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Michael Banks - Gotta Kidney?! (Sausalito)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Gotta Kidney?! tells the story of the last five years of Michael Banks's life. It describes his journey from diagnosis, through kidney failure, dialysis, a kidney transplant operation to recovery. It is also a love story. His beloved Karin was the living donor who donated one of her kidneys to Michael to keep him alive. (She has a chapter in the book that tells her story from the perspective of what one goes through as a donor).

The purpose of the book is to give hope and encouragement to the hundreds of millions of people around the world who are affected directly or indirectly by kidney disease. It provides a roadmap of what to expect. There are over 30 million people in America alone who have CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) and over 90% of those don’t even know they have it! The book is an easy read and should appeal to all levels of readers. As far as Michael knows there is no other book out there that tells the full story of what it’s like to go through this kind of experience. And even those who have not been affected by kidney problems will find the lessons and insights inside the book helpful as they deal with their own life changing challenges.

Michael Banks graduated from Reading University, Berkshire with a BA in English Language and Literature and a Postgraduate degree in Education. He was a former senior partner in America’s leading Executive Coaching firm, KRW International, in the mid 90s. Michael has performed spoken word pieces to the accompaniment of live music in local venues at Mill Valley, CA as well as Captaining Marin Cricket Club's Social Team for the past ten years. In 2012 he was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) which begins the story of Gotta Kidney?!.

 

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780692935057
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Published: Gottakidney - September 12th, 2017

I have written this book so that others can benefit from the struggle i've been through. Gotta Kidney? was written for all the millions of people who are affected directly or indirectly by kidney disease and indeed anyone facing major life-changing challenges of any kind, whether they be medical or otherwise. I believe that people will feel encouraged and inspired by reading Gotta Kidney?


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Sausalito, CA 94965

Charles Rubin - Leaning On Thin Air (Sausalito)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

In Leaning On Thin Air, it is not easy being Bob Bronson. Constantly refusing to compromise his work, causing controversies, walking out, being fired. He’s a Clio Award-winning ad writer during the Vietnam War and the bloody riots and the police violence and all the madness of 1969. Dealing with a nightmare of a client, he sparks disaster for himself and everyone around him. Now without friends , support or income, he feels like he’s leaning on thin air. And then, just when his life has gone all to hell, it happens, something he never saw coming. You won’t, either.

Charles Rubin is the world-wide bestselling author of Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children. This book has helped thousands of parents recover from the heartbreaking choices made by their addicted children. Charles’ other books include the PEN-Award winning 4-F Blues: A Novel of WWll Hollywood and I'll Get Right Back to You and Other Annoyances. Charles is the president of the Inner Light Foundation, founded by his late wife, Betty Bethards (author of the much-loved The Dream Book: Symbols for Self Understanding). He now lives in Sonoma County, California.

Leaning on Thin Air: A Novel of 1969 Boston Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780918915078
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Published: New Century Publishers - June 15th, 2017

Boston, 1969, Vietnam War protests, police brutality, and in the middle of iit, an uncompromising advertising writer, His last chance in the business and the obstacles he meets, plus murder and mayhem and the workings of how an ad agency works, the ad campaigns, the politics, the egos, the romantic spisodes, and a twist ending.


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Friends of Book Passage - Members-Only Sale (All Stores)

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Book Passage staff would like to remind our loyal members of a very special 30% off Members-only Sale!

This fun, Members-only event will be held Saturday, July 22, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at all three Book Passage locations. All members, whether new, current or former, are invited to participate. If you fall into the "former" category, now is your opportunity to renew your membership so that you don't miss out on this special 30% off sale. New members are also invited, so invite your friends to join!

Any bookseller can help with new or renewing memberships. Or, you can contact jcarlucci@bookpassage.com. You may also join or renew online here. We look forward to another special day with our Friends of Book Passage.

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Alex Salkever - The Driver in The Driverless Car (Sausalito)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Driver in The Driverless Car teaches readers to evaluate the potential impact of any new technology by asking three simple questions. According to Vivek Wadhwa, it is up to everyone to choose how technology moves forward. Will our future be Star Wars or Mad Max? If we simply let change happen, we may give our vote to the dark side, which will steal our privacy and control everything by default. 

A computer beats the reigning human champion of Go, a game harder than chess. Another is composing classical music. Labs are creating life-forms from synthetic DNA. A doctor designs an artificial trachea, uses a 3D printer to produce it, and implants it and saves a child's life.

Astonishing technological advances like these are arriving in increasing numbers. Scholar and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa uses this book to alert us to dozens of them and raise important questions about what they may mean for us.

