Nancie Clare - Battle for Beverly Hills (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

If you look at a map of the sprawling city lines of Los Angeles, you'll notice a distinct hole in the middle. That is Beverly Hills, and there's a reason why it remains an island in the sea of LA. It's a tale inextricably linked with the dawn of cinema, a celebrity couple using their reputation to get what they wanted politically, and of course, the age old conundrum of California: water.

For film stars who moved out to California in the early 20th century, Beverly Hills was a refuge from tabloid-heavy Los Angeles. It was also a societal blank slate: unlike Los Angeles, saddled with the East Coast caste system, Beverly Hills' developers were not picky about who settled there. It was the perfect place for Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks who both came from mixed-ethnic, impoverished backgrounds. It allowed them to become among the first actors to reach 'superstar status' through hard-work and keen entrepreneurial instincts -- and to keep their steamy affair out of the press.

Today, listening to a celebrity advocating a cause doesn't raise an eyebrow. But in 1923, it was something new. This is the story of how the stars battled to keep their city free from the clutches of a rapacious Los Angeles and lay the groundwork for celebrity influence and political power. With a nuanced eye and fantastic storytelling, The Battle for Beverly Hills is an irresistible tale of glamour, fame, gossip, and politics.

Nancie Clare has been a Southern California-based journalist and writer her entire career, which includes 11 years as an editor at Los Angeles Magazine and most recently editor in chief of the award-winning LA, The Los Angeles Times Magazine. She has also contributed articles to The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Review of Books, NYU Alumni Magazine, and Coast Magazine. Clare is the chief interviewer for the podcast "Speaking of Mysteries."

 

The Battle for Beverly Hills: A City's Independence and the Birth of Celebrity Politics Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250121349
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 6th, 2018

The untold history of Beverly Hills and how, against all odds, it remained an independent, exclusive, and glamorous enclave through the efforts of Hollywood's film pioneers.


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Jessica Battilana - Repertoire (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

Home cooks don't need dozens of cookbooks or hundreds of recipes. They just need one good book, with about 75 trustworthy, versatile, and above all, delicious recipes that can stand alone or be mixed-and-matched into extraordinary meals.

That's what Repertoire is: Real recipes, from real life, that really work.

After nearly two decades in the kitchen and writing about food, this is the way San Francisco Chronicle writer Jessica Battilana really cooks at home. These are her best recipes, the ones she relies on the most--for a quick weeknight supper, a special dinner party, when a friend drops by for a drink and a snack, for the chocolate cake that never fails. The knowledge, freedom, and flexibility that comes from cooking these recipes is all you really need in the kitchen.

With a salad for every season, pantry pastas, many meatballs, chewy cookies, and more, Repertoire puts the perfect dish for every occasion within reach.

Jessica Battilana writes the "Repertoire" column for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the author of Corn, from Short Stack Editions. The coauthor of several other cookbooks, her work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Gastronomica, Saveur, Sunset, and multiple editions of The Best Food Writing. A Vermont native, she lives in San Francisco with her wife and children.

 

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780316360340
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

Simple, stunning recipes for home cooks
Home cooks don't need dozens of cookbooks or hundreds of recipes. They just need one good book, with about 75 trustworthy, versatile, and above all, delicious recipes that can stand alone or be mixed-and-matched into extraordinary meals.
That's what Repertoire is: Real recipes, from real life, that really work.


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Noelle Barton - Love, Mom and Dad (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Peter Coyote

Love, Mom and Dad captures the intriguing lives of the author’s showbiz parents and their friends — Lenny Bruce, Tennessee Williams, Lou Gottlieb, and Pat Morita. Despite censorship and persecution, they were innovative trailblazers who challenged the rules during the conservative 1940s and ‘50s. With humor and insight, the author chronicles their adventures and enduring friendships decade by decade as her parents’ world gave way to her own coming of age in San Francisco during the psychedelic explosion of The Sixties.

Noelle Barton was born in Hollywood. Raised on the road as a backstage baby, she called Miami Beach, Los Angeles and San Francisco home until her parents finally settled in Marin County, CA in 1960. Dancer, ceramic artist, archivist, and author, Noelle has performed and lived in Nepal, India, and Europe and presently resides in western Sonoma County.

 

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Kelli Stanley - City of Sharks (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie's office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolates...hateful, violent letters.

Someone was trying to kill her.

