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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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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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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.


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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
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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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Eric Liu - You're More Powerful Than You Think (San Francisco)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. All the "givens" of civic life are no longer given. From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power. It is no longer the exclusive domain of CEOs, political elites, and insiders from either political party. And the question that today's rising citizens have to face is: Are you ready? Do you understand power? And if you want to make change in the world, do you know how?

The answers to all these questions are provided in Eric Liu's incisive book, You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen. In its pages, Liu lays out the elements and the strategies of citizen power, showing when to create a hashtag, when to call your Congressman, and when to take to the streets. (When you go, don't forget your camera.) Above all, Liu reminds us that *someone* always has power, which means if you're not participating, you're surrendering.

Published in the early days of a new presidency, this book is not just a manual for power but an inspiring call to action. As Liu shows, voting is just one way of inciting change. So is protesting. What happens after the election, and after the march through the streets, is the real test of whether we the people can truly be we the powerful.

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including A Chinaman's Chance, The Gardens of Democracy and The Accidental Asian. Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for CNN.com and a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781610397070
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 28th, 2017

This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. All the "givens" of civic life are no longer given. From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power.


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Jen Sincero - You Are a Badass at Making Money (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

From New York Times bestselling author Jen Sincero comes the perfect sequel to her over-half-million-copy-sold phenomenon You Are a Badass. You Are a Badass at Making Money is a step-by-step guide to helping people overcome their blocks, push past their fears, and start making the kind of money they've never made before. Jen herself went from living in a converted garage to traveling the world in 5-star luxury in a matter of years, and knows all too well the layers of BS one can get wrapped up in around money, as well as what it takes to dig your way out. She goes in-depth on how powerful our thoughts are and how our bank accounts are mirrors for our beliefs about money. Written in the same style as her bestselling book You Are a Badass, Sincero's follow-up combines entertaining essays with life-changing concepts. Jen boils all her wisdom down into manageable, bite-sized tips so her readers can put them into practice and get real results.

Jen Sincero is a bestselling author, success coach, and motivational speaker who has spent over a decade traveling the world helping people transform their lives and their bank accounts via her public appearances, private sessions, coaching seminars, and her books, including the New York Times bestselling book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. Jen currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and can be found on the web at JenSincero.com.

 

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ISBN: 9780735222977
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Published: Viking - April 18th, 2017

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, a life-changing guide to making the kind of money you've only ever dreamed of


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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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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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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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Kerry Egan - On Living (San Francisco)

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Named a Best Book of 2016 by Real Simple and Southern Living

As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan didn't offer sermons or prayers, unless they were requested; in fact, she found, the dying rarely want to talk about God, at least not overtly. Instead, she discovered she'd been granted an invaluable chance to witness firsthand what she calls the "spiritual work of dying" -- the work of finding or making meaning of one's life, the experiences it's contained and the people who have touched it, the betrayals, wounds, unfinished business, and unrealized dreams. Instead of talking, she mainly listened: to stories of hope and regret, shame and pride, mystery and revelation and secrets held too long. Most of all, though, she listened as her patients talked about love -- love for their children and partners and friends; love they didn't know how to offer; love they gave unconditionally; love they, sometimes belatedly, learned to grant themselves.

On Living isn't a book about dying -- it's a book about living. And Egan isn't just passively bearing witness to these stories. An emergency procedure during the birth of her first child left her physically whole but emotionally and spiritually adrift. Her work as a hospice chaplain healed her, from a brokenness she came to see we all share. Each of her patients taught her something -- how to find courage in the face of fear or the strength to make amends; how to be profoundly compassionate and fiercely empathetic; how to see the world in grays instead of black and white. In this poignant, moving, and beautiful book, she passes along all their precious and necessary gifts.

Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. Her hospice work has been featured on PBS and CNN, and her essays have appeared in Parents, American Baby, Reader's Digest, and CNN.com, where they have been read more than two million times. She and her family live in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781594634819
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 25th, 2016

Named a Best Book of 2016 by Real Simple and Southern Living
"Illuminating, unflinching and ultimately inspiring... A book to treasure." -People Magazine


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