
From lighting the menorah on Chanukah to standing under the chuppah at a wedding, every Jewish ritual reflects a time-honored practice passed down for generations. This elegant volume shares the beloved stories and traditions behind Jewish celebrations, from year-round holidays to once-in-a-lifetime special events. Featuring lush illustrations that capture the heart of Jewish tradition as well as a glossary of important terms for each holiday, this little gift book is a treasure to be shared at any occasion.

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