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Fergus M. Bordewich - Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:00pm

The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War--a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict.

This brilliantly argued new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly led the Union to victory and gives us a vivid account of the essential role Congress played in winning the war.

Building a riveting narrative around four influential members of Congress--Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and the pro-slavery Clement Vallandigham--Fergus Bordewich shows us how a newly empowered Republican party shaped one of the most dynamic and consequential periods in American history. From reinventing the nation's financial system to pushing President Lincoln to emancipate the slaves to the planning for Reconstruction, Congress undertook drastic measures to defeat the Confederacy, in the process laying the foundation for a strong central government that came fully into being in the twentieth century. Brimming with drama and outsized characters, Congress at War is also one of the most original books about the Civil War to appear in years and will change the way we understand the conflict.

Fergus M. Bordewich is the author of seven nonfiction books, including The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the GovernmentAmerica's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union; and Washington: The Making of the American Capital. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jean Parvin Bordewich.

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Published: Knopf - February 18th, 2020

The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War--a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict.


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Andy Greenberg - Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

From Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg, author of This Machine Kills Secrets comes the highly anticipated Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers  — a true story of scorched-earth digital combat from Russia offering insight into an evolving world of global threat where the lines between online and physical conflict have begun to blur.

In the summer of 2017 an elite group of Russian hackers wreaked unprecedented havoc on the world when they unleashed a computer virus known as NotPetya that targeted physical infrastructure systems around the globe, knocking out entire power grids, freezing ATMs, and shutting down postal and rail systems. The largest and most penetrating cyber-attack in world history, NotPetya inflicted more than ten billion dollars in damage and reverberated around the entire planet, but its epicenter was located in Ukraine — a historical battle and proving ground for Russian military and intelligence.

The division of the Russian intelligence agency believed to be behind these attacks call themselves Sandworm — a state-sponsored force willing to attack the critical infrastructure of their enemies, targeting both military and civilians alike. Before the Russian government interfered in American elections in 2016, they did the same in Ukraine as early as 2014. And the technology that was used by Sandworm to orchestrate NotPetya could just as easily have been applied to targets here in the United States.

Sandworm follows a small group of cybersecurity detectives as they’re pulled into the mysterious orbit of the Kremlin’s most dangerous hackers — beginning with investigations into local disruptions and blackouts throughout Eastern Europe and followed by full blown cyberwarfare targeting the world’s largest shipping firm, the drug maker Merck, and hundreds of American hospitals. Along the way, Andy Greenberg visits Russia to track down Sandworm himself and meets with the political leaders and security experts involved with NotPetya to determine how the next, even more destructive cyberwar debacle might be prevented.

For business leaders concerned about cybersecurity, military personnel interested in the future evolution of warfare, and political junkies concerned about the modest responses from both the Obama and Trump white houses to recent major geopolitical attacks, Sandworm offers a real-life techno-thriller and a call to action, telling the unforgettable story of these historic conflicts and the search for their perpetrators. Andy Greenberg spent three years researching and reporting this story and in the process traveled on multiple occasions to Ukraine, Denmark, and Russia.

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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

From Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg comes the true story of the desperate hunt to identify and track an elite team of Russian agents bent on digital sabotage


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James S. Gordon, MD - The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

We all experience trauma. It comes early if we’ve been abused or neglected as children or arrive in the world facing the challenges of poverty and discrimination. It may come later as we deal with the pain of broken relationships, overwhelming job stress, sexual harassment, the dangers of combat, or a life-threatening or serious illness. If we live long enough, we will contend with the loss of loved ones, physical frailty, and our own impending death. Trauma is not apart from life, it is an integral part of it.  

James S. Gordon, MD has over the span of his career developed and implemented a program for moving through and beyond these ordinary but daunting life traumas. Over the last 30 years he has focused on developing comprehensive trauma healing programs for survivors of wars and state-sponsored torture, mass shootings, and climate-related disasters. He has also worked extensively with violent extremists of many political and religious persuasions. 

In The Transofrmation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma, Dr. Gordon, a world-recognized authority on depression and anxiety, as well as post-traumatic stress, and an acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer, offers the first comprehensive, evidence-based program for reversing the biological and psychological damage that trauma does, and for learning from and growing through its challenges to become who we’re meant to be.   

Dr. Gordon is the founder and executive director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) in Washington, D.C., where he has created and implemented what may well be the world’s largest and most effective program for healing population-wide trauma. He and his 130 international faculty have brought this program to populations as diverse as refugees from wars in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa; New York City firefighters and U. S. military personnel and veterans and their families; student/ parent/teacher school shooting survivors; and Native American children and their families—as well as stressed out professionals, stay-at-home mothers, inner-city children, White House officials, health professionals and medical students, and people struggling with emotional and physical illnesses. 

In study after study, the program described in The Transformation has produced remarkable, life-changing results. One published study of child survivors of war in Kosovo was the first randomized controlled trial of any intervention with war-traumatized children. It demonstrated that more than 80% of the kids with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who participated in an 11-week-long group where they learned the skills taught in The Transformation ended the group without the symptoms of PTSD. 

