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Bernard-Henri Levy - The Empire and the Five Kings (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

The United States was once the hope of the world, a beacon of freedom and the defender of liberal democracy. Nations and peoples on all continents looked to America to stand up for the values that created the Western world, and to oppose autocracy and repression. Even when America did not live up to its ideals, it still recognized their importance, at home and abroad.

But as Bernard-Henri Lévy lays bare in this powerful and disturbing analysis of the world today, America is retreating from its traditional leadership role, and in its place have come five ambitious powers, former empires eager to assert their primacy and influence. Lévy shows how these five--Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism--are taking steps to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization.

The Empire and the Five Kings is a cri de coeur that draws upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture to reveal the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump's presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if its principles and values are to survive.

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, filmmaker and author of over thirty books including The Genius of Judaism, American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl? His writing has appeared extensively in publications throughout Europe and the United States. His documentaries include Peshmerga, The Battle of Mosul, The Oath of Tobruk and Bosna! Lévy is co-founder of the antiracist group SOS Racisme and has served on diplomatic missions for the French government.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781250203014
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 12th, 2019

One of the West’s leading intellectuals offers a provocative look at America’s withdrawal from world leadership and the rising powers who seek to fill the vacuum left behind


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Christopher Castellani - Leading Men (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

In July of 1953, at a glittering party thrown by Truman Capote in Portofino, Italy, Tennessee Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo meet Anja Blomgren, a mysteriously taciturn young Swedish beauty and aspiring actress. Their encounter will go on to alter all of their lives.

Ten years later, Frank revisits the tempestuous events of that fateful summer from his deathbed in Manhattan, where he waits anxiously for Tennessee to visit him one final time. Anja, now legendary film icon Anja Bloom, lives as a recluse in the present-day U.S., until a young man connected to the events of 1953 lures her reluctantly back into the spotlight after he discovers she possesses the only surviving copy of Williams's final play.

What keeps two people together and what breaks them apart? Can we save someone else if we can't save ourselves? Like The Master and The Hours, Leading Men seamlessly weaves fact and fiction to navigate the tensions between public figures and their private lives. In an ultimately heartbreaking story about the burdens of fame and the complex negotiations of life in the shadows of greatness, Castellani creates an unforgettable leading lady in Anja Bloom and reveals the hidden machinery of one of the great literary love stories of the twentieth-century.

Christopher Castellani is the author of three previous novels (the trilogy A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love) and The Art of Perspective, a book of essays on the craft of fiction. He is the son of Italian immigrants, a Guggenheim fellow, and the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country's leading creative writing centers. He lives in Boston.

 

Leading Men: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525559054
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Published: Viking - February 12th, 2019

"Spectacular... moving, beautifully written, and a bona fide page-turner." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"An extraordinary book." --Lauren Groff, author of Florida

An expansive yet intimate story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity, set in the glamorous literary and film circles of 1950s Italy


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Chris Wilson with Dameion Brown - The Master Plan (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company
In Conversation with Dameion Brown

Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn't leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole.

But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement--reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and The Master Plan is his unforgettable story.

Chris Wilson lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise, specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. Barclay works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of services. His other business ventures include the House of DaVinci, a high-end furniture restoration and design company, and Master Plan Productions, a social impact content development company.

Dameion Brown had his first ever public performing playing the title role in Othello at Marin Shakespeare Company in 2016, for which he won “Best Lead Actor” from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.  Since then, he as appeared in The Seagull at Utopia Theatre Project, Waafrika and The Farm at TheatreFirst (winning another BATCC award), Dance of the Holy Ghost at Ubuntu, and as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles at Marin Shakespeare Company. He is now a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Marin Shakespeare Company where he acts, teaches at-risk youth at youth correctional facilities, and serves as a community ambassador and sought-after inspirational speaker. Dameion Brown spent 23 years in prison, where he discovered Shakespeare as part of Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare at Solano Prison program.

 

 

The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose Cover Image
By Chris Wilson, Bret Witter, Wes Moore (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735215580
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

The inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance.


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Stanton Klose - Insects & Icebergs (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Book Launch!

With wry humor and quiet wisdom, Stanton Klose’s richly textured essays in Insects & Icebergs: A Memoir of Sorts featuring Poems for Children and Selected Adults explore topics as varied as growing up in the Pacific Northwest, coming of age in Berkeley during the Vietnam War era and adventure travel in remote landscapes.

 

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Shani Raviv - Being Ana (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

Shani Raviv is a misfit teen whose peer-pressured diet spirals down into full-blown anorexia nervosa -- something no one in her early-nineties, local South African community knows anything about.

Fourteen-year-old Shani spends the next six years being "Ana" (as many anorexics call it), on the run from her feelings. She goes from aerobics addict to Israeli soldier to rave bunny to wannabe reborn, using sex, drugs, exercise and, above all, starvation, to numb out everything along the way. But one night, at age twenty, Shani faces the rude awakening that if she doesn't slow down, break her denial, and seek help, she will starve to death.

