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Steven Johnson - Farsighted & How We Got to Now (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 1:00pm

Did you drink a glass of water today? Did you turn on a light? Did you think about how miraculous either one of those things is when you did it? Of course not -- but you should, and New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson has. This adaptation of his adult book and popular PBS series How We Got To Now explores the fascinating and interconnected stories of innovations -- like clean drinking water and electricity -- that changed the way people live.

Innovation starts with a problem whose solution sets in motion all kinds of unexpected discoveries. That's why you can draw a line from pendulums to punching the clock at a factory, from ice blocks to summer movie blockbusters, from clean water to computer chips.

In the lively storytelling style that has made him a popular, bestselling author, Steven Johnson looks at how accidental genius, brilliant mistakes, and unintended consequences shape the way we live in the modern world. Johnson's "long zoom" approach connects history, geography, politics, and scientific advances with the deep curiousity of inventors or quirky interests of tinkerers to show how innovation truly comes about.

His fascinating account is organized into six topics: glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light. Johnson's fresh exploration of these simple, single-syllable word concepts creates an endlessly absorbing story that moves from lightning strikes in the prehistoric desert to the herculean effort to literally raise up the city of Chicago to laser labs straight out of a sci-fi movie.

In other words, it's the story of how we got to now!

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Big, life-altering decisions matter so much more than the decisions we make every day, and they're also the most difficult: where to live, whom to marry, what to believe, whether to start a company, how to end a war. There's no one-size-fits-all approach for addressing these kinds of conundrums.

Steven Johnson's classic Where Good Ideas Come From inspired creative people all over the world with new ways of thinking about innovation. In Farsighted, he uncovers powerful tools for honing the important skill of complex decision-making. While you can't model a once-in-a-lifetime choice, you can model the deliberative tactics of expert decision-makers. These experts aren't just the master strategists running major companies or negotiating high-level diplomacy. They're the novelists who draw out the complexity of their characters' inner lives, the city officials who secure long-term water supplies, and the scientists who reckon with future challenges most of us haven't even imagined. The smartest decision-makers don't go with their guts. Their success relies on having a future-oriented approach and the ability to consider all their options in a creative, productive way.

Through compelling stories that reveal surprising insights, Johnson explains how we can most effectively approach the choices that can chart the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. Farsighted will help you imagine your possible futures and appreciate the subtle intelligence of the choices that shaped our broader social history.

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Steven Johnson is the popular, bestselling author of Wonderland and How We Got to Now, among other adult books.He was the host and co-creator of the PBS series How We Got to Now and has written for many blogs and publications, including TIME, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780425287781
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018

Did you drink a glass of water today? Did you turn on a light? Did you think about how miraculous either one of those things is when you did it? Of course not--but you should, and New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson has.


Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594488214
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

The hardest choices are also the most consequential. So why do we know so little about how to get them right?


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Warren Farrell & John Gray - The Boy Crisis (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 4:00pm

What is the boy crisis?

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science. It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women. It's a crisis of fathering. Boys are growing up with less-involved fathers and are more likely to drop out of school, drink, do drugs, become delinquent, and end up in prison. It's a crisis of purpose. Boys' old sense of purpose -- being a warrior, a leader, or a sole breadwinner -- are fading. Many bright boys are experiencing a "purpose void," feeling alienated, withdrawn, and addicted to immediate gratification.

So, what is The Boy Crisis? A comprehensive blueprint for what parents, teachers, and policymakers can do to help our sons become happier, healthier men, and fathers and leaders worthy of our respect.

Dr. Warren Farrell is the author of books published in 17 languages. They include two award-winning international bestsellers: Why Men Are The Way They Are plus The Myth of Male Power. Warren has been chosen by the Financial Times as one of the world's top 100 thought leaders. Dr. Farrell is currently the Chair of the Commission to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men. He is the only man in the U.S. to have been elected three times to the Board of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in New York City. He started more than 300 men and women's groups, including ones joined by men from John Lennon to John Gray. Dr. Farrell has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, TODAY, and Good Morning America, and been the subject of features on 20/20, in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, People, Parade, and The New York Times.

