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Bill Petrocelli - Through the Bookstore Window (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."

Gina Perini manages a bookstore in one of San Francisco's most lively neighborhoods. Although she thrives in her world of books, her harrowing escape from the war in the Balkans years earlier remains fresh in her mind. There are still those who are searching for her and who are intent on vengeance. Gina suddenly gets news that someone from her past is still alive--someone she had given up hope of finding. This sets in motion a chain of events that will stretch across the country and push her love and resourcefulness to the limit.

Through the Bookstore Window grapples with the grim effects of war and violence while exploring how love can transcend age, gender, background, and -- perhaps -- the readers' expectations.

Bill Petrocelli is the author of the novel The Circle of Thirteen. He is co-owner with his wife, Elaine, of Book Passage with bookstores in Corte Madera, San Francisco, and Sausalito. Bill is a former attorney with the California Attorney General and previously headed a poverty law office in Oakland. His previous books were Low Profile: How to Avoid the Privacy Invadersand Sexual Harassment on the Job: What It Is and How to Stop It.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781945572906
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - March 13th, 2018

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."


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Amy Nobile & Trisha Ashworth - Just When You're Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag (Sausalito Store)

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

With the voice of a close friend, this clever and witty guide from bestselling duo Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile, Just When You're Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag, takes women through the new and sometimes challenging midlife phase, with chapters including:

- Redefining what beauty means after age 40... and that there is beauty after age 40! 
- How to care for yourself when you're also caring for growing children and aging parents 
- Navigating midlife relationships and dating (did someone say dating apps ) 
- Discovering new career paths and new meaning in your life

Whether married, single, widowed, divorced, with children or without, at some point women inevitably ask the question, "What's next for me?" Here, they will find a road map for how to embrace and thrive in this new phase of life. With helpful quizzes, friendly advice, and inspiring quotes from women who have been there, this smart and engaging book gives readers the tools to turn a midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity. As seen on Oprah, Trisha and Amy share their own perspectives and experiences to bring clarity, guidance and support while reassuring readers they're not only on the right track... but that the best years are still to come.

 

Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth are the founders of ASH + AMES and the authors of the bestselling I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids and I'd Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper. Nobile lives in New York and Ashworth lives in Chicago.

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781452164335
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 10th, 2018

With the voice of a close friend, this clever and witty guide from bestselling duo Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile takes women through the new and sometimes challenging midlife phase, with chapters including:


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D.W. Buffa - Necessity (Sausalito)

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00pm

Joseph Antonelli faces the most controversial case of his brilliant legal career when he is tasked with the man who assassinated the President, but whose cunning defense strategy may put Antonelli’s own life in jeopardy. 

Necessity is the riveting new thriller from bestselling Edgar Award nominee D.W. Buffa in which criminal defense attorney Joseph Antonelli finds himself embroiled in the most controversial and explosive trial in American history, representing the man accused of murdering the President. When renowned lawyer Joseph Antonelli--the defense attorney who has never lost a case--takes on the most shocking and controversial case of his storied career, he has no idea of the depths of trouble he’s about to get into. A man has murdered the President of the United States, but has invoked the “Law of Necessity,” which states that a crime is justified if it serves the greater good and thus prevents a greater harm from occurring. As the nation watches the trial of the century, Antonelli must try a case with all eyes on him...and his own life on the line. Necessity will enthrall half of the country and infuriate the other half. Everyone, however, will want to read it.

D.W. Buffa was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. After graduation from Michigan State University, he studied under Leo Strauss, Joseph Cropsey and Hans J. Morgenthau at the University of Chicago where he earned both an M.A. and a Ph. D. in political science. He received his J.D. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Buffa was a criminal defense attorney for 10 years and his seven Joseph Antonelli novels reflect that experience. The New York Times called The Defense 'an accomplished first novel' which 'leaves you wanting to go back to the beginning and read it over again.' The Judgment was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel of the year. D.W. Buffa lives in Northern California.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781947993082
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Published: Polis Books - April 24th, 2018

The riveting new thriller from bestselling Edgar Award nominee D.W. Buffa It was a strange case, a great case, a case that, once it got to trial, might well change forever the history of the United States. Other presidents had been murdered, but no one who had killed a president had ever been brought to trial.


