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Megan Miranda - The Perfect Stranger (San Francisco)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

In The Perfect Stranger—the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Megan Miranda is the author of several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint. She grew up in New Jersey, attended MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501107993
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 11th, 2017

In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls--"think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl" (TheSkimm)--a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.


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Alex Daly - The Crowdsourceress (San Francisco)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

The crowdfunding expert known as “The Crowdsourceress”—who has a 100% success rate and some of the biggest and most famous Kickstarter campaigns in her portfolio—writes the definitive guide for anyone looking to raise money for a creative endeavor, product, or cause.

In recent years, the crowdfunding industry has generated several billions in funding. But the harsh reality is that around 60 percent of Kickstarter campaigns fail. Enter Alex Daly, a crowdfunding expert who has raised over $20 million for her clients' campaigns. She has run some of Kickstarter's biggest projects -- TLC's newest album, Neil Young's audio player, and Joan Didion's documentary. In The Crowdsourceress, Daly takes readers deep inside her most successful campaigns, showing you how to

  • Get fans and influencers excited about your launch
  • Build an appealing and powerfully designed campaign
  • Access proven video tips, pitching tactics, press releases, and rewards ideas
  • Avoid the most common headaches and pitfalls

Here you'll get tangible tools to run your own crowdfunding campaigns and fully connect with the crowd, get people to pay attention, and inspire them to act.

Alex Daly is the founder of Vann Alexandra -- a creative services agency that gets projects financed through crowdfunding -- and is the industry's "Crowdsourceress," a name she received in the press for her expertise in crowdfunding. Alex has served on panels at distinguished film festivals and universities and is a featured columnist for the Big Think. Before transitioning into crowdfunding Alex was a producer and production manager; her films have been selected by the world's most prestigious festivals including Sundance and Tribeca. Before that, she was a journalist for numerous publications, including New York magazine and SPIN, as well as the sole researcher for WSJ magazine.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781610397605
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - March 28th, 2017

"Neil Young's Pono campaign was the third most successful hardware campaign of all time, and Alex deserves much of the credit, second only to Neil, of course. The Crowdsourceress will give you everything you need to make your campaign a success." --Phil Baker, COO, Pono


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Connor Franta - Note to Self (San Francisco)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00pm

Take a picture with Conner Franta AND get a signed copy of his new book!

Internet personality, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and New York Times bestselling author Connor Franta comes to our Ferry Building store for an exciting meet and greet event. Ticket holders receive a signed copy of his new book, Note to Self, and get the unique opportunity to take a photo with this online tastemaker.

Note to Self is Connor's open dairy. Written two years after bestseller A Work in Progress, it offers readers look at a side he rarely shows on or off camera. Where his previous memoir examined of his external life—a journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation—Note to Self is an intimate glimpse into his internal world. Through essays, letters, poetry, and photographs, he discusses his battles with social anxiety, clinical depression, acceptance, love, loss, and remaining authentic in a world where likes and shares are king.

How to Register

* Every fan planning to attend must purchase a copy of Note to Self from Book Passage.

* You may click here to purchase or call (415) 927-0960 or 415-835-1020.

* Buying the book from Book Passage includes a ticket to meet Connor.  You will receive an email telling you where  will-call for ticket pick-up will be at the event.  Will -call opens at 3:30 that day.  You will receive your signed book when you meet Connor.

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GUIDELINES FOR FANS

* Every fan must purchase a book from Book Passage to attend the event. This event may sell out, so we urge you to place your order as soon as possible.

* All books will be pre-signed by Connor. No additional personalization is possible.

* Every fan will have a professional photograph taken that is retrievable at (site TBD). No personal photographs with cell phones or digital cameras are allowed.

* Unfortunately due to time limitations, no additional merchandise can be signed.

* Evenyone in line MUST have purchased a copy of Note to Self from Book Passage.

Purchases of Note to Self from other retailers will not be allowed in store.

* At the event, a professional photographer will take your picture with Connor. All attendees who come as a group will be allowed one photo per group.

