Spencer Christian - You Bet Your Life (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Phil Cousineau

Growing up poor and black in the rigidly segregated South, Spencer Christian relied on his family's solid work ethic, commitment to education, and Christian faith to carve a path to success and national visibility. As weatherman and co-host for ABC's Good Morning America, he thought he had everything -- a loving wife and children, a beautiful home, and a rewarding and remarkable career.

Yet, he was living a double life. For nearly 30 years, he was a compulsive gambler. By the time he found the courage to confront his dependence, he had lost millions, his home, his job -- and most important -- his family.

You Bet Your Life tells the roller-coaster story of Christian's rise to success and crash to rock bottom. It also details his rebounding, rebuilding, and recovering of hope and happiness. This gripping and transparent tale will amuse, shock, and inspire.

Spencer Christian is an Emmy Award-winning reporter best known for his thirteen years on Good Morning America where he covered the national weather reports in addition to traveling throughout the United States and abroad reporting on a wide range of topics. Since January 1999, Spencer Christian has been the weather forecaster on San Francisco's ABC7 News team.  In Baltimore, he won an Emmy Award for a special series of reports entitled "Does Anyone Here Speak English?" focusing on declining language skills among America's youth. Spencer was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in April 1993, and was named Virginian of the Year by the Virginia Press Association in July 1993. A longtime wine enthusiast, Spencer hosted Spencer Christian's Wine Cellar on HGTV and the Food Network from 1995 to 1999.

 

You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781682616390
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Post Hill Press - May 8th, 2018

The inspiring true story of a popular national broadcaster who thought he had it all--until he lost it.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Second Sunday Stories: Aaron Hartline - Box Meets Circle (Sausalito)

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 11:00am

Second Sunday Stories Event!

Second Sunday Stories is a new series of kids picture book events at Book Passage-by-the-Bay in Sausalito. On the second Sunday of each month at 11am we welcome an author or illustrator into the store to share their book with us, there will be snacks and crafts and because it's Sunday morning, you could even come in your pajamas (we don't mind). Second Sunday Stories runs no longer than 45 minutes and is perfect for kids aged 2-6 and their families.

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In Box Meets Circle, Circle loves to jump, but Box just falls flat. Oww Box loves to sit, but Circle just rolls away. Whoa They want to play together, but how? They figure out that Box can sit on Circle as Circle jumps to her heart's content. However, Box still experiences an Oww every once in a while.

Aaron Hartline is an animator at Pixar Animation Studios and has worked on such films as Up, Toy Story 3, and Inside Out. Aaron loves to sit and draw as the stories of Box and Circle jump around in his head. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his family.

 

Box Meets Circle: Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368015875
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney Press - April 3rd, 2018

Circle loves to jump, but Box just falls flat. Oww Box loves to sit, but Circle just rolls away. Whoa They want to play together, but how? They figure out that Box can sit on Circle as Circle jumps to her heart's content. However, Box still experiences an Oww every once in a while.


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Claire Dederer - Love & Trouble (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses comes Love & Trouble -- a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. 

Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager -- when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing. From her hilarious chapter titles ("How to Have Sex with Your Husband of Seventeen Years") to her subjects -- from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen the moment she learned how to give herself an orgasm, to the girls who ruled her elite private school ("...when I left Oberlin I thought I had done with them forever, but it turned out...they also edited all the newspapers and magazines, and wrote all the books"), to raising a teenage daughter herself -- Dederer writes with an electrifying blend of wry wit and raw honesty. She exposes herself utterly, and in doing so captures something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife.

Claire Dederer is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which has been translated into twelve languages, and which Elizabeth Gilbert called "the book we all need." A book critic, essayist, and reporter, Dederer is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and has also written for The Atlantic, Vogue, Slate, The Nation, and New York magazine, among other publications. She lives on an island near Seattle with her family.

 

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781101946503
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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

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