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Jonathan White - Tides (Sausalito Store)

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture -- the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet's waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

Jonathan White is an active marine conservationist, a sailor, and a surfer. His first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer's Journal, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

 

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By Jonathan White, Peter Matthiessen (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781595348517
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Published: Trinity University Press - June 15th, 2018

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides.


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Glen David Gold - I Will Be Complete (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

Glen David Gold was raised rich, briefly, in southern California at the end of the go-go 1960s. But his father's fortune disappears, his parents divorce, and Glen falls out of his well-curated life and into San Francisco at the epicenter of the Me Decade: the inimitable '70s. Gold grows up with his mother, among con men and get-rich schemes. Then, one afternoon when he's twelve, she moves to New York without telling him, leaving him to fend for himself.

I Will Be Complete is the story of how Gold copes, honing a keen wit and learning how to fill in the emotional gaps: "I feel love and then it's like I'm driving on black ice with no contact against the road." He leads us though his early salvation at boarding school; his dream job at an independent bookstore in Los Angeles in 1983; a punk rock riot; a romance with a femme fatale to the soundtrack of R.E.M.; and his attempts to forge a career as a writer. Along the way, Gold becomes increasingly fascinated with his father's self-described "cheerful amorality" and estranged from his mother, who lives with her soulmate, a man who threatens to kill her. Clear-eyed and heartbreaking, Gold's story ultimately speaks to everyone who has struggled with the complexity of parental bonds by searching for--and finding--autonomy.

Glen David Gold is the author of Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which has been translated into fourteen languages. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Playboy, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781101946398
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 26th, 2018

From the best-selling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a big-hearted memoir told in three parts: about growing up in the wake of the destructive choices of an extremely unconventional mother.


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Helen Scales - Eye of the Shoal (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Seventy per cent of the earth's surface is covered by water. This vast aquatic realm is inhabited by a multitude of strange creatures and reigning supreme among them are the fish.

There are giants that live for centuries and thumb-sized tiddlers that survive only weeks; they can be pancake-flat or inflatable balloons; they can shout with colors or hide in plain sight, cheat and dance, remember and say sorry; some rarely budge while others travel the globe restlessly. And yet the mesmerizing and complex lives of fish remain largely underrated and unseen, living hidden beneath the waterline, out of sight and out of mind.

In Eye of the Shoal, Helen Scales is our guide on an underwater journey, as we fathom the depths and watch these animals going about the glorious business of being fish. As well as the fish, we meet devoted fishwatchers past and present, from voodoo zombie potion hunters and scientists who taught fish how to walk to nonagenarian explorers of the deep sea.

Woven throughout are vignettes of Helen's own aquatic explorations, from eerie nighttime dives with glowing fish and up-close encounters with giant manta rays, to floating in the middle of a swirling shoal being watched by thousands of inquisitive eyes.

As well as being a rich and entertaining read, this book will inspire readers to think again about these animals and the seas they inhabit, and to go out and appreciate the wonders of fish, whether through the glass walls of an aquarium or, better still, by gazing into the fishes' wild world and swimming through it.

Helen Scales is a marine biologist, diver, surfer, broadcaster and writer who's spent hundreds of hours underwater watching fish. A familiar voice for the oceans, she's pondered the mysteries of the deep sea with Robin Ince and Brian Cox on BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage and donated an imaginary tank of seahorses to The Museum of Curiosity. She's a regular writer for BBC Focus and BBC Wildlife magazines. Among her radio documentaries she's explored the dream of living underwater and followed the trail of endangered snails around the world and back again. Helen's recent book, Spirals in Time, is a Guardian bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Biology book prize, picked as a book of the year by The Economist, Nature, The Times and the Guardian and was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781472936844
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Published: Bloomsbury SIGMA - June 19th, 2018

Seventy per cent of the earth's surface is covered by water. This vast aquatic realm is inhabited by a multitude of strange creatures and reigning supreme among them are the fish.


