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Myla Goldberg - Feast Your Eyes (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school’s photo club, Lillian rejects her parents’ expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter’s sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian’s career as she continues a life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.

Narrated by Samantha, Feast Your Eyes reads as a collection of Samantha’s memories, interviews with Lillian’s friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillian’s journals and letters—a collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth, and authenticity.

Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of Feast Your Eyes, The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and Bee Season, which was a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, and a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award. It was adapted to film and widely translated. In addition to her novels, she has written an essay collection, a children’s book, and short stories that have appeared in Harper’s. She teaches in the fiction programs at Sarah Lawrence and NYU and has been known to sing and play accordion and banjo in the Brooklyn art-punk band The Walking Hellos. She was also the subject of a song by The Decemberists, “Song for Myla Goldberg.” She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jason Little and their two daughters.

 

Feast Your Eyes: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501197840
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Published: Scribner - April 16th, 2019

The first novel in nearly a decade from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season—a compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation.

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a


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Lloyd Kahn - Driftwood Shacks (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

Lloyd Kahn has been hiking and camping on Northern California beaches for the last dozen or so years and, given his background in publishing books on building, it's only natural that he would notice the unique and whimsical beach shacks constructed by anonymous builders.

In Driftwood Shacks, he photographs some 60 structures, shaped by materials lying on the beach, and prone to destruction by the elements. (All of the ones depicted are now gone.) There are also photos of beach sculptures, seaweed, seashells, birds, sea lions, whalebones, waves, surfers, fishermen, and sunsets, as well as photos from a 3-day backpacking trip along the remote "Lost Coast." Driftwood Shacks is a book for beachcombers and beach lovers everywhere, all of whom share a deep love for the ocean and its surroundings.

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers.

Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780936070803
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Published: Shelter Publications - March 12th, 2019

Lloyd Kahn has been hiking and camping on Northern California beaches for the last dozen or so years and, given his background in publishing books on building, it's only natural that he would notice the unique and whimsical beach shacks constructed by anonymous builders.


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Meredith May - The Honey Bus (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

In Partnership with Marin Bee Co.

The Honey Bus is an extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.

Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm: she was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees. May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. Her mother had receded into a volatile cycle of neurosis and despair and spent most days locked away in the bedroom.

It was during this pivotal time in May's childhood that she learned to take care of herself, forged an unbreakable bond with her grandfather and opened her eyes to the magic and wisdom of nature.The bees became a guiding force in May's life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival and the unequivocal relationship between a mother and her child. Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is an unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.

For the event, Meredith will bring her own bees in an observation hive, accompanied by on-site biologist and beekeeper, Aaron Yu, who will be available to answer questions. Meredith will also be offering a honey tasting, with samples set up for readers drawn from her collection of honeys from around the world.

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780778307785
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Published: Park Row - April 2nd, 2019

An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm.


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Calvin Crosby - Independent Bookstore Day Art Reception (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

Artist Calvin Crosby's nostalgia of his summers growing up on the road of the western states, his passion for animal well-being, and sense of humor manifest in his paintings. Calvin is co-owner of Blade and Brush, an artist cooperative based in Sonoma. Calvin is a former Book Passage employee and is the current Executive Director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day (a nationwide campaign that celebrates Indie Bookstores) with Calvin at a reception from 4-6pm in Book Passage's Gallery.

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Rachel Howzell Hall - They All Fall Down (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.

Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is soon shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses -- and all seven strangers harbor a secret.

Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one...

They all fall down.

For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense, Rachel Howzell Hall’s brilliant stand-alone novel, They All Fall Down, brings seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.

Rachel Howzell Hall is a writer/assistant development director at City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, was a featured selection of Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection of the Black Expressions book club. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

They All Fall Down: A Thriller Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765398147
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Forge Books - April 9th, 2019

For fans of thrilling contemporary suspense, Rachel Howzell Hall’s brilliant stand-alone novel brings seven sinners to a private island for a reckoning that will leave you breathless.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.


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Jackie Speier & Jan Yanehiro - This Is Not the Life I Ordered (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 1:00pm

This Is Not the Life I Ordered is the culmination of weekly “kitchen table coaching” sessions that took place for more than a decade and were designed to support four extraordinary women through life’s ups and downs. These women realized that their support of one another could help other women struggling with life’s myriad issues of work, family, and love, as well as the big questions of life and death. The power and strength of their collective friendship has enabled them to not only survive but to thrive, and the remarkable results are in this collection of lessons and stories and wisdom, which can help women turn any unfortunate event into a joy-filled opportunity.

Twenty-five percent of the material in this edition is completely new: two of the stories have been updated, many new interviews have been included, and there are two new chapters—one about the Me Too Movement and one focusing on the experience of loss for adult children.

Jackie Speier is the US Representative for California’s Fourteenth Congressional District. She is a recognized champion of women’s rights, privacy, and consumer safety—as well as an avowed opponent of government inefficiency and waste. In 2012, she was named to Newsweek’s list of 150 “Fearless Women” in the world. Jackie received a BA in political science from the University of California at Davis, and a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law. Along with her husband, Barry Dennis, her children, Jackson and Stephanie, and Buddy, their yellow lab, she is a proud fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors.

Jan Yanehiro was of the original co-hosts of the ground-breaking magazine series Evening Magazine which aired on San Francisco's KPIX from 1976 to 1991. She has received several Emmys for her work, received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the United Nations of San Francisco, and was inducted into the Academy of Television and Radio Hall of Fame in New York City. She has been the Director of Multimedia Communications at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco since 2008.

