Book Groups

Class: Pat Holt - Norwegian by Night (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:30am

Tuesday July 10 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $35


Join Pat’s book group for a lively discussion about Norwegian By Night. 

“This charming debut has the brains of a literary novel and the body of a thriller.” - SUSANNAH MEADOWS, NYT
 

Norwegian by Night Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544292666
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - May 6th, 2014

Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger Award winner An ECONOMIST TOP FICTION TITLE OF THE YEAR
A FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
A GUARDIAN BEST CRIME AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR
A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR


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Class: Bill Petrocelli - Provocative Histories Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Four Thursdays; Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May. 10, & Jun. 14 • 6:30-8:30pm • $100

**Regsistration closed, please call 415 927-0960 for waitlist**

There’ve been a wealth of scholarly, readable, and provocative works of history published in recent years. This book group includes books that look at the impact of slavery on the British empire, the events leading up to the U.S, Constitution, the struggle over the U.S.’s first foreign war, and then the struggle over slavery that lead up to the Civil War.

Author and attorney Bill Petrocelli is co-owner of Book Passage. His latest novel is Through the Bookstore Window.

March
 Adam Hochschild - Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels
in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves


April
 Joseph J. Ellis - The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second
American Revolution, 1783-1789


May
Amy S. Greenberg - A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln,
and the U.S. Invasion of Mexico


June
Bruce Levine - The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil
War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780618619078
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - December 1st, 2005

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire.


The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172486
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

In The Quartet, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis tells the unexpected story of America's second great founding and of the men most responsible--Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison: why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.


A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307475992
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2013

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S.


The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812978728
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Published: Random House Trade - April 1st, 2014

In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented and defended.


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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 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501126079
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 8th, 2018

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


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143128793
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Published: Penguin Books - January 23rd, 2018

*Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize*

"Brave and ingenious." --The New York Times

"Gripping, darkly humorous . . . profound." --Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment


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$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 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250182432
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador USA - 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: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera)

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Jan 29, Feb 26, Mar. 26. April date TBA • 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.

JANUARY
The Walking - Laleh Khadivi
FEBRUARY
King of Cuba - Cristina García
MARCH
Still Time - Jean Hegland
APRIL
Swallowing Mercury - Wioletta Greg
 Such Small Hands - Andres Barba, Adam Levy and Ashley Nelson Levy, Transit Books
 

The Walking Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608194377
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - March 25th, 2014

Saladin Khourdi has always known he will leave Iran. He spends his days in the cinema, dreaming of Hollywood stars in swimming pools. For his older brother, Ali, Iran is their home, their history. But both will have to leave, when the 1979 revolution leads to a killing in their mountain village.


King of Cuba Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476725666
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 8th, 2013

A "darkly hilarious" (Elle) novel about a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge by the National Book Award finalist Cristina Garc a, this "clever, well-conceived dual portrait shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island" (Kirkus Reviews).


Still Time Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781628728217
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Published: Arcade Publishing - October 17th, 2017

"A moving, beautiful story about what persists and what doesn't, about what can be repaired and what can't." --Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves


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By Wioletta Greg, Eliza Marciniak (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492044
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Published: Transit Books - September 12th, 2017

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize

"Achieves a form of literary alchemy that mesmerizes."--The New York Times


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By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492006
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Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

The Guardian Best Books of 2017

"Every once in a while a novel does not record reality but creates a whole new reality, one that casts a light on our darkest feelings. Kafka did that. Bruno Schulz did that. Now the Spanish writer Andres Barba has done it with the terrifying Such Small Hands."--Edmund White


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

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 7:00pm

Five Mondays; Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 14, & June 11 • 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,  Kirkus Prize, German International Literature Prize, Nobel Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

February 19

Euphoria, Lily King, Kirkus Prize

March 19

A Horse Walks Into A Bar,  David Grossman, Man Booker International Prize

April 16

The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai, Man Booker International Prize

May 14

The Illogic of Kassel, Enrique Vila-Matas, FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages

June 11

Devil on the Cross, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Nonino International Prize for Literature

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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.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays; Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 14, & June 11 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $130

This fall we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Mann Booker Prize,  Kirkus Prize, German International Literature Prize, Camões Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

February 19

Euphoria, Lily King, Kirkus Prize

March 19

A Horse Walks Into A Bar,  David Grossman, Man Booker International Prize

April 16

The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai, Man Booker International Prize

May 14

The Illogic of Kassel, Enrique Vila-Matas, FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages

June 11

Devil on the Cross, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Nonino International Prize for Literature

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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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pat Holt - Summer Book Group

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 10:30am

Tuesday August 8, 2017  • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $30

Every few years Pat’s group schedules a special Summer session that’s open to everyone, and this year is special, indeed.  A while back, the group discovered Anthony Marra’s  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena  ("a novel about Chechnya that nobody wanted to read,” says Pat, "until we did read it and then so unforgettable we loved it, loved it, loved it.”) The same magical reading experience is promised in  Marra’s next book, The Tsar of Love and Technonow in paperback.  

Don’t be put off by the description "interlocking stories” — this usually means a magnificent novel with many surprises. As the Boston Globe says, Marra’s chapters are “cunningly set out like mosaic tiles that keep self-rearranging until they cohere into a complex, cathartic whole.” Very chewy, full of ideas, great characters, and Marra’s wonderful “arsenal of wit”!  

Note: Sign up early as this group has a maximum of 15.  (A runover group may be listed for that Friday, August 11. If you prefer that date, let us know!)

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.

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780770436452
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Published: Hogarth Press - July 19th, 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena--dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:30am

5 Tuesdays: Sep. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, & Jan. 9 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

Sept. 12
Deborah Levy, Hot Milk, Bloomsbury (240 pages)

Oct. 10
Graeme Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project, Contraband (300 pages)

Nov. 14
Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone, Little, Brown (368 pages)

Dec. 12
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn, Amistad (192 pages)

Jan. 9
Madeleine Thien, Norton, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (480 pages)

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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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays: Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20, & Dec. 18 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $95

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of...an entertaining yet deep novel featuring a reluctant bride, squirrels, and the military-industrial complex; an adventure, retracing the steps of two men who found a buried civilization in Central America, that "makes Indiana Jones seem tame"; an "intricately plotted" novel, narrated by two women linked by a family mystery, that "builds to a terrifying climax"; and the translator of "sublime, subversive and original" stories by a "Brazilian legend."

September
Elizabeth McKenzie, The Portable Veblen

October
William Carlsen, Jungle of Stone

November
Heather Young, The Lost Girls

December
Katrina Dodson (translator), The Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector

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

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

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

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

5 Mondays: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, & Jan. 15 • 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,  Kirkus Prize, German International Literature Prize, Nobel Prize and Goncourt Prize. 

September 18
António Lobos Antunes, The Land at the End of the World (Camões Prize)

October 16
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women (Kirkus Prize)

November 20
Ohran Pamuk, Snow (Nobel Prize-winning author)

December 18
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Mann Booker Prize)

January 15
Amos Oz,  Judas (German International Prize)

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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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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