* Due to the unique nature of this event, we cannot reserve or have copies signed for those unable to attend on the day.

* Any gifts for Connor must be in clear packaging or completely unwrapped.

* Fans under the age of 14 years old MUST be accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult is not required to purchase a separate ticket.

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Connor Franta is an award-winning Internet personality, bestselling author, dedicated LGBTQ+ philanthropist, and entrepreneur with millions of followers across his social media platforms. His first work of non-fiction, A Work in Progress, was a New York Times bestseller and the Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Memoir & Autobiography (2015). He is the founder of the lifestyle brand, Common Culture, which offers superior clothing, premium coffee, and a variety of undiscovered musical talent under Heard Well, the first label powered by social tastemakers. To learn more, visit ConnorFrantaBooks.com and @ConnorFranta on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

 

 

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781501158018
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - April 18th, 2017

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube--and revealed to newcomers how he relates to his millions of dedicated followers.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Lisen Stromberg - Work, PAUSE, Thrive (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

We worry putting our family first means we'll be forced to abandon our careers. We're afraid if we pause our careers, we'll be forever off-track. This thinking is outdated--forget what you've heard about how pauses are career limiting, about how those who pause lack ambition, or that if you do pause you won't be able to re-enter the paid workforce. That's a flawed reality, one that doesn't reflect the truth of the careers of some of the most successful women in this country.

Author Lisen Stromberg knows this success firsthand. After the birth of her second child, she did something she never imagined she would do: she opted out to focus on her family. But her career didn't end there. Lisen paused then pivoted to become first a social entrepreneur and then an award-winning journalist writing about women, work, and life in Silicon Valley. Along the way, she learned she wasn't alone. Lisen met many highly successful women who told her they never "opted out" but who had, in fact, temporarily downshifted or paused their careers. Their hidden journeys revealed alternative nonlinear paths to the top that enabled them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

In Work PAUSE Thrive, Lisen shares their stories. Deeply rooted in social science research, cutting-edge data collected from nearly 1,500 women, and through 186 first-person interviews, this book reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm. What worked for them can work for you.

After a successful career in marketing and advertising, Lisen Stromberg left the business world frustrated by the lack of support for mothers in the workplace. She pivoted to become an award-winning journalist whose work can be found in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Salon, and other high profile media outlets. Now Lisen is back to her business roots as CEO and Founder of PrismWork, a culture innovation consultancy. She and her team partner with companies, leaders, and advocates to innovate the workplace so the next generation isn't forced to choose between work and family. A sought after speaker and moderator, Lisen has inspired thousands with her talks on work+life integration, corporate talent innovation, disrupting the traditional career paradigm, and empowering women in the workplace. She has been seen on stage at SXSW, TEDx, The 3% Conference, and more. Lisen and her family live in San Francisco.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781942952732
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Published: Benbella Books - January 31st, 2017

We worry putting our family first means we'll be forced to abandon our careers. We're afraid if we pause our careers, we'll be forever off-track. This thinking is outdated--forget what you've heard about how pauses are career limiting, about how those who pause lack ambition, or that if you do pause you won't be able to re-enter the paid workforce.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Matthew Isaac Sobin - The Last Machine in the Solar System (San Francisco)

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

In The Last Machine in the Solar System, life on Earth ended billions of years ago, but the last machine carries on. 

Nearly three billion years into the future, the solar system is a very different place. Earth is long gone, and the sun is a gray, shrunken dwarf. All that remains of humanity and conscious thought is Jonathan—the last machine.

Created to survive Earth’s destruction by our ever-expanding sun, Jonathan witnessed the end of life on Earth. This is his story and that of his creator, Nikolai. It is also the story of the human race, which failed to disentangle its destiny from the star that gave rise to all life-forms on Earth.

Matthew Isaac Sobin grew up in Huntington, New York, and graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in history, with studies in astronomy and geology. He currently lives in Hayward, California, with his partner, sculptor Patricia Gonzalez, and works with the Peter Beren Literary Agency. This is his first published work.

