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Anna Quinn - The Night Child (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks-"a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body-the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire-when you think you might die."

Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered-a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.

Anna Quinn is the owner of The Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend, Washington. Her writing has appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including Literature Circles and Response, Practical Aspects of Authentic Assessment, Instructor, Tidepools, IS Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, Lit-Fest Anthology, 2016, and Washington 129 Anthology. She is working on a second novel, Confidante, the story of a band of expelled nuns living in the San Juan Islands. Her writing studio is a tug boat.

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ISBN: 9781538434345
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Published: Blackstone Audiobooks - January 30th, 2018

Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks--"a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been.

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Sara Zaske - Achtung Baby (Sausalito)

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Partnership with Southern Marin Mother's Club

When Sara Zaske moved from Oregon to Berlin with her husband and toddler, she knew the transition would be multi-layered, adding parenting and then the birth of another child into the mix. She was surprised to discover that German parents give their children a great deal of freedom—much more than Americans. In Berlin, kids walk to school by themselves, ride the subway alone, cut food with sharp knives, and even play with fire. German parents did not share her fears and their children were thriving. Was she doing the opposite of what she intended, which was to raise capable children? Why was parenting culture so different in the States?

Through her own family's often funny experiences as well as interviews with other parents, teachers, and experts, Zaske shares the many unexpected parenting lessons she learned from living in Germany. Achtung Baby reveals that today's Germans know something that American parents don't (or have perhaps forgotten) about raising kids with “selbstandigkeit” (self-reliance), and provides many new and practical ideas American parents can use to give their own children the freedom they need to grow into responsible, independent adults. Our American anxiety is a culturally specific modern stumbling block—which readers can overcome using Zaske’s crucial insights into the German perspective on parenting.


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ISBN: 9781250160171
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Published: Picador USA - January 2nd, 2018

An Entertaining, Enlightening Look at the Art of Raising Self-Reliant, Independent Children Based on One American Mom's Experiences in Germany

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Bonnie Monte - The Sleeping Lady (Sausalito Store)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

In The Sleeping Lady, life is good for thirty-five- year-old Rae Sullivan. Co-owner of a thriving home décor boutique and happily married, she lives and works in bucolic Marin County, an oasis of nature amid the bustling San Francisco Bay Area. But her comfortable existence is disrupted when someone murders her business partner in Golden Gate Park Rae is convinced that the killing was a blackmail attempt gone wrong—and she’s equally certain of the killer’s identity. But she can’t get the police to take her story seriously. Then a past scandal from Rae’s career resurfaces, and the detectives turn their focus on her. In frustration, she takes matters into her own hands, despite the urging of her husband to let the police handle it.

Her sleuthing eventually leads her to Paris, where she joins forces with the victim’s handsome half brother. As they pursue the culprit together, not only does the attraction between them simmer, but their lives are on the line as they face off with their quarry.

Bonnie Monte has been an editor and writer in the Bay Area for three decades. She was a senior editor at a national magazine, editorial director of a gardening catalog, copywriter for major retailers, and managing editor of home and garden books for Sunset.

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ISBN: 9781631523878
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Published: She Writes Press - June 12th, 2018

Thirty-five-year-old Rae Sullivan owns a thriving home d cor shop in the San Francisco Bay area, near majestic Mt. Tamalpais (to locals, The Sleeping Lady). But when her business partner, Thalia, confides that she has a lover in France, Rae's comfortable life starts to unravel.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - Loaded (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

A provocative, timely, and deeply researched history of gun culture and how it reflects race and power in the United States

America loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James, to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," this book presents a people's history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. Meticulously researched and thought-provoking throughout, this is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She is the author of many books, including Outlaw Woman, a memoir of the 1960s and her time in an armed underground group, and the acclaimed An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. She lives in San Francisco.

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ISBN: 9780872867239
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Published: City Lights Books - January 9th, 2018

"Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's Loaded is like a blast of fresh air. She is no fan of guns or of our absurdly permissive laws surrounding them. But she does not merely take the liberal side of the familiar debate."--Adam Hochschild, The New York Review of Books

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Eric Torney - Marinship (Sausalito)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Eric Torney's most recent movie, Marinship: World's Most Amazing Shipyard, is the result of a passion he have developed due to the discovery of a trove of historic material about the shipyard. This totally nonfiction, not for profit, and not for sale video made on a zero budget tells the amazing story of how a shipyard was hastily built in Sausalito during the opening months of the United States of America's involvement in WWII to fulfill a dire need for cargo ships. The U. S. Maritime Commission had the onerous task of replacing cargo ships which were being sunk by German Wolf Pack U Boats at a rate approaching 80 per month (on some days 4 ships were sunk). A shipyard was requested for the West Coast. The Sausalito site was chosen because the recently opened Golden Gate Bridge had caused the demise and closure of the local NWP Commuter Railroad, leaving a fully operable rail transportation system with an adjacent deep water channel originally used by the NWP ferry boats. On 28 March, 1942 construction was begun on a vacant mudflat. Three months later a cargo ship's keel was laid on a not yet complete shipway. Amazingly, six months after construction began on the mudflat a ship was launched. The movie tells this amazing story.