Compassionate, practical and prescriptive, The Transformation offers a revolutionary healing program for mind and body and the opportunity to rewrite the story of our lives. 

James S. Gordon, MD is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, former researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and, Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and a clinical professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School. He has authored or edited ten previous books, including “Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-stage Journey Out of Depression”. He has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Guardian as well as a number of professional journals. He has served as an expert for such outlets as 60 Minutes, Today, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and many others. More at https://cmbm.org/

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ISBN: 9780062870711
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Published: HarperOne - September 10th, 2019

 A world-recognized authority and acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer presents the first evidence-based program to reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma.


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Sasha Paulsen - Dancing on the Spider's Web (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

In Conversation with Georgeanne Brennan

Is love incompatible with intelligence? Sarah Glass suspects this is the case. The shy, serious medical student would be the first to tell you that the heart is merely a muscle that beats or does not, the latter to the disadvantage of its owner. A heart cannot soar, leap, melt, or break. And this is why it’s so bewildering when it happens to her.

Dancing on the Spider's Web is set in San Francisco and Napa Valley in the 1970s. It’s the “winter after the Summer of Love” when Sarah decides, mid-way through med school, to give herself a break from hospitals, classrooms, and tests. She calls it “a month to live.” It becomes an adventure, during which she makes discoveries, she might never have found in a lab dissecting cadavers.

The deposit check hadn’t bounced. The keys opened the door. The electricity had been turned on without complications and all four burners on the gas stove worked. Sarah Glass, setting down the last of her three boxes of possessions, was overtaken by an unfamiliar, irrepressible fit of optimism. She felt it distinctly, if warily, an inexplicable notion that an invisible hand was arranging these things, a gift for following the bizarre impulse that had brought her here.

She did not believe in unseen hands, she reminded herself, but neither could she insist the sensation was only the biochemical result of living on peanut butter for three days. She, who had never done a wild thing, had done this. She flicked the light switch on and off. Lightbulbs too.

After studying journalism at UC Berkeley, Sasha Paulsen lived and worked in Europe and New England before returning to her hometown, Napa, California. While raising her two children, with the help of their dog, Pippi, she was features editor for The Napa Valley Register where she wrote about food, wine, art, and travel. Dancing on the Spider’s Web is her first novel.

 

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ISBN: 9781732776814
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Published: Tempest Books, Ltd. - May 8th, 2019

Is love incompatible with intelligence? Sarah Glass suspects this is the case. The shy, serious medical student would be the first to tell you that the heart is merely a muscle that beats or does not, the latter to the disadvantage of its owner. A heart cannot soar, leap, melt, or break.

And this is why it's so bewildering when it happens to her.


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ISBN: 9781732776838
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Published: Tempest Books, Ltd. - June 2019

Is love incompatible with intelligence? Sarah Glass suspects this is the case. The shy, serious medical student would be the first to tell you that the heart is merely a muscle that beats or does not, the latter to the disadvantage of its owner. A heart cannot soar, leap, melt, or break.

And this is why it's so bewildering when it happens to her.


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Nancy Davis Kho - The Thank-You Project (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 7:00pm

The Thank-You Project tells the story of the year that writer/podcaster Nancy Davis Kho wrote thank-you letters to 50 people, places, and pastimes that had shaped her, inspired her, and helped her become the person she was. The list of recipients included family and friends, of course, but soon expanded to teachers, bosses, mentors, authors, cities, hobbies and even a handful of ex-boyfriends and former friends. (Don’t worry, turns out you don’t have to mail every letter you write to yield the happiness benefits of gratitude!) It was a wholly unexpected way to find more peace during what turned out to be a trying and turbulent time and continues to yield benefits years down the road.

Using her own story as a springboard and incorporating facets from the emerging science of happiness to understand why her gratitude letters worked so well, Nancy gives practical and reassuring guidance to readers who want to start their own Thank-You Project. The book will make readers laugh, reflect, and itch to start writing their own letters to the formative people in their lives.

In her book The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time, the author gives practical and encouraging advice for readers to map out their own project, by covering the following areas:

  • Lining Up the Letters
    • Who has helped you? How?
    • Who has shaped you? How?
    • Who has inspired you? How?
  • Family First
  • Feelings for Friends
  • Lessons from Loves
  • Inspirations from Influencers
  • Praise for Places and Pastimes

Fitting for the creator of the Midlife Mixtape blog and Midlife Mixtape Podcast, Nancy ends each chapter with related music playlists to create the mood and keep the writing fires burning.

Actively appreciating the formative people, places, and pastimes in your life, past and present, can lead to a lasting increase in your happiness levels--and The Thank-You Project offers a charming, entertaining roadmap to See, Say and Savor your way there.

Nancy Davis Kho is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, US Magazine, The Rumpus, and The Toast. She covers the years between being hip and breaking one on her award-winning Midlife Mixtape blog, and on the companion Midlife Mixtape Podcast. She and her family live in Oakland, CA. Visit her at daviskho.com.

