Natalie Galli - The Girl Who Said No (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

An eighteen-year-old woman named Franca Viola made history in 1966 as one of the first "#metoo" heroines of modern times, when she refused to go along with a centuries-old forcible marriage custom in Sicily. Having endured kidnap and rape, she publicly defied the expectation that she would marry the rapist to "restore her broken honor." A social uproar occurred throughout the island ― and beyond.

In Natalie Galli's The Girl Who Said No, Viola's remarkable story unfolds when the author arrives in Palermo to search for this brave heroine, with little more than the memory of a tiny article she had spotted two decades prior. Galli wanted to know: whatever had become of this courageous girl who had overturned an ancient, entrenched tradition?

The riveting events after Franca pressed charges with the police form the core of this gripping memoir. Viola was subjected to public taunting whenever she appeared on the streets of her town; Mafia-orchestrated bullying threatened her entire family. Galli traced the dramatic tale to its conclusion, in spite of initial warnings from her own relatives not to break the Sicilian code of silence.

Throughout her search for the enigmatic Franca, Galli shares her own poignant and hilarious observations about a vibrant culture steeped in contradictions and paradoxes. Does she succeed in locating the elusive proto-feminist whose case forever changed Italian culture and history? Travel along on Galli's engaging odyssey to find out.

Natalie Galli, a San Francisco native of Italian background, has penned two illustrated children's books for Sunbath Studios: Ciao Meow and Spin The Hound Lost and Found, A Tale of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. She edited a third Sunbath Studios publication: LeeLee The Lizard Wants A Pizza. Her writings have been anthologized in Italy, A Love Story and in four volumes of Travelers' Tales, three of which were awarded gold and silver prizes by the Bay Area Travel Writers. She has worked as an editor and proofreader for Burning Books, as a columnist for The Berkeley Monthly, and as a freelance contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781609521721
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - April 15th, 2019

An eighteen-year-old woman named Franca Viola made history in 1966 as one of the first "#metoo" heroines of modern times, when she refused to go along with a centuries-old forcible marriage custom in Sicily. Having endured kidnap and rape, she publicly defied the expectation that she would marry the rapist to "restore her broken honor." A social uproar occurred throughout the island ― and beyond.


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Lydia Fenet - The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:30pm

Lydia Fenet, Senior Vice President of Christie’s and seasoned auctioneer, shares the secrets of success and the strategies behind her revolutionary sales approach to show you how to embrace and channel your own power in any room. 

Who is the most powerful woman in the room? She’s the one who can raise a million dollars in a minute. She’s the one who can command the attention of a crowd of any size from one person to a crowd of five thousand. She’s the one who can sell anything to anyone, just by asking. She can be you.

As a senior executive at Christie’s, leader in her field, and one of Gotham magazine’s Most Influential Women in New York, Lydia Fenet knows firsthand that the one skill that can set women apart in both their personal life and career is the ability to sell. The Most Powerful Woman In The Room Is You equips you with everything you need to know—from how to sell authentically and how to network (or die), to the importance of never apologizing (start negotiating instead), how to perfect your poker face, and always, always, tell the truth. Lydia shows us how to sharpen our personal kit of practical tools of the trade, such as finding your own “strike method,” or signature move, to help you feel confident from the minute you start any pitch. Most of all, she offers plenty of encouragement to take ownership in your position and look for opportunities to innovate.

Throughout, Lydia also shares personal and inspiring stories from her own life—like how she got her foot in the door at Christie’s after she was originally told there were no spots left in the intern program. And when she realized she was being paid a third of her worth—and how she came back more powerful than ever.

Filled with additional case studies, thoughtful insights, and meaningful advice from some of the most powerful and successful women in business, fashion, journalism, sports, and the arts, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You is an empowering must-have guide that will have you winning over the audiences in all aspects of your life.

Lydia Fenet is Senior Vice President and International Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s, where she’s led auctions for over 600 organizations and trains all of Christie’s charity auctioneers. Lydia travels around the country to speak on “The Art of Selling” and was named one of New York’s most influential women by Gotham magazine. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Elle magazine, and has appeared in Vanity Fair, WWD, Vogue.com, and WorkingMother.com. This is her first book.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781982101138
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Published: Gallery Books - April 9th, 2019

In The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You, Lydia Fenet takes you on her twenty-year journey from intern to managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at Christie’s Auction House.


