Ace Smith - The Pitcher and the Dictator (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn't so easy. After Paige and his friends arrived on the island, they found themselves under the thumb of Trujillo, known by Dominicans for murdering those who disappointed him.

In the initial games, the Ciudad Trujillo all-star team floundered. Living outside the shadow of segregation, Satchel and his recruits spent their nights carousing and their days dropping close games to their rivals, who were also stocked with great players. Desperate to restore discipline, Trujillo tapped the leader of his death squads to become part of the team management. The American players believed they might be lined up and shot if they lost the tournament.

When Paige's team ultimately rallied to win, it barely registered with Trujillo, who a few months later ordered the killings of fifteen thousand Haitians at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Paige and his teammates returned to the states to face banishment from the Negro Leagues, but ironically they barnstormed across America wearing their Trujillo All-Stars uniforms.

The Pitcher and the Dictator is an extraordinary story of race, politics, and some of the greatest baseball players ever assembled, playing high-stakes baseball in support of one of the Caribbean's cruelest dictators.

Averell "Ace" Smith is a political consultant and lifelong baseball fanatic. He is a thirty-year veteran of state and national politics and has directed winning campaigns from district attorney to president of the United States, including a recent campaign for Gavin Newsom. He has been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781496205490
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2018

Soon after Satchel Paige arrived at spring training in 1937 to pitch for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, he and five of his teammates, including Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, were lured to the Dominican Republic with the promise of easy money to play a short baseball tournament in support of the country's dictator, Rafael Trujillo. As it turned out, the money wasn't so easy.


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Ben Goldfarb - Eager (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of "Beaver Believers"--including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens--recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world's most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it's about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.

Ben Goldfarb is an award-winning environmental journalist who covers wildlife conservation, marine science, and public lands management, as well as an accomplished fiction writer. His work has been featured in ScienceMother JonesThe Guardian, High Country NewsVICEAudubon MagazineModern FarmerOrionWorld Wildlife MagazineScientific AmericanYale Environment 360, and many other publications. He holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a 2018 North American Congress for Conservation Biology journalist fellow.

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ISBN: 9781603587396
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - July 11th, 2018

In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers.


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Chris Feliciano Arnold - The Third Bank of the River (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm

Following doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.

During the 2014 world cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world's largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters.

Chris Feliciano Arnold has written for The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Vice News, and other outlets, including Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil's largest newspaper. He is the recipient of a 2014 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Brazil and raised in the United States, he now resides in northern California.

 

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ISBN: 9781250098948
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Published: Picador USA - June 5th, 2018

A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon--as activists, locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians


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Sarah Horowitz - Dry-Me-Dry (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

In the 1930s, Alabama textile firm West Point Manufacturing Company came up with a groundbreaking dish towel fabric that combined cotton and linen with rayon, a relatively new fiber. Dubbed “Martex Dry-Me-Dry: The Amazing 3 Fibre Towel,” the patented blend became famous among American homemakers for its lint-free absorption and speedy evaporation. In the 1950s, Martex Dry-Me-Dry dish towels got a facelift from industrial designers John and Earline Brice. Their bold designs in striking colors were a hit; two were even included in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Dry-Me-Dry: The Untold Story of the “Amazing 3 Fibre Towel” reveals the history of these remarkable kitchen textiles and catalogs them for the first time ever. Listings include official pattern names, comprehensive colorways, original sizes, and color images by renowned textile photographer Don Tuttle.

Sarah Horowitz holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has worked in the publishing industry since 1991 for such varied outlets as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Outside, and John Muir Publications. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in such magazines as I.D., Chicago, and Metropolis, and she frequently contributes to Gardenista, a garden design and outdoor living blog. Horowitz has collected Martex Dry-Me-Dry dish towels since 2001. She lives with her husband and son in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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Glen David Gold - I Will Be Complete (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

Glen David Gold was raised rich, briefly, in southern California at the end of the go-go 1960s. But his father's fortune disappears, his parents divorce, and Glen falls out of his well-curated life and into San Francisco at the epicenter of the Me Decade: the inimitable '70s. Gold grows up with his mother, among con men and get-rich schemes. Then, one afternoon when he's twelve, she moves to New York without telling him, leaving him to fend for himself.

