Monique Parrish - Chasing Mother (Sausalito Store)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Chasing Mother, we see an upside-down childhood. Monique's mother, ""Maria,"" is a beautiful, magnetic, dizzyingly smart woman. And she's an unsolvable Rubik's Cube who believes her life is a never-ending one-act play, with just one character. Vacillating between her many roles-doting mother, long-suffering saint, victim of everyone (especially her unbalanced psychiatrist ex-husband)-she is willing to act for any audience, including her six children. In this vibrant memoir, Monique Parrish chronicles Maria's profound neglect, indifference, and manipulation-and her own decades-long chase to win her mother's love. Once Monique makes the difficult decision to separate herself from her mother, she realizes that while she will never matter to her mother, she matters to herself. In finally making this break, she also comes to own and embrace the scars of her childhood, discovering in the process that they represent her strength, survival, and courage.

Dr. Monique Parrish is the Director of LifeCourse Strategies, a public health consulting firm. LifeCourse Strategies provides project management, community-based research, and policy analysis to public and non-profit organizations addressing the health and social service needs of underserved adults with chronic illness and disabilities. She is the author of numerous journal articles and reports addressing health, caregiving, and patient empowerment, and is a frequent presenter on these topics. Dr. Parrish began her career as a Peace Corps health volunteer in the Central African Republic. She received her Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Parrish provides part-time clinical support to the Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center serving homeless women and families in Berkeley, California. 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781943471195
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Published: Azalea Art Press - October 22nd, 2017

It is an upside-down childhood. Monique's mother, ""Maria,"" is a beautiful, magnetic, dizzyingly smart woman. And she's an unsolvable Rubik's Cube who believes her life is a never-ending one-act play, with just one character.


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Kimberly Harrington - Amateur Hour (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Welcome to essayist Kimberly Harrington’s poetic, hysterically funny (and occasionally just hysterical) world of motherhood, womanhood, and humanhood, not necessarily in that order. It’s a place of loud parenting, fierce loving, too much ice cream, too much social media, and occasional inner monologues in which light is shed on topics such as Pro/Con: Caving to PTO Bake Sale Pressure (“PRO: Skim the crappiest brownies for myself. CON: They’re really crappy.”) With accessibility and wit, she captures the emotions around parenthood in artful and earnest ways, highlighting this time in the middle—midlife, the middle years of childhood, how women are stuck in the middle of so much. It’s a place of elation, exhaustion, and time whipping past at warp speed. Finally, it’s a quiet space to consider the girl you were, the mother you are, and the older woman you will one day be.

Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words is an emotionally honest, arresting, and funny collection of essays about motherhood and adulthood in the vein of Operating Instructions from a rising literary star.

Kimberly Harrington is a regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the co-founder and editor of parenting humor site RAZED, and a copywriter and creative director. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and on Medium. She lives in Vermont on purpose.

 

 

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062838742
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

An emotionally honest, arresting, and funny collection of essays about motherhood and adulthood...

"Being a mother is a gift."

Where's my receipt?


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Dorje Dolma - Yak Girl (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

In her unusual memoir Yak Girl, author Dorje Dolma immerses the reader in the fascinating story of a spirited girl in a remote, undeveloped region of Nepal near the border of Tibet, a place made known to the world in Peter Matthiesen's The Snow Leopard.

Life above 13,000 feet in northern Dolpo -- often called the last paradise because of its breathtaking snow-capped peaks, untouched beauty, and hand-irrigated green pastures -- was one of constant risk and harsh survival. In the 1980s, Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors, other than the local lamas, trained in the use of herbs and prayer. Dorje Dolma's life centered around the care of her numerous younger brothers and sisters and the family's sheep, goats, and yaks.

At age five she began herding and was soon taking the animals high in the mountains, where she fought off predatory wolves and snow leopards. Covering her first ten years, the story takes Dorje from her primitive mountain village to the bewildering city of Kathmandu, and finally to a new home in America, where she receives life-saving surgery. With humor, soul, and insightful detail, the author gives us vividly told vignettes of daily life and the practice of centuries-old Tibetan traditions. She details the heartbreaking trials, natural splendors, and familial joys of growing up in this mysterious, faraway part of the world with its vanishing culture.

The sharp increase in recent years of western trekkers to the area, and the introduction of modern communication and transportation, is causing rapid change in Dolpo. This wonderful and surprising tale of survival, loss, and self-reflection offers us entry to this difficult, yet magical, place. Above all, this is the inspiring story of an indomitable spirit conquering all obstacles, a tale of a girl with a disability on her way to becoming a dynamic woman in a new world.

Dorje Dolma was born in the remote Dolpo region of Nepal, high in the mountains bordering Tibet. She was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived the harsh conditions of their lives. Dolpo had no running water, electricity, motor vehicles, phones, school, or doctors, other than the local lamas, trained in the use of herbs and prayer. Dorje began herding the family's goats and sheep at age five and by seven she was defending them from attacks by wolves and snow leopards. When she was ten, Dorje's parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health problem she had. There they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States and get her the surgery she needed to save her life. Adopted by her new American family, Dorje eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts. She now works as an early childhood teacher in Boulder, Colorado, and continues to develop her art. This is her first book.

