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Jenna & Barbara Bush - Sisters First (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Moderated by Condoleezza Rice

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

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Grab your sister (or a friend who is just like one!) for a special event with former first daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush during their Sisters First tour this fall. Settle in for an evening of personal stories and universal revelations during this celebration of sisterhood and all of the complicated, messy, hilarious, life-defining moments that accompany it. For the first time, Jenna and Barbara will take readers on a revealing, funny, and thoughtful tour behind the scenes of their lives. They’ll share never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that ties them together. 

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Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just twelve years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances. In Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life, they take readers on a revealing, thoughtful, and deeply personal tour behind the scenes of their lives, with never-before-told stories about their family, their adventures, their loves and losses, and the special sisterly bond that fulfills them.

Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent on NBC’s Today Show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, written after she served as an intern with UNICEF in Latin America. She also co-authored the children’s books Our Great Big Backyard and Read All About It! with her mother. She lives with her husband and two daughters in New York.

Barbara Pierce Bush is the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC has mobilized almost one thousand young leaders who believe health is a human right and who take an innovative approach to solving some of the world’s biggest global health challenges. Previously, Barbara worked at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa, and interned with UNICEF in Botswana.

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Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538711415
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 24th, 2017

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Former first daughters and #1 bestselling authors Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush share intimate stories and reflections from the Texas countryside to the storied halls of the White House and beyond.


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

Amy Tan - Where the Past Begins (San Rafael)

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Susanne Pari

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

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In Where the Past Begins, bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan is at her most intimate in revealing the truths and inspirations that underlie her extraordinary fiction. By delving into vivid memories of her traumatic childhood, confessions of self-doubt in her journals, and heartbreaking letters to and from her mother, she gives evidence to all that made it both unlikely and inevitable that she would become a writer. Through spontaneous storytelling, she shows how a fluid fictional state of mind unleashed near-forgotten memories that became the emotional nucleus of her novels.

Tan explores shocking truths uncovered by family memorabilia—the real reason behind an I.Q. test she took at age six, why her parents lied about their education, mysteries surrounding her maternal grandmother—and, for the first time publicly, writes about her complex relationship with her father, who died when she was fifteen. Supplied with candor and characteristic humor, Where the Past Begins takes readers into the idiosyncratic workings of her writer’s mind, a journey that explores memory, imagination, and truth, with fiction serving as both her divining rod and link to meaning.

Amy Tan is the author of The Valley of Amazement, The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life, and two children’s books. Tan was also a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club.

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By Amy Tan
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062319296
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Published: Ecco Press - October 17th, 2017

FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AMY TAN, A MEMOIR ON HER LIFE AS A WRITER, HER CHILDHOOD, AND THE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FICTION AND EMOTIONAL MEMORY


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

Van Jones - Beyond the Messy Truth (San Rafael)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

In conversation with KGO's Brian Copeland
Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
Tickets: $40 (includes signed book)

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With his unscripted style of truth-telling for CNN, Van Jones burst into the collective American consciousness during the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has since become a beacon of hope and a voice of reason for progressives (and worried conservatives) everywhere; his compassion and wisdom were most recently on display during his rousing speech at the Washington, D.C. Women’s March. In Beyond the Messy Truth, Van Jones provides a blueprint for transforming our anxiety about our political future into meaningful change, including plans for a massive LoveArmy that grows from red and blue states alike. Issuing a call for a deeper patriotism, one that is wise enough to reject binaries and honestly face America’s complicated truths, he draws on poignant behind-the-scenes moments from his important and lifelong activist work, inspiring stories of quiet activists who have become unlikely change-makers, and little-known historical examples of collaboration rising from the fog of bitter disagreement. On full display throughout the book is the insight, empathy, and instinct for bridge-building that is fueling Jones’ successful TV special features and documentary shorts, “The Messy Truth, with Van Jones.”

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor as well as the host of the recurring CNN primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones. A graduate of Yale Law School, a former Obama administration “green jobs Czar,” and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Jones founded the social justice accelerator, The Dream Corps. A recent guest host of Live with Kelly, and a regular guest on The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The View, Jones is also a prolific writer of Op-Eds and essays that have appeared in USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, LA Times, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post.

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Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399180026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 10th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A passionate manifesto that exposes hypocrisy on both sides of the political divide and points a way out of the tribalism that is tearing America apart--from the CNN host hailed as "a star of the 2016 campaign" (The New York Times), now seen on The Van Jones Show


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

Reza Aslan - God (San Rafael)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

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

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In God, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of the new TV show Believer explores how different ideas of god have united, divided, and propelled humanity forward for millennia.

