Terry Gamble - The Eulogist (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family comes The Eulogist—an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family.

Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses’ own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation.

After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores.

When her husband suddenly dies from an infection, Olivia travels to his family home in Kentucky, where she meets his estranged brother and encounters the horrors of slavery firsthand. After abetting the escape of one slave, Olivia is forced to confront the status of a young woman named Tilly, another slave owned by Olivia’s brother-in-law. When her attempt to help Tilly ends in disaster, Olivia tracks down Erasmus, who has begun smuggling runaways across the river—the borderline between freedom and slavery.

As the years pass, this family of immigrants initially indifferent to slavery will actively work for its end—performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come.

Terry Gamble is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan. She lives in Sonoma and San Francisco, California.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062839893
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Published: William Morrow - January 22nd, 2019

From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family.

Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chas Smith - Cocaine + Surfing (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

It's no surprise that surfers like to party. The 1960-70s image, bolstered by Tom Wolfe and Big Wednesday, was one of mild outlaws -- tanned boys refusing to grow up, spending their days drinking beer and smoking joints on the beach in between mindless hours in the water.

But in the 1980s, as surf brands morphed into multibillion-dollar companies, the derelict portrait began to harm business. The external surf image became Kelly Slater and Laird Hamilton, beacons of health, vitality, bravery, and clean-living.

Internally, though, surfing had moved on from booze and weed to its heart's true home, its soul's twin flame: cocaine. The rise of cocaine in American popular culture as the choice of rich, white elites was matched, then quadrupled, within surf culture. The parties got wilder, the nights stretched longer, the stories became more ridiculously unbelievable. And there has been no stopping, no dip in passion.

It is a forbidden love, and few, if any, outside the surf world know about this particular rhapsody. Drug use is kept very well-hidden, even from insiders, but evidence of its psychosis rears its head from time to time in the form of overdoses, bar fights, surf contests, murders, and cover-ups.

Cocaine + Surfing draws back the curtain on a hopped-up, sometimes-sexy, sometimes-deadly relationship and uses cocaine as the vehicle to expose and explain the utterly absurd surf industry to outsiders. 

Chas Smith the author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell (It Books, November 2013), which was optioned for television by Fox 21 ( Homeland and Sons of Anarchy) with producers at Television 360 ( Game of Thrones) and a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction. Chas began his writing career as a foreign correspondent, penning pieces for VicePaper, and Blackbook, amongst others, from Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Azerbaijan and Colombia which led to a brief career as a war correspondent for Current TV.

 

Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing's Greatest Love Affair Cover Image
By Chas Smith, Matt Warshaw (Introduction by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781945572814
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - June 12th, 2018

From the author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go To Hell, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Don George - Travel Writing Intensive (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 6:30pm

Seven Wednesdays: Jan. 23 - Mar. 13 (no class Mar. 6), 2019 • 6:30 - 9:00 pm • $425

** Class closed, please email Joy@bookpassage.com to be put on waitlist**

 

Don George’s seven-week intensive travel writing class is patterned on a graduate school creative writing workshop. The emphasis is on the craft of travel writing. Weekly assignments progress from a few paragraphs to full-length articles, with the goal of writing publishable pieces. Students learn to research stories, write query letters, work with editors, and market their articles. This highly successful class has led to numerous published stories, including many tales in the annual Best Travel Writing and Lonely Planet anthologies.

**Space Limited**

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Michael Levitin - The Disposable Man (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:30pm

Set in contemporary Berlin, Disposable Man tells the story of Max Krumm: American expatriate, struggling journalist and the reluctant descendant of Holocaust survivors. Krumm also suffers from a mysterious genetic disorder: All of the men in his family are cuckolds. After his German wife leaves him, Krumm falls ill and is haunted by memories of his Jewish past—in particular, a desperate postcard his great aunt once sent from the Siberian gulag addressed simply, “Albert Einstein, U.S.A.” A multigenerational novel woven into the backdrop of revolutionary-era Russia and Nazi Europe, Disposable Man tackles enduring themes of loss, male identity and the search for meaning. Holding up a mirror to Gen X and millennials, it explores today’s generation of stalled, disposable men as it follows Krumm on a rambling journey east through Poland into Lithuania where he attempts to uncover a family secret and, in the process, regains his manhood.


Michael Levitin was born in Maine in 1976 and grew up in northern California. He studied history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned his Masters degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and Time, among other publications. He was co-founding editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and founding editor of the Prague Literary Review. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his partner and daughter. This is his first novel.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781947980754
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Published: Spuyten Duyvil - January 1st, 2019

Welcome to the nadir of post-employment, post-feminist, mediocre masculinity. Michael Levitin's wise, funny tale is brilliant in both its pathos and earnestness. You'll thank him afterward for this splash of world-historical cold water.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Colin Claxon - Gone Missing (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Abducted at the age of three by his hippie mother who fled the east coast for freewheeling 1970s California, Jason goes missing until his father rescues him at a commune north of San Francisco. During the ensuing custody battle, Jason's mother once again tears him away, this time in full view of a shocked courthouse.

Inspired by actual events that took place in Marin County, this mystery is crafted by the trial attorney who handled the case and who remains haunted by it. In Gone Missing Colin Claxon tells a remarkable tale in the enthralling way that only someone who witnessed it could. In this suspenseful first novel, Claxon leads us on a cross-country adventure that culminates in an emotional courtroom action, placing the reader on the witness stand and at the counsel table.

Colin C. Claxon is a native of Marin County, California, and is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and its School of Law. In his fifty-plus years as a sole practitioner attorney, he has tried more than twenty-five cases to jury verdict, and he represented the successful plaintiff before the California Supreme Court in the landmark Taster's Choice (Nestle v. Christoff) case. He resides in Marin with his family. His passions include fly fishing.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781732527805
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Published: Colin Claxon - July 16th, 2018

Abducted at the age of three by his hippie mother who fled the east coast for freewheeling 1970s California, Jason goes missing until his father rescues him at a commune north of San Francisco. During the ensuing custody battle, Jason's mother once again tears him away, this time in full view of a shocked courthouse.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Claude Monet and Architecture (Corte Madera)

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Two Fridays; January 25 & Feb 1, 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $75

The FAMSF has surveyed his early work and is now exhibiting his late paintings. We will focus on the highly successful middle years at Argenteuil and abroad: London, the Netherlands, France and Italy- his confrontation, not only with nature but with architecture.

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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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