A revised, updated, and expanded edition of the best-selling self-help book that encourages women to overcome adversity, embrace change, and discover their power.

This Is Not the Life I Ordered is the culmination of weekly “kitchen table coaching” sessions that took place for more than a decade and were designed to support four extraordinary women throu


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Dianne Hales - La Passione (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 1:00pm

From New York Times bestselling author Dianne Hales, knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, comes a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world's most vibrant passions. 

No country has matched Italy’s impact on culture. Just think of painting without Leonardo, opera without Verdi, fashion without Armani, food without the signature tastes of pasta, gelato, and pizza.  The first universities, first banks, first public libraries? All Italian. Dianne Hales attributes these landmark achievements to la passione italiana, a primal force that stems from an insatiable hunger to discover and create; to love and live with every fiber of one's being.  This fierce drive, millennia in the making, blazes to life in the Sistine Chapel, surges through a Puccini aria, deepens a vintage Brunello, and rumbles in a gleaming Ferrari engine.

Our ideal tour guide, Hales sweeps readers along on her adventurous quest for the secrets of la passione.  She swims in the playgrounds of mythic gods, shadows artisanal makers of chocolate and cheese, joins in Sicily’s Holy Week traditions, celebrates a neighborhood Carnevale in Venice, and explores pagan temples, vineyards, silk mills, movie sets, crafts studios, and fashion salons. She introduces us, through sumptuous prose, to unforgettable Italians, historical and contemporary, all brimming with the greatest of Italian passions—for life itself.

A lyrical portrait of a spirit as well as a nation, La Passione appeals to the Italian in all our souls, inspiring us to be as daring as Italy’s gladiators, as eloquent as its poets, as alluring as its beauties, and as irresistible as its lovers.

Dianne Hales is the author of La Bella Lingua, a New York Times best-seller; Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered, translated into six languages; and more than forty trade and text books.

La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451499165
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Published: Crown Archetype - April 16th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author knighted by the President of Italy for her writing, a jubilant exploration of how Italy transformed the Western world's most vibrant passions -- from literature to art, music to movies.


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Bill McKibben - Falter (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 7:00pm

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.

Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature--issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic--was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience.

Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control. And then, drawing on McKibben’s experience in building 350.org, the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change, it offers some possible ways out of the trap. We’re at a bleak moment in human history -- and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away.

Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms, to save not only our planet but also our humanity.

Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers The End of Nature, Eaarth, and Deep Economy. He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize. He lives in Vermont.

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250178268
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 16th, 2019

Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out.


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Victoria Riskin - Fay Wray and Robert Riskin (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with David Thomson

A Hollywood love story and a Hollywood memoir, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin is a dual biography of two of Hollywood’s most famous figures whose golden lives were lived at the center of Hollywood’s golden age, written by their daughter, Victoria Riskin, an acclaimed writer and producer.

Fay Wray was most famous as the woman—the blonde in a diaphanous gown—who captured the heart of the mighty King Kong, the twenty-five-foot, sixty-ton gorilla, as he placed her, nestled in his eight-foot hand, on the ledge of the 102-story Empire State Building, putting Wray at the height of New York’s skyline and cinematic immortality. Wray starred in more than 120 pictures opposite Hollywood's biggest stars—Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, William Powell, and Charles Boyer—and was directed by the masters of the age.

The book’s—and Wray’s—counterpart: Robert Riskin, considered one of the greatest screenwriters of all time. Academy Award–winning writer (nominated for five), producer, ten-year-long collaborator with Frank Capra on such pictures as American Madness, It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lost Horizon, and Meet John Doe, hailed by many, among them F. Scott Fitzgerald, as “among the best screenwriters in the business.”

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin lived large lives, finding each other after establishing their artistic selves and after each had had many romantic attachments—Wray, an eleven-year-long difficult marriage and a fraught affair with Clifford Odets, and Riskin, a series of romances with, among others, Carole Lombard, Glenda Farrell, and Loretta Young. Here are Wray’s and Riskin’s lives, their work, their fairy-tale marriage that ended so tragically. Here are their dual, quintessential American lives, ultimately and blissfully intertwined.

Victoria Riskin adapted Willa Cather’s My Ántonia for television and was a producer of Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding as well as The Last Best Year, based on her years as a psychologist. Riskin was president of the Writers Guild of America West and served for twelve years as a director of Human Rights Watch. She lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband, the writer David W. Rintels.

David Thomson is the author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, Moments That Made the Movies, and the pioneering novel Suspects, which was peopled with characters from film.

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524747282
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Published: Pantheon - February 26th, 2019

A Hollywood love story, a Hollywood memoir, a dual biography of two of Hollywood’s most famous figures, whose golden lives were lived at the center of Hollywood’s golden age, written by their daughter, an acclaimed writer and producer.


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Miriam Toews with R.O. Kwon - Women Talking (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with R.O. Kwon

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women--all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in--have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they've ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women's all-female symposium, Toews's masterful novel, Women Talking, uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

Miriam Toews is the author of six previous bestselling novels: All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.

R.O. Kwon's nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries, is an American Booksellers Association Indie Next #1 Pick and Indies Introduce selection, and it was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. The novel is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book, Los Angeles Times First Book Prize, and Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Paris Review, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, and elsewhere. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

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