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Elaine Sciolino - The Seine (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

In the spring of 1978, as a young journalist in Paris, Elaine Sciolino was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river through its rich history and lively characters--a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat-dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river's light. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, discovers a champagne vineyard, and even dares to swim in the Seine.

Sciolino's keen eye and vivid prose bring the river to life as she discovers its origins on a remote plateau in Burgundy, where a pagan goddess healed pilgrims at an ancient temple. She follows the Seine to Le Havre, where it meets the sea. Braiding memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine's winding route, Sciolino offers a love letter to Paris and the river at its heart and invites readers to explore its magic.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 29th, 2019

Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign correspondent and was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between.


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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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Published: Basic Books - October 22nd, 2019

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


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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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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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Published: Familius - August 2019

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Tom Killion - Art Reception (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 4:00pm

Join us for a reception with artist Tom Killion to celebrate his latest work displayed in the Book Passage cafe on December 8 from 4:00 - 6:00pm.

Killion was born and raised in Marin County, where the rugged scenery inspired him from an early age to create spectacular landscape prints. His work has been inspired by the landscape prints of early 19th century Japan as well as early 20th century European/American wood-engraving and book illustration techniques.

    

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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone - Wounds Into Wisdom (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Our past does not simply disappear. The painful history of our ancestors and their rich cultural wisdom intertwine within us to create the patterns of our future. Even when past trauma remains unspoken or has long been forgotten, it becomes part of us and our children--a legacy of both strength and woundedness that shapes our lives.

In Wounds Into Wisdom, Tirzah Firestone brings to life the profound impact of protracted historical trauma through the compelling narratives of Israeli terror victims, Holocaust survivors, and those whose lives were marred by racial persecution and displacement. The tragic story of Firestone's own family lays the groundwork for these revealing testimonies of recovery, forgiveness, and moral leadership. Throughout, Firestone interweaves their voices with neuroscientific and psychological findings, as well as relevant and inspiring Jewish teachings.

Seven principles emerge from these wise narratives--powerful prescriptive tools that speak to anyone dealing with the effects of past injury. At the broadest level, these principles are directives for staying morally awake in a world rife with terror.

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Published: Adam Kadmon Books - April 9th, 2019

Our past does not simply disappear. The painful history of our ancestors and their rich cultural wisdom intertwine within us to create the patterns of our future. Even when past trauma remains unspoken or has long been forgotten, it becomes part of us and our children--a legacy of both strength and woundedness that shapes our lives.


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Dr. John J. Prendergast - The Deep Heart (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

The great human quest is to discover who we really are—a discovery that changes our lives and the lives of those around us. With The Deep Heart, spiritual teacher and psychotherapist Dr. John J. Prendergast invites us on a pilgrimage within, using the heart as a portal to our deepest psychological and spiritual nature.

The “deep heart” is Prendergast’s term for our heart center—a subtle center of emotional and energetic sensitivity, relational intimacy, profound inner knowing, and unconditional love. “The heart area is where we feel most deeply touched by kindness, gratitude, and appreciation, yet it is also where we feel most emotionally wounded,” writes Prendergast. “Whether we realize it or not, the heart is what we most carefully guard and most want to open.”

Throughout The Deep Heart, Prendergast expertly combines the boundaried wisdom of psychotherapy with a spacious, embodied path to liberation, bringing attention to both the joys and pitfalls of each approach with the compassion of a friend who’s walked the path for decades.

In this experiential guide, Prendergast invites you to tune into your inherent wisdom, love, and wholeness as you journey into the deep heart. Through precise and potent meditative inquiries, insightful stories, and reflections drawn from Prendergast’s intimate work with students and clients, you’ll begin to open your heart, see through your core limiting beliefs, and discover the true nature of your being.

John J. Prendergast, PhD, is a psychotherapist, retired professor of psychology, spiritual teacher, and founder and editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology. For more, visit listeningfromsilence.com.

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Published: Sounds True - December 10th, 2019

An experiential guide for exploring the convergence of psychological healing and spiritual awakening that happens most clearly and powerfully in the depths of the heart


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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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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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David Talbot - Between Heaven and Hell (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch. Now for the first time, journalist and historian David Talbot turns inward in this intimate journey through the life-changing year following his stroke, a year that turned his life upside down, and ultimately, saved him.

In his signature voice and with powerful storytelling, Talbot examines the physical, emotional, and psychological impact his stroke has had on his identity. Along the way Talbot offers readers insider stories on the wild early days of Internet journalism, insights into the new tech culture, the down and dirty of Hollywood, and much more. This is an illuminating, often humorous, portrait of how a health crisis can truly shift one's perspective on life and purpose.

David Talbot is the esteemed author of four popular history books, and the founder and original editor in chief of one of the first entirely digital publications, Salon magazine. A former senior editor of Mother Jones magazine, Talbot is a journalist and columnist who has written for the New Yorker, Time, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. His book Season of the Witch was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller for four years and was the 2015 San Francisco One City One Book pick.

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Published: Chronicle Prism - January 14th, 2020

Acclaimed writer, bestselling author, and founder of Salon magazine, David Talbot has brought us masterful and explosive headline-breaking stories for over 25 years with books like the New York Times bestsellers Brothers, The Devil's Chessboard, and nationally recognized Season of the Witch.


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