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Ken Jennings - Planet Funny (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

From brilliantly witty and exuberant New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings comes a history of humor -- from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes -- that tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.

For millennia of human history, the future belonged to the strong. To the parent who could kill the most animals with sticks and to the child who could survive the winter or the epidemic. When the Industrial Revolution came, masters of business efficiency prospered instead, and after that we placed our hope in scientific visionaries. Today, in a clear sign of evolution totally sliding off the rails, our most coveted trait is not strength or productivity or even innovation, but being funny. Yes, funniness.

Consider: presidential candidates now have to prepare funny "zingers" for debates. Newspaper headlines and church marquees, once fairly staid affairs, must now be "clever," stuffed with puns and winks. Airline safety tutorials -- those terrifying laminated cards about the possibilities of fire, explosion, depressurization, and drowning--have been replaced by joke-filled videos with multimillion-dollar budgets and dance routines.

In Planet Funny, Ken Jennings explores this brave new comedic world and what it means -- or doesn't -- to be funny in it now. Tracing the evolution of humor from the caveman days to the bawdy middle-class antics of Chaucer to Monty Python's game-changing silliness to the fast-paced meta-humor of The Simpsons, Jennings explains how we built our humor-saturated modern age, where lots of us get our news from comedy shows and a comic figure can even be elected President of the United States purely on showmanship. Entertaining, astounding, and completely head-scratching, Planet Funny is a full taxonomy of what spawned and defines the modern sense of humor.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501100581
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 29th, 2018

From the brilliantly witty and exuberant New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings, a history of humor--from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes--that tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.


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Deedie Runkel - Scone By Scone (Sausalito Store)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

When she turned 60, Deedie Runkel and her husband David left Washington, DC to become innkeepers in Ashland, Oregon, home of the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They had little idea of what was in store. They knew they could cook, they knew how to make a bed, and they had always loved meeting and getting to know new people. And coming from the land of politics, they of course also knew that some people can be challenging.

Scone By Scone highlights our experiences hosting theatre lovers, actors, newlyweds, travellers, and just about every other type of person you can imagine. In this book, Runkel shares what it's really like backstage at an inn, through stories of the myriad situations an innkeeper faces. Whether it’s producing an impromptu wedding one afternoon, discovering that a guest was her host 20 years ago in a remote village in Africa, or introducing actors to early morning breakfast – nearly every day has brought another fascinating story to Runkel's door. Each chapter contains not just her recipe for business success, but also the recipe for whichever item on her prize-winning menu is featured in the story. To her surprise, she discovered that innkeeping is indeed her vocation. It’s inspiring, transforming work, and calls on skills Runkel didn’t know she had. It is also laced with entirely unexpected ingredients – the love and friendship of many amazing people who came to Runkel and her husband as guests but whom they now count as treasured friends for life.

Deedie Runkel majored in English at Penn State, where she met her husband when they both wrote for The Daily Collegian. Just recently, she earned her Master’s degree in Fine Arts in writing from UC/Riverside. Her first book, an autobiography titled Boxes: Lifting the Lid on an American Life was published in 2010. Her opinion pieces and articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Friends Journal, and other publications.

 

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September Williams - Chasing Mercury (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 4:00pm

An epileptic Black ballerina and a Powwow dancer whistleblower journalist meet in the Montreal Airport. They are both scheduled to perform in Berlin, 1973 Cold War Berlin. During the transatlantic crossing their love evolves. On a long lay over in Zurich, he stuns her by depositing many hundreds of thousands of dollars into his Swiss bank account, to which he adds her name with no true explanation. Is she an accomplice or is this just love in the time of mercury poisoning? Chasing Mercury is a soaring cross cultural, romantic-suspense-memoir, about families devoted to human and environmental rights. The novel honors the 2017 ratification of the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury, and its going into force as international law. Chasing Mercury is the first of a series of three books in the Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy.