Breakthroughs such as personalized genomics, self-driving vehicles, drones, and artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. But the same technologies raise the specter of a frightening, alienating future: eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and ever-worsening economic inequality. As Wadhwa puts it, our choices will determine if our future is Star Trek or Mad Max.

Wadhwa offers us three questions to ask about every emerging technology: Does it have the potential to benefit everyone equally? What are its risks and rewards? And does it promote autonomy or dependence? Looking at a broad array of advances in this light, he emphasizes that the future is up to us to create—that even if our hands are not on the wheel, we will decide the driverless car's destination.

Alex Salkever is vice president of marketing communications at Mozilla. He was a technology editor of BusinessWeek, a regular science contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, and a contributor to The Immigrant Exodus.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781626569713
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - April 3rd, 2017

A computer beats the reigning human champion of Go, a game harder than chess. Another is composing classical music. Labs are creating life-forms from synthetic DNA. A doctor designs an artificial trachea, uses a 3D printer to produce it, and implants it and saves a child's life.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

F.C. Yee - The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (Sausalito)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Special Teen Event!

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.

Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie's bodacious transformation-sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively-as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo draws from Chinese folklore, features a larger-than-life heroine, and perfectly balances the realities of Genie's grounded high school life with the absurd supernatural world she finds herself commanding.

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and studied economics at Brown University. For his debut novel, he drew inspiration from the best and wisest people in his life. Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts. He currently calls the San Francisco Bay Area home.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781419725487
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 8th, 2017

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

Tom Centolella, Kathy Evans & Molly Giles - A Literary Evening (Sausalito)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

Thomas Centolella’s new poems register attraction, delight, expectations fulfilled and foiled, and moments of great feeling cherished and/or lamented. Employing the vividness of narrative without yielding to its linear strictures and overly familiar tonalities, many of the first-person protagonists are mysterious figures at once engaging and idiosyncratic, even outright eccentric. Often betwixt and between, neither here nor there, they are uncertain of actually getting anywhere. Almost Human documents the restive life-force incarnated in an endangered species—our own—and charts the movement of the self between spirit and human, recalling the idea, attributed to Teilhard de Chardin, that we aren’t human beings having a spiritual experience but spiritual beings having a human experience.

Thomas Centolella is the author of four books of poetry. His awards include the American Book Award, the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the Lannan Literary Award, and publication in the National Poetry Series. He is also a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems have appeared widely in magazines, anthologies, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. He has been a visiting writer at many colleges, universities and literary centers and has taught creative writing in the Bay Area for 30 years, notably at College of Marin and in private Marin workshops.

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About Hunger And Sorrow F. D. Reeve, poet critic, said:

"The attitude in Hunger and Sorrow is impassioned; the voice is sophisticated; the author's intelligence distances the introversion . . with a tone whose sweet patience endures."

Kathy Evans, from Sausalito, California, is the author of three books of poetry. She has been published in journals and West Coast reviews, including the Alaska Review, the Atlantic Review, California Quarterly, Black Bear Review, Runes, Oberon, and most recently the Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches Creative Writing at Juvenile Hall in Marin County, the University of San Francisco, and The College of Marin. She is a poet teacher with The California Poets-in- the-Schools and is currently at UCSF as a poet- in-residence at Benioff Children’s Hospital. Her three collections of poetry include: Imagination Comes To Breakfast, As The Heart Is Held, and Hunger and Sorrow, which was a winner for the Small Press Poetry Prize.

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Winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, All the Wrong Places feature nineteen strange and tightly woven tales which merge the mythic and the modern with dark humor and deep humanity. Many of the stories contain contemporary versions of ancient guides: a ghost dog seen by a young drifter in love with a much older guru; a wild goat on a cliff forever standing beside her dead ram glimpsed by a woman whose husband battles cancer; a volcano goddess with a small dog appearing to a woman whose boyfriend is flirting with her teenage daughter. The vacationland settings, Hawaii, Ireland, Baja and California among them, accentuate the characters' sense of displacement.

Molly Giles is the author of three award-winning story collections, Rough Translations, Creek Walk, and Bothered, and a novel, Iron Shoes. Previous awards include the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Small Press Short Fiction Award, the Boston Globe Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and an NEA grant.

 

All the Wrong Places: Stories Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780990819325
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Published: Lost Horse Press - July 27th, 2015

Winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction


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Sausalito, CA 94965

Rhonda Dubin - Art Reception (Sausalito)

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Please join us for a reception at Book Passage by the Bay, in honor of our current exhibit of photographs by local artist Rhonda Dubin. “City Sights” is a collection of photos by San Francisco Bay Area photographer Rhonda Dubin that celebrate San Francisco’s colorful, textured and diverse architectural environments.

