Charles Frazier - Varina (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 4:00pm

With her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. He instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history--culpable regardless of her intentions.

The Confederacy falling, her marriage in tatters, and the country divided, Varina and her children escape Richmond and travel south on their own, now fugitives with "bounties on their heads, an entire nation in pursuit."

Intimate in its detailed observations of one woman's tragic life and epic in its scope and power, Varina is a novel of an American war and its aftermath. Ultimately, the book is a portrait of a woman who comes to realize that complicity carries consequences.

Charles Frazier is the author of Cold Mountain, an international bestseller that won the National Book Award and was adapted into an Academy-Award winning film by Anthony Minghella. He is also the author of the bestselling novels Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods.

Varina Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062405982
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press - April 3rd, 2018

Sooner or later, history asks, which side were you on?

In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Caspar Craven - Where The Magic Happens (Sausalito Store)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 4:00pm

One night when their children were still in diapers, Caspar and Nichola Craven hatched a plan to sail around the world as a family. Most people thought they were crazy. But in the years that followed they embraced every moment of this transformative chapter of their lives. Five years of planning—the vision, the values, the practicalities, the realities, the excitement, the highs, the lows, and the seemingly adventure-stopping obstacles—led to two wonderful years of living their dream of sailing the world—the magical and the scary—enjoying life and learning and growing as a family. 

Where The Magic Happens is one family’s story. It’s also a story of a fabulous sailing adventure and an inspirational tale for all those wishing they could do the same; it’s a practical guide to show you just how you can make it happen; it’s a motivational story of leadership and teamwork within a family; and it’s a funny, heart-warming tale of slightly unconventional family life. The fascinating narrative of the Craven family is accompanied by useful text features such as tip boxes, sidebars, and chapter summaries, so that the reader can easily extrapolate the necessary nuggets about how they can make the dream a reality.

Caspar Craven has become a respected and sought after keynote speaker on the topics of leadership, team building, and dealing with adversity. He engages business audiences with stories from sailing and business world and delivers practical specific lessons that audiences can understand and use in their day-to-day lives. He is invited to speak all around the world to inspire and motivate business and their teams to create change.

Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the World Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781472949912
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Adlard Coles Nautical Press - March 27th, 2018

One night when their children were still in diapers, Caspar and Nichola Craven hatched a plan to sail around the world as a family. Most people thought they were crazy. But in the years that followed they embraced every moment of this transformative chapter of their lives.


100 Bay Street
Sausalito, CA 94965

Cooks with Books: Jacques Pépin - A Grandfather's Lessons (Peju Winery)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

Peju Winery, Rutherford
Tickets: $145 per person (includes meal & book)

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Please Note: Ticketholders for the original Oct. 19 date do not need to purchase tickets again. Staff will contact you regarding the new date.

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The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.

Jacques Pépin is one of the nation’s most famous cooking teachers, renowned for his knife skills. Ever since she was very young, his granddaughter, Shorey, has loved “helping” him in the kitchen. Now that she is twelve, Jacques gives his charismatic pupil a short course on preparing “food that is plain, but elegant, and more than anything, fun.” In the process, he proves himself as inspiring to her as he is to the country’s greatest chefs. Curly hot dogs, spinach with croutons, sushi salmon cakes, skillet bread and homemade butter, raspberry cake: These recipes will become irresistible new classics for kids. In A Grandfather's Lessons, Jacques also imparts lessons in kitchen etiquette, from how to set a table to how to fold a napkin properly—even how to load a dishwasher. And perhaps the most important lesson of all: that the best meals are the ones shared at home with family.

The winner of sixteen James Beard Awards and author of twenty-nine cookbooks, including Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen and Essential Pépin, Jacques Pépin has starred in twelve acclaimed PBS cooking series. He was awarded France's highest distinction, the Legion of Honor.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

 

A Grandfather's Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey Cover Image
By Jacques Pepin, Tom Hopkins (Photographer)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544824393
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 12th, 2017

The grand master of cooking has a new apprentice in the kitchen: his granddaughter.


