Corte Madera Events

Dr. Vincanne Adams & Dr. Michelle Perro - What's Making Our Children Sick? (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

With chronic disorders among American children reaching epidemic levels, hundreds of thousands of parents are desperately seeking solutions to their children’s declining health, often with little medical guidance from the experts. What’s Making Our Children Sick? convincingly explains how agrochemical industrial production and genetic modification of foods is a culprit in this epidemic. Is it the only culprit? No. Most chronic health disorders have multiple causes and require careful disentanglement and complex treatments. But what if toxicants in our foods are a major culprit, one that, if corrected, could lead to tangible results and increased health? Using patient accounts of their clinical experiences and new medical insights about pathogenesis of chronic pediatric disorders―taking us into gut dysfunction and the microbiome, as well as the politics of food science―this book connects the dots to explain our kids’ ailing health.

What’s Making Our Children Sick? explores the frightening links between our efforts to create higher-yield, cost-efficient foods and an explosion of childhood morbidity, but it also offers hope and a path to effecting change. The predicament we now face is simple. Agroindustrial “innovation” in a previous era hoped to prevent the ecosystem disaster of DDT predicted in Rachel Carson’s seminal book in 1962, Silent Spring. However, this industrial agriculture movement has created a worse disaster: a toxic environment and, consequently, a toxic food supply. Pesticide use is at an all-time high, despite the fact that biotechnologies aimed to reduce the need for them in the first place. Today these chemicals find their way into our livestock and food crop industries and ultimately onto our plates. Many of these pesticides are the modern day equivalent of DDT. However, scant research exists on the chemical soup of poisons that our children consume on a daily basis. As our food supply environment reels under the pressures of industrialization via agrochemicals, our kids have become the walking evidence of this failed experiment.

What’s Making Our Children Sick? exposes our current predicament and offers insight on the medical responses that are available, both to heal our kids and to reverse the compromised health of our food supply.

Michelle Perro, MD, is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-five years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than ten years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include pesticide and health advocacy. She has both directed and worked as attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics, a holistic urgent care clinic for children. For the past four years, she has been an integrative physician at the Institute for Health and Healing, part of Sutter Pacific Medical Center.

Vincanne Adams, PhD, is a professor and vice-chair of Medical Anthropology, in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Adams has previously published six books on the social dynamics of health, scientific knowledge and politics, including most recently, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina (2013), and Metrics: What Counts in Global Health (2016). She is currently editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly, the flagship journal for the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.


What's Making Our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do about It Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603587570
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - December 9th, 2017

Exploring the links between GM foods, glyphosate, and gut health

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Michael Isikoff and David Corn - Russian Roulette (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 5:00pm

In Partnership with

Tickets: $34 (includes book)

Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election.

The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no "third-rate burglary." It was far more sophisticated and sinister -- a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle -- including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn -- and Russia.

Russian Roulette chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?

Michael Isikoff is an investigative journalist who has worked for the Washington Post, Newsweek, and NBC News. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written with David Corn). He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and other TV talk shows. Isikoff is currently the chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo! News.

David Corn is a veteran Washington journalist and political commentator. He is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written with Michael Isikoff). He is also the author of the biography Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusades and the novel Deep Background.

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538728758
Availability: Backordered
Published: Twelve - March 13th, 2018

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Alex Wagner - Futureface (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 1:00pm

Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father's ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma's military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another--and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities--was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late twentieth-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are.

When a cousin's offhand comment threw a mystery into her personal story-introducing the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history--Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. So she set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history.

The journey takes Wagner from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases and high-tech genetic labs. As she gets closer to solving the mystery of her own ancestry, she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it's caused us?

The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of "us" and "them." In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong.

Alex Wagner is an anchor and correspondent for CBS News, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a host of Showtime's The Circus. She was formerly the host of MSNBC's Emmy-nominated Now with Alex Wagner. She makes frequent TV appearances, including on the Today show, Morning Joe, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Wagner lives in New York City.


Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812997941
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: One World - April 17th, 2018

An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people?

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Luis Urrea - The House of Broken Angels (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel De La Cruz, known affectionately as Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader. Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought them to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.The story of the De La Cruzes is the American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and it cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank. 

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his landmark work of nonficiton The Devil's Highway, Luis Alberto Urrea is also the bestselling author of the novels The Hummingbird's Daughter, Into the Beautiful North, and Queen of America, as well as the story collection The Water Museum, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, he lives outside of Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois-Chicago.


The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154888
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - March 6th, 2018

"Brilliant . . . Exceptional . . . The House of Broken Angels hums with joy." --NPR
"A big, messy, warmhearted epic . . . Generous to the last breath." --Entertainment Weekly

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

K.J. Howe - Skyjack (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

Skyjack opens as international kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked and forced to land on a deserted airstrip in the Libyan desert.

On the ground, Thea comes face-to-face with a former nemesis, a Sicilian don who wants something, or someone, on that plane. Her old foe imprisons her in the hangar and takes to the air with the boys and the passengers still aboard, mysteriously demanding that Thea use the resources of Quantum International to hijack a truckload of Syrian refugees bound for Budapest. He makes it clear he will return the passengers only when the truck and its contents are in his possession.

Thea, Rif, and the Quantum team must race against the clock to discover the don's true motives before any harm comes to the two boys and their fellow passengers. Revealing a deadly conspiracy that connects the dark postwar legacy of World War II to the present, this case will bring all parties to an explosive conclusion that will decide the fate of millions across Europe and the Middle East.

K.J. Howe is the executive director of ThrillerFest, the annual conference of International Thriller Writers. A three-time Daphne du Maurier Award winner, she completed her MA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She is an avid traveler who has raced camels in Jordan, surfed in Hawaii, and dove with the great whites in South Africa. She became fascinated by the kidnap and ransom (K&R) world after meeting Peter Moore, a British computer consultant who became the longest-held hostage in Iraq and the only person to survive of the five men who were taken that day. She is the author of The Freedom Broker.


Skyjack: A Kidnap-And-Ransom Thriller (Thea Paris Novel #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681443010
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Quercus Books - April 10th, 2018

International kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked and forced to land on a deserted airstrip in the Libyan desert.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Playwell Tek - Build It! Workshop (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

To celebrate the launch of three new Build It! books we're partnering with Playwell Tek to bring you a free hour of LEGO® building fun. We'll be building trains, dinosaurs and sealife, with help from one of Playwell's expert teachers.

About Build It! Books
This series of visually rich instruction books for LEGO® creations is perfect for children ages 5 and up. Inside Build It! Trains, you'll find a range of creative models to put together, created using classic sets, or bricks that LEGO® obsessives may already have at home. Each book in this interactive series contains 3-5 dioramas featuring a diverse range of models. Full color, step-by-step diagrams guide you through the process, enhancing the fun.

About Playwell Tek
Kids are already naturally gifted creators. Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO® parts. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting.We teach through play. We explore, solve problems, and express ourselves through LEGO®. Our curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by teachers, but the kids just think it's fun!

Play-Well Marin's Activity Center also offers a drop-in/open build. This is a creative space for children to build using their imagination and creativity with access to millions of LEGO® parts. Our Play-Well staff members are on hand to provide guidance and assistance where needed. Our Activity Center also includes a large collection of LEGO® sets for sell as well as individual parts for sell.


Build It! Trains: Make Supercool Models with Your Favorite Lego(r) Parts (Brick Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781513261133
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Graphic Arts Books - April 17th, 2018

This series of visually rich instruction books for LEGO(R) creations is perfect for children ages 5 and up. Inside Build it Trains, you'll find a range of creative models to put together, created using the LEGO(R) Classic set 10697 and LEGO(R) Wheels set 9387, or bricks that LEGO(R) obsessives may already have at home.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Evening - Marin Poets in the Schools (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

Terri Glass, Marin Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools will host a lively reading celebrating selected student poets from all over the county. Teachers will be on hand to introduce their students. Come hear these talented children surprise you and feed your heart.



