Book Groups

Class: Steven Stein - Food & Culture Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 4, & Apr. 1, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $100

The foods we choose, and the places we dine say a lot about how we live. This group will read four quite different books - each with an entertaining and informative narrative - that focus on food and dining, and their impacts on society.

Steve Stein spent over thirty years in the food and lodging industry before turning his attention to finance and economics. He’s probably also spent too much time at the dinner table.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year

Winner of the James Beard Award

Author of How to Change Your Mind and the #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules


Ten Restaurants That Changed America Cover Image
By Paul Freedman, Danny Meyer (Introduction by)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631494987
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 23rd, 2018

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780446698979
Availability: Special Order
Published: Twelve - March 23rd, 2009

If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food.


The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780764542619
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 5th, 2004

RUTH REICHL
"Mary Frances [Fisher] has the extraordinary ability to make the ordinary seem rich and wonderful. Her dignity comes from her absolute insistence on appreciating life as it comes to her."

JULIA CHILD


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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

“A soulful, humane, and sparklingly funny novel.


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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
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618619078
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mariner Books - February 10th, 2006

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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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 themsel


A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307475992
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - 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, February 12, 2019 - 10:30am

Five Tuesdays; Feb. 12, Mar. 12, Apr. 9, May. 14, &  Jun. 11 , 2019 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

February
Less - Andrew Sean Greer

March
home Fire - Kamila Shamsie

April
History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund

May
What We Lose - Zinzi Clemmons

June
The Overstory - Richard Powers

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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.

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017


Home Fire: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735217690
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

“Ingenious… Builds to one of the most memorable final scenes I’ve read in a novel this century.” —The New York Times

WINNER OF THE 2018 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION


LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE


History of Wolves Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802127389
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 7th, 2017

Finalist for the Man Booker Award. Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Winner of the GLCA New Writers Award for Fiction.


What We Lose: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735221734
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree
NBCC John Leonard First Book Prize Finalist
Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalist
California Book Award First Fiction Finalist
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Debut Novel Nominee
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction & the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize


The Overstory Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light.


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

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays; January 28, February 25, March 25, & April 29, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the translator of an Argentine writer's "brilliant" and "fascinating" travels through Patagonia, "a land where real meets surreal," as well as the authors of...a novel in which a lesbian Jew preparing to marry in 1990s San Francisco ponders how much you need to share with the one you love; a "sumptuous" fictional biography that imagines how an audacious, now famed woman became a poet in patriarchal Iran; and a "daringly original" memoir that explores identity, race, and discrimination in today's U.S.A.

JANUARY
Paper Is White - Hilary Zaid

FEBRUARY
False Calm - Katherine Silver, translator

MARCH
Song of a Captive Bird - Jasmine Darznik

APRIL
Real American - Julie Lythcott-Haims
 


Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant at feinsilber@comcast.net.

Paper Is White Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612941134
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bywater Books - March 13th, 2018

When oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen realizes that she can't go through with a wedding until she tells her grandmother. There's only one problem: her grandmother is dead.


False Calm: A Journey Through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492143
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Transit Books - October 2nd, 2018

"A bold, beautiful book."--The New York Times

"A marvelous chronicle."--Publishers Weekly


Song of a Captive Bird: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399182334
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 5th, 2019

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny


Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250296733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 21st, 2018

A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a black woman in America

“Courageous, achingly honest."


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

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays; Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 13, & Jun. 10, 2019 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $130

This spring we will read 5 novels whose authors have won literary prizes including the Prix Goncourt, New York Times Best 10, British Book Award, Pulitzer Prize and Jomo Kenyatta Prize. 

February 18

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid (NYT Best 10 Books 217)

March 18

Compass - Mathias Énard (Prix Goncourt 2015)

April  15

Less -  Andrew Sean Greer (Pulitzer Prize 2018)

May 13

The Essex Serpent - Sarah Perry (British Book Awards 2017)

June 10

Dust - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2015)

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.

Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

WINNER OF THE 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE

TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2017, NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

 
“A breathtaking novel…[that] arrives at an urgent time.” –NPR
 


Compass Cover Image
By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811227476
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 27th, 2018

On the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize


Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty" (The New York Times Book Review).

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
National Bestseller
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017


The Essex Serpent: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062666383
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Custom House - April 24th, 2018

A Kirkus Review Best Book of 2017 and a Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction. Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year, selected as the Waterstones Book of the Year, and a Costa Book Award Finalist


Dust Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345802545
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

A Washington Post Notable Book


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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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth - 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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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.

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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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