Says Dubin: “You can often find me taking close-up photographs of colorful walls, gritty sidewalks, graffiti, and mundane details of daily life. I feel like an archaeologist gathering treasures...and when I lay them out before me I have a sense of the place I have been.”

 

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Sausalito, CA 94965

Christine Evelyn Volker - Venetian Blood (Sausalito)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

To escape a failing marriage, Anna Lucia Lottol goes to Venice to visit an old friend—and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder echoing a gruesome homicide that happened decades ago. Fearful of foreign justice and hoping to prove her innocence, she gathers clues before the real murderer comes for her. At the climax of her journey, she discovers a secret that will change her life. 

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend—but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions. As she works to pry information from a cast of recalcitrant characters sometimes denying what she sees and hears, she succeeds in unleashing a powerful foe bent on destroying her. Will she save herself and vanquish her enemies, including her darkest fears? A mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal, and family, Venetian Blood is a story of one woman’s brave quest for the truth —before it’s too late.

Christine Evelyn Volker became intrigued by foreign cultures at an early age, which propelled her to study Spanish, German, and Italian. After pursuing an MLS and an MBA, she was drawn to international banking and became a senior vice president at a global financial institution. Her career brought her to Italy, where she immersed herself in the language and made frequent visits to Venice. A native New Yorker, she resides with her husband in Richmond, California, where she heads a local library non-profit organization and writes about environmental sustainability. She is currently at work on her second international mystery, this one set in the rainforest of Peru.

Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631523106
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Published: She Writes Press - August 8th, 2017

Struggling to forget a crumbling marriage, forty-year-old Anna Lucia Lottol comes to Venice to visit an old friend--but instead of finding solace, she is dragged into the police station and accused of murdering a money-laundering count with whom she had a brief affair. A US Treasury officer with brains and athleticism, Anna fights to clear her name in a seductive city full of watery illusions.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

David Helvarg - The Golden Shore (Sausalito)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California’s coasts and ocean. David Helvarg takes the reader on both a geographic and literary journey along the 1,100-mile Pacific coastline, from the Oregon border to the San Diego/Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale-, seal-, and shark-rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests.

Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore tells the story of California’s majestic coastline and ocean. Helvarg captures the spirit of the Californian coast, its mythic place in American culture, and its role in a state whose ongoing natural disasters and unremitting sense of renewal are intimately linked to its deep connection with an ever-changing sea.

David Helvarg is the author of six books, including Rescue Warriors, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean, and Saved by the Sea. He is founder and executive director of Blue Frontier and cofounder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea Cover Image
By David Helvarg, Ted Danson (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608684403
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Published: New World Library - October 4th, 2016

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

Ciji Ware - That Spring in Paris (Sausalito)

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

In That Spring in Paris, two Americans literally collide at the entrance to a Paris hospital, each desperately searching for friends felled in the same unspeakable tragedy.
 
Patrick Finley Deschanel, an expatriate former U.S. Air Force pilot, quit the military after a career flying helicopter rescue missions in the Middle East. Now resident on a classic barge moored on the Seine, Finn is a man with both physical battle scars and psychic wounds that overshadow his day-to-day encounters at every turn. 
 
Juliet Thayer is a fledgling landscape painter who seeks escape from a tyrannical older brother and her job at his violent video war games company in San Francisco. Her emergency trip to Paris also raises doubts as to her impending engagement to a colleague where she serves as packaging design director and “Chief Branding Officer” of GatherGames, a highly speculative enterprise in which her parents are heavily invested.
 
As Finn and Juliet form a tenuous attachment in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that traumatized the French capital November 13, 2015, they wonder if the “City of Light” can provide a path out of the darkness for two emotional exiles who fear--along with the world at large—that their universe has descended into a permanent state of chaos and that the renewal of spring might never come.

Ciji Ware is a New York Times, USAToday bestselling novelist and Emmy-award winning news producer. A local Sausalito author, this is her 11th novel and the final book in her Four Seasons Series which included That Summer in Cornwall, That Autumn in Edinburgh & That Winter in Venice.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780988940871
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Published: Lion's Paw Publishing - May 26th, 2017

Two Americans literally collide at the entrance to a Paris hospital, each desperately searching for friends felled in the same unspeakable tragedy. Patrick Finley Deschanel, an expatriate former U.S. Air Force pilot, quit the military after a career flying helicopter rescue missions in the Middle East.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

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