 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781591812883
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Published: Sentient Publications - January 7th, 2018

This unusual memoir immerses the reader in the fascinating story of a spirited girl in a remote, undeveloped region of Nepal near the border of Tibet, a place made known to the world in Peter Matthiesen's The Snow Leopard.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jeffrey Thomas Leong - Wild Geese Sorrow (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 

Wild Geese Sorrow is based upon new translations of the mostly anonymous poems carved into the men’s barracks walls at the Angel Island Immigration Station. The first new translation of this wall poetry in 40 years takes readers through the deep anger, sorrow, and loneliness felt by Chinese immigrants detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station between 1910-1940. Sequenced to narrate their experiences, these poems tell of arrival, long detentions, medical exams, political outrage, and for some, eventual deportation.Readers will also learn the nuances of literary translation and about a critical period of American immigrant history, information essential to our contemporary policy debates. These poems are a powerful testament to human resiliency and perseverance everywhere. 

Jeffrey Thomas Leong is a poet and writer raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. While earning his MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he began to translate anew the Chinese wall poems found at Angel Island. For over two decades, he worked as a public health administrator and attorney for San Francisco. He earned his MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His writing has focused on the Asian American experience including adoption, multiracial families, and student activism during the 1960s. His poetry and prose have appeared in many publications including Bamboo Ridge, Crab Orchard, Hyphen, Spillway, and other publications. In past lives he has been a singer-songwriter, disc jockey, high school teacher, and open mic host. He lives with his wife and daughter in the East Bay.

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This event is presented in partnership with Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Kundiman creates a space where Asian Americans can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively the legacy we will leave for our future. Through workshops, mentorships, an annual retreat, a national reading series, and a youth leadership program, we seek to uplift the storytellers of our community, and to create a space for writers and readers alike.

 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto - Shadow Child (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

For fans of Tayari Jones and Ruth Ozeki, from National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Rahna Reiko Rizzuto comes a haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast.

Twin sisters Hana and Kei grew up in a tiny Hawaiian town in the 1950s and 1960s, so close they shared the same nickname. Raised in dreamlike isolation by their loving but unstable mother, they were fatherless, mixed-race, and utterly inseparable, devoted to one another. But when their cherished threesome with Mama is broken, and then further shattered by a violent, nearly fatal betrayal that neither young woman can forgive, it seems their bond may be severed forever--until, six years later, Kei arrives on Hana's lonely Manhattan doorstep with a secret that will change everything.

Told in interwoven narratives that glide seamlessly between the gritty streets of New York, the lush and dangerous landscape of Hawaii, and the horrors of the Japanese internment camps and the bombing of Hiroshima, Shadow Child is set against an epic sweep of history. Volcanos, tsunamis, abandonment, racism, and war form the urgent, unforgettable backdrop of this intimate, evocative, and deeply moving story of motherhood, sisterhood, and second chances.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto is the author of the memoir Hiroshima in the Morning, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle. Her debut novel, Why She Left Us, won an American Book Award. The first woman to graduate from Columbia College with a BA in Astrophysics, she was raised in Hawaii and lives in Brooklyn.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781538711453
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 8th, 2018

For fans of Tayari Jones and Ruth Ozeki, from National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Rizzuto comes a haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tricia LaVoice - Dear Martha, WTF? (Sausalito Store)

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Giving Tree meets Eat, Pray, Love in Dear Martha, WTF? -- a brazenly honest, refreshingly irreverent, and even hilarious look at going "through" versus going "down."

Tricia LaVoice's life turned upside-down when her parents were tragically killed in an automobile accident. Her close relationships with her mother and father made everyday life afterwards a challenge.

Happily married and with a beautiful baby girl, Tricia had no time to fall apart. Over the years as her family grew, Tricia met two strong, dynamic women, both survivors of their own life challenges, whose wonderful friendships and unconditional maternal love and strength guide her to trust in life.

But tragedy strikes Tricia's family again, shaking her faith in life once more. It was during this time of suffering and loneliness that she found an unexpected respite in nature, in the form of a beautiful pine tree Tricia named Martha. This rare bond inspires Tricia who literally talks to Martha daily as she heals the hurt in her heart. Tricia learns to listen to her inner voice, and heals herself by finding her source of courage and strength is within her.

Tricia LaVoice is the founder of Wishes for the Heart, Inc. and the co-author of Wishes of the Mother's Heart and Wishes for the Grieving Heart published by Hay House publishing. She lives with her husband and four children outside Seattle, WA.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781682614761
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Published: Post Hill Press - April 10th, 2018

The Giving Tree meets Eat, Pray, Love in a brazenly honest, refreshingly irreverent, and even hilarious look at going "through" versus going "down."

Tricia LaVoice's life turned upside-down when her parents were tragically killed in an automobile accident. Her close relationships with her mother and father made everyday life afterwards a challenge.


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

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