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Erik Larson - Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

Full of glamour, mystery, and real-life suspense, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania tells the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania. Master of narrative nonfiction Erik Larson delivers another riveting story of history, intrigue, and emotional power. His previous bestsellers include In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, Isaac’s Storm, and The Devil in the White City.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780307408860
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 10th, 2015

#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

David Brooks - The Road to Character

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 7:30pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $35 (includes a signed book)

Tickets no longer available online, please purchase at the door.

 

 

With the same intelligence, humor and storytelling ability that made The Social Animal a bestseller, David Brooks traces the history of a great moral tradition, how it has been carelessly thrown away, and how reevaluating our virtues can enrich us all. A riveting examination of morality in our time, The Road to Character: The Humble Journey to an Excellent Life is Brooks’ most personal book yet.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993257
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Published: Random House - April 14th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In a timely graduation gift, David Brooks challenges us to rebalance the scales between the focus on external success--"r sum virtues"--and our core principles.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE ECONOMIST


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Cooks with Books: Daniel de la Falaise - Nature's Larder

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $120; Couple $185 (one book)

Please note: online registration for this event is closed. Call (415) 927-0960 for wait list availability.

Daniel de la Falaise approaches cooking as a sensual task and a celebration of quality products involving as little interference as possible. His compass point: the taste of the raw ingredient just plucked from the soil. His way of cookingwhich places vegetables at the forefront, but is not vegetariancenters around coaxing the most flavor from each ingredient at its peak freshness. This book takes the home cook on "a balloon ride through the seasons," along the way divulging Falaise's smart techniques, such as using residual heat to cook gently, extracting essences with broths, and using herbs both in cooking and finishing for a layered effect. Among the narrative-style recipes he shares are Carrot and Tarragon Soup, Bass Roasted on Wild Fennel, Young Leeks with Chive Flower Vinaigrette, and Chilled Melon Soup with Cardamom. Woven throughout is a strong element of narrative text in which Falaise shares his passionate philosophy centered on peasant traditions of sustainable agriculture, as well as poignant memories from his upbringing in rural Wales and his colorful family members. Nature's Larder opens up a new way of thinking about food, one that returns to an instinctual relationship to taste and a direct connection to the natural world.

Daniel de la Falaise trained as a chef at Harry’s Bar in London, later opening George Club in London's Mayfair with his great uncle Mark Birley, "The King of Clubs."  Today, he works as a private chef, growing many of his ingredients on his farm in southwest France.  He has been the food columnist for French Vogue and been profiled in T The New York Times Style Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Town & Country. 

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

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$39.95
ISBN: 9780847844845
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - April 28th, 2015

A thoughtful, deep-rooted way of cooking that reconnects us with the land. Daniel de la Falaise approaches cooking as a sensual task and a celebration of quality products involving as little interference as possible. His compass point: the taste of the raw ingredient just plucked from the soil.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, 94939

Dr. Christine Carter - The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please note: this event is sold out!

Guzman Hall, Dominican University

In this inspiring and influential new book, Christine Carter synthesizes the very latest in neurological, psychological and sociological science to reveal the secret to success and happiness at work and at home. Through an extraordinary blend of cutting-edge scientific research and its practical application, Carter offers a way not just to cope with modern pressures, but to truly thrive. The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work is the first book to offer readers a clear and achievable alternative to our modern busyness treadmill. Full of surprises about the ways we may have been going at this all wrong, The Sweet Spot urges us to shift from trying to do things right to doing the right things.

Christine Carter got her PhD from UC Berkeley in sociology and is now the resident happiness expert at UC-Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research center that "translates" the study of happiness, resilience, and emotional intelligence for the public. The author of the bestselling Raising Happiness Dr. Carter blogs regularly for Greater Good, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Today show and NPR, and has helped thousands of people lead happier and more productive lives through her lectures and online classes.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780553392043
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ballantine Books - January 20th, 2015

Learn how to achieve more by doing less Live in that zone you've glimpsed but can't seem to hold on to--the sweet spot where you have the greatest strength, but also the greatest ease.


Guzman Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

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.

Ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, Eleonora Cohen proves herself an extraordinarily gifted child—a prodigy—at a very young age. When she is eight years old, she stows away aboard a ship, following her carpet merchant father, Yakob, to the teeming and colorful imperial capital of Stamboul where a new life awaits her.

In the narrow streets of this city at the crossroads of the world, intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. But it is only when she charms the eccentric Sultan Abdulhamid II—beleaguered by friend and foe as his unwieldy realm crumbles—that Eleonora will change the course of an empire.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780062012098
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper - February 1st, 2011

Set in the heart of the exotic Ottoman Empire during the first years of its chaotic decline, Michael David Lukas' elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting debut novel follows a gifted young girl who dares to charm a sultan--and change the course of history, for the empire and the world.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave
Kentfield, CA 94904

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

The Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of inspiring authors to the community. ESCOM 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.

Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep—deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (French Gypsy) boy. But he insists his dying mother has an important secret she needs to tell Aimée—something to do with Aimée's father's unsolved murder a decade ago—how can she say no?

Set in the seventh arrondissment, the quartier of the Parisian elite, Murder on the Champ de Mars takes us from the highest seats of power in the Ministries and embassies through the city's private gardens and the homes of France's oldest aristocratic families. Aimée discovers more connections than she thought possible between the clandestine "Gypsy" world and the moneyed ancien régime, ultimately leading her to the truth behind her father's death… After all, for Aimée, murder is never far from home.

Cara Black is the author of fifteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son, and visits Paris frequently.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781616952860
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Published: Soho Crime - March 3rd, 2015

Paris, April 1999: Aim e Leduc has her work cut out for her--running her detective agency and fighting off sleep deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new b b . The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (Gypsy) boy.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

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.

In An Innocent Abroad, more than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives.

In his introduction, editor Don George explains how innocence and worldliness intertwine into an intricate relationship that enables each to thrive: “As long as we continue into unfamiliar situations, to open our hearts and minds to foreign ways, as long as we are able to keep losing our innocence abroad, that innocence will never end—and our appreciation of the world, our embrace of this unembraceable whole, will extend, and extend, and extend.”

Don George is the Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications.  In 25 years of wandering, Don has visited more than 60 countries and has published more than 600 articles in newspapers and magazines around the globe.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652

 

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781743603604
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Published: Lonely Planet - December 1st, 2014

More than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives.


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Bill T. Jones - Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: Single $95; Couple $165 (one book)

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Presenting personally revealing stories, richly illustrated with striking color photographs of the work’s original stage production, and featuring a beautiful, large-format design, the book is a work of art in itself.

Like the dance work, Story/Time the book is filled with telling vignettes—about Jones’s childhood as part of a large, poor, Southern family that migrated to upstate New York; about his struggles to find a place for himself in a white-dominated dance world; and about his encounters with notable artists and musicians. In particular, Jones examines his ambivalent attraction to avant-garde modernism, which he finds liberating but also limiting in its disregard for audience response. As he strives to make his work more personal and broadly engaging, especially to an elusive African American audience, Jones—who is still drawn to the avant-garde—wrestles with questions of how an artist can remain true to himself while still caring about the popular reception of his work.

Bill T. Jones is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director. He is the artistic director, cofounder, and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and executive artistic director of New York Live Arts. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including Tony Awards for FELA! and Spring Awakening, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Jones the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780691162706
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 7th, 2014

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage.


Barney Frank - Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please note: online ticket sales have closed. Tickets may be available at the door. For questions, call (415) 927-0960.

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

In Conversation with Dr. Mary Marcy

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey–Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time?

In Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, a candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston’s city hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness for more than four decades. With his trademark directness and insight, Frank explores the emotional toll of living in the closet and how he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality. And he chronicles his lifelong struggle against inequality, which culminated in cowriting the most significant Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions, and details the endless favors, grudges, and fears that compose a legislator’s career. From the Clinton impeachment to the economic meltdown of 2008 to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Frank’s words and deeds mattered, and Frank shows why. Here is a guide to how political change really happens—composed by a master of the art—and a testament to how Democrats, if they reject purism and passivity, can rebuild trust in an active government.

Barney Frank represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for nearly five decades, and chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2013. He is the first member of congress to enter a same-sex marriage while serving in office. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC and lives near Portland, Maine, with his husband.

A political scientist, President Mary Marcy earned her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on women in American politics, and she has published extensively on issues of diversity, leadership, and strategy in higher education. Born and raised in western Nebraska, President Marcy received her Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Nebraska. She became Dominican University of California’s ninth President on July 1, 2011.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374280307
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 17th, 2015

The New York Times Bestseller

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time?


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Tickets: $35 (includes a signed copy of the book)

Co-sponsored by OLLI along with the School of Arts Humanities and Social Science 

In conversation with Dave Eggers

In Kazuo Ishiguro’s much-anticipated new release, The Buried Giant, the Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin—but at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.

The novel begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in hopes of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards--some strange and other-worldly--but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The New York Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.” Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of 5. He is the author of 6 novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, Casino de Santiago European Novel Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize). Nocturnes, his connected stories collection, was awarded the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize. Ishiguro received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995 and the French decoration of Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.

Dave Eggers is the author of The Circle and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeneys's Quarterly Concern), and the monthly magainze The Believer.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307271037
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 3rd, 2015

From the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

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