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Elliot Aronson - Not by Chance: My Life as a Social Psychologist

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 6:30pm

Dominican University of California
Guzman Hall, San Rafael, CA

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Dr. Elliot Aronson discusses his autobiography Not by Chance: My Life as a Social Psychologist ($27.50). As the only person in the history of the American Psychological Association to have won all three of its highest honors—for distinguished research, teaching, and writing—Aronson presents a personal and compelling look into his profound contributions to the field of social psychology. Book Passage is proud to be the bookseller for this event.

Not by Chance Alone: My Life as a Social Psychologist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465018338
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Basic Books (AZ) - August 24th, 2010

How does a boy from a financially and intellectually impoverished background grow up to become a Harvard researcher, win international acclaim for his groundbreaking work, and catch fire as a pioneering psychologist?

50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Marcus Samuelsson - Cooks with Books: YES, CHEF with Traci Des Jardins EVENT SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 12:00pm

Admission $110 per person - EVENT SOLD OUT
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Join Marcus Samuelsson at the top rated Jardinière restaurant in San Francisco, along with co-owner and award winning chef/restauranteur Traci Des Jardins, for what is sure to be a very special event.

Some may recognize Marcus Samuelsson as the winner of Top Chef: Master's Season 2 or as the James Beard Foundation award winning chef of New York City's Red Rooster Harlem. In his memoir, YES, CHEF, Samulesson chronicles his incredible journey from the age of 3 when he was orphaned along with his sister in Ethiopia after walking 75 miles from a remote village to a hospital to try and save his mother from succumbing to tuberculosis. Later, when he was adopted by a loving Swedish family, Samuelsson developed a lifelong passion for cooking alongside his Swedish grandmother, Helga. From this humble beginning to some of the most demanding restaurants in Europe, Samuelsson then arrived in NYC's Aquavit. While there, he earned a coveted three-star rating from the New York Times at the age of 24. President Clinton writes, "In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides to the foundations of family, hope and downright good food." 

300 Grove Street
94102 San Francisco

Rick Steves - Travel as a Political Act

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 7:00pm

Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
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(Please bring your receipt if you pre-purchase a book. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.)
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Rick Steves—author of over 50 European travel guidebooks and host of the PBS-TV series, Rick Steves' Europe—believes that thoughtful travel expands our world view and shapes how we address the challenges confronting our nation politically. Having spent four months a year overseas for the last 25 years, Rick feels that travel helps us "challenge truths we were raised to think were self-evident and God-given." His classes have helped millions of Americans not only enjoy maximum travel thrills per mile, minute and euro…but become better citizens of our planet. Rick shares how the other 96 percent of humanity sees our nation and explores how his social activism has grown naturally out of his travel experiences. He's fresh back from lots of travels (including a TV production trip to Iran) and will be on hand after his talk for questions and autographs.

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Travel writer, PBS-TV host, and Seattle businessman Rick Steves shares what he's learned in 30 years of travel: why India is his favorite country, why trains are pulling into European stations with birds squished onto their windshields, and how travel challenges truths we've always just assumed were "self-evident and God-given." From Kurdish wood carvers proudly holding up their chisels to teary-eyed Germans atop their new parliament building, the world is changing and America is challenged. Today's travel writer can be much like the medieval court jester—he can bring home the truth and not get killed.

Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Todd Gitlin & Liel Leibovitz - The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 7:00pm

Osher Marin JCC
Tickets available at (415) 444-8000 or online at

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Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz present The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election ($26.00). The authors discuss the origins, consequences, and attendant burdens of a belief central to the identities of Americans and Israelis—that they are God’s favored people.

The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel, and the Ordeals of Divine Election Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439132357
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 14th, 2010

Americans and Israelis have often thought that their nations were chosen, in perpetuity, to do God’s work. This belief in divine election is a potent, living force, one that has guided and shaped both peoples and nations throughout their history and continues to do so to this day.

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Rd.
94903-4213 San Rafael

Joseph Telushkin - Hillel: If Not Now, When?

Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 10:30am

Osher Marin JCC
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Joseph Telushkin talks about Hillel: If Not Now, When? ($24.00). From the bestselling author of Jewish Literacy comes a provocative biography of one of the greatest rabbis of the Talmudic era and a figure of prophetic importance to today’s world. This bold new look at Hillel is certain to generate passionate discussion and debate.

