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Cecile Richards - Make Trouble (Dominican University)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $40 (includes book)

From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes Make Trouble, a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”

From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority.

As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage, and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time—from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.

Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health, reproductive rights, and social change. She began her career helping garment workers, hotel workers, and nursing home aides fight for better wages and working conditions. After years in the labor movement, she moved back home to Texas to help elect the state’s first Democratic woman governor: Her mother, Ann Richards. She went on to start her own grassroots organizations, and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World." Richards is currently the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights and activism. Richards serves on the board of the Ford Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and reside in New York City.

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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501187599
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Published: Touchstone Books - April 3rd, 2018

To Make Change, You Have to Make Trouble


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Sean Penn - Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff (Osher Marin JCC)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:30pm

Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael
Tickets: $42 (includes book)

From legendary actor and activist Sean Penn comes a scorching, darkly funny novel about Bob Honey—a modern American man, entrepreneur, and part-time assassin.

Bob Honey has a hard time connecting with other people, especially since his divorce. He’s tired of being marketed to every moment, sick of a world where even an orgasm isn’t real until it is turned into a tweet. A paragon of old-fashioned American entrepreneurship, Bob sells septic tanks to Jehovah’s Witnesses and arranges pyrotechnic displays for foreign dictators. He’s also a contract killer for an off-the-books program run by a branch of US intelligence that targets the elderly, the infirm, and others who drain this consumption-driven society of its resources.

When a nosy journalist starts asking questions, Bob can’t decide if it’s a chance to form some sort of new friendship or the beginning of the end for him. With treason on everyone’s lips, terrorism in everyone’s sights, and American political life sinking to ever-lower standards, Bob decides it’s time to make a change—if he doesn’t get killed by his mysterious controllers or exposed in the rapacious media first.

A thunderbolt of provocative words and startling images, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff marks the fiction debut of one of America’s most acclaimed artists.

Sean Penn won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performances in Mystic River and Milk, and received Academy Award nominations as Best Actor for Dead Man Walking, Sweet and Lowdown, and I Am Sam. He has worked as an actor, writer, producer, and director on over one hundred theater and film productions. His journalism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. This is his first novel.

 

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501189043
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - March 27th, 2018

"It seems wrong to say that so dystopian a novel is great fun to read, but it's true. I suspect that Thomas Pynchon and Hunter S. Thompson would love this book." --Salman Rushdie

From legendary actor and activist Sean Penn comes a scorching, darkly funny novel about Bob Honey--a modern American man, entrepreneur, and part-time assassin.


Osher Marin JCC
San Rafael, CA 94903

Secretary Madeleine Albright - Fascism: A Warning (Dominican University)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes book)


 

A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today's world, written by one of America's most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state

A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, "is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have."

The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.

Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II. The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse. The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions. In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left. Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.

Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times. Written by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.

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Having grown up in Czechoslovakia under the Nazi and Communist regimes, former Secretary of State Albright can give context to her discussion of the rise of reactionary tendencies in the world today, from Russia's Vladimir Putin, the Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte, and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Marine Le Pen, Brexit, and Donald Trump. Here she explains why these views are bursting forth, how they can be countered, and what the consequences will be if they aren't. With a 150,000-copy first printing and a ten-city tour.

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Fascism: A Warning Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062802187
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - April 10th, 2018

A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today's world, written by one of America's most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Nigella Lawson - At My Table (Left Bank)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $125 per person, $190 per couple (includes meal & book)

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson celebrates the home cook in At My Table. Engaging with fans like never before, she invites you into her home kitchen & steps into yours as well.

At My Table includes dishes to inspire all cooks and eaters, from Hake with Bacon, Peas, and Cider to Indian-Spiced Chicken and Potato Traybake and Chili Mint Lamb Cutlets, plus a host of colorful vegetable dishes, like Eastern Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Carrots and Fennel with Harissa.

No Nigella cookbook would be complete without sweet treats, and At My Table is no exception, with Emergency Brownies, White Chocolate Cheesecake, and a Victoria Sponge with Cardamom, Marmalade, and Crème Fraiche set to become family favorites.

As Nigella writes, "happiness is best shared," and the food in this book will be served and savored at your own kitchen table just as it is at hers.

Nigella Lawson has written nine bestselling cookbooks, including the classics How to Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess. These books and her television series have made her a household name around the world. She was a mentor on ABC's The Taste, and her books have sold more than eight million copies.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250154286
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Flatiron Books - April 10th, 2018

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson celebrates the home cook in At My Table. Engaging with fans like never before, she invites you into her home kitchen & steps into yours as well...


Left Bank
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich - My American Dream (Insalata's)

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Insalata's, San Anselmo
Tickets: $125 per person, $190 per couple (includes meal & book)

From Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the bestselling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur comes My American Dream, a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.

Lidia's story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security -- despite the family's poverty -- learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States -- an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television's Lidia's Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy's highly rated daily program, La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives on Long Island, New York.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524731618
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 3rd, 2018

From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur--a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.


Insalata's Restaurant
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cooks with Books: Philip Tessier & Roland Passot - Chasing Bocuse (La Folie)

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

La Folie, San Francisco
Tickets: $350 per person (includes meal & book)
Only 40 Seats Available

In Chasing Bocuse, the dramatic story of the American team's journey from obscurity to the silver-medal and ultimately the gold-medal win at the world's most renowned cooking competition, the Bocuse d'Or, is told in riveting narrative, breathtaking photographs, and expert recipes from every stage of the process. In 2015 in Lyon, France, Team USA medaled for the first time ever at the Bocuse d'Or--often called the "Olympics of the cooking world"-- taking silver. Two years later, Team USA won the competition and took home the gold. The coach and mentors of the 2015 team consisted of chefs who have become household names: Gavin Kaysen, Thomas Keller, and Daniel Boulud, with French Laundry executive sous chef Philip Tessier and his assistant Skylar Stover as the primary competitors.

