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Paul Madonna - Close Enough for the Angels (San Francisco)

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00am

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Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder--twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with a dark past. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed.

With his signature blend of drawing and storytelling, Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee, Everything is its own reward) delivers a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor. Paired with over a hundred lush and haunting drawings from Thailand to Japan, Close Enough for the Angels is a profound visual and narrative ride.

Paul Madonna is the creator of the series All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-15), and the author of three books, All Over Coffee (City Lights 2007), Everything is its own reward (City Lights 2011; winner of the 2011 NCBR Recognition Award for Best Book) and On to the Next Dream (City Lights 2017). His drawings and stories have appeared in numerous international books and journals as well as galleries and museums, including the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco (November 2017). Paul is the former Comics Editor for TheRumpus.net (2009-16), has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD Magazine (1993-94), for which he proudly received no money.

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$34.99
ISBN: 9781513260815
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Published: Petty Curse Books - September 5th, 2017

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder--twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with a dark past.


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Diane Pomerantz - Lost in the Reflecting Pool (San Francisco)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

When Diane Pomerantz, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need. A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman's struggle to survive within and ultimately break free of a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.

Dr. Diane Pomerantz is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice working with children, adolescents, and adults in the Baltimore, Maryland area for over thirty-five years. She has done extensive work in the area of trauma and child abuse and research in the area of personality development of abused children. She currently runs Healing Through Writing groups in her practice. She is a breast cancer survivor and has two wonderful grown children. She and her shaggy dog, Rug, live amidst tall trees on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522680
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Published: She Writes Press - October 10th, 2017

When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers--and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family.


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Mike Duncan - The Storm Before the Storm (San Francisco)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later.

Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep-dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment--a stark warning for modern readers about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.

Mike Duncan is one of the foremost history podcasters in the world. His award winning series The History of Rome chronologically narrated the entire history of the Roman Empire over 189 weekly episodes. Running from 2007-2012, The History of Rome has generated more than 56 million downloads and remains one of the most popular history podcasts on the internet. Duncan has continued this success with his ongoing series Revolutions -- which so far has explored the English, American, French, and Haitian Revolutions. Since debuting in September 2013, Revolutions has generated more than 12 million downloads. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of his podcasts, Duncan has led fans on a number of sold-out guided tours of Italy, England, and France to visit historic sites from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution. Duncan also collaborates with illustrator Jason Novak on informative cartoons that humorously explain the historical context for current events. Their work has been featured in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Awl, and Morning News.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781610397216
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 24th, 2017

The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.


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Justin Loeber - Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life (San Francisco)

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

We all have strengths and weaknesses. So, do you want to learn how to get out of your own way and build your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses? Do it now with Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now! Dream big: Do you want to be known as a tremendous talent...or a lazy, unfocused slacker? Whether you’re a Millennial yearning to join corporate America, a Boomer ready for reinvention, a closeted LGBTQ+ testing the gender pool or even a nerd nauseated with perfection, Justin Loeber's book is an in-your-face, funny, no-nonsense, socio-business, coming-of-ageless handbook for anyone who is yearning for true, inner-personal success.

You’ll learn 10 easy steps, such as

  • Work on Your Work Ethic
  • Own the Power of Thoughtfulness
  • Find Perfection in Imperfection
  • Rule Your Planet
  • …and more.

This shebang of a book is based on Loeber’s quirky personal life experiences that all started in the NYC 70s disco era: Justin worked as a waiter, a Wang Word Processing Operator, (remember Wang?), a substitute go-go dancer, was discovered by pop icon Gary Numan in London and was one step from stardom in his own right as a solo pop-recording artist—only to lose it all. Then, in a 180-degree turn—and without a college degree—went from a temp at Random House to an EVP at HarperCollins in a little more than a decade. In 2006 Loeber created mouth: digital + public relations, a boutique agency in NYC—repping over 550 clients to date. Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life will give you the courage to:

  • Shake down your fear, which is squelching your dream
  • Find the “it” that makes you “tick”
  • Take a Risk, which in the end, isn’t risky after all
  • Put down the electronics, look up; and transfer from the passenger to the pilot of your life…NOW!

So, Get out of your own way! Dream big! Do it now!

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By Justin Loeber, Kris Carr (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781633536470
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Published: Mango - November 7th, 2017

Dream Big Do it now

Strengths and weaknesses: We all have strengths and weaknesses. So, do you want to learn how to get out of your own way and build your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses? Do it now with Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life: 10 Tips to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now


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Michael Ausiello - Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies (San Francisco)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman’s Bettyville, Michael Ausiello—a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com—remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together.

For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello’s insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as founder and editor-in-chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.

What many of his fans don’t know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: his husband, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Over the course of eleven months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015.

In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty—always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love.

Michael Ausiello began his publishing career at Soaps In Depth magazine in 1997, before moving on to TVGuide.com in 2000. It was there that he launched his signature Ask Ausiello column and established himself as a major player in the world of TV journalism. In 2008, he jumped to Entertainment Weekly where he penned a weekly column in the magazine as well as an award-winning blog on EW.com (both titled The Ausiello Files). Three years later, he joined Jay Penske’s expanding media empire as founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501134968
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Published: Atria Books - September 12th, 2017

In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield's Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman's Bettyville, Michael Ausiello--a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com--remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together.


