Book Groups

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:30am

Five Tuesdays; Sep. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, & Jan. 8 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

September 11

Sing, Unburied Sing - Jesmyn Ward

October 9

Frankenstein in Baghdad - Ahmed Saadawl

November 13

Elmet - Fiona Mozley

December 11

Like a Fading Shadow - Antonio Munoz Molina 

January 8, 2019  

Winter - Ali Smith 

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Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner - May 8th, 2018

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is


Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128793
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Published: Penguin Books - January 23rd, 2018

*Man Booker International Prize finalist*

“Brave and ingenious.” —The New York Times

“Gripping, darkly humorous . . . profound.” —Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment


Elmet Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208424
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 5th, 2017

The family thought the little house they had made themselves in Elmet, a corner of Yorkshire, was theirs, that their peaceful, self-sufficient life was safe. Cathy and Daniel roamed the woods freely, occasionally visiting a local woman for some schooling, living outside all conventions.


Like a Fading Shadow: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250182432
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Published: Picador - July 17th, 2018

A hypnotic novel intertwining the author’s past with James Earl Ray’s attempt to escape after shooting Martin Luther King Jr.


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Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoon) (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays; Sep. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, & Jan. 21 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize, Premio Internazionale Nonino, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, and “Economist" Best Book. 

September 17

“I Married a Communist”, Philip Roth, Man Booker International Award

October 22

”Memed, My Hawk”, Yasar Kemal, Premio Internazionale Nonino 

Nov. 19 

“Lincoln in the Bardo”, George Saunders, Man Booker Prize

December 17

 “Aliss at the Fire,” Jon Fosse, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize

January 21, 2019 

“War and Turpentine”, Stefan Hertmans, “Economist" Best Book

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This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award-winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

I Married a Communist: American Trilogy (2) (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375707216
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 1999

I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.


Memed, My Hawk Cover Image
By Yashar Kemal, Yashar Kemal (Introduction by), Edouard Roditi (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171394
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 30th, 2005

A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, Memed, My Hawk is the defining achievement of one of the greatest and most beloved of living writers, Yashar Kemal. It is reissued here with a new introduction by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication.


Aliss at the Fire (Norwegian Literature) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781564785732
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 16th, 2010

In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was more than twenty years earlier: standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle, on that terrible late November day when he took his rowboat out onto the water and never returned.


Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented


War and Turpentine: A Novel Cover Image
By Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101872116
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Published: Vintage - July 25th, 2017

Longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize

New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year


An Economist Best Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evening) (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays: Sep. 17, Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, & Jan. 21 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize, Premio Internazionale Nonino, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, and “Economist" Best Book

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September 17

“I Married a Communist”, Philip Roth, Man Booker International Award

October 22 

”Memed, My Hawk”, Yasar Kemal, Premio Internazionale Nonino 

Nov. 19 

“Lincoln in the Bardo”, George Saunders, Man Booker Prize

December 17

“Aliss at the Fire,” Jon Fosse, Nordic Council’s Literature Prize

January 21, 2019 

“War and Turpentine”, Stefan Hertmans, “Economist" Best Book

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This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award-winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills. Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

I Married a Communist: American Trilogy (2) (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375707216
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 1999

I Married a Communist is the story of the rise and fall of Ira Ringold, a big American roughneck who begins life as a teenage ditch-digger in 1930s Newark, becomes a big-time 1940s radio star, and is destroyed, as both a performer and a man, in the McCarthy witchhunt of the 1950s.


Memed, My Hawk Cover Image
By Yashar Kemal, Yashar Kemal (Introduction by), Edouard Roditi (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171394
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: NYRB Classics - June 30th, 2005

A tale of high adventure and lyrical celebration, tenderness and violence, generosity and ruthlessness, Memed, My Hawk is the defining achievement of one of the greatest and most beloved of living writers, Yashar Kemal. It is reissued here with a new introduction by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication.


Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented


Aliss at the Fire (Norwegian Literature) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781564785732
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 16th, 2010

In her old house by the fjord, Signe lies on a bench and sees a vision of herself as she was more than twenty years earlier: standing by the window waiting for her husband Asle, on that terrible late November day when he took his rowboat out onto the water and never returned.


War and Turpentine: A Novel Cover Image
By Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101872116
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - July 25th, 2017

Longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize

New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year


An Economist Best Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Sep. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19, & Dec. 17 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $95

In the first hour of this long-running group, we discuss the book we’ve just read. In the second hour, we talk with the author about what it took to create it and other engrossing topics. We’ve had wonderful conversations with Daniel Handler, Elizabeth McKenzie, Yiyun Li, T.J. Stiles, Anthony Marra, Tom Barbash, Elizabeth Rosner, T. Geronimo Johnson, Adam Hochschild, Joyce Maynard, Natalie Baszile, and many others.

Pamela Feinsilber is a book editor and writing consultant and blogs about the arts for Huffington Post.

September 24

A Kind of Freedom – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

October 22

Lucky Boy – Shanthi Sekaran

November 19

Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong

December 17

When It’s Over – Barbara Ridley

A Kind of Freedom Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091030
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 14th, 2018

Long-listed for the National Book Award
Winner of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association
A New York Times Notable Book


Lucky Boy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101982266
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 5th, 2017

A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.

“Sekaran has written a page-turner that’s touching and all too real.”—People


Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250182555
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Published: Picador - July 10th, 2018

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR; O, The Oprah Magazine; Vogue; San Francisco Chronicle; Esquire; Huffington Post; Nylon; Entertainment Weekly; BuzzFeed; Booklist; and The Independent


When It's Over Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522963
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Published: She Writes Press - September 26th, 2017

Coming of age in Prague in the 1930s, Lena Kulkova is inspired by the left-wing activists who resist the rise of fascism. She meets Otto, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and follows him to Paris to work for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: John Hart - Reading the Poets (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: Oct. 1 - Nov. 19 • 7:00-9:00 pm • $200

To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week. Widely published local poet and author John Hart edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925