Eric Torney is a 4th generation California native. His great great grandfather, Charles Fardon Langley, arrived in San Francisco in 1851, after an ocean voyage from New York to San Francisco as crew on the famous Clipper Ship Flying Cloud. Charles had booked passage with his cargo of medicine to sell to gold miners. The Flying Cloud made the passage in the world record time of 89 days. Charles set up a tent near what today is Union Square and sold his entire cargo in one day. The company Charles founded, after several buyouts, today is McKesson. Living in Marin all of his life, Eric graduated from Kent School, Redwood High School, College of Marin, and U.C. Berkeley. Now a retired remodeling contractor living in Greenbrae he volunteers at Sausalito Historical Society and has produced several exhibits featuring Marinship.

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, Thais Nye Derich, & Monica Miller - "Reclaiming Our Authority" Forum (Sausalito)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

A conversation featuring Southern Marin authors and activists in discussion with their community. Examining the relationship between personal experience and our culture's definition of expertise and authority, as it relates to being a woman in today's society.

Rachel Lehmann-Haupt is an expert on the future of family life, career timing, and the influence of science and technology on fertility, pregnancy and family. As the author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Egg Freezing and the New Frontiers of Family, she has influenced and been an inspiration to thousands of women who are searching for the best ways to balance their desires for a career and family. Her articles on the topic have been featured  from Slate to She has been profiled by The Chicago Tribune for her practical and brave choice to freeze her eggs when she was thirty-seven; she has appeared on Good Morning America, Wall Street Journal’s Lunch Break and Bay Area Focus speaking on the topic, and has been quoted on the front page of The New York Times.  In her writing and speaking, she gives a personal face and offers life strategies to the most relevant social trends that intimately affect women’s lives. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York, O magazine, Self, Outside, Wired, Vogue,  and her essay “The Multi-tasking Man,” appeared in What Makes A Man: 21 Writers Imagine the Future, edited by Rebecca Walker.

Thais Nye Derich’s new memoir—Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean—tells a powerful story about her traumatic hospital delivery and her decision, post-cesarean, to give birth naturally. Derich has been interviewed on NPR, KPFA, KRCB radio stations and various podcasts including Informed Pregnancy with Dr. Berlin. Her past work has been published in Salon, Literary Mama, BabyCenter,, among others. A chapter of Second Chance was a finalist for the Creative Non-Fiction Magazine’s Baby Anthology. Derich speaks to groups big and small about her story and the intersection between childbirth and social justice.

Monica Miller is an entrepreneur, activist, wife and mother. She is the founder of Bare Bones PR, co-producer of the documentary film on childbirth “Of Woman Born,” and a team member at The Hivery in Mill Valley. Her PR career has focused on bringing media attention to technology and business innovation, working with more than 30 high tech companies ranging in size from tiny startups to multi-national public companies. Before settling in the Bay Area, Monica attended Emory University and City College of NY.

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ISBN: 9781631522185
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Published: She Writes Press - December 16th, 2016

On the joyful day of her son's birth, Thais Derich never questioned going to the hospital. A week later, she walked out physically, spiritually, and emotionally injured, and fully disabused of the idea that the medical field would ever put her best interests before protocol, money, and legal concerns.

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Cara Black - Murder in Saint-Germain (Sausalito)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 5:00pm

Cara will be in conversation with Sausalito novelist Ciji Ware, as well as travel writer Erin Byrne and artist/children’s book author, Suze Perry-Hinkle -- all Francophiles who have written extensively about Paris.

Devoted Francophile Cara Black -- the bestselling author of the Aimee Leduc mystery novels, all of which are set in Paris -- will be joining us in Sausalito for an early evening celebration of all things French. She will be in conversation with other local authors and special guests who have also written about the City of Light and are also passionate about Paris.

Cara Black is the author of seventeen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.

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ISBN: 9781616957704
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Published: Soho Crime - June 6th, 2017

Paris, July 1999: Private investigator Aim e Leduc is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague.