Three years later, her hardest journey of all begins: the journey to let go of being Ana and learn to love herself.

Being Ana is an exploration into the soul and psyche of a young woman wrestling with anorexia's demons -- one that not only exposes the real horrors of a day in the life of an anorexic girl but also reveals the courage it takes to stop fighting and find healing.

 

Being Ana: A Memoir of Anorexia Nervosa Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521393
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Published: She Writes Press - July 11th, 2017

Shani Raviv is a misfit teen whose peer-pressured diet spirals down into full-blown anorexia nervosa--something no one in her early-nineties, local South African community knows anything about. Fourteen-year-old Shani spends the next six years being "Ana" (as many anorexics call it), on the run from her feelings.


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Valeria Luiselli - Lost Children Archive (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo -- and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera -- the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate.

But as the family drives farther west -- through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas -- we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.

Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images -- including prior stories of migration and displacement -- Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; and, most recently, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. She is the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and an American Book Award, and has twice been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kirkus Prize. She has been a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree and the recipient of a Bearing Witness Fellowship from the Art for Justice Fund. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney's, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in New York City.

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

"Impossibly smart, full of beauty, heart and insight . . . Everyone should read this book."--Tommy Orange


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Rick Steves - Travel as a Political Act (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:30am

Tickets: $23 (includes a copy of Travel as a Political Act)

Rick Steves believes there’s more to travel than good food and fun in the sun. Travelers who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter, with a better understanding of today’s world. In his inspirational lecture, Rick explains how, when we venture thoughtfully out of our comfort zone, we gain an empathy for the other 96 percent of humanity and come home with the greatest of all souvenirs: a broader perspective.

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Since 1973, Rick has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of a hardworking, well-traveled staff of 100 at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle. When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his partner Trish, son Andy, and daughter Jackie.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781631217630
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Published: Rick Steves - February 6th, 2018

Change the world one trip at a time. In this illuminating collection of stories and lessons from the road, acclaimed travel writer Rick Steves shares a powerful message that resonates now more than ever.


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Left Coast Writers®: Matti Friedman - Spies of No Country (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Presented in Partnership with JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

The four spies at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage and assassinations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. In 1948, with Israel’s existence in the balance during the War of Independence, our spies went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a kiosk, collecting intelligence, and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. While performing their dangerous work these men were often unsure to whom they were reporting, and sometimes even who they’d become. Of the dozen spies in the Arab Section at the war’s outbreak, five were caught and executed. But in the end the Arab Section would emerge, improbably, as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency.

Spies of No Country is about the slippery identities of these young spies, but it’s also about Israel’s own complicated and fascinating identity. Israel sees itself and presents itself as a Western nation, when in fact more than half the country has Middle Eastern roots and traditions, like the spies of this story. And, according to Friedman, that goes a long way toward explaining the life and politics of the country, and why it often baffles the West. For anyone interested in real-life spies and the paradoxes of the Middle East, Spies of No Country is an intimate story with global significance.

Matti Friedman’s 2016 book Pumpkinflowers was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 Best Books of the Year. It was selected as one of the year’s best by Booklist, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. A former AssociatedPress correspondent, Friedman has reported from Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Friedman grew up in Toronto and now lives with his family in Jerusalem. 

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781616207229
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 5th, 2019

Award-winning writer Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff--but it’s all true.

The four spies at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by Brit


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Elinor Lipman - Good Riddance (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '69 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds.

In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.
 
Good Riddance is a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post).

Elinor Lipman is the author of ten novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can’t Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in New York City.

 

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780544808256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 5th, 2019

The delightful new romantic comedy from Elinor Lipman, in which one woman’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure, with deliriously entertaining results.

Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear.


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Rescheduled: Regina S. Kutchins - Jessie (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Richly detailed and written with deep sensitivity, Jessie spans time and distance in portraying the universal quest of mothers to protect those dearest to them against all odds.

Jessie Glenn’s story -- loosely based on the author's grandmother’s life -- begins in rural Missouri when her husband dies in the 1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic and ends in the San Francisco Bay Area where she brushes shoulders with bootleggers, works for tips in North Beach’s Italian restaurants, barters for an apartment over a Polk Street market and through longshoremen she befriends, becomes embroiled in Harry Bridges’ historic waterfront strike.  

In the book, readers will visit storied North Beach speakeasies, read of waterfront battles in newspapers steeped in jingoistic prose, and share the touching struggle of a mother as she attempts to regain the love of daughters she had left in an orphanage for eight years while she traveled the country with a peripatetic gambler.

This is book includes tales of San Francisco in 1920’s and 30’s: the era of Prohibition and the Great Depression.

Native Californian Regina S. Kutchins’ varied experiences working in the governor’s office, as a campaign consultant, election reformer, and administrator of a statewide rural program for seniors richly influenced her novel, Jessie. Regina lives and writes in West Marin.  

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