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Melinda M. Ponder - Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea (San Francisco)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Katharine Lee Bates' America the Beautiful resonates for many people as the most patriotic and beloved American anthem. Her words remind us of why we love our country--the beauty of our land, the historic sacrifices of our people, and our ideals of hope and brotherhood. That has never been more important than today.

Drawing on extensive research in Bates family diaries, letters, and memoirs, biographer Melinda M. Ponder brings Katharine to vivid life in her latest Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea.

Although her passion was poetry, Katharine's three alluring suitors (two men and a woman) pulled her into major reform movements in a changing America after the Civil War.

Teacher, poet, community builder, and patriot, she challenged Americans to make their country the best it could become in its values and literature. You will find yourself rooting for the unlikely triumph of this complicated woman on her journeys "from sea to shining sea."

Melinda M. Ponder is a graduate of Katharine Lee Bates’s Wellesley College and received a M.A. in American Studies and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Boston College. She has published numerous articles and given many talks and interviews on Katharine Lee Bates, and has published two books on Nathaniel Hawthorne as well. Born in Indianapolis, Ponder now resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is Professor of English Emerita at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781941478394
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Published: Windy City Publishers - May 31st, 2017

Katharine Lee Bates' "America the Beautiful" resonates for many people as the most patriotic and beloved American anthem. Her words remind us of why we love our country--the beauty of our land, the historic sacrifices of our people, and our ideals of hope and brotherhood. That has never been more important than today.


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Lynn Dow - Nightingale Tales (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

In the 1950s, nurses served as handmaidens to the physician; by the start of the new millennium, they had become admired independent practitioners. Nightingale Tales is a peek into that transition, as told by a nurse who lived it. Each chapter is a stand-alone story depicting the ridiculous mores nurses have been subjected to over the years, the archaic equipment they’ve had to struggle with, and the changes in the profession, brought about by time, the feminist movement, and advances in technology. Told with humor and compassion, the stories of this book provides an unusual—and highly entertaining—window into the world of medicine from the mid-twentieth century to the present.

Lynn Dow, is a registered nurse who spent fifty years in the profession in a variety of positions-staff nurse, head nurse, teacher, and mentor-at large medical centers on both the East and West Coasts. Now retired, she has finally found the time to write about her experiences. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631522765
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Published: She Writes Press - October 3rd, 2017

In the 1950s, nurses served as handmaidens to the physician; by the start of the new millennium, they had become admired independent practitioners. Nightingale Tales is a peek into that transition, as told by a nurse who lived it.


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Tyler Kyle - Mask By Mask (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

We wear masks with colleagues, family, and lovers, but what about the masks we use to hide from ourselves? Mask by Mask is a character study of fiercely independent and unabashedly carnal Ada as she returns to Barcelona in search of a hole in her memory. She has everything the modern woman could want: a stunning career as a sought-after wedding photographer, clothes to raise the envy of fashionistas, loyal friends, and a list of lovers rich in body and pocket. After accepting the proposal of her latest conquest, Paulo, she flies to Spain in search of the one man she could never seduce, and what happened on the night they met ten years ago.

Tyler Kyle began traveling through Europe at the age of seventeen, living and working in an Austrian castle, visiting Russia, Israel, Japan, and Spain. She holds a Master of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Education, and is a translator, sommelier, and yoga instructor. Tyler lives with her twin daughter and French bulldog in Napa, California, where she is currently studying Spanish vintages.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781504371322
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Published: Balboa Press - February 24th, 2017

It has been ten years since Ada has been to Barcelona. She never imagined she would dare to come back, yet somehow she must prove to herself that it is not just an illusion. Safely hidden in the drawer of a bedroom nightstand in her luxurious apartment is a paper-wrapped journal that holds more than just memories. It may contain the answer to her happiness.


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Matthew Dolan - Simply Fish (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

In conversation with Liam Mayclem

The frequency of eating fish and seafood has grown worldwide due to the rising interest in healthy living and the desire to add more variety to our diets. Simply Fish explores a wide range of recipes, techniques, and secrets to delivering a restaurant-quality experience in your own home, simply through cooking fish

Chef Matthew Dolan offers his own collection of stories and delicious fish and seafood recipes for a great variety of appetizers, main courses, sauces, side dishes, and desserts--even adding a scattering of wine pairing suggestions along the way. In Simply Fish, you will learn how to cook healthy and delicious fish for every season, from casual and quick get-togethers to the adventurous larger gatherings.

Recipes in this helpful guide include:

  • Almond Milk Poached Local Cod
  • Barbecued Oysters
  • Seared Bay Scallop Fish Tacos
  • Beer Steamed Mussels

And more! 

