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Members-Only Sale! - Friends of Book Passage Membership Program

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

Marin store (9:00 am-9:00 pm)
San Francisco Ferry Building store (8:00 am-8:00 pm)

Join us for our semi-annual 30%-off Members Only Sale. We will get started at 9:00 am and continue all day until 9:00 pm (8:00 pm San Francisco store). The sale is open to current members and to those who sign up before or on the day of the sale. To become a member, register online at this link, or call (415) 927-0960, ext. 405.

 

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Michael Shermer - The Believing Brain

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Michael Shermer talks about The Believing Brain ($28.00). The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Shermer provides countless real-world examples of how this process operates.

The Believing Brain is bestselling author Michael Shermer's comprehensive and provocative theory on how beliefs are born, formed, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.


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Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - Heads You Lose

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Lisa Lutz and David Hayward talk about their crime novel Heads You Lose ($24.95). Paul and Lacey Hansen are pot-growing, 20-something siblings eking out a living in Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can’t exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears!

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780399157400
Availability: Special Order
Published: Putnam Adult - April 5th, 2011

"New York Times"-bestselling author Lisa Lutz conspires with-or should we say "against"?-coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel.


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Claudia Sternbach - Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Claudia Sternbach talks about her memoir Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses ($14.95). In childhood, when what seems to define everything is competition for style, for knowing, for experience, a kiss is the first first. When a girl’s father moves out and chooses a new family, a kiss on the head from him may be the trace of constancy that she wants most.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781609530372
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Unbridled Books - April 5th, 2011

Kisses, even the ones that don't happen, can be the trace of what's constant when life changes. In childhood, when what seems to define everything is competition--for style, for knowing, for experience--a kiss is the first first. When a girl's father moves out and chooses a new family, a kiss on the head from him may be the trace of constancy that she wants most.


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Kaira Rouda - Here, Home, Hope

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Kaira Rouda talks about her novel Here, Home, Hope ($15.00). Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her 39th year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her middling middle-American existence and her neighbors’ seemingly perfect lives. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781608320912
Availability: Special Order
Published: Greenleaf Book Group - May 1st, 2011

Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her 39th year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her existence and her neighbours' seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding. But Kelly's own passions lie wasted.


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Jennifer Grant - Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Jennifer Grant presents Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant ($24.95). The daughter of Cary Grant writes of her enchanted but very real life with her father, playing, laughing, dining, and dancing together, including a look at his work, his travels, his friendships with old Hollywood royalty,” and the lessons he taught her.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780307267108
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - May 3rd, 2011

Jennifer Grant is the only child of Cary Grant, who was, and continues to be, the epitome of all that is elegant, sophisticated, and deft. Almost half a century after Cary Grant’s retirement from the screen, he remains the quintessential romantic comic movie star. He stopped making movies when his daughter was born so that he could be with her and raise her, which is just what he did.


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Jennifer Haigh - Faith

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Jennifer Haigh discusses her novel Faith ($25.99). When Sheila McGann sets out to redeem her disgraced brother, a once-beloved Catholic priest in suburban Boston, her quest will force her to confront cataclysmic truths about her fractured Irish-American family, her beliefs, and, ultimately, herself. Haigh is the author of Mrs. Kimble.

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Bharati Mukherjee - Miss New India

Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Bharati Mukherjee talks about her novel Miss New India ($25.00). Anjali Bose sets off to Bangalore and quickly falls in with an ambitious crowd of young people who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs as call-center service agents. In this high-tech city, Anjali is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Mukherjee is the author of Desirable Daughters.

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ISBN: 9780618646531
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 17th, 2011

Anjali Bose’s prospects don’t look great. Born into a traditional lower-middle‑class family, she lives in a backwater town with only an arranged marriage on the horizon. But her ambition, charm, and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her charismatic and influential expat teacher Peter Champion.


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Janny Scott - A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Janny Scott presents A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother ($26.95). Award-winning reporter Scott has interviewed nearly 200 of Stanley Ann Dunham’s friends, colleagues, and relatives, and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of her inspiring life.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781594487972
Availability: Special Order
Published: Riverhead Hardcover - May 3rd, 2011

Watch a video A major publishing event: an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama-his mother.


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Robert Penn - It's All About The Bike

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 6:00pm

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Robert Penn discusses It’s All About The Bike ($20.00). Penn, an avid cyclist, takes readers along on his journey to build his dream bike—a customized machine that reflects his joy of cycling. En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle. Penn writes for the Observer and Conde Nast Traveler.

It's All about the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781608195381
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 26th, 2011

Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops.


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