Tickets available at (415) 444-8000
or online at

Hillel: If Not Now, When? Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805242812
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Schocken Books Inc - September 14th, 2010

Part of the Jewish Encounter series

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Rd.
94903-4213 San Rafael

Bill Bryson - At Home EVENT SOLD OUT

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 7:00pm


In At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bryson decides to learn about the ordinary things of life by exploring each room in his converted 19th-century church rectory in Norfolk, England. From the blood and wars that put salt and pepper on our table to the baffling mysteries that put shoes on our feet, At Home is Bryson’s most historic journey yet—the history of the way we live. Bryson is the author of A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything.

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Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Michael Chiarello - Bottega

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 6:30pm
Cooks with Books Event!
Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur

Tickets: $140 per person
/ $195 per couple
Reserve by phone at (415) 927-0960 ext. 1

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Within a year of its opening, Michael Chiarello’s restaurant Bottega in the Napa Valley was selected as one of America’s best new restaurants by Forbes and Esquire and a top new-comer by Zagat guides. Chiarello’s signature dishes are full of big, bold Italian flavors, which draw inspiration from his Calabrese roots. Chiarello has been a fixture on Top Chef Masters, the Food Network, and PBS. Now, with Bottega, home cooks can enjoy the Bottega experience. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
94939 Larkspur

Robert Reich - Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future

Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:00pm

Free Event - Open to the Public
Preferred seating with purchase of the book
Dominican University of California
Angelico Hall, San Rafael, CA

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Robert Reich discusses Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future ($25.00). He presents a new reading of the economic crisis—and a plan for dealing with its aftermath. Reich is one of our most trenchant and informed experts. When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008 and blame was directed at Wall Street, Reich suggested a different reason for the meltdown. He argues that the real problem is structural: it lies in the increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top. He sees a perilous road ahead, as we deal with a middle class that has had to go deeply into debt to stay afloat.

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Ingrid Betancourt - Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 7:00pm

Tickets $35 ($25 members/$15 students)
Reserve at or by phone at (415) 543-4669, ext. 27
Schwab Center, San Francisco
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Book Passage and the International Museum of Women present Ingrid Betancourt
Moderated by Jeanne Carstensen
Join us as Ingrid Betancourt discusses Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle. Betancourt tells the story of her six and one-half years of captivity in the Colombian jungle, describing her resilience, resistance, and faith. In 2002, while campaigning as a candidate in the Colombian presidential elections, she was abducted by the FARC. Chained day and night for much of her captivity, she never stopped dreaming of escape. Attending as intimately to the landscape of her mind as she does to the events of her capture and captivity, this work is a meditation on the very stuff of life—fear and freedom, hope and what inspires it.

Schwab Center
211 Main Street (at Howard)
94105 San Francisco

Spiritual Journeys - with Sylvia Boorstein, Michael Krasny, Dani Shapiro & Don Lattin

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 7:30pm

Tickets $15 ($12 members) • Call (415) 444-8000
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, CA

Co-presented with Litquake! Moderated by Don Lattin
Michael Krasny discusses Spiritual Envy ($22.95), an exploration of morality, mortality, and why evil sometimes triumphs. Sylvia Boorstein talks about Happiness is an Inside Job ($13.00), drawing from the heart of Buddhism. Dani Shapiro presents Devotion ($24.99), a searching and timeless new personal account of her quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. Don Lattin is the author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club ($24.99).

The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061655937
Availability: Special Order
Published: HarperOne - January 1st, 2010

" Don Lattin] has created a stimulating and thoroughly engrossing read." --Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead, and Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America

Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest Cover Image
By Michael Krasny, Joyce Carol Oates (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781577319122
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New World Library - October 5th, 2010

As the host of one of National Public Radio's most popular interview programs, Michael Krasny has spent decades leading conversations on every imaginable topic and discussing life's most important questions with the foremost thinkers of our time. Now he brings his wide-ranging knowledge and perceptive intelligence to a thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of belief and lack of belief.

Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345481320
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - December 30th, 2008

How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love-keep our minds in a happy mood-when life is complex and often challenging? These are questions that Sylvia Boorstein addresses in Happiness Is an Inside Job.

Devotion: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061628344
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper - February 1st, 2010

"Devotion's biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy--appealing to skeptics and believers alike. This is a gripping, beautiful story." --Jennifer Egan, author of The Keep

"I was immensely moved by this elegant book." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Osher Marin JCC
200 North San Pedro Road
94903 San Rafael


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