Matthew Dolan is an established chef and restaurant owner who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. His restaurant, Twenty Five Lusk, was named Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant and Open Table Diners Choice Top Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States since its opening in 2010. He resides in San Francisco, California.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781510717503
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - May 16th, 2017

The frequency of eating fish and seafood has grown worldwide due to the rising interest in healthy living and the desire to add more variety to our diets. Simply Fish explores a wide range of recipes, techniques, and secrets to delivering a restaurant-quality experience in your own home, simply through cooking fish


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Charla Miller - Wonder and Beauty (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 3:30pm

Wonder and Beauty: My Journey from Heartbreak to Healing through the Wonder of Horses is a story about a mother’s choice to quit fighting in the courtroom after years of custody battles that result in parental alienation and the eventual abduction of her only child. Charla Miller made the choice to save herself and her child by leaving and going back to the birthplace of her son in San Francisco, California. She begins to rebuild her life in the midst of the global financial crash of 2008 after seeing her real estate business collapse, her home foreclosed upon and her life savings vanish in the midst of the hundreds of court cases that took place between her and her ex-husband.

She arrives in Northern California at the home of a close friend that witnessed the unraveling of her life and begins the arduous task to heal without her son. Her story takes the reader from her happier memories of her past and leads you through each step she took from new employment and friends to a stronger resolve to live. Her longing and grief over the loss of her child begins to lessen and her spirit grows stronger with each passing day

Miller visits a local library and stumbles upon films about horses and notices a remarkable difference in how she feels while watching them. She had been a part of many types of traditional and holistic therapies, but nothing made her feel as unburdened as she did when she watched films about horses. One day she typed the words “healing and horses” into Google and a door to a new way of healing was made available. Equine therapy became Miller’s focus and shortly after making this discovery she met the equine therapist that would lead her to the new life she lives today. 

While writing her book the author continued to move forward with the hope that one day she would reunite with her son. One morning in the early hours a dream came to her and she turned it into a chapter of the book. This dream of reunification with her son was the first of many gifts to come. Her time with horses introduced her to the language of the heart and how once linked in love this bond can never be dissolved. The author and her fiancé moved to a property in Idaho to begin their life together with the dream that includes horses and all of their children.

Charla Miller is the founder of BeautyHealsYou.com — a website and blog that integrates emotional and physical beauty. As a makeup and hair artist she shows women how to take care of their skin and shows them how to bring out their full beauty through the use of simple makeup and hair techniques. Her website introduces different types of healing practices, skin care and makeup tips and inspiring events. Charla started as a makeup and hair artist in Hollywood and she continues to work in film and advertising campaigns, and as an artist in global cosmetic brands. She is a premier destination wedding artist in the Boise, Idaho area and beyond. In 2012 she created the website, NeverGiveUpMom.com as way to communicate her love and commitment to her stolen son. The site has a global following and the desire to inspire other parents and family members to start believing that the possibility of reunion exists, even in the midst of their child’s absence. After five years Charla decided it was time to write the story of reclaiming her life that led to the reunion with her stolen son.
 

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781504361767
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Published: Balboa Press - October 14th, 2016

The birth of my healing came about in the most unusual and surprising way. My first session with my therapist came to a close and we were putting the horses away. We closed the gate and I took one more look at May, the mare, and put my fingers through the fence to reach for her. May gently pressed back on my fingers and in this silent moment her message to me was firm.


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Mike Duncan - The Storm Before the Storm (San Francisco)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later.

Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep-dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment--a stark warning for modern readers about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.

Mike Duncan is one of the foremost history podcasters in the world. His award winning series The History of Rome chronologically narrated the entire history of the Roman Empire over 189 weekly episodes. Running from 2007-2012, The History of Rome has generated more than 56 million downloads and remains one of the most popular history podcasts on the internet. Duncan has continued this success with his ongoing series Revolutions -- which so far has explored the English, American, French, and Haitian Revolutions. Since debuting in September 2013, Revolutions has generated more than 12 million downloads. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of his podcasts, Duncan has led fans on a number of sold-out guided tours of Italy, England, and France to visit historic sites from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution. Duncan also collaborates with illustrator Jason Novak on informative cartoons that humorously explain the historical context for current events. Their work has been featured in the New Yorker, Paris Review, Awl, and Morning News.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781610397216
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 24th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.


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Douglas Dale - Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

More than a cookbook, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique is an autobiography in which Chef Douglas Dale shares stories of culinary passion and creativity. Each chapters begins with a personal account from a different period of his life, followed by signature recipes across Starters, Soups & Salads, Entrees, Sauces, Basics, Desserts, and Spirits. Throughout the book’ s 220 pages, stunning photography compliments each of nearly 70 recipes and provides a visual timeline of his years in Buffalo Boston, studying in Japan, the early days of Wolfdale’ s, and its current location in Tahoe City, California. Chef Dale’ s dedication to always look for that inspiring element, new technique and unconventional combination of flavors, has helped him become a successful chef and restaurant owner in a resort town for nearly 4 decades.   

Nationally known for his cutting edge cuisine, Chef Dale’ s culinary fundamentals are essentially Asian and European fused with a California spirit. Holding a time-tested kitchen motto “Fresh Food Simply Prepared,” Wolfdale’ s menu and wine selection changes frequently to reflect the availability of locally sourced, fresh ingredients and newly released vintages. Wolfdale’s Restaurant is considered one of Lake Tahoe’ s finest and most creative dining experiences offering a unique style of East-West cuisine, an award winning wine selection, and original cocktails.  

