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James Forman Jr. - Locking Up Our Own (San Francisco)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics—and their impact on people of color—are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done.

But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures—such as stringent drug and gun laws and “pretext traffic stops” in poor African American neighborhoods—were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a “cancer” that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supported harsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency.

Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas—from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils.

James Forman Jr. is a clinical professor of law at Yale Law School. He has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, numerous law reviews, and other publications. A former clerk for Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court, he spent six years as a public defender in Washington, D.C. He is the cofounder of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374189976
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 18th, 2017

An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law

Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics and their impact on people of color are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done.


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Kathleen Archambeau - Pride and Joy (San Francisco)

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

Stories of success, happiness and hope from the LGBT community Stories that comprise the best of LGBT history ─ Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes tells the stories of queer citizens of the world living OUT and proud happy, fulfilling, successful lives. Diverse and global. Famous and unsung. There is a story here for everyone in the LGBT community who has ever questioned their sexual orientation or gender identity, or discovered it. Discover LGBT community stories that will stir you and reveal: - why Tony Kushner quit cello and how Colm Toibin found his voice. - why Emma Donoghue calls her experience a fluke and the best advice Bill T. Jones got was from his mother. - how being an inaugural poet changed Richard Blanco's life and how Ugandan activist "LongJones" escaped death threats and gained asylum.

Award-winning writer and longtime LGBTQ activist Kathleen Archambeau tells the untold stories from diverse LGBT community voices around the corner or around the world. Not like the depressing, sinister, shadowy stories of the past, this book highlights queer people living open, happy, fulfilling and successful lives. Be inspired by LGBT community stories that celebrate the human spirit: - Be emboldened by the bravery of a Uruguayan author who was rejected by her immediate family even as she began a family of her own. - Be inspired by the audacity to fight for justice that motivates National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, a Mormon who grew up in Utah. - Learn how two couples transcend time and distance to finally be together and how one NBA sports executive summoned the courage to come out. - Discover the message of love from the first openly lesbian United Methodist Church Bishop. - Learn the secrets of successful OUT IBM executive based in London and the rewards of Ballroom Basix founder in Harlem. - See how the Maori philosophy of whānau guided the MP who won marriage rights in New Zealand and how high expectations overcame disability and bullying for an acclaimed mezzo-soprano. - Know how the Armenian Genocide and family tensions impacted a professional violinist and composer. Pride & Joy is a window into the LGBTQ community for straight friends, allies, parents and families of this finally emerging marginalized group. There's hope that, in the words of Dan Savage, "It Gets Better" for: - the transgender choreographer and dancer who continues to break rules and enlighten audiences to the Dutch singer, songwriter and independent theater producer who breaks down stereotypes. - the Russian emigre award-winning computer scientist to the Chinese folk dancer. - the founder of an award-winning smoking cessation program to the California Political Director of the Obama re-election campaign. - and, for Entrepreneurs and gay dads, ballroom dancers and Hungarian activists on neo-Nazi "hit lists.

Kathleen Archambeau is the author of the bestselling Climbing the Corporate Ladder in High Heels and has been featured in major media from Forbes to O Magazine. She led the efforts that brought Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner to one of the most successful fundraisers in 10 years for one of the oldest and only mental health agencies serving the underserved queer community. A founding member of the James Hormel LGBT wing of the San Francisco Library, Archambeau promoted reading and equal access as an antidote to misinformation and fear. As a regular columnist and for one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ newspapers in America, Archambeau wrote inspiring profiles of LGBTQ artists, icons and everyday heroes which became a platform for her book, Pride & Joy.  A US Department of Education Fellow at the University of Iowa, Archambeau is a legacy donor to the famed Iowa Writers Workshop and currently teaches at Menlo College.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781633535503
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Published: Mango - June 22nd, 2017

Stories of success, happiness and hope from the LGBT community Stories that comprise the best of LGBT historyPride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes tells the stories of queer citizens of the world living OUT and proud happy, fulfilling, successful lives. Diverse and global. Famous and unsung.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Louise Nayer - Poised for Retirement (San Francisco)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

One woman’s anxiety-ridden, yet life-affirming journey as she makes the decision of a lifetime: whether or not to retire.

A unique narrative on a unique time offering solace to people nearing retirement. Poised for Retirement is not your parents’ retirement guide, nor is it a financial planning guide; rather, it’s the relatable story of an ordinary working woman reflecting on her life and career.

Written with humor, compassion, and poignancy, Louise Nayer’s poetic prose is also inspirational. Easy to implement visualizations and breathing and sleep techniques are offered at the end of each chapter. Readers will gain insight and wisdom as the author learns to create a new and healthier life during this important transition.

  • A timely topic for Baby Boomers (born between 1946 – 1962), representing twenty percent of the US population by 2029.
  • Every month more than a quarter-million Americans turn sixty-five.
  • Includes interviews with a diverse group of experts and laypeople who share their experiences as they face the same decision point in their lives.