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Wilford Welch - In Our Hands (Sausalito)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Our Hands shows you the exciting, satisfying roles you can play to solve the climate crisis and just how you can create a better world for yourself, your children, and grandchildren by getting engaged. The book explains why global warming and climate change do not have to be scary topics. It succinctly explains the science of global warming and the challenges it is causing, then offers a pathway to success. Looking back from 2050, the author presents two futures, one if we do take affective individual and collective actions, the other if we do not. The final chapter of thirty pages is filled with extraordinary resources for those who want to explore the issues further, from the shift to renewable energy to dealing with plastics and climate refugees.

As the subtitle suggests, this book is indeed a Handbook for Intergenerational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis

Wilford Welch has been exploring the driving forces impacting our world for over five decades: as a U.S. diplomat in Asia; as an economic development and business consultant in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.; as the publisher of a world affairs magazine that appeared in 26 countries in six language editions; and as the leader of educational trips to numerous countries and cultures. Wilford has also been deeply involved in outdoor and environmental education, including being chair of the board of the NatureBridge Golden Gate campus in the Marin Headlands and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). In 1994 Wilford led the support team on Mount Everest of NOLS instructors who removed 5,000 pounds of trash off the high camps and introduced the notion of Leave No Trace to Everest mountaineering. Over the past decades, Wilford has created and led several large conferences exploring the issues addressed in this book, including two Quest for Global Healing gatherings in Bali, Indonesia in 2004 and 2007 for over 1,000 participants from forty countries, and the Beyond Sustainability conference that took place at the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii in 2010. Wilford has a BA from Yale, a law degree from Berkeley, and a PMD degree from the Harvard Business School. He lives on a houseboat in Sausalito with his wife Carole Angermeir.

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ISBN: 9780998887906
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Published: In Our Hands - September 10th, 2017

What will the world look like in 2050 if we take action to get global warming under control? What will the world look like if we won't?

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Matthew James - Collecting Evolution (Sausalito)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

In 1905, eight men from the California Academy of Sciences set sail from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands, and by the time they were finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science. These scientists collected over 78,000 specimens during their time on the islands, validating the work of Charles Darwin and laying the groundwork for foundational evolution texts like Darwin's Finches. Despite its significance, almost nothing has been written on this voyage, lost amongst discussion of Darwin's trip on the Beagle and the writing of David Lack. 

In Collecting Evolution, author Matthew James finally tells the story of the 1905 Galapagos expedition. James follows these eight young men aboard the Academy to the Galapagos and back, and reveals the reasons behind the groundbreaking success they had. A current Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, James uses his access to unpublished writings and photographs to provide unprecedented insight into the expedition. We learn the voyagers' personal stories, and how, for all the scientific progress that was made, just as much intense personal drama unfolded on the trip. This book shares a watershed moment in scientific history, crossed with a maritime adventure. There are four tangential suicides and controversies over credit and fame. Collecting Evolution also explores the personal lives and scientific context that preceded this voyage, including what brought Darwin to the Galapagos on the Beagle voyage seventy years earlier. James discusses how these men thought of themselves as "collectors" before they thought of themselves as scientists, and the implications this had on their approach and their results. 

In the end, the voyage of the Academy proved to be crucial in the development of evolutionary science as we know it. It is the longest expedition in Galapagos history, and played a critical role in cementing Darwin's legacy. Collecting Evolution brings this extraordinary story of eight scientists and their journey to life.

Matthew James is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Geology and Paleontology at Sonoma State University. He has been writing about the Galapagos in historical, scientific, and research capacities for over thirty years.

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ISBN: 9780199354597
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 7th, 2017

In 1905, eight men from the California Academy of Sciences set sail from San Francisco for a scientific collection expedition in the Galapagos Islands, and by the time they were finished in 1906, they had completed one of the most important expeditions in the history of both evolutionary and conservation science.

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Ellen Petry Leanse - The Happiness Hack (Sausalito)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Are you feeling overwhelmed or disconnected from things that once mattered to you? As we rely more and more on technology, it's the devices meant to simplify our lives that often cause us the most stress. In this refreshing, practical book, you'll learn ways to reclaim some of the calm and focus that's slipping away from many of us. By reading The Happiness Hack, you'll gain new insights that bring you more connectedness, help you manage your tech habits, and give you new ways of increasing happiness—all by your own design.

Ellen Petry Leanse has worked for Apple and Google, and has consulted for more than forty technology companies. Today she coaches start-up teams, teaches at Stanford University, and writes on innovation, mindfulness, and product design.

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ISBN: 9781492656913
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Published: Simple Truths - November 7th, 2017

For years, Ellen Leanse worked with the biggest technology titans that fight for our attention, including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft... programming habits that revolved around our devices. By mapping how the mind works, innovators like Ellen are able to ingrain habits for all of us, revolving around our technology.

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