 

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781942645191
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Published: Inkshares - April 11th, 2017

Nearly three billion years into the future, the solar system is a very different place. Earth is long gone, and the sun is a gray, shrunken dwarf. All that remains of humanity and conscious thought is Jonathan--the last machine.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Chris Santella - The Tug is the Drug (San Francisco)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 12:00pm

The thirty stories in The Tug is the Drug take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana . . . and even offer an unauthorized (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan’s 1970s obsession with fishing. Santella’s peripatetic lifestyle and eye for entertaining details--even those that have little to do with the act of throwing flies at fish--will make you look at fishing in a whole different way. 

Chris Santella is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of 19 books, including Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die, Fifty Places To Play Golf Before You Die, Why I Fly Fish and Fifty Places To Drink Beer Before You Die, and Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. The Fifty Places series has sold over 500,000 copies. Santella is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Trout, Fly Rod & Reel, The Drake, American Angler, and Fly Fish Journal. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, and Links, among many other publications. When he’s not at his desk, Santella loves to swing flies for steelhead on the Deschutes, Sandy, and North Umpqua Rivers, and to front Catch & Release, a four-piece rock band that plays original compositions…including a tune called “The Tug is the Drug.”

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780811719636
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Published: Stackpole Books - January 2017

FISHING ADVENTURES FROM THE AUTHOR OF 50 PLACES TO FLY FISH BEFORE YOU DIE These thirty stories take readers from leaping makos near the fairways of Torrey Pines to midnight Atlantic salmon fishing on the fabled Ponoi to encounters with very friendly mujeres on the streets of Havana . . . and even offer an unauthorized (yet unequivocal) account of Bob Dylan's 1970s obsession with fishing.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Donia Bijan - The Last Days of Cafe Leila (San Francisco)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

A neighborhood cafe in Tehran is at the center of this powerful and transporting story of love, family, friendship, and homecoming told against the backdrop of Iran's rich, yet tragic, history.

When Noor returns to her native Iran for the first time in thirty years, so much about her homeland is different. But Cafe Leila--the restaurant Noor's family has run for three generations--hasn t changed. Zod, Noor's father, is still at the cafe's helm, a much-loved patriarch offering laughter, solace, and nourishment to the makeshift family of regulars and waiters who call Cafe Leila home. With her discontented, very American teenage daughter, Lily, reluctantly at her side, Noor struggles to maintain a semblance of family life. But Tehran is a place of contradictions, where grace and brutal violence both have a foothold, and it's not long before rebellious Lily is caught up in both.

As the novel folds back in time, stories emerge of Noor's ancestors, particularly of her mother, who was killed when Noor was a teenager. As past and present converge, Noor begins to understand her place in--and her responsibility to--this world and to the many souls who have sought refuge at the cafe. The Last Days of Cafe Leila is a powerful debut about the delicate, sometimes dangerous balance between history and progress, and the resilience of a family in the face of upheaval.

Donia Bijan graduated from UC Berkeley and Le Cordon Bleu. After presiding over many of San Francisco’s acclaimed restaurants and earning awards for her French-inspired cuisine, in 1994 she opened her own restaurant, L’amie Donia, in Palo Alto. She now divides her days between raising her son, teaching, and writing.

 

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781616205850
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017

"A glorious treat awaits you at the literary table of Donia Bijan." --Adriana Trigiani


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Susan Wolfe - Escape Velocity (San Francisco)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Escape Velocity, Georgia Griffin has just arrived in Silicon Valley from Piney, Arkansas on very bald tires, having firmly rejected her beloved father's life as a con artist. Her father is in jail and a certain minister is hugging her mother for Jesus while eyeing Georgia's little sister, Katie-Ann. Georgia desperately needs to keep her new job as paralegal for Lumina Software so she can provide a California haven for her sister before it's too late.

While she's still living in her car, Georgia realizes that incompetence and self-dealing have a death grip on her new company. She decides to adapt her extensive con artist training--just once--to clean up the company. But success is seductive. Soon Georgia is an avid paralegal by day and a masterful con artist by night, using increasingly bold gambits designed to salvage Lumina Software. Then she steps into the shadow of a real crime and must decide: Will she risk her job, the roof over her sister's head, and perhaps her very soul?

