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Laura McBride - Round Midnight (San Francisco)

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.

Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting pot metropolis it is today, 'Round Midnight is the story of four women--one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness--whose lives change at the Midnight Room.

June Stein and her husband open the El Capitan casino in the 1950s, and rocket to success after hiring a charismatic black singer to anchor their nightclub. Their fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount. Honorata leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a Chicago businessman, then hits a jackpot at the Midnight Room when he takes her on a weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Engracia, a Mexican immigrant whose lucky find at the Midnight Room leads to heartbreak, becomes enmeshed in Honorata's secret when she opens her employer's door to that Chicago businessman--and his gun.

And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own mysterious past. A favor for Honorata takes her to the Midnight Room, where she hits a jackpot of another kind.
Mining the rich territory of motherhood and community, this is a story that mirrors the social transformation of our nation. Full of passion, heartbreak, heroism, longing, and suspense, it honors the reality of women's lives.

A graduate of Yale and a Yaddo fellow, Laura McBride is the author of We Are Called to Rise, which has been selected by more than a dozen community reads and FYE programs. She teaches at the College of Southern Nevada and lives in Las Vegas with her family.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781501157783
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Published: Touchstone Books - May 2nd, 2017

From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.


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Kate & David Marshall - The Book of You (San Francisco)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

A personalized way to say “I love you” to your teen or adult child, from the authors of What I Love About You…

When you’ve watched someone grow all their life—from babbling babyhood, through ups and downs in school years, to the first stages of independence—how can you convey how proud you are of them? How can you express to the child you helped raise, as they celebrate a milestone birthday, graduation, marriage, or become parents themselves, that they’ve become an adult you’re proud to know?

Drawing on their passion for family and relationships, David and Kate Marshall create insightful keepsake journals that make it easy for anyone to record their memories, perspectives, and appreciation. Their latest - The Book of You: For My Child, with Love - is a journal to help you express the joy, pride, and laughter your child has brought to your life.

Show your grown child just how much you love, appreciate, and admire him or her by putting what is in your heart in this book. With guided prompts and space to record treasured memories, proud moments, thanks, and hopes for the future, it becomes a gift for both giver and receiver.

Husband-wife team David and Kate Marshall are co-creators of popular guided journals, including What I Love About You and The Book of Myself. David is Vice President of Editorial and Digital of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kate works for Project Second Chance, Contra Costa County Library’s adult literacy program. They have two grown children, one living in Berkeley and one in Minneapolis.

 

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780735210875
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Published: Plume Books - May 2nd, 2017

From the authors of What I Love About You, a personalized way to say -I love you- to your child


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Mary Ann Mason - Babies of Technology (San Francisco)

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination. And without clear protections, the unique rights and needs of the children of assisted reproduction are often ignored.

Babies of Technology: Assisted Reproduction and the Rights of the Child is the first to consider the voice of the child in discussions about regulating the fertility industry. The controversies are many. Donor anonymity is preventing millions of children from knowing their genetic origins. Fertility clinics are marketing genetically enhanced babies. Career women are saving their eggs for later in life. And Third World women are renting their wombs to the rich. Meanwhile, the unregulated fertility market charges forward as a multi-billion-dollar industry. This deeply-considered book offers answers to the urgent question: Who will protect our babies of technology?

Mary Ann Mason is Professor of the Graduate School, UC Berkeley, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. Her most recent work has focused on the rights of the child in the fast growing world of assisted reproduction and genetic enhancement. Her recent books include Do Babies Matter, From Father’s Property to Children’s Rights, and The Custody Wars: Why Children Are Losing the Legal Battles and What We Can Do About It. She also co-edited All Our Families: New Policies for A New Century and An American Childhood. She is considered a national expert on children’s rights, child custody issues and family law and policy, frequently addressing national and international media, conferences, and workshops.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780300215878
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Published: Yale University Press - April 4th, 2017

Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination.


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Graeme Simsion - The Best of Adam Sharp (San Francisco)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the bestselling author of The Rosie Project, a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music.

On the cusp of turning fifty, Adam Sharp likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT. But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been: his blazing affair more than twenty years ago with an intelligent and strong-willed actress named Angelina Brown who taught him for the first time what it means to find—and then lose—love. How different might his life have been if he hadn’t let her walk away?

And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?

The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about staying together and drifting apart, but most of all, it's about the power of the songs we sing when we fall in love.

Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in over thirty-five languages. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife, Anne, and their two children.

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ISBN: 9781250130402
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 2nd, 2017

From the #1 bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, an unforgettable new novel about lost love and second chances


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Stephen Baccari - The Travel Effect (San Francisco)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

Have you ever wanted to change your reality? Have you ever felt that your current environment was limiting you from success? Have you ever wanted to transform your life by going somewhere foreign, but were unable to do so because of fears around money, security, and time?

After realizing that his outlook on life was making him miserable, Stephen Baccari started asking the following questions: How can I learn to love and respect myself? How do I uncover my passions? How do I create a life that I’m proud of?

In The Travel Effect, Baccari combines his around-the-world adventures with practical advice for anyone who wants to become a Mindful Traveler and discover any destination.

Stephen Baccari is a travel advisor, motivational speaker, and writer. His adventures for self-discovery took off in 2008 when he studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Since then, he has traveled to over fifty countries and lived on four continents. He has worked as a travel agent for film honchos, rock stars, and other glitterati. His writing has been published by Vogue and Elle magazines, and his travel photography has been featured in Travel & Leisure. He is a proud graduate of the University of San Francisco and Coaches Training Institute.