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Published: Running Press Adult - December 3rd, 2019

Gratitude and happiness go hand-in-hand -- and The Thank-You Project provides an easy-to-follow approach for creating more of both.


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Class: Victoria Einhorn - Advanced Intermediate Spanish

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 10:00am
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Seven Thursdays • Oct 24 - Dec 12 (no class 11/28) • 10:00am-12:00pm • $245

Students will learn more Spanish vocabulary, work on their accents, and gain competence using grammar. By the end of this course participants will feel confident communicating in Spanish.

Victoria Einhorn has a bachelor's degree in Spanish language from William Smith College and a master's degree in education from NYU. She has taught Spanish for 25 years. 

What Students Say about Victoria Einhorn 

Thank you for this ongoing Spanish Class!! Victoria is a delightful teacher, knowledgeable and approachable – a great combination. We all chat after class and agree that Victoria has pushed us along successfully to another level and that we are feeling more confident. – VSD, current student

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Class: Sara Bender - Intermediate Spanish

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:30am
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Seven Fridays • Oct 25 - Dec 13 (no class 11/29) • 10:30am-12:30pm • $245

Participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining “core” grammar.

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. 

What Students Say about Sara Bender 

“Thank you for offering Spanish language classes taught by Sara. I will continue taking Spanish classes at Book Passage for as long as Profesora Bender teaches them. She is fluent in Spanish, an excellent teacher, and very delightful.” – Ann Becker

"I just completed an absolutely delightful Spanish class taught by Cyretta and her daughter Sara Bender. It was terrific." - Maeve B.

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Class: Sara Bender - Beginning Spanish

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:30pm
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Seven Thursdays • Oct 24 - Dec 12 (no class 11/28) • 12:30 - 2:30pm • $245

Students will be introduced to the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel, and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they begin to feel confident speaking Spanish. 

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. 

What Students Say about Sara Bender 

“Thank you for offering Spanish language classes taught by Sara and her Mom. I will continue taking Spanish classes at Book Passage for as long as Profesora Bender teaches them. She is fluent in Spanish, an excellent teacher, and very delightful.” – Ann Becker

"I just completed an absolutely delightful Spanish class taught by Cyretta and her daughter Sara Bender. It was terrific." - Maeve B.

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Richard Morais - The Man with No Borders (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

From Richard C. Morais, the New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey, comes The Man with No Borders, a moving story of forgiveness and redemption, in which a dying man comes to terms with his mortality and long-buried family secrets.

As his fast-moving illness progresses, José-Maria Alvarez, an aristocratic Spanish banker and world-renowned fly fisherman, increasingly struggles to maintain a grip on lucidity. But his mind is pulled into hallucinatory memories of the past: his boyhood in 1950s Franco-era Spain with afternoons spent salmon fishing on the Sella River; 1960s West Village in New York City, romancing the American woman who would become his wife and mother of his children. Those reveries are interrupted by visits to his life’s darkest days, unearthing his most terrible mistakes and biggest regrets. Now, as his three estranged sons return to their father’s side, José works to outpace death long enough to finally put his house in order and exorcise its demons.

Richard C. Morais was both the editor of Barron’s Penta and the European bureau chief for Forbes, and he has won three Business Journalist of the Year Awards. His literary works were semifinalists in the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and short-
listed for Britain’s Ian St. James Award. In 2015, Morais was named Citizen Diplomat of the Year—the highest honor granted by Global Ties U.S., a private-public partnership sponsored by the U.S. State Department—“for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all of his literary work.” The
Hundred-Foot Journey
, which featured “the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event” (Washington Post), was adapted into a 2014 film starring Helen Mirren. Morais’ sophomore novel Buddhaland Brooklyn is in development as a premium TV series with K&L
Productions.

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ISBN: 9781542093828
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Published: Little a - September 2019

A father comes to terms with his mortality and secrets in a heartrending novel of family and forgiveness from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hundred-Foot Journey.


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Class: Alessandra Beraldi - Advanced Italian

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:15pm
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Five Wednesdays: Oct 23 - Dec 4 (no class 11/6,11/27) • 12:15 - 2:15 pm • $185

Alessandra Beraldi is from Genoa, Italy and has been teaching Italian to children, undergraduates and adults for over 20 years. She has taught in US at University of Pennsylvania, in England at several language institutions, and at the Italian General Consulate. She teaches at several schools here in Marin.

What Students Are Saying about Alessandra Beraldi

The first class went very well. Our Italian teacher Alessandra is humorous and interesting in class. After a few classes with her, I found out she is good at expressing the complex and difficult process formulas clearly and in a concise language. The lectures are compact and rich, with a large number of examples and exercises, which is very helpful for beginners students to master the classroom content in a short period of time.

She always says, l’italiano è facile, that means, to learn Italian with joy and happiness! I think I got the most passionate learning spirit from her!" - Francesca Metaxas

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