Dr. John Gray is the author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. USA Today listed Mars/Venus as number six among the most influential books of the last quarter century. In hardcover, it was the number one bestselling nonfiction book of the nineties. John Gray's books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries. Dr. Gray's more recent books include Mars and Venus in the Bedroom, Why Mars and Venus Collide, and Work With Me (with Barbara Annis). John has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, etc. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, TV Guide, and People. He was also the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters.

 

 

The Boy Crisis Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781942952718
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: BenBella Books - March 13th, 2018

What is the boy crisis?

It's a crisis of education. Worldwide, boys are 50 percent less likely than girls to meet basic proficiency in reading, math, and science.

It's a crisis of mental health. ADHD is on the rise. And as boys become young men, their suicide rates go from equal to girls to six times that of young women.


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Gary Pomerantz - The Last Pass (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

About to turn ninety, Bob Cousy, the Hall of Fame Boston Celtics captain who led the team to its first six championships on an unparalleled run, has much to look back on in contentment. But he has one last piece of unfinished business. The last pass he hopes to throw is to close the circle with his great partner on those Celtic teams, fellow Hall of Famer Bill Russell, now 84. These teammates were basketball's Ruth and Gehrig, and Cooz, as everyone calls him, was famously ahead of his time as an NBA player in terms of race and civil rights. But as the decades passed, Cousy blamed himself for not having done enough, for not having understood the depth of prejudice Russell faced as an African-American star in a city with a fraught history regarding race. Cousy wishes he had defended Russell publicly, and that he had told him privately that he had his back. At this late hour, he confided to acclaimed historian Gary Pomerantz over the course of many interviews, he would like to make amends.

At the heart of the story The Last Pass tells is the relationship between these two iconic athletes. The book is also in a way Bob Cousy's last testament on his complex and fascinating life. As a sports story alone it has few parallels: An poor kid whose immigrant French parents suffered a dysfunctional marriage, the young Cousy escaped to the New York City playgrounds, where he became an urban legend known as the Houdini of the Hardwood. The legend exploded nationally in 1950, his first year as a Celtic: he would be an all-star all 13 of his NBA seasons. But even as Cousy's on-court imagination and daring brought new attention to the pro game, the Celtics struggled until Coach Red Auerbach landed Russell in 1956. Cooz and Russ fit beautifully together on the court, and the Celtics dynasty was born. To Boston's white sportswriters it was Cousy's team, not Russell's, and as the civil rights movement took flight, and Russell became more publicly involved in it, there were some ugly repercussions in the community, more hurtful to Russell than Cousy feels he understood at the time.

The Last Pass situates the Celtics dynasty against the full dramatic canvas of American life in the 50s and 60s. It is an enthralling portrait of the heart of this legendary team that throws open a window onto the wider world at a time of wrenching social change. Ultimately it is a book about the legacy of a life: what matters to us in the end, long after the arena lights have been turned off and we are alone with our memories.

Gary Pomerantz, historian, journalist and Stanford University lecturer, is the author of six nonfiction books on topics ranging from history to sports to civil rights. His first, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, on Atlanta's racial conscience, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He also authored Wilt, 1962, about Wilt Chamberlain's legendary 100-point game (a New York Times Editors' List selection), Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds, about an aviation crash, and The Devil's Tickets about a Jazz Age murder and trial. His most recent book, Their Life's Work, a narrative about the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, explores football's gifts and costs. For the past twelve years, he has taught reporting and writing at Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism.

 

The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735223615
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - October 23rd, 2018

Out of the greatest dynasty in American professional sports history, an intimate story of race, mortality, and regret


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Marin School of the Arts - Student Showcase (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:00pm

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CANCELLED: Alexander Heffner - A Documentary History of the United States (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

*Please note: This event has been cancelled.*

Here, in a single volume, are the documents, speeches, and letters that have forged American history, now updated with new content such as Trump's inaugural address.

Accompanied by interpretations of their significance by noted historian Richard D. Heffner and journalist Alexander Heffner, this book includes important documents such as:

  • The complete text of the Declaration of Independence
  • The complete Constitution of the United States
  • The Monroe Doctrine
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Woodrow Wilson's War Message to Congress
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" Speech
  • John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech
  • Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Addresses
  • Documents relating to September 11, 2001 and the Iraq War

This edition of A Documentary History of the United States has been expanded and updated to include a chapter on the Presidency of Donald Trump.