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ISBN: 9780998628004
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Published: Union & Mason Books - May 16th, 2017

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Terry McDermott - Off Speed (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception  traces the evolution of pitching and the pitcher's art of deception. Terry McDermott tells the fascinating story of baseball's 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch. Using the framework of a single game (nine chapters, nine innings, nine pitches), he explores the history of every type of pitch, combining the folk wisdom of the players with the enormous wealth of new data brought to the sport by the growing legion of statisticians who are transforming many of the sport's once sacred beliefs. As a lifelong baseball fan, McDermott approaches his subject with the love every fan brings to the park plus the expertise of a probing journalist, exploring with irrepressible enthusiasm and curiosity both the science and the romance of the game.

Terry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (coauthored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers Who They Were, Why They Did It.

 

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ISBN: 9780307379429
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 16th, 2017

The lively and fascinating story of baseball's 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch


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Michael Landers - Culture Crossing (San Francisco)

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

One of businesses greatest modern challenges is navigating the inevitable culture clashes that come with a global workplace. In Culture CrossingMichael Landers says the solution is deceptively simple: by becoming aware of your own culturally conditioned beliefs and practices, you can more easily recognize and adapt to those other cultures. 

People, money, and information are flowing faster than ever across international borders, putting us all just one step away from a culture crash—that moment when you unintentionally confuse, frustrate, or offend someone from another culture. Are you struggling with trying to learn the customs, nuances, and hot buttons of every culture you might come into contact with? Michael Landers guides you toward a better solution: becoming aware of your own cultural “baggage.” You'll learn to sidestep the knee-jerk reactions that can get you into trouble and develop the agility to adjust your behaviors and expectations as needed. Through a mix of entertaining and instructive stories, valuable insights, and eye-opening self-assessments, this book offers an essential primer for improving all your interactions with people from any background.

 

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ISBN: 9781626567108
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - January 9th, 2017

Thrive in the multicultural communities where you work and live


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Plum Sykes - Party Girls Die in Pearls (San Francisco)

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

It’s 1985, and at Oxford University, Pimm’s, punting, and ball gowns are de rigeur. Ursula Flowerbutton, a studious country girl, arrives for her first term anticipating nothing more sinister than days spent poring over history books in gilded libraries—and, if she’s lucky, an invitation to a ball. 

But when she discovers a glamorous classmate on a chaise longue with her throat cut, Ursula is catapulted into a murder investigation. 

Determined to bag her first scoop for the famous student newspaper Cherwell, Ursula enlists the help of trend-setting American exchange student Nancy Feingold to unravel the case. While navigating a whirl of black-tie parties and secret dining societies, the girls discover a surfeit of suspects. From broken-hearted boyfriends to snobby Sloane Rangers, lovelorn librarians to dishy dons, none can be presumed innocent—and Ursula’s investigations mean that she may be next on the murderer’s list. 

Clueless meets Agatha Christie in this wickedly funny tale of high society and low morals, Party Girls Die in Pearls is the first book in Plum Sykes’ irresistible new series.

Plum Sykes is a novelist and fashion journalist who frequently contributes to American Vogue. She studied modern history at Worcester College, Oxford, which inspired her memoir Oxford Girl, and is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Bergdorf Blondes and The Debutante Divorcée. She lives in the English countryside with her husband and two daughters.

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ISBN: 9780062429025
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Published: Harper - May 9th, 2017

The New York Times bestselling author of Bergdorf Blondes takes us back to the decadent 1980s in this comic murder mystery set in the tony world of Oxford University.


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Susan Wolfe - Escape Velocity (San Francisco)

Tuesday, May 23, 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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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.


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Samantha Walravens - Geek Girl Rising (San Francisco)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:00pm

With exclusive access to some of the most intriguing female entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond, Geek Girl Rising takes you inside the lives of the women disrupting “business as usual” across the nation’s vibrant tech scene. With a nod to trailblazers like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens profile the next generation of women fighting at the grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that’s changing the way we live, work and connect to each other. These women are going for it– building tech start-ups, investing in each other’s ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes, creating networks of support and rallying their younger sisters.

Readers will meet Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. They’ll get a peek inside YouTube sensation Michelle Phan’s ipsy studios, where she is grooming the next generation of digital video stars while leading her own mega e-commerce beauty business. They will sit down with Tracy Chou, former lead software developer at Pinterest, whose public urging in late 2013 helped push Silicon Valley tech giants to reveal the tiny number of women in their ranks, propelling the “women in tech” conversation to front pages. They will tour the headquarters of The Muse, the hottest career site for millennials and meet its intrepid CEO, Kathryn Minshew, who stared down sexism while raising millions of dollars to fund the company she co-founded. And they will journey around the country to meet a new crop of female investors, including Theresia Gouw and Kathryn Finney, who are infusing women-led tech start-ups with much needed capital.

These women are the rebels proving that a female point of view not only matters in the age of technology, but can rock big returns on investment. At a time when women hold a quarter of computing jobs in the U.S. and make up a fraction of the entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, their stories show that in today’s fast-moving innovation economy, there is a place for anyone who has a big idea and the passion to build it.

Samantha Walravens is an award-winning journalist and editor of the New York Times-acclaimed book, TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood. She writes about women, career and work-life issues for publications including Forbes, The Huffington Post, Disney Interactive and Modern Mom and speaks to audiences nationwide on the topic of work-life success, including groups at Google, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, UBS, Northern Trust, the Society of Women Engineers and Princeton University. Samantha started her career as a technology reporter for PC World magazine in San Francisco, led marketing communications at Tumbleweed Software, and is currently uncovering the stories of women changing the face of technology for Geek Girl Rising. She is a member of Pipeline Angels, an angel network that invests in female-led companies, and serves on the Alumni Schools Committee for her alma mater, Princeton University.

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ISBN: 9781250112262
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 23rd, 2017

Meet the women who haven t asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams. They are going for it -- building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other's ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes and rallying the next generation of women in tech.


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