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Cory Allen - Now Is the Way (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

Through his online meditation course Release Into Now and his popular podcast The Astral Hustle, Cory Allen has helped thousands of people ease the stress of daily life through meditation, mindfulness, and mental clarity. By interviewing thought leaders and inspirational figures—like Gretchen Rubin and Lewis Howes—he sustains his progressive, positive thinking. With succinct advice and accessible insights, he cuts through the jargon and speaks to people where they are, giving them the tools to strengthen and awaken their minds.

Now Is the Way walks readers through the basics of living in the “wow of now,” even if they’re not the meditating type. Cory approaches mindfulness as a practical tool people can use to achieve greater peace, reduce anxiety and stress, and tap into their intuition. Informed by his personal journey, Now Is the Way is a manual for finding satisfaction and meaning in life.

From the wisdom he learned from tastemakers in neuroscience, mindfulness, and philosophy, Cory offers readers ways to revamp their outlook and physical wellbeing. He illuminates time-tested questions like how to be present in conversation, limit impulsivity, and curb suffering to give people the resources they need to improve themselves and enhance their happiness.

Cory Allen is a podcaster (The Astral Hustle), meditation teacher, and audio engineer. Through his popular online meditation course Release Into Now and binaural beats for meditation, he has helped thousands of people learn to meditate with clarity and simplicity. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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By Cory Allen, Aubrey Marcus (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780525538042
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 24th, 2019

From the popular host of The Astral Hustle, an accessible guide to hacking your mind--and life--to feel more fully present and alive, even if you're not the "the meditating type."

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H. W. Brands - Dreams of El Dorado (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. He shows how the migrants' dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance that put their stay-at-home cousins to shame-and how those same dreams also drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. The West was where riches would reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage, the railroad man's enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East.

Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West.

H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. chair in history at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times-bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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ISBN: 9781541672529
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Published: Basic Books - October 22nd, 2019

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a sweeping history of the American West

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Tyler Hayes - The Imaginary Corpse (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 4:00pm

Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from?

The Imaginary Corpse follows Tippy the triceratops, who was once a little girl’s imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they’re too Real to disappear. Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas—until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there’s nothing left but imaginary corpses.

Tyler Hayes is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are we not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. His fiction has appeared online and in print in anthologies from Alliteration Ink, Graveside Tales, and Aetherwatch. The Imaginary Corpse is Tyler's debut novel.

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ISBN: 9780857668318
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Published: Angry Robot - September 10th, 2019

A dinosaur detective in the land of unwanted ideas battles trauma, anxiety, and the first serial killer of imaginary friends.

Most ideas fade away when we’re done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from? 

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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

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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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Dr. Carla Marie Manly - Aging Joyfully (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

How does a woman embrace the later stages of life with joy and strength as her body, relationships, and roles are transitioning?

Aging Joyfully is a road map for a gratitude-filled journey of aging—one that leads to greater awareness and appreciation of the joys and opportunities awaiting within each day. Psychologist and holistic wellness expert Dr. Carla Marie Manly provides an important and celebratory examination of the meaning of womanhood for those approaching 50 and beyond.

Aging Joyfully touches the sensitive reality of the transition from a life filled with new beginnings to the graceful process of embracing the joys and challenges of one’s later years. With a focus on making each day matter, Aging Joyfully guides the reader into creating a beautiful awareness and appreciation of the aging process. Aging Joyfully is a loving, supportive guide for a woman’s individual aging journey, yet it also lends itself to communal discovery within women’s workshops, book clubs, and support groups.

Dr. Carla Marie Manly is a recognized authority on women’s issues, psychological health and wellness, and fear-based disorders such as trauma, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Manly maintains her clinical psychology practice in Sonoma County, California. She is committed to working with individuals and groups to improve personal growth, relationship connection, and increased life fulfillment. Through a highly personalized approach that focuses on discovering and understanding each individual’s unique needs and life path goals, Dr. Manly’s psychotherapeutic model offers incomparable benefits. Blending her strong clinical knowledge with a holistic, body-mind-spirit approach, Dr. Manly is passionate about creating healing from the inside out. Recognizing a need for greater somatic awareness in society, Dr. Manly has integrated components of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga into her private psychotherapy work and public course offerings.