Leading with a forward from Larry Ruvo, Senior Managing Director at Southern Wine & Spirits of NV, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique is lined with heart-felt testimonials from legendary clients.

Douglas Dale was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up working in the kitchen of the Club Sheridan where his Dad performed as an entertainer. In his twenties, he studied Oshojin ryori “Purification Food” while living at Mineji Temple in southern Japan. Upon returning to the United States in 1976 he apprenticed under one of the first ‘celebrity chefs’, Hiroshi Hayashi at the bustling Seventh Inn Restaurant in Boston. Douglas moved to North Lake Tahoe to open “Wolfdales” with former partner & brother-in-law Jerry “Wolf” and his sister Deborah Dale Wolf in Homewood in 1978. A few years later Douglas, and wife Kathleen Dale, moved the restaurant to its present day Tahoe City location, a historic building that was barged across Lake Tahoe from Glenbrook in 1901. Douglas is passionate about his career because he is always learning and enjoys celebrating the positive experiences of his guests. He loves Tahoe City because of the healthy lifestyle and connection with nature.

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Phyllis Good - Stock the Crock (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet Event

The ultimate resource for a new generation of slow-cooker fans from the New York Times bestselling author who has sold 12 million cookbooks!

Stock the Crock brings together the expertise of America's most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easy-to-prepare recipes-each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs. You'll find beloved classics, as well as dishes you might be surprised can be done successfully in a slow cooker. (Hello, slow-cooker cr?me br?l?e!) Whether you are looking to accommodate gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian diets, or prefer slow-cooker meals perfectly sized for one or two people, this cookbook provides smart ideas, more than 100 recipe photos, and cooking hacks that will change the way you use your favorite fuss-free cooking appliance. Learn simple make-ahead tricks, convenient baking tips, and how to make two recipes at once using the same cooker, so you can simplify cooking and spend more time enjoying your family and friends around a wonderful, delicious meal.

Phyllis Good is the New York Times bestselling author of Fix-It and Forget It. Her cookbooks have sold 12 million copies. Phyllis and her husband, Merle, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Visit her at stockthecrock.com.

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780848753146
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Published: Oxmoor House - September 5th, 2017

The ultimate resource for a new generation of slow-cooker fans from the New York Times bestselling author who has sold 12 million cookbooks


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Left Coast Writers®: David Hathwell - Between Dog and Wolf (San Francisco)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

The French entre chien et loup describes moments at dusk when the eye, no longer to be trusted, can’t distinguish between a dog and a wolf. The poems in David Hathwell’s second collection take place on the threshold between light and darkness: between the familiar and the unknown, the expected and the unforeseen, safety and danger. Erica Dawson calls the poems “sharp and unsettling,” and Between Dog and Wolf “an important book for times like these.”

David Hathwell published Muses, his debut collection, in 2016, to acclaim from, among others, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, and Edmund White. His poems have appeared in more than a dozen literary magazines. A former English teacher, he has degrees in English from Stanford and Columbia, and a degree in music theory from Queens College of CUNY. He has studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and sung baritone in the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the San Francisco Choral Society. 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781625492364
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Published: David Robert Books - June 11th, 2017

The French "entre chien et loup" describes those moments at twilight when the eye, no longer to be trusted, can't distinguish between a dog and a wolf. The poems in David Hathwell's new collection take place on the threshold-unsettling, often perilous-between light and darkness: between the familiar and the unknown, the expected and the unforeseen, safety and danger.


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Left Coast Writers®: Megan Nolan - Living Love The Yoga of Yama & Niyama (San Francisco)

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Living Love explores the ancient teachings of yoga  that assist with living in the world and facing life's difficulties. This book leads you through processes that can help you shift negative beliefs and thought patterns, transform your relationship with yourself and others and ultimately your life. A unique blend of the ancient teachings of yoga, the Yama and Niyama of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and modern psychology.  It offers teachings for happiness, compassion, self-love, and self-realization.

It gives simple practices that can resolve, solve, clarify, heal, purify, fend off confusion, dispel error and light your way into developing a deeper connection with your true divine nature. Living Love is a practical guide to living a deep and fulfilling life that will move you towards awakening to the deepest love within you.

Megan Nolan PhD. is an author of spiritual books and a teacher of meditation and yogic wisdom. She is also a licensed psychologist in private practice, an Acharya, an ERYT 500 yoga teacher, and founder and the president of Ananda Gurukula, a non-profit organization dedicated to traditional yoga teachings. Nolan holds satsanga, wisdom teachings classes, retreats and kirtans at the Santa Rosa Ashram and various locations on the West Coast.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780986304712
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Published: Ananda Gurukula - November 4th, 2016

Living Love is a unique blend of the ancient teachings of yoga and modern psychology. It provides basic life principles to live by and offers teachings for happiness, compassion, self-love and self-realization.


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