Louise Nayer, is a writer and educator. She was a professor of English and creative writing for over twenty-seven years at City College of San Francisco. Presently, she is part of the San Francisco Grotto Writer’s Collective and teaches workshops at OLLI UC Berkeley. Her book Burned: A Memoir was an Oprah Great Read and won the 2011 Wisconsin Library Association Award.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781942094395
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Published: Central Recovery Press - June 13th, 2017

A unique narrative on a unique time offering solace to people nearing retirement. Poised for Retirement is not your parents' retirement guide, nor is it a financial planning guide; rather, it's the relatable story of an ordinary working woman reflecting on her life and career.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Patricia Tanumihardja - Farm to Table Asian Secrets (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 11:30am

Join Patricia Tanumihardja for a Meet & Greet opportunity!

In Farm to Table Asian Secrets, you'll learn the secrets of vegetarian and vegan Asian cooking -- how to blend flavors, textures, aromas and colors -- to create full-flavored vegetarian dishes that are missing none of the umami normally associated only with meat and dairy.

Each chapter based on seasonal vegetables provides a wide range of choices using produce that is available at that time of year -- making it easy to plan a variety of menus that are never dull or indifferent. Here are just a few examples of the tempting Asian recipes in this book:

  • Starters and Snacks such as Crispy Spring Rolls, Green Apple Salad with Tangy Thai Dressing, Butternut Squash Pot Stickers and Korean-Style Buffalo Broccoli
  • Family-Style Meals such as Asparagus in Lemongrass-Coconut Cream Sauce, Grilled Vegetable Kebabs with Two Marinades, General Tso's Eggplant and Kung Pao Potatoes
  • All-in-One Meals such as "Have It Everyday" Pad Thai, Crispy Noodles with Savory Vegetables, Sweet Potato Rice Stew and Easy Miso Ramen


Patricia Tanumihardja is an experienced food writer and expert on Asian and sustainable farm-to-table cooking. She shows you how to buy and use the freshest in-season produce to create delicious dishes with startlingly new flavors and textures--by adding a few "secret ingredients"--the traditional sweet, sour, spicy, savory seasonings that every Asian cook knows. She also explains in this Asian cookbook how the use of contrasting textures (for example silky tofu with crunchy peanuts) can create greater food enjoyment and a stimulating new dining experience.

A home cook at heart, Pat's recipes are very straightforward without lots of exotic ingredients or specialized tools. They are also easy and quick to prepare. She shows you how adding a few Asian fermented and pickled vegan products like miso or pickled greens will add a new universe of flavors to your cooking. The same is true for flavor-enhancers like fried shallots, crispy fried garlic and the flavored oils that Asian chefs and restaurants use on a regular basis.

Patricia Tanumihardja is an experienced writer who reviews restaurants, profiles chefs and artisanal food producers, and writes about travel and food. She was born in Indonesia and brought up in Singapore before moving to the U.S. and settling in Northern Virginia, where she now lives with her husband and son. Growing up in several different food cultures, she learned to appreciate a wide variety of foods and flavors from a young age, and learned to cook as soon as she could tell the difference between garlic and ginger. As a writer, she sees the world through a multicultural lens and enjoys covering topics relating to food history and food culture. She contributes to Edible Seattle, Seattle, Seattle Met, Monterey County Weekly, Sunset and Saveur and her debut cookbook was The Asian Grandmothers' Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens. Pat writes the "Pickles and Tea" food blog in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center which showcases contemporary Asian food culture in America.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780804847230
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - March 28th, 2017

In this delightful Asian cookbook, you'll learn the secrets of vegetarian and vegan Asian cooking--how to blend flavors, textures, aromas and colors--to create full-flavored vegetarian dishes that are missing none of the umami normally associated only with meat and dairy.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cooks with Books: Deepa Thomas - Deepa's Secrets (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 12:30pm

Customers who are unable to attend this event are welcome to request autographed copies prior to July 29. Simply order a copy of Deepa's Secret here and mention you preference for an autograph and any inscription at the comments field at checkout. 

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Taj Campton Place, San Francisco • $150 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Upon learning that rice and bread were the culprits for her husband’s type 2 diabetes, Deepa Thomas deconstructed and reinvented her native Indian cuisine. Deepa made anew seventy slow carb recipes, incorporating time-saving Western cooking techniques, breaking-news research on gut health and weight loss, and Ayurvedic wisdom (“When diet is right, medicine is of no need; and when diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.”). After six months of cooking and eating “New Indian,” Deepa lost twenty pounds and freed her husband from a ten-year routine of insulin shots. Part cookbook and part memoir, Deepa’s Secrets introduces breakthrough slow carb and gut-healing recipes that are simple and nutrient-packed, without sacrificing its rich South Asian flavors. On a mission to demystify and make healthy an “exotic” cuisine, Deepa shares shortcuts and techniques that will make “New Indian” everyday fare. Bold and intimate, Deepa’s Secrets will undoubtedly change your cooking, and quite possibly your life.
 
Deepa is gifting all her proceeds from Deepa’s Secrets to FoodCorps, a nonprofit that connects children to healthy food in American schools.