The entire history of religion—any religion—can be seen as the evolution of one metaphor: God as a super-charged version of ourselves. This metaphor occurs over and over again, regardless of time, location, and culture. This concept of the “humanized God”—God made in our own image—led to our earliest theorizing about the nature of the universe and our place in it. It informed our first physical representations of the non-material world. Belief in humanized gods guided us as hunter-gatherers, and then, tens of thousands of years later, compelled us to swap our spears for plows and begin planting instead. Our first temples were built by people who thought of the gods as super-powered human beings - as were our first religions.

With the layered prose and thoughtful, accessible scholarship that made Zealot an international bestseller, Reza Aslan takes us through the history of a particular view of God and, in the process, reflects on how intense belief has shaped humanity’s history.

Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, was an international bestseller and has been translated into thirteen languages and named by Blackwell as one of the hundred most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism), as well as the editor for Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East. He is also the founder of Aslan Media, a company devoted to creating forums and encouraging discourse abou the Greater Middle East. Born in Iran, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

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God: A Human History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553394726
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The bestselling author of Zealot and host of Believer explores humanity's quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God.


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

Cooks with Books: Deepa Thomas - Deepa's Secrets (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 12:30pm

Customers who are unable to attend this event are welcome to request autographed copies prior to July 29. Simply order a copy of Deepa's Secret here and mention you preference for an autograph and any inscription at the comments field at checkout. 

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Taj Campton Place, San Francisco • $150 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Online sales now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for waitlist availability.

When Deepa Thomas discovered that carbs were the culprits for her husband’s Type 2 diabetes, she deconstructed and reinvented her native Indian cuisine. The result is New Indian-- healthy, flavorpacked, visually stunning fare. Michelin two-star chef Srijith Gopinath will collaborate with Deepa in his Campton Place kitchen to serve up her secrets, as she shares the fusion techniques and kitchen wisdom from her cookbook.

**Deepa is donating all her royalties from the book to FoodCorps, a nonprofit that connects children to healthy food in schools.**

Deepa’s Secrets is not only filled with delicious, healthy, and healing recipes but with wonderful stories about a colorful and inspiring life.”— Mark Hyman, MD, author of Eat Fat Get Thin, & Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

“They’re no longer secrets! Home cooks and professional chefs will be inspired to use Deepa’s original, simple methods for harnessing complex flavors to create amazing tastes.”
—Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of two-Michelin starred Taj Campton Place.

 

Deepa's Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine Cover Image
By Deepa Thomas, Curt Ellis (Foreword by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781510718982
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 4th, 2017

Winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards
Nominated for the 2018 James Beard awards
Finalist for the IACP Awards
Shortlisted for the NCIBA Book Awards, Best Cookbook

A journey from old traditions to modern Indian cooking with deliciously simple and gut-healing recipes that leave you feeling fulfilled--rather than full.


Taj Campton Place
340 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Laurie R. King & More - The Anatomy of Innocence (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America & The Innocence Project

San Francisco Public Library (Koret Auditorium) • Free to the Public • Refreshments afterward

This unique book recalls the work of the great muckrakers of the past, as an outraged team of America’s bestselling writers confront the disasters of wrongful convictions. The Anatomy of Innocence is a ground-breaking anthology, in which 14 exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers. These writers, in turn, have captured the harrowing experiences of these wrongfully convicted individuals.

The panel includes lawyer/writers Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger, editors of Anatomy of Innocence; Linda Starr, cofounder and legal director of the Northern California Innocence Project; and bestselling crime writer Laurie R. King, a contributor to the project.

 

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Cover Image
By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631490880
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.


Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: Elisabeth Prueitt - Tartine All Day (San Anselmo)

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm

Insalata's Restaurant in San Anselmo • Singles: $115; Couples: $185 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

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An all-purpose cookbook with 225 breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes for the whole-foods way people want to eat and bake at home today, from James Beard Award-winning and bestselling author Elisabeth Prueitt, cofounder of San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Bakery.