I Will Be Complete is the story of how Gold copes, honing a keen wit and learning how to fill in the emotional gaps: "I feel love and then it's like I'm driving on black ice with no contact against the road." He leads us though his early salvation at boarding school; his dream job at an independent bookstore in Los Angeles in 1983; a punk rock riot; a romance with a femme fatale to the soundtrack of R.E.M.; and his attempts to forge a career as a writer. Along the way, Gold becomes increasingly fascinated with his father's self-described "cheerful amorality" and estranged from his mother, who lives with her soulmate, a man who threatens to kill her. Clear-eyed and heartbreaking, Gold's story ultimately speaks to everyone who has struggled with the complexity of parental bonds by searching for--and finding--autonomy.

Glen David Gold is the author of Sunnyside and Carter Beats the Devil, which has been translated into fourteen languages. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Playboy, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

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ISBN: 9781101946398
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 26th, 2018

From the best-selling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a big-hearted memoir told in three parts: about growing up in the wake of the destructive choices of an extremely unconventional mother.


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Jonathan White - Tides (Sausalito Store)

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up diving, sailing and fishing on the beaches of Southern California, has logged more than one hundred thousand miles sailing on the Pacific and Atlantic, and has surfed all over the world. In the 1980s, he founded the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization for which he hosted a renowned seminar series aboard Crusader, a 65-foot wooden schooner that sailed the Pacific Northwest. Crusader’s odysseys nearly ended in 1990 when the boat ran aground on a large tide in Alaska’s Kalinin Bay. Shaken and intrigued by his underestimation of tides and their power, White set off on a quest across the globe to understand the history, science, and majesty of one of our planet’s most remarkable phenomena.

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, he shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont St. Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture – the very old and very new.

A year after publication, Jonathan White’s Tides has earned prestigious literary accolades, winning the 2018 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for Best Book. Most recently, Tides has been short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, the largest international book award for small, academic and independent presses.

Tides received several other awards:

  • National Outdoor Book Award in the Natural History Literature category
  • IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award (Silver)
  • Nautilus Book Award (Silver)
  • Publishing Professionals Network Best Book Award for Trade, Text-driven

Tides has been reviewed by dozens of newspapers, including the Guardian, has been translated into Chinese, published in the UK, and is being considered by the BBC for a documentary film.

Tides continues to attract audiences worldwide with brisk sales, and has garnered positive reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, Oregonian, The Surfer’s Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, Tampa News, among others.  Jonathan has appeared on dozens of TV and radio programs, including NPR’s nationally syndicated “Living on Earth,” Michael Krazny’s “The Forum” on KQED in San Francisco, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate show, and Bill Bradley’s “American Voices” on Sirius/XM radio.

Jonathan is currently writing for Wooden Boat Magazine about the restoration of the Western Flyer, the boat John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts sailed to Baja in 1939. The Log of the Sea of Cortez, published in 1941, memorialized the trip. The Western Flyer was considered lost until it was discovered on the bottom of the Swinomish River a few years ago.  A barnacled ghost of what it once was, someone bought it for a million dollars and is restoring the 75-foot trawler in Port Townsend.  “You could say the boat’s worth nothing,” says Jonathan, “…and everything. I’m fascinated by the Flyer and the Baja trip with Steinbeck and Ricketts. It’s a perfect intersection of boat, ocean, literature, ecology, and metaphysics…and the entire trip was organized around the tide!”

Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

 

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By Jonathan White, Peter Matthiessen (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781595348517
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Published: Trinity University Press - June 15th, 2018

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides.


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