Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner - Modern Loss (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices, accompanied by gorgeous two-color illustrations and wry infographics.

At a time when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, where intimate posts about loss go viral and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends, it's clear we are navigating new terrain without a road map.

Let's face it: most of us have always had a difficult time talking about death and sharing our grief. We're awkward and uncertain; we avoid, ignore, or even deny feelings of sadness; we offer platitudes; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit.

Enter Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, who can help us do better. Each having lost parents as young adults, they co-founded Modern Loss, responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they offer the insights of the Modern Loss community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and--above all--empathize.

Soffer and Birkner, along with forty guest contributors including Lucy Kalanithi, singer Amanda Palmer, and CNN's Brian Stelter, reveal their own stories on a wide range of topics including triggers, sex, secrets, and inheritance. Accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and witty "how to" cartoons, each contribution provides a unique perspective on loss as well as a remarkable life-affirming message.

Brutally honest and inspiring, Modern Loss invites us to talk intimately and humorously about grief, helping us confront the humanity (and mortality) we all share. Beginners welcome.

 

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief. Beginners Welcome. Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062499189
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Wave - January 23rd, 2018

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning," this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices, accompanied by gorgeous two-color illustrations and wry infographics.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Hamid Emami - Beginning German for Travelers (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 9:00am

Eight Fridays; Mar. 2 - Apr. 27 (no class Mar. 30) • 9:00 - 11:00 am • $250

Hamid Emami has a master’s degree from the University of Hamburg, and is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish, and Farsi. He has taught German for many years.

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Class: Kerrin Meis - Significant Others (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; March 2, 9, and 16 • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $105

CREATIVE COUPLES IN WESTERN ART HISTORY: INTIMACY AND INSPIRATION
A close look of the works and lives of artists who inspired each other  from Vasily Kandinsky and Gabriele Muenter to Julia Kleinhans Mathews and Arthur Mathews. Was their most brilliant work created while they were together or was parting company  an opportunity for growth?  We study Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov, Sonia Terk- Delaunay and Robert Delaunay, Van Gogh and Gauguin, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington, and others all considered in the context of the artistic  milieu in which they worked.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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Stephanie Wittels Wachs - Everything is Horrible and Wonderful (San Francisco Store)

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs' life forever..

Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance?

In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother's struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation. This compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings is A Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of readers.

A heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of addiction, grief, and family, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if that possum on the fence is really your brother's spirit animal.

Stephanie Wittels Wachs is an actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She is the executive director of Rec Room HTX in Houston, Texas, and cohost of the weekly podcast "Hands Off Parents."

 

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492664109
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

The space between life and death is a moment.
But it will remain alive in me for hundreds of thousands of future moments.

One phone call. That's all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs' life forever..


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Class: Karen Benke - Creative Writing Adventure for Kids (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 9:30am

Saturday March 3 • 9:30 am - 12:30pm • $140

A Creative Writing Adventure for 4th/5th/6th graders who want to dive deep into playing with words on and off the page. We eavesdrop for dialog, swap images, tip words, mash-up stories, create envelopes, stash letters, hide poems, wander far into our dreaming-doodling imaginations, and replenish ourselves with snacks and laughs and new ways to surprise
ourselves with a pen + paper.  All materials included.  

**Writing Adventure limited to 20 young writers.**

** Please specify your child's name when you register**

Karen Benke is the author of three popular books that inspire a love of creative writing: Rip the Page! Leap Write In! and Write Back Soon: Adventures in Letter Writing…along with the forthcoming Rip ALL the Pages Journal. 

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Path to Publishing: Betty Goerke - A Broken Propeller (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 11:00am

A Broken Propeller is the story of America’s first transcontinental air race. Pilots in this dangerous adventure flew WWI planes with open cockpits and no parachutes.
 
In October 1919 fifty-nine pilots competed in a round trip race that began simultaneously on Long Island and in San Francisco with predetermined stops 150 miles apart at airfields across the United States. Newspapers gave it front-page press: who was ahead, who was missing, who made an unexpected emergency landing, who crashed, and who was felled by blinding snowstorms.
 
The race was conceived by Brig. Gen. Billy Mitchell to promote the future of flight in the United States, but all did not go as planned. There were 54 crashes and seven deaths. Pilots landed on rooftops, in Lake Eire, and the front-runner had his dog with him. The predominant plane in the race, the DH-4, had life-threatening flaws. Pilots faced heavy rain, gale winds, snow, ice, and treacherous landing fields. As a result they lost their way, and made courageous and foolhardy decisions. There were comic moments, and poignant ones. The future head of the Air Force, Gen. Carl A. Spaatz was a feisty participant. The heroes were the ranchers and farmers who helped downed airmen with food, lodging and fuel.
 
There has never been a book about this extraordinary moment in American history. The author is fortunate to have what earlier reports lacked: memoirs of pilots, plus the charming and humorous letters and log of a participant in the race, her father, one of only eight who completed the race. 1st Lt. Ralph (Baz) Bagby was a former professional baseball player and an MIT graduate.

Betty Goerke is the author of five books, including Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel and Legend and Discovering Native People at Point Reyes. She has also produce four award-winner videos for classroom use. She taught in the Anthropology Department at College of Marin for 36 years, and now she is teaching in a certificate program that she helped to create in Community Education.

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