In 1993, Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson opened Tartine Bakery in a modest storefront in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District and immediately changed the city’s—and nation’s—culinary landscape by popularizing rustic, wild yeast-leavened bread and wholesome and delicious cooking. In Tartine All Day, Tartine’s first all-purpose (non-baking) cookbook, Prueitt shares 150 master recipes plus 75 variations from her incredible repertoire of breakfasts, soups, salads, packable lunches, suppers, holiday staples, breads, and desserts, all guaranteed to transform daily home cooking. With 150 compelling photographs and recipes for instant classics (such as White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese with Toasted Grain Gratin, Brined Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Corn Spoon Bread, and Chicory Salad with Farro and Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing), plus Prueitt’s gluten-free stand-bys, this hardworking resource will inspire and instruct home cooks in new and enduring ways.

Elisabeth Prueitt is the co-founder of the Tartine Bakery and the Manufactory and the owner of the ice cream shop Cookies & Cream. She is also the author of the original Tartine Cookbook, a James Beard Best Pastry Chef repeat nominee and winner (2008), and founder of the Conductive Education Center of San Francisco.

 

Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399578823
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Published: Lorena Jones Books - April 4th, 2017

An all-purpose, comprehensive cookbook with 200 recipes for the whole-foods way people want to eat and bake at home today, from James Beard Award-winning and best-selling author Elisabeth Prueitt, cofounder of San Francisco's acclaimed Tartine Bakery.


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

Anne Lamott - Hallelujah Anyway (San Rafael)

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

In conversation with Kelly Corrigan

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $25 (includes signed book)

Tickets available at the door.

From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches comes a clear-eyed and passionate exploration of mercy, its limitless (if sometimes hidden) presence, why we ignore it, and how we can embrace it.

“Mercy is radical kindness,” Anne Lamott writes. “It’s the permission you give others—and yourself—to forgive a debt, to absolve the unabsolvable, to let go of the judgment and pain that make life so difficult.”

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy is an engaging and approachable follow-up to her New York Times-bestselling Help, Thanks, Wow and Stitches, Lamott once again ventures forth to explore where we should look to find meaning in life. We should begin, she suggests, by “facing a great big mess, especially the great big mess of ourselves.” It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere—“within us and outside us, all around us”—and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. While it can be difficult to do, it’s nevertheless crucial, Lamott says, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”

Full of her trademark honesty, humor and forthrightness, this is classic Anne Lamott—profound and caring, funny and wise, and further proof that Lamott truly speaks to the better angels of our natures.

Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. A past recipient of a Guggenehim Fellowhsip and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

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Book Passage is pleased to be in partnership with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California and their sponsor, Private Ocean Wealth Management, to present an outstanding series of events. These events take place on the Dominican University of California campus at 20 Olive Avenue in San Rafael, CA 94901.

 

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780735213586
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

The perfect gift for Mother's Day

"Anne Lamott is my Oprah." --Chicago Tribune

The New York Times bestseller from the author of Hallelujah Anyway, Almost Everything and Bird by Bird, a powerful exploration of mercy and how we can embrace it.


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

Chris Hayes - A Colony in a Nation (San Rafael)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:00pm

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

Online registration is now closed. You may purchase tickets at the door.

New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation.

America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure—wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation—reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president. With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis.

Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. Hayes explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?

Hayes examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken windows” theory to the “squeegee men” of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists—in a place we least suspect.

A Colony in a Nation is an essential book—searing and insightful—that will reframe our thinking about law and order in the years to come.

Chris Hayes is the Emmy Award-winning host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, the New York Times bestselling author of Twilight of the Elites, and an editor-at-large at The Nation. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, daughter, and son.

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Book Passage is pleased to be in partnership with the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California and their sponsor, Private Ocean Wealth Management, to present an outstanding series of events. These events take place on the Dominican University of California campus at 20 Olive Avenue in San Rafael, CA 94901.

A Colony in a Nation Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393254228
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 21st, 2017

America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure--wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation--reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first "law and order" president.


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

Caitlyn Jenner - The Secrets of My Life (Kentfield)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $40 (includes book)
In conversation with Paul Liberatore
College of Marin, Kentfield

Please note: online sales are now closed. Tickets will be available at the Will Call table. Have any questions? Call (415) 835-1020.

In her new memoir, The Secrets of My Life, Caitlyn Jenner and co-writer Buzz Bissinger, chronicles her life as Bruce and her brave transition into womanhood.

The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman. 

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete.

 

The Secrets of My Life Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781455596751
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 25th, 2017

In this remarkable memoir-written during her pivotal first years of becoming her authentic self-Caitlyn Jenner reflects on her past as she looks to her future.
"Imagine denying your core and soul. Then add to it the most impossible expectations that people have for you because you are the personification of The American Male Athlete."


James Dunn Theater
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904

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