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ISBN: 9781641701419
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Published: Familius - August 2019

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Barry Hoffner - I Fell in Love With Your Mother on a Bus in India (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

What started as a college friendship turned into a courtship of love through travel adventures, marriage, and raising a family. Barry and Jackie Hoffner started out as travel mates and became soulmates, living life fully and passing on this gift to their two boys. This narrative is written as a manifesto of the love he has for his wife and for his two boys but inspirational for all seeking what matters. Barry Hoffner recounts his relationship, world travels and early married life with his beloved Jackie and includes his dear wife’s voice from the diary she kept while they traveled the world.

After getting his Masters’ in Business Administration from Columbia University, Barry Hoffner spent worked in Investment Banking from 1985 to 2002 for both JP Morgan and ING Barings, living and working in nine countries with the last being Russia where he started raising his family with the love of his life, Jackie Hoffner. Returning to Sausalito in 2002, he left finance and pursued passions of developing/farming vineyards at Silverwood Ranch and building schools in Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa through his foundation Caravan to Class. Barry continues to be passionate about foreign languages and travel getting close to his goal of visiting 150 countries, many of which he visited with his wife and two sons, Benjamin and Daniel.

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Carol Sklenicka - Alice Adams (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

“Nobody writes better about falling in love than Alice Adams,” a New York Times critic said of the acclaimed author of over a hundred published stories and eleven novels that illuminate the American century. An admired short story artist and a bestselling novelist, Adams grew up in North Carolina during the Great Depression and World War II. After college at Radcliffe and a year in Paris, she moved to California. It took a decade to sell her first story, another decade to publish a novel. As women’s expections of themselves and society’s expections of women shifted, Adams wrote literary fiction that brought women’s lives to the forefront. With astute, lyrical prose she portrays vibrant characters both young and old who live on the edge of their emotions, absorbed by good or bad love affairs but determined to be independent. One of only four winners of the O. Henry Continuing Achievement Award, Adams wove her life into her fiction and used her fiction to understand the changing tides of the late twentieth century.

With the same meticulous research and vivid storytelling she brought to Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life, Carol Sklenicka integrates the drama of Adams’s deeply felt, elegantly fierce life with a cascade of events—the civil rights and women’s movements, the Sixties counterculture, sexual freedom. This biographer’s revealing analyses of Adams’s stories and novels from Careless Love (1966) to Superior Women (1984) to The Last Lovely City (1999), and her extensive interviews with Adams’s family and friends, among them Mary Gaitskill, Anne Lamott, and Alison Lurie, give us the definitive story of a writer often dubbed “America’s Colette.” Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer captures not just a beloved woman’s life in full, but a crucial span of American history.

Carol Sklenicka is the author of Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life, which was named of one of the 10 Best Books of 2009 by The New York Times Book Review, and Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer. She lives with poet and novelist R.M. Ryan in northern California.

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ISBN: 9781451621310
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Published: Scribner - December 3rd, 2019

“Nobody writes better about falling in love than Alice Adams,” a New York Times critic said of the prolific short-story writer and bestselling novelist whose dozens of published stories and eleven novels illuminate the American Century.

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Matt Coyle - Lost Tomorrows (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 7:00pm

Would you risk your own soul to avenge the death of a loved one?

A phone call thrusts Rick Cahill’s past and all its tragic consequences into his present. Krista Landingham, his former partner on the Santa Barbara Police Department, is dead. When Rick goes to the funeral in the city where his wife was murdered and where he is seen as guilty for her death in the eyes of the police, he discovers that Krista’s death may not have been a tragic accident, but murder. Hired by Krista’s sister, Leah, to investigate, Rick follows clues that lead him to the truth, not only about Krista’s death, but about the tragedy that ruined his life. Along the way, Leah shows him that his life can be salvaged and he can feel love again if he can just move beyond his past. But the past is Rick’s present and will always be until he rights his one great wrong. In the end, Rick is left with a decision that forces him to confront the horrific actions he’ll need to take to exact revenge and achieve redemption.