Susan Wolfe, a graduate of Stanford Law School, practiced law in Silicon Valley for more than twenty years. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband, Ralph DeVoe. Her bestselling first novel, The Last Billable Hour, won the Edgar Award.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780997211719
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Published: Steelkilt Press - September 4th, 2016

Georgia Griffin has just arrived in Silicon Valley from Piney, Arkansas on very bald tires, having firmly rejected her beloved father's life as a con artist. Her father is in jail and a certain minister is hugging her mother for Jesus while eyeing Georgia's little sister, Katie-Ann.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Maureen Chiquet - Beyond the Label (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:30pm

The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values

In Beyond the Label, Maureen Chiquet shares her unlikely journey from literature major to business leader, seeking to inspire a new generation of women to create successful careers and meaningful lives by discovering what is most vital to them and defining themselves on their own terms. 

A mixture of vivid storytelling and provocative insights, this book helps you ask the right questions to discover your highest potential in today’s increasingly complex and competitive world. 

  • How do you define and re-define yourself as you grow? 
  • How do you recognize your blind spots? 
  • How do you step up as a leader without sacrificing your feminine side?

Rescuing the conversation from tired tropes—“glass ceilings” and “act like a man”—Chiquet puts forth a philosophy that will encourage readers to create a professional identity that is empowering, authentic, and meaningful. 

Wise, inspiring, and deeply felt, Beyond the Label is for every woman who is tired of trying to squeeze into constrained categories, and who longs for a life without limits on who she is or who she will become.

Maureen Chiquet began her career in marketing at L’Oreal Paris in 1985. She has worked at The Gap, helped launch Old Navy, and was president of Banana Republic before becoming COO and President of US operations of Chanel in 2003. In 2007 she became its first Global CEO, where she oversaw the business grow three-fold. She left Chanel in 2016 to focus on developing new leadership initiatives. She is a Trustee to the Yale Corporation and fellow of Yale University, where she graduated in 1985. She divides her time between Paris and New York.

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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062655707
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Published: HarperBusiness - April 18th, 2017

The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Jo Haldeman - In the Shadow of the White House (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

For her first forty years, Jo Haldeman's life followed a conventional path. While her husband, Bob, built his career in advertising, Jo comfortably settled into her role as mother of four, housewife, and community volunteer.

In 1968, Jo's world changed dramatically. Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States, and Bob was offered the job of a lifetime -- White House Chief of Staff. As Jo and Bob discussed the opportunities and challenges that this move would entail, little did she anticipate the course that her life, and her relationship with Bob, would take over the next ten years.

In this insightful, poignant, and guileless memoir of those ten years, Jo shares her story as the wife of H. R. Haldeman, often referred to as the second most powerful person in the White House. She offers a window into the world of trips on Air Force One, weekends at Camp David, and events at the White House, as well as family vignettes and the growing stresses of her husband's demanding job.

Then a bungled burglary at the Watergate erupted into a national scandal. The news began to feature the Haldeman name. Blaring headlines and vicious political cartoons accompanied new revelations of a cover-up. Multiple investigations and Senate hearings followed. Criminal proceedings loomed.

Jo's compelling account takes the reader on her journey from the heady heights of Washington life through an excruciating public resignation and trial to her husband's conviction and imprisonment. In a true period piece, Jo illuminates the story of the -woman behind the man- and personalizes the Watergate experience. Enhanced by her personal photographs and the immediacy of her present tense delivery, In The Shadow of the White House is a fascinating work of nonfiction that reads like a novel.

Jo Haldeman was married to H. R. "Bob" Haldeman -- Richard Nixon's Chief of Staff -- for forty-four years. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, and has four children and six grandchildren.

 

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By Jo Haldeman, Evan Thomas (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781945572081
Availability: Special Order
Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - April 11th, 2017

For her first forty years, Jo Haldeman's life followed a conventional path. While her husband, Bob, built his career in advertising, Jo comfortably settled into her role as mother of four, housewife, and community volunteer.


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