51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Peter Rubin - Future Presence (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Heralded as the most significant technological innovation since the smartphone, virtual reality is poised to transform our very notions of life and humanity. Though this tech is still in its infancy, to those on the inside, it is the future. VR will change how we work, how we experience entertainment, how we feel pleasure and other emotions, how we see ourselves, and most importantly, how we relate to each other in the real world. And we will never be the same.

Peter Rubin, senior culture editor for Wired and the industry's go-to authority on the subject, calls it an "intimacy engine." While once we needed another person to feel the sensations of closeness, trust, vulnerability, confidence, and titillation, VR will give us the ability to induce these sensations by ourselves for the first time in human history. This metamorphosis, Rubin argues, is going to have a powerful impact on relationships that will ripple throughout our society and our individual lives.

A journey into this uncertain future and a glimpse at the cultural implications and promises of a new reality, Future Presence explores a host of complex questions about what makes us human, what connects us, and what is real. Offering a glimpse into the mind-blowing things happening in universities, labs, and tech companies around the world, Rubin leads readers on an entertaining tour of the weirdest, wildest corners of this fascinating new universe.


Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062566690
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperOne - March 13th, 2018

A Wired senior editor and virtual reality expert presents a captivating, candid glimpse into the future "realities" of this emerging technology: how we will use it to form previously impossible relationships, explore new frontiers of intimacy, and how it will forever change human connection.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

A.J. Finn - The Woman in the Window (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

The Woman in the Window is A.J. Finn's debut novel.


The Woman in the Window Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062678416
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - January 2nd, 2018

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

"Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." --Gillian Flynn

"Unputdownable." --Stephen King

"A dark, twisty confection." --Ruth Ware

"Absolutely gripping." --Louise Penny

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Special Event - Independent Bookstore Day (All Three Stores)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm


The time has once again arrived to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! All three of our stores will be marking the occasion with a day of special activities. We’ll also have limited edition IBD merchandise for sale (items and availability varies by store)!



Beauty & the Beast Storytime
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Bring your little ones and come dressed in your fairy tale finest for this special storytime where we’ll read Beauty & the Beast, make arts and crafts, and even be visited by Belle and Gaston!

Vote on Our Hall of Fame Book Display!
We’re turning one of our display tables into a collection of your favorite books for Independent Bookstore Day! To participate, email Zack Ruskin ( with your nominated titles and a sentence about why each should be included,. Come by April 28 to see what the people have chosen!

We'll also be hosting events throughout the day:

1:00 p.m - Carol Rosenberger

4:00 p.m. - Carla Gambescia

7:00 p.m. - Liza Gershman

7:00 p.m. - Elizabeth Partridge

8:00 p.m. - Secretary Madeleine Albright (at Dominican University of California)



We love celebrating Independent Bookstore Day in the Ferry Building, and hosting local authors with their books. Additionally, here’s your chance to get limited-release merchandise created just for Indie Day! Join us for “Meet and Greet” events with these authors for their books:

10:00 a.m.
Judd Winick, author of the middle-grade Hilo series

11:00 a.m.
Alexandra Boiger, author of the picture books Max and Marla, Max and Marla are Having a Picnic, She Persisted (illustrator), and She Persisted Around the World (illustrator)

1:00 p.m.
Nate Pollak & Heidi Gibson, founders and chefs at American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. They’ll bring small tastes from their cookbooks, Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between and Muffins & Biscuits: 50 Recipes to Start Your Day with a Smile.



Come meet local Sausalito authors and raise a toast to our one year anniversary and to Independent Bookstore Day. We’ll also be offering limited edition IBD merchandise for sale.

Our festivities on the waterfront will occur from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m and features:

  • Janet Chapman
  • Mike Denney
  • Jane Kriss
  • Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
  • Kimberly Lovato
  • Ciji Ware
  • Wilfred Welch


(All Three Stores)