September Williams is an American physician-writer, bioethicist and filmmaker. Her work focuses on promoting resilience for people who are ill, aging, dying, or stressed by environmen- tal and humanitarian violation. Dr. Williams is a member of the National Writers Union, and an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists. September's nonfiction writing is about bioethics and film. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate Division, September has a BSc. in Zoology from the University of Manitoba, attended Creighton University School of Medicine, and completed an internal medicine residency at Cook County Hospital. Among other clinical fellowships, Dr. Williams is a former Lowell T. Coggleshall Fellow at the University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She studied film and screenwriting in the MFA program at Columbia College, Chicago and Boston University, and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute fellow in film.

 

Chasing Mercury: In the Time of Mercury Poisoning Loving Someone Enough to Let Them Go Is for Cowards (Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy #1) Cover Image
By September Williams, Susan Dalsimer (Editor), Marta Johansen (Cover Design by)
$18.50
ISBN: 9780692059661
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Published: Cove International Publishers - February 24th, 2018

An epileptic black ballerina and a Powwow dancer, whistleblower journalist meet in the Montreal airport. They are both performing at an international youth festival in Berlin, 1973, Cold War Berlin. During a long layover in Z rich, he takes the ballerina to a Swiss Bank.


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Steve Herrmann - Emily Dickinson (Sausalito Store)

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 6:00pm

Among the 19th century poets, Emily Dickinson is by far the most scientifically minded. Science is the voice that summoned Dickinson at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and gave her unique distinction as a poetess of botanical and entomological and astronomical classifications. Like no other 19th century poet she forms an integration between science and spirituality. She studied at Holyoke at the exact historical moment of the first Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention in 1848.

Emily Dickinson: A Medicine Woman for Our Times, therefore, is a feminist book. It speaks up for the Divine Feminine. On the front cover purple-white rosemary blossoms are exploding with color. Emily Dickinson’s garden was a place where butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds drank up the radiance of flowers. Rosemary in particular was one of her favorite healing herbs. C.G. Jung mentions the antitoxin of rosemary flowers as a synonym for the Self, the total personality. When Steven Herrmann refers to Emily Dickinson as a Medicine Woman, he is speaking of an archetype of healing within all humans. Her poems are enduring imprints of the Medicine Woman archetype. It is by access to the Medicine Woman archetype that she’s able to espouse a democracy of equality that the world needs right now. She advises women to cherish “Power” and take heed from the Serpent. We need a Medicine Woman to balance things out. In a democratic sense, she’s a fierce and uncompromising spokeswoman for Liberty. Emily Dickinson is a dispenser of a new American myth for our times.

Recognized internationally, Steven Herrmann has published over forty papers, several chapters, and four books, William Everson: The Shaman's Call, Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul, Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward and Emily Dickinson: A Medicine Woman for Our Times. In 2015 he contributed a chapter "C.G. Jung and Teilhard de Chardin: Peacemakers in an Age of Spiritual Democracy" in Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Carl Gustav Jung Side by Side, published by Fisher King Press. He has taught on the subjects of Jung, Whitman, and Melville at the C.G. Jung Institutes of San Francisco, Chicago, and Zürich, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and on Jung and James at Yale University. Herrmann's expertise in Jungian Literary Criticism makes him one of the seminal thinkers in the international field, and a foremost authority on Whitman, Melville, and now Dickinson in post-Jungian studies.

 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781771690416
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Published: Fisher King Press - March 21st, 2018

Among the 19th century poets, Emily Dickinson is by far the most scientifically minded. Science is the voice that summoned Dickinson at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary and gave her unique distinction as a poetess of botanical and entomological and astronomical classifications. Like no other 19th century poet she forms an integration between science and spirituality.


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