Richard D. Heffner taught history and political science at the University of California, Sarah Lawrence College, the New School for Social Research, and NYU. University Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers, he also produced and moderated his prizewinning public television series, "Richard Heffner's Open Mind," for fifty years.

A Documentary History of the United States (Revised and Updated) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451490018
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Published: Signet Classics (TR) - June 5th, 2018

Here, in a single volume, are the documents, speeches, and letters that have forged American history, now updated with new content such as Trump's inaugural address.

Accompanied by interpretations of their significance by noted historian Richard D. Heffner and journalist Alexander Heffner, this book includes important documents such as:


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Children's Event - Teddy Bear Tea Party (Corte Madera)

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 3:00pm

Tickets: $35
Includes fun activities, storytelling, take home teddy bear themed goody bags, and allergen free eats and treats

Did you know that September 9th is NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY?  And, what better day to celebrate with a late Sunday afternoon Teddy Bear "TEA PARTY" for children!

P.A.T.H. is inviting up to 50 children (through ticket sales) ages 3+ with accompanying parent/s to attend this super fun and super special Teddy Bear themed Fundraising Event.

This hour and a half event is being hosted and catered by the Corte Madera BOOK PASSAGE and Bookstore Cafe.  Children are encouraged to bring their own favorite teddy bear for pics, treats and eats*; teddy bear book storytelling by BOOK PASSAGE staff; temporary teddy bear tattoo applications; teddy bear goody bag take-aways, balloons, books, art... and more!  Teddy bear themed baskets will also be available per suggested donation for raffle tickets.

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WHAT: TEDDY BEAR "TEA PARTY"  For CHILDREN

WHERE: CORTE MADERA BOOK PASSAGE, 51 Tamal Road, Corte Madera

WHEN:  Sunday; September 9th  3-4:30pm (Officially NATIONAL TEDDY  BEAR DAY

WHY: To raise funds to purchase brand new teddy bears to give out to children of incarcerated individuals. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit KIDS COOKING FOR LIFE.

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P.A.T.H. is collaborating with CAN DO Clemency Teddy Bear Care Program (Malibu, CA) and KIDS COOKING FOR LIFE (San Rafael, CA).  The San Bruno MARINE TOYS FOR TOTS" will help us disseminate the teddy bears at various State prisons prior to  the winter holidays.

*Allergen and gluten free

For more information, please contact Leslie at: 973-650-7931 or email: Prisonartstouchinghearts@gmail.com

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H. Bruce Franklin - Crash Course (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:00pm

Growing up during the Second World War, H. Bruce Franklin believed what he was told: that America’s victory would lead to a new era of world peace. Like most Americans, he was soon led to believe in a world-wide Communist conspiracy that menaced the United States, forcing the nation into a disastrous war in Korea. But once he joined the U.S. Air Force and began flying top-secret missions as a navigator and intelligence officer, what he learned was eye-opening. He saw that even as the U.S. preached about peace and freedom, it was engaging in an endless cycle of warfare, bringing devastation and oppression to fledgling democracies across the globe.
 
Now, after fifty years as a renowned cultural historian, Franklin offers a set of hard-learned lessons about modern American history. Crash Course is essential reading for anyone who wonders how America ended up where it is today: with a deeply divided and disillusioned populace, led by a dysfunctional government, and mired in unwinnable wars. It also finds startling parallels between America’s foreign military exploits and the equally brutal tactics used on the home front to crush organized labor, antiwar, and civil rights movements.
 
More than just a memoir or a history book, Crash Course gives readers a unique firsthand look at the building of the American empire and the damage it has wrought. Shocking and gripping as any thriller, it exposes a decades-long deception of the American public and commemorates the millions who have been fighting for decades.

H. Bruce Franklin is a former Air Force navigator and intelligence officer, a progressive activist, and the John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies, emeritus at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, and has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Studies Association and other major academic organizations.

 

Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War (War Culture) Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781978800915
Availability: Backordered
Published: Rutgers University Press - September 3rd, 2018

Growing up during the Second World War, H. Bruce Franklin believed what he was told: that America’s victory would lead to a new era of world peace. Like most Americans, he was soon led to believe in a world-wide Communist conspiracy that menaced the United States, forcing the nation into a disastrous war in Korea. But once he joined the U.S.