Now Tessier, who went on to coach the winning 2017 team, and his teammates offer readers a seat at the table of this exciting culinary event, founded by and named for famed chef Paul Bocuse, in a book brimming with personal anecdotes, vibrant pictures, and a course-by-course offering of recipes for the home chef from the competitions. As Tessier describes the journey to the competition -- first as competitor, then as coach -- including the chaos, pressure, and the glorious result, readers will feel every heated moment. With a collection of recipes for meals served at every stage, readers will be able to taste those moments as well. Rarely has food writing been so exciting--or so rewarding. Combining a great story with recipes crafted by America's culinary giants, this beautiful celebration of a historic victory will make every reader feel and cook like a champion.

Philip Tessier is the first American chef to ever place on the podium at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition in Lyon, France, taking silver in 2015 competition. Chef Tessier continued on to coach the 2017 U.S. team, guiding them to victory as they won gold for the first time in the 30 year competition. He was previously executive sous chef at Thomas Keller's three Michelin star The French Laundry in Napa Valley, CA, and chef de cuisine at Bouchon in Yountville, CA. He was part of the opening team of Per Se and was a sous chef at Le Bernardin, both three Michelin star restaurants based in New York City.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Chasing Bocuse: America's Journey to the Culinary World Stage Cover Image
By Philip Tessier, Daniel Boulud (Contribution by), Thomas Keller (Contribution by)
$49.95
ISBN: 9783791383699
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Prestel Publishing - October 24th, 2017

All proceeds from the book are donated to ment'or, the non profit Foundation that supports Team USA for the Bocuse d'Or


La Folie
2316 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

One Book One Marin 2018: Arlie Russell Hochschild - Strangers in Their Own Land (Dominican University)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with KQED's Michael Krasny

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Free & Open to the Public • No Ticket Required

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One Book One Marin 2018 Culminating Event!

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

This book goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream—and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?

Arlie Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. She is the author of nine books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Three of her books have been named as New York Times Notable Books of the Year and her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California.

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Popular across the United States and throughout the world, One Book programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expand it to cover a whole city or county. The city, county and college libraries of Marin, and community partners Book Passage and the Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California collaborate to bring Marin County readers stimulating programming and events related to the book throughout a three-month period, February - April, each year. All events are free and open to the public.

The launch party at Book Passage kicks off the celebration and introduces the author and programming events that take place during the months of February, March and April. Most events take place at city and community libraries throughout Marin and are geared around themes of the novel. The One Book One Marin program will conclude with a special event on April 18 at Dominican University's Angelico Hall, featuring Arlie Russell Hoschild and KQED host Michael Krasny in conversation.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781620972250
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Published: New Press - September 6th, 2016

2016 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR NONFICTION

A 2016 NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A NEWSDAY TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR

A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF 2016

One of "6 Books to Understand Trump's Win" according to the New York Times the day after the election


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Maria Shriver - I've Been Thinking (Dominican University)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes book)

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be.

In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field -- a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion--a place of joy.

I've Been Thinking... is ideal for anyone at any point in her life. Whether you feel like you've got it all together or like it's all falling apart -- whether you're taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again. Like talking with a close friend, it's the perfect companion -- an exceptional gift for someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.

Maria Shriver is the mother of four, a Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, the author of six New York Times bestselling books and a bestselling coloring book, an NBC News Special Anchor, and founder of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement. When she's not thinking or writing, she can be found hanging with her kids.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780525522607
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - February 27th, 2018

A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life

As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be.


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

George Saunders - Lincoln in the Bardo (Dominican University)

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes book)

Please Note: online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door!

#1 New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state--called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo--a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

George Saunders is the author of eight books, including the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time's list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - February 6th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE


Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Joyce Maynard - At Home in the World (College of Marin)

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

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Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Rabih Alameddine - The Angel of History

George Omi - American Yellow

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ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

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When it was first published in 1998, At Home in the World set off a furor in the literary world and beyond. Joyce Maynard's memoir broke a silence concerning her relationship -- at age eighteen -- with J.D. Salinger, the famously reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, then age fifty-three, who had read a story she wrote for The New York Times in her freshman year of college and sent her a letter that changed her life. Reviewers called her book "shameless" and "powerful" and its author was simultaneously reviled and cheered.

With what some have viewed as shocking honesty, Maynard explores her coming of age in an alcoholic family, her mother's dream to mold her into a writer, her self-imposed exile from the world of her peers when she left Yale to live with Salinger, and her struggle to reclaim her sense of self in the crushing aftermath of his dismissal of her not long after her nineteenth birthday. A quarter of a century later -- having become a writer, survived the end of her marriage and the deaths of her parents, and with an eighteen-year-old daughter of her own -- Maynard pays a visit to the man who broke her heart. The story she tells -- of the girl she was and the woman she became -- is at once devastating, inspiring, and triumphant.

Joyce Maynard's essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers for five decades. She is the author of five works of nonfiction and nine novels, including After Her, To Die For, and Labor Day, which was the basis of the 2013 major motion picture of the same name.

 

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$20.00
ISBN: 9781250046444
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Published: Picador USA - September 3rd, 2013

New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day
With a New Preface


The Best of Us: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635570342
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - September 5th, 2017

The San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 2017 List

From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss--"heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." (Anne Lamott)


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
Kentfield, CA 94904

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