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Cristina Olsen - Kissing the Sky (San Francisco)

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

Kissing the Sky is an autobiography of the soul in poetic and visual form that begins with loss and loneliness, but soon transforms into love and an expansive freedom of the soul. From post-war London to the vast Pampas of Argentina, from Buenos Aires to the Hills of Novato, California, I weave a meditative tapestry of poetry, poetic prose, and photography celebrating the beauty of nature and its power to transform pain into joy. The book is divided into three parts, from finding light in the darkest hours, discovering love in all its guises, and reaching for the sky in blissful surrender. The accompanying photographs are not merely decorative. The way I take a photograph is the way I write a poem, circling the subject over and over again until the image says “take me!” I use the camera on my nature rambles to capture beauty, stalking prey like a hunter, every angle a joy to behold. And so every poem in this book evolves from a deep meditation with the image, and every image becomes a resonant backdrop that sends the poem flying—sometimes flying into unknown territory.

Cristina Olsen, PhD, CPCC, is an author, poet and photographer. She was born and raised in Argentina, then moved to the United States with her parents when she was 14. After graduating from high school, Cristina lived a nomadic life for more than 20 years, shifting residences between the United States and South America, and vagabonding through countries around the world. During those years, Cristina studied and earned degrees in cultural anthropology, psychology, philosophy and world religions. She eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and fellow poet and photographer, Dave Muñoz (Haikudave), and received her doctoral degree in Spirituality and Geography. Her dissertation, Nature in the Lives of Saints Brigit, Patrick, and Columba, was published by Lambert Academic Press and is available here on Amazon. Cristina has taught courses in world religions, spirituality, and meditative practices at various institutions throughout the Bay Area, and has lectured on Celtic Spirituality and nature mysticism in the United States and the U.K. In addition, she was an English-Spanish translator and language teacher for many years and a fundraiser for environmental organizations and for ecological agricultural programs in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. She now dedicates herself to creative writing and photography, and as a licensed Life Coach helps others in their creative pursuits and publishing endeavors.

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Published: Suncloud Press - January 16th, 2015

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Vanda Krefft - The Man Who Made the Movies (San Francisco)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Anita Monga

A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding with the dawn of modern America, this landmark biography of William Fox brings into focus a fascinating, brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.

A major studio still bears William Fox’s name, though the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure. Now, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox’s legacy is central to the history of Hollywood.

William Fox’s life story encapsulates the American Dream—intertwining with the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York; with the city’s vibrant and ruthless Gilded Age history; and with the birth of America’s movie industry. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies is a rich, compelling look at a multi-dimensional character emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history.

Growing up in Lower East Side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, William Fox began selling candy on the street—and that entreprenurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of the legendary Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, and Warner brothers, and launched stars like Theda Bara. Amid the euphoric Roaring Twenties, these moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. A fearless risk taker, Fox won. He was hailed as a genius—until a confluence of circumstances, culminating with the 1929 crash, led to his ruin.

The Man Who Made the Movies includes two 8-page black-and-white photo inserts.

Vanda Krefft is a former magazine and newspaper journalist who has covered the entertainment industry for publications such as Elle and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Santa Monica, California. This is her first book.
 

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$40.00
ISBN: 9780061136061
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Published: Harper - November 28th, 2017

A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur--like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary--who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.


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Susan Ronald - A Dangerous Woman (San Francisco)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence Lacaze fled the city in the aftermath of the great earthquake of 1906. Living in Paris with her mother, she was taught that only money brought respectability and happiness, and developed a lifelong snobbery to match her aspirations. Marrying first “the boy next door” from the Bay Area to regain her U.S. citizenship, then hooking the already-married Frank Jay Gould (youngest son of notorious robber baron Jay Gould), Florence rewrote her personal history to match her new super-rich pedigree. While enjoying the fruits of an open marriage with Frank, Florence guided his millions into investments in hotels and casinos, creating the first luxury hotel and casino group in France. She was the first to bring the Italian Mafia to the Riviera, and made her name entertaining celebrities such as Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Maurice Chevalier, Joseph Kennedy, and a raft of Hollywood stars, some of whom (like Charlie Chaplin) became her lovers.
 
While the party ended for most Americans after the Great Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence Gould refused to return to America. (He had abandoned the U.S. in 1913 when federal income taxes were introduced, and the IRS eagerly awaited his return.) During the Nazi occupation of France, Florence took scores of German lovers, traded with the Nazis, and hosted a controversial salon for collaborators and underground Résistants alike. As the Allies closed in on the city, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a money laundering operation for high-ranking Nazis fleeing the country.
 
Despite the best efforts of J. Edgar Hoover and the French Sûreté, Florence avoided treason charges after the war, and lived as part of France’s upper-crust until her death in 1983. Her vast fortune was put to good use through the Florence Gould Foundation, buying her eternal respectability as a patron of the arts and sciences in New York City and beyond. A Dangerous Woman is a colorful and damning portrait of a woman who could have been a character in the great literary works of Ibsen or Chekhov, and a cautionary lesson that while money can buy happiness, it requires a lack of concern for the repercussions of your actions.

Susan Ronald was born and raised in the United States and has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Hitler's Art Thief and Heretic Queen.

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ISBN: 9781250092212
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

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