Matt Coyle knew he wanted to be a crime writer when he was fourteen and his father gave him The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler. His debut novel, Yesterday’s Echo, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, the Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction. Night Tremors was a Reviewers’ Favorite Book of 2015 and was an Anthony, Shamus, and Lefty Award finalist. Dark Fissures was a finalist for the Macavity and Lefty awards and was a 2016 Top Pick for Blood Truth was a Lefty Award finalist and a top pick by for Best Mysteries of 2017. Wrong Light was a Lefty Award finalist. Lost Tomorrows is the sixth Rick Cahill novel. Matt is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and lives in San Diego with his yellow Lab, Angus, where he is writing the next Rick Cahill crime novel.

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ISBN: 9781608093632
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - December 3rd, 2019

A phone call thrusts Rick Cahill’s past and all its tragic consequences into his present. Krista Landingham, his former partner on the Santa Barbara Police Department, is dead.

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Beth Piatote - The Beadworkers

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 4:00pm

Told with humor, subtlety, and beautiful spareness, the mixed-genre works of Beth Piatote's first collection find unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return.

A woman teaches her niece to make a pair of beaded earrings while ruminating on a fractured relationship. An eleven-year-old girl narrates the unfolding of the Fish Wars in the 1960s as her family is gradually drawn to the front lines of the conflict. In 1890, as tensions escalate at Wounded Knee, two young men at college—one French and the other Lakota—each contemplate a death in the family. In the final, haunting piece, a Nez Perce/Cayuse family is torn apart as they debate the fate of ancestral remains in a moving revision of the Greek tragedy Antigone.

Formally inventive, witty, and generous, The Beadworkers—a singular debut collection—draws on Indigenous aesthetics and forms to offer a powerful, sustaining vision of Native life in the Americas.

Beth Piatote is an associate professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a PhD from Stanford University, is the author of numerous scholarly essays and creative works, and is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships. She is Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two children.

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ISBN: 9781640092686
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 22nd, 2019

Beth Piatote's luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world

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Shannon Watts - Fight Like a Mother (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 1:00pm

Shannon Watts was a stay-at-home mom folding laundry when news of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary flashed across the television screen. In one moment, she went from outraged to engaged and decided to do something about it. What started as a simple Facebook group to connect with other frustrated parents grew into Moms Demand Action, a national movement with millions of supporters and a powerful grassroots network of local chapters in all 50 states. Shannon has been called "the NRA’s worst nightmare”—and her army of moms have bravely gone up against the gun lobby, showing up in their signature red shirts, blocking the hallways of congress with their strollers, electing gun sense candidates, and running for office themselves, proving that if the 80 million moms in this country come together, they can put an end to gun violence.

Fight Like a Mother is the incredible account how one mother’s cry for change became the driving force behind gun safety progress. Along with stories of perseverance, courage, and compassion, Watts shines a light on the unique power of women—starting with what they have, leading with their maternal strengths, and doubling down instead of backing down. While not everyone can be on the front lines lobbying congress, every mom is already a multi-tasking organizer, and Shannon explains how to go from amateur activist to having a real impact in your community and beyond. Fight Like a Mother will inspire everyone—mothers and fathers, students and teachers, lawmakers, and anyone motivated to enact change—to get to work transforming hearts and minds, and passing laws that save lives.

Shannon Watts is the founder of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—the leading force for gun violence prevention, with chapters in all 50 states and a powerful grassroots network of moms that has successfully effected change at the local, state and national level. In 2013, MDA partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to form Everytown for Gun Safety, nationwide movement of millions of Americans working together to end the epidemic of gun violence. She is an active board member of Emerge America and Rise to Run, two of the nation's leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office. Watts is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and Medium. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Time, The Washington Post, and others. She is a mother of five.

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ISBN: 9780062892560
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Published: HarperOne - May 28th, 2019

Shannon Watts was a stay-at-home mom folding laundry when news of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary flashed across the television screen. In one moment, she went from outraged to engaged and decided to do something about it.

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