Peju Province Winery
8466 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573

Alysia Helming - Protogenesis (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Special Young Adult Event!

With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer; yet, she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right...

The Greek Mafia may be involved. Vivid dreams of ancient deities consume her sleep. A maze of clues leads her to believe that her mother is still alive... She must go to Greece. The answers to her perilous quest lie there, as Helene braves into the unknown of a new life, torn between two Greek guys and a new world that literally awaits her.

And who knows, maybe the Greek gods and goddesses are on her side... or maybe not. After all, nothing is as it seems.

Over 500 people in Greece have contributed to the author's research for Protogenesis, including renowned Greek archeologists, cultural and mythology experts, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Due to the overwhelming support  author Alysia Helming has received from so many in Greece, Protogenesis has been selected to be featured as part of the United Nations' 2018 World Book Capital event in Athens. The book features theme song "Forever & Tonight" by Platinum Greek Singer, Kostas Martakis.

 

Protogenesis: Before the Beginning Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781612969701
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Black Rose Writing - March 26th, 2018

With her unusual violet hazel eyes hidden behind heavy glasses, American teenager Helene Crawford is the kind of student that always has an answer; yet, she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. One fateful day, life as she knows it comes to a grinding halt. There was a fire. Her mother is gone. But something is not right...


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Samantha Paris - Finding the Bunny (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 4:00pm

Samantha Paris’s Finding the Bunny is an engaging and heart-warming combination of memoir, business book, inspirational story and inside look at today’s most ubiquitous, most influential, and most invisible art. Through narration, flashback, inner monologue, and snappy laugh-out-loud dialogue that moves seamlessly from past to present and professional to personal and back again, Finding the Bunny artfully peels back the curtain on the fascinating world of voice-over, and much more.

With untethered honesty and humor, voice-over genius Paris reveals her intensely personal story — that of a woman in mid-career, recovering from a disastrous childhood, dealing with a failed but far-from-loveless marriage, running a hugely successful business, shepherding thousands of students through the learning process so that they can realize their dreams, while dealing with a burning internal conflict about what happened to hers. As Peter Coyote writes in this book’s foreword, “Finding the Bunny is an eye-opener, a thought-provoker, an education, an adventure and an inspiration. (It’s) about transformation more than anything else— offering ideas that may challenge or freshen your thinking, enrich your life and light your own path.”

Samantha Paris is a natural born teacher, entrepreneur and force of nature. Her greatest gift has been teaching others that the power of possibility actually already exists in your own internal life, if you just give voice to it.

Samantha Paris is an award-winning voice actor, educator, entrepreneur and founder of Voicetrax San Francisco (located in Sausalito), the largest and most respected voice-over academy in the United States. Born Bobbi Block in Southern California, Samantha landed a commercial agent at age sixteen and went on to enjoy a career that included nearly 1,000 national and regional commercials and roles in nearly 200 half-hour animated television cartoon shows, including the mega-hit cult series, Jem and the Holograms. Samantha founded Voicetrax San Francisco in 1988, and over the years, has trained more than 10,000 aspiring and working voice actors. With a fierce commitment to the philosophy that talent can be taught, she has turned actors and non-actors from all walks of life into working voiceover artists, many of whom supplement their incomes and others who go on to making voice-over their full time living, garnering six to seven figures a year. Above all, Samantha has helped transform the lives of people through the process of helping them find their true voices and ultimately, find their bunnies. And in that process, she found her bunny.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Cooks with Books: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich - My American Dream (Insalata's)

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Insalata's, San Anselmo
Tickets: $125 per person, $190 per couple (includes meal & book)

From Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, the bestselling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur comes My American Dream, a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.

Lidia's story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security -- despite the family's poverty -- learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States -- an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television's Lidia's Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy's highly rated daily program, La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She lives on Long Island, New York.

Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524731618
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 3rd, 2018

From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur--a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.


Insalata's Restaurant
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960

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