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Robert Moss - Mysterious Realities (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 7:00pm

Sigmund Freud called dreams the "royal road to the unconscious," but to bestselling author and world-renowned dream explorer Robert Moss, they are more: portals to the imaginal realm, a higher reality that exists at the intersection of time and eternity. The traveler's tales in Mysterious Realities are just-so stories in the sense that they spring from direct experience in the many worlds. As you journey from the temple of the Great Goddess at Ephesus to an amazing chance encounter on an airplane, from Dracula country in Transylvania to the astral realm of Luna, you'll confirm that the doors to the otherworld open from wherever you are. You'll see what it means to live on a mythic edge and to make a deal with your personal Death for a life extension. At any moment, you may fall, like the author, into the lap of a goddess or the jaws of an archetype.

Robert Moss is the author of Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, and Sidewalk Oracles, among many books on dreaming, shamanism, and alternate realities. He is a bestselling novelist, poet, independent scholar, and the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanism. He leads creative and shamanic adventures all over the world.

 

Mysterious Realities: A Dream Traveler's Tales from the Imaginal Realm Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608685387
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New World Library - September 20th, 2018

Prepare to Encounter Goddesses, Daimons & Parallel Worlds


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Hallie Iglehart Austen - The Heart of the Goddess (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

From the Ice Age to the present, from Nigeria to Hawaii, images of the Goddess are reemerging, bringing renewed attention and expression to mythical and spiritual inner and outer guides. The Heart of the Goddess presents a worldwide selection of the art, values, and living lessons of Goddess culture. To author Hallie Iglehart Austen, respect for the Earth, restoration of community, and regaining the long lost power of Woman are inseparable. rough the presence of the Goddess in daily life, the reader finds wisdom, serenity, and guidance. The Heart of the Goddess is an invaluable addition to the literature of feminist spirituality.

Hallie Iglehart Austen grew up on a farm and has lived close to the earth most of her life. After graduating from Brown University, she drove from England to Nepal and back over the course of a year. This journey, described in her book Womanspirit: A Guide to Women’s Wisdom (HarperCollins, 1983), led to her synthesis of spirituality and feminism, which she has been teaching since 1974. She has led workshops, rituals, and conferences at the University of California, United Nations Conferences on Women, the Graduate Theological Union, and other venues.

 

The Heart of the Goddess: Art, Myth and Meditations of the World's Sacred Feminine Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781939681942
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Monkfish Book Publishing - October 16th, 2018

"A collection of more than 70 Goddess figures from cultures throughout the world. Each is a treasure...inspiring us to embody the Goddess's virtues in our lives."--Yoga Journal


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James Mustich - 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

In Conversation with Luisa Smith

Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children's books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.

The expected pillars are here, including Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, Virgil, Dante, Dickens and Tolstoy, Franz Kafka and Simone de Beauvoir -- their works made fresh through the author's animated essays. Established classics are joined by new and unexpected choices like Citizen and Friday Night Lights. A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon, The Day of the Jackal and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The result is a treasury of essential reading for expansive tastes.

The book's alphabetical listing by last name results in the serendipity of juxtaposition -- Cormac McCarthy's The Road next to Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings, John le Carr next to Ursula K. Le Guin next to Harper Lee. Following each entry are rich endnotes that include publication dates and preferred editions, other books by the same author, related books to try, and listings of worthy adaptations, including movies and audiobooks. In total, more than six thousand titles by thirty-five hundred authors are recommended.

"A Miscellany of Special Lists" at the end of the book offers the reader surprising entry points into the collection, such as "Books to Read in a Sitting," including The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg and The Third Man by Graham Greene, and "Offbeat Escapes," including Freya Stark's The Valleys of the Assassins and Felice Benuzzi's No Picnic on Mount Kenya. For the truly dedicated reader, "A Long Climb, but What a View" -- a perfect way to describe those mountainous texts we long to scale, such as Proust's In Search of Lost Time and Shelby Foote's The Civil War.

An insightfully curated personal compendium that will inspire hours of browsing and a lifetime of reading, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die celebrates the gorgeous mosaic that is our literary heritage.

James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986, he co-founded the acclaimed book catalog, A Common Reader, and was for two decades its guiding force. He subsequently has worked as an editorial and product development executive in the publishing industry. He lives with his wife, Margot, in Connecticut.

 

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781523504459
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Workman Publishing - October 2nd, 2018

It's time to talk books--and the conversation starts here.


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