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Rafe Bartholomew - Two and Two (San Francisco)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Since it opened in 1854, McSorley's Old Ale House has been a New York institution. This is the landmark watering hole where Abraham Lincoln campaigned and Boss Tweed kicked back with the Tammany Hall machine. Where a pair of Houdini's handcuffs found their final resting place. And where soldiers left behind wishbones before departing for the First World War, never to return and collect them. Many of the bar's traditions remain intact, from the newspaper-covered walls to the plates of cheese and raw onions, the sawdust-strewn floors to the tall-tales told by its bartenders.

But in addition to the bar's rich history, McSorley's is home to a deeply personal story about two men: Rafe Bartholomew, the writer who grew up in the landmark pub, and his father, Geoffrey "Bart" Bartholomew, a career bartender who has been working the taps for forty-five years.

On weekends, Rafe Bartholomew would tag along for the early hours of his dad's shift, polishing brass doorknobs, watching over the bar cats, and handling other odd jobs until he grew old enough to join Bart behind the bar. McSorley's was a place of bizarre rituals, bawdy humor, and tasks as unique as the bar itself: protecting the decades-old dust that had gathered on treasured artifacts; shot-putting thirty-pound grease traps into high-walled Dumpsters; and trying to keep McSorley's open through the worst of Hurricane Sandy. But for Rafe, the bar means home. It's the place where he and his father have worked side by side, serving light and dark ale, always in pairs, the way it's always been done. Where they've celebrated victories, like the publication of his father's first book of poetry, and coped with misfortune, like the death of Rafe's mother. Where Rafe learned to be part of something bigger than himself and also how to be his own man.

By turns touching, crude, and wildly funny, Two and Two reveals universal truths about family, loss, and the bursting history of one of New York's most beloved institutions.

Rafe Bartholomew is the author of Pacific Rims. He was one of the original editors of Grantland, where he wrote and edited sports features from 2011 to 2015, and his work has appeared in Slate, the New York Times, the Chicago Reader, Deadspin and other leading online and print publications. Several of his stories have been honored in the Best American Sports Writing series. He lives in Los Angeles.
 


 

Two and Two: McSorley's, My Dad, and Me Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316231596
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 9th, 2017

A deeply stirring memoir of fathers, sons, and the oldest bar in New York City


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Nancy Pearl - George and Lizzie (San Francisco)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family—his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom—while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.

Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.

Nancy Pearl is known as “America’s Librarian.” She speaks about the pleasures of reading at library conferences, to literacy organizations and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on KUOW FM in Seattle, as well as KWGS in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wisconsin Public Radio. Born and raised in Detroit, she received her master’s degree in library science in 1967 from the University of Michigan. She also received an MA in history from Oklahoma State University in 1977. Among her many honors and awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. She also hosts a monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501162893
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 5th, 2017

From "America's librarian" and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.


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Anne Hitz - Images of America: San Francisco's Ferry Building (San Francisco)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Images of America: San Francisco's Ferry Building covers the many years visitors have traveled to San Francisco via ferry welcomed by one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, the Ferry Building. In the 1920s, the Ferry Building was the world’s second-busiest transit terminal (after Charing Cross, London), with more than 50,000 people a day passing through the elegant structure, designed by architect A. Page Brown and opened in 1898. When the 1906 earthquake struck and the ensuing fire was destroying the city, the venerable waterfront icon stood above the ruins, giving residents hope that the city would recover and rise from the ashes. By 1939, with the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge both open, ferry traffic fell off. By the late 1950s, ferry service ended altogether, and the building’s beautiful facade was blocked by the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway. With the freeway’s demise after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Ferry Building was restored and reopened in 2003. It is once again a beacon of civic pride, a landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and a public space that anchors the San Francisco waterfront.

Anne Evers Hitz, a fifth-generation San Franciscan, has gathered together images from libraries and private collections to tell the Ferry Building story.

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Reza Farazmand - Comics for a Strange World (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Poorly Drawn Lines, beloved webcomic artist Reza Farazmand returns with a new collection of comics that hilariously skewers our modern age. Comics for a Strange World takes readers through time, space, and alternate realities, reuniting fans with favorite characters and presenting even more ridiculous scenarios. A squirrel adapts to human society by purchasing a cell phone—and a gun. And an old man shares memories of the Internet with his granddaughter: “A vast network of millions of idiots. Together, the idiots created endless shitty ideas. It was a true renaissance of shit.” In the world of Poorly Drawn Lines, nothing is too weird or too outlandish for parody.

Featuring 50 percent brand-new content alongside some of the most popular comics of the past year, Comics for a Strange World will be the perfect gift for your most sardonic friend or family member.

Reza Farazmand lives and draws in San Francisco. He started putting his comics on the Internet in college at pdlcomics.tumblr.com, and was soon surprised to learn that this activity could make for an actual career. His work has since been featured in and around such places as television sets, websites, magazines, and now this book. When he’s not writing or drawing, Reza enjoys drinking coffee and looking at things on screens. He is generally a pretty good guy.

Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780735219885
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Plume Books - October 24th, 2017

Absurd comics for our absurd times, from the artist behind the wildly popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines.


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Nan Alexander Doyal - Dig Where You Are (San Francisco)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

For anyone who has ever wondered if what they do matters or how they might make a difference but doesn’t know where to start– Nan Alexander Doyal’s voice is what you’ve been waiting for. 

In her book Dig Where You Are she introduces us to seven men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today. Their stories are entertaining, heart-breaking, inspiring and at their core, empowering. From the slums of Mumbai, the villages of Tibet and northeast Thailand, the inner cities of Philadelphia and San Francisco, and a ghetto outside Stockholm, Dig Where You Are tells of an artist, a surgeon, a teacher, a criminologist, an economist, a community organizer and a general physician each of whom saw a way beyond suffering and injustice, took responsibility for the wellbeing of others and ended up transforming lives and communities across the world. 

There is a human perspective to these stories that strips away the heroic veneer of its characters and shows recognizable, even average people making a big impact on the world around them. Before becoming a writer, Nan Doyal worked across the world with people from many different cultures, walks of life and disciplines. As such she is more than a narrator; she is a guide in the deepest sense. She leads us with knowledge and empathy, sharing stories that are both inspiring and empowering. Like all great guides, she gives us much more than we asked for.

Nan Alexander Doyal has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia for more than three decades, most recently as President of The International Forum – an organization designing active learning experiences for the leaders of global corporations. For years she sought out people from all walks of life who were digging where they are –doing what they know how to do in order to make meaningful and sustainable change for the good.

Dig Where You Are: How One Person's Effort Can Save a Life, Empower a Community and Create Meaningful Change in the World Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780997320305
Availability: Special Order
Published: Casper Press - January 17th, 2017

For anyone who has ever wondered if what they do matters or how they might make a difference but doesn’t know where to start– Nan Alexander Doyal’s voice is what you’ve been waiting for. In her book Dig Where You Are she introduces us to seven men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today.


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