Miranda isn't sure of anything at first except that Louise Crowley, the blonde who works as an assistant to Niles Alexander, San Francisco publisher, is in trouble. Despite her own preparations for an imminent voyage to a blitzkrieged Britain and a painful farewell to the city she loves, Miranda decides to help Louise and takes on her last case as a private detective in San Francisco...investigating her client, surveying the publishing world of 1940, and stumbling into murder with a trail that leads straight to Alcatraz...an island city of sharks.

Along the way, Miranda explores her beloved San Francisco once more, from Playland-at-the-Beach to Chinatown to Nob Hill and Treasure Island. She encounters John Steinbeck and C.S. Forester, and is aided and abetted by the charming and dapper San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. And she also discovers personal truths she's long denied...

With her characteristic luxurious, lyrical prose and insightful eye for character, Kelli Stanley paints a rich, authentic portrait of 1940 San Francisco in City of Sharks, the latest installment of her award-winning series.

Kelli Stanley is the critically-acclaimed, award-winning author of three previous Miranda Corbie novels (City of Dragons, City of Secrets, City of Ghosts). She is a Macavity, Bruce Alexander and Golden Nugget Award winner and has been a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Shamus Award. Her other books include Nox Dormienda and The Curse-Maker, both part of a historical noir series set in Roman Britain, as well as contributions to various fiction and non-fiction anthologies. The city and county of San Francisco has awarded her a Certificate of Honor for her contributions to literature.

 

City of Sharks: A Miranda Corbie Mystery Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250006752
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 20th, 2018

The blonde secretary was scared when she visited Miranda Corbie's office. A shove into a streetcar track, a box of poisoned chocolates...hateful, violent letters.

Someone was trying to kill her.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Aaron Blabey - Bad Guys (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 1:30pm

Aaron Blabey is visiting us all the way from Australia and Book Passage is really excited to have him with us. He'll be talking about his hilarious series of early chapter books, including The Bad Guys in Intergalatic Gas and The Bad Guys in Alien vs. Bad Guys. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha. They're bad guys, everyone knows that. They're scary and dangerous and ...well just BAD. But these guys want to be heroes. And they're going to prove it by doing good deeds ...whether YOU want them to or not.

An actor for many years, Aaron Blabey also worked in advertising, taught at an art college, and held down many other, odder jobs before he began writing for children. Australian success of Blabey’s pup-filled Pig the Pug picture book series has made its way to the U.S., with three books in the series now available. Along with his bestselling Bad Guy series, Blabey, who will be touring in North America for the first time in Spring 2018, is taking U.S. readers by storm. Aaron lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia with his family and devotes his time to writing, illustrating, and advocating for children.

 

The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338189575
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - December 26th, 2017

The bad news? The world is ending. The good news? The Bad Guys are back to save it Sure, they might have to "borrow" a rocket. And there might be something nasty in one of the spacesuits. And Mr. Piranha miiiight have eaten too many bean burritos. Surviving this mission may only be one small step for man, but it's one giant leap for the Bad Guys.


The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys (the Bad Guys #6) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338189599
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 27th, 2018

The Bad Guys are vanishing A creature with TONS of teeth and WAY too many butts is stealing them, one by one. Is this the end for the Bad Guys? Maybe. Will it be funny? You bet your butts it will.


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Dean Sluyter - Fear Less (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 4:00pm

These days there's so much fear in the air, you can almost taste it -- along with all the varieties of anxiety, anger, and addiction that grow out of it. How can you navigate your way through the fear and confusion, and find your way to peace?

In Fear Less, acclaimed teacher and award-winning author Dean Sluyter shows how to use simple meditative techniques and subtle tweaks of body, mind, and breath to open your life to deep, relaxed confidence. Drawing on ancient enlightenment teachings as well as contemporary research, he lays out practical, easy-to-follow steps for addressing such issues as:

  • letting go of compulsive overthinking
  • loosening the bonds of addiction (including smartphone addiction)
  • overcoming the fear of death
  • finding meditative stillness in the thick of activity

Dean Sluyter (pronounced "slighter") has taught natural methods of meditation and awakening throughout the U.S. and beyond since 1970, from colleges and yoga studios to corporate offices and maximum-security prisons. Dean is known for his warm, funny, down-to-earth style, and for making authentic, life-transforming teachings accessible and easy. His previous books include The Zen Commandments and Natural Meditation. Dean lives in Southern California.

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143130277
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Published: Tarcherperigee - March 20th, 2018

Less Fear, More Life--a Practical Guide

These days there's so much fear in the air, you can almost taste it--along with all the varieties of anxiety, anger, and addiction that grow out of it. How can you navigate your way through the fear and confusion, and find your way to peace?


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