Deepa embodies what I tell my patients ON a daily basis: we all have the potential to have a vibrant life even when dealing with health challenges. By reinterpreting the most flavorful dishes of her native India and removing the rice and bread, she could helpEDFREE her husband’s free himself from 10 years of insulin shots for type 2 diabetes, by stabilizing his blood sugar and improving his health. Deepa's Secrets is not only filled with delicious, healthy, and healing recipes but with wonderful stories about a colorful and inspiring life.  
—Mark Hyman, MD, author of the #1 bestseller Eat Fat Get Thin
Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

“They’re no longer secrets! Home cooks and professional chefs will be inspired to use Deepa’s original, simple methods for harnessing complex flavors to create amazing tastes.”
—Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of two-Michelin starred Taj Campton Place.

 

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By Deepa Thomas, Curt Ellis (Foreword by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781510718982
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 4th, 2017

A journey from old traditions to modern Indian cooking with deliciously simple and gut-healing recipes that leave you feeling fulfilled--rather than full.


Taj Campton Place
340 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Heather Harpham - Happiness (San Francisco)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant—Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." 

This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood – alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

The grace and humor that ripple through Heather Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions--new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.

Heather Harpham has written six solo plays, including BURNING which toured nationally. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine and Water~Stone Review. Harpham is the recipient of the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase and lives along the Hudson River with her family.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781250131560
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

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Danzy Senna - New People (San Francisco)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, “King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom.” Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They’ve even landed a starring role in a documentary about “new people” like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her—yet she can’t stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria’s perfect new life but her very persona.

Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves.

Danzy Senna’s first novel, the bestselling Caucasia, won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award, was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was translated into close to a dozen languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the novel Symptomatic, the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, and the story collection You Are Free. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Percival Everett, and their sons.
 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781594487095
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2017

From the bestselling author of Caucasia, a subversive and engrossing novel of race, class and manners in contemporary America.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tom Perrotta - Mrs. Fletcher (San Francisco)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, “U R my MILF!” Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. While leading her all-too-placid life—serving as Executive Director of the local senior center by day and taking a community college course on Gender and Society at night—Eve can’t curtail her own interest in a porn website called MILFateria.com, which features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve’s online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence.

Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve’s son Brendan—a jock and aspiring frat boy—discovers that his new campus isn’t nearly as welcoming to his hard-partying lifestyle as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night.

Sharp, witty, and provocative, Mrs. Fletcher is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong.

Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of eight works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into critically acclaimed movies, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into an HBO series. He lives outside Boston.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501144028
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - August 1st, 2017

From one of the most popular and bestselling authors of our time, a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America's culture wars.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads (San Francisco)

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers • 50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

 

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Michelle Tam & Henry Fong - Ready or Not! (San Francisco)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

A new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook

You know how it is: some days, you're fired up and ready to cook; other days, you dread the thought of making dinner. More often than not, you find yourself floating somewhere between inspiration and desperation. What's a crazy busy (but kind of lazy) home cook to do?

The answer: pick up this book. Ready or Not makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, no matter if there's time to prepare or just minutes to spare. Whether you're a fastidious planner or a last-minute improviser, you'll find plenty of deliciously nourishing options, from make-ahead feasts to lightning-fast leftover makeovers. Presented in Nom Nom Paleo's deliriously fun comic book style, Ready or Not makes Paleo cooking easy, no matter how much time you have. In fact, this cookbook is organized into color-coded sections to match your readiness level: 

  • GET SET First, stock your kitchen with essential building blocks--from store-bought necessities to D.I.Y. ingredients that'll set you up for anytime cooking.
  • READY Got time to cook? Turn to these recipes for make-ahead meals and spectacular dishes like Pressure Cooker Bo Ssam and Strawberry Almond Semifreddo
  • KINDA READY Learn how to transform pantry staples and leftovers into impromptu meals that'll satisfy the most discriminating palates.
  • NOT READY Emergency meals can be delicious, too. In this section, you'll find super-fast recipes like savory stir-fries and sheet pan suppers.

Along with colorfully written and gorgeously photographed step-by-step recipes presented in a cheeky cartoon format, this book features kitchen hacks, Paleo ingredient guides, meal plans, shopping lists and more.

Michelle Tam and Henry Fong are the critically acclaimed co-creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the Saveur Award winning food blog and Webby Award winning cooking app. Their first cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, became a New York Times bestseller, and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Michelle is the working mom and food nerd behind Nom Nom Paleo's recipes and personality. Her obsessions include dark chocolate, trashy reality television shows, and miniature toy food from Japan. Michelle has a degree in nutrition and food science from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California at San Francisco. For over a dozen years, she worked the graveyard shift at Stanford Hospital and Clinics as a night pharmacist. Henry is a lawyer by day, but moonlights as the photographer, illustrator, and designer of the Nom Nom Paleo cookbooks, app, and blog. Henry is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Yale Law School. Michelle, Henry, and their sons Owen and Oliver currently split their time between Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781449478292
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - August 1st, 2017

Ready or Not, it's a new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook


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