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Mo Welch with Irene Tu - How to Die Alone (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

There’s an entire industry built on the idea of helping people to push hard and succeed in love, work, fitness, and finances. But what about those people who would so much rather stay home and eat pizza with the cat while binge-watching Netflix? Who’s telling them that it’s OK to be a couch potato?

Blair, that’s who. The creation of cartoonist and stand-up comic Mo Welch, Blair is the awkward, self-deprecating, totally relatable anti-heroine who already has 65,000 followers on Instagram and an animated show on TBS Digital. Now Blair is the face, the voice, and the attitude of How to Die Alone, the perfect self-help book for not helping yourself—and a funny, irreverent gift for millennials struggling to “adult.”

Forget winning friends and influencing people—here’s advice on how to win the Worst Friend Award instead, including: Always be late, never offer to drive (anywhere), and treat your friend’s kitchen like an open bar. Plus the ins and outs of terrible dates, permission to eat cookies instead of going to the gym, and how to treat your job like the inconvenience that it is. It’s the genuinely funny, tongue-in-cheek guide to just saying no.

Mo Welch is a stand-up comedian and cartoonist based in LA. She has opened for Dana Carvey, Jason Sudeikis, Nick Kroll, and Judd Apatow. In January 2018, she appeared on CONAN and her 10-part animated series BLAIR debuted on TBS Digital. She starred in Foul Ball on CBS, Hulu’s Coming To The Stage, and appeared in season two of Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and season two of Life in Pieces on CBS. She has worked as a writer for Nickelodeon, TBS, and CBS.  Today, Mo runs a live talk show called "The Mo Show" at The Virgil on the third Tuesday of the month. Previous guests include Rachel Bloom, Cecily Strong, Tom Wilson, Rich Fulcher, and that guy that walks around Hollywood dressed as Jesus. The Chicago Reader called her “hysterically brilliant” and Splitsider called her “impossibly cool”. Along with her comics, she was featured on BuzzFeed, The A.V. Club, Serial Optimist, and is a regular comics contributor to Hello Giggles and BuzzFeed. Mo lives with her wife, Sam, in Los Angeles, California and is hoping to add a cat to their family circle. You can most often find her illustrating during the day, performing stand-up at night, and reading comics in-between.

Irene Tu is a Chicago-born, San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. In 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle singled her out as an “artist on the brink of fame,” on the heels of being named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” (SFist) and one of 20 “Women to Watch” (KQED). She has performed at numerous festivals including SF Sketchfest, Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, RIOT LA, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Outside Lands. Irene has opened for comedians such as Anthony Jeselnik, W. Kamau Bell, Brian Posehn, Gary Gulman, Judah Friedlander, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla. You can see her on season 2 of Take My Wife and on VICELAND’s Funny How?

 

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781523504268
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 16th, 2019

There’s an entire industry built on the idea of helping people to push hard and succeed in love, work, fitness, and finances. But what about those people who would so much rather stay home and eat pizza with the cat while binge-watching Netflix? Who’s telling them that it’s OK to be a couch potato?

Blair, that’s who.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Allie Larkin - Swimming for Sunlight (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Aspiring costume designer Katie gave up everything in her divorce to gain custody of her fearful, faithful rescue dog, Barkimedes. While she figures out what to do next, she heads back to Florida to live with her grandmother, Nan.

But Katie quickly learns there’s a lot she doesn’t know about Nan—like the fact that in her youth Nan was a mermaid performer in a roadside attraction show, swimming and dancing underwater with a close-knit cast of talented women. Although most of the mermaids have since lost touch, Katie helps Nan search for her old friends on Facebook, sparking hopes for a reunion show. Katie is up for making some fabulous costumes, but first, she has to contend with her crippling fear of water.

As Katie’s college love Luca, a documentary filmmaker, enters the fray, Katie struggles to balance her hopes with her anxiety, and begins to realize just how much Bark’s fears are connected to her own, in Swimming for Sunlight -- a thoughtful, charming novel about hope after loss and friendships that span generations.

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novels, Stay and Why Can’t I Be You. Her short fiction has been published in the Summerset Review and Slice, and nonfiction in the anthologies, I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship and Author in Progress. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with her husband, Jeremy, and their fearful, faithful German Shepherd, Stella.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781501198489
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Published: Atria Books - April 23rd, 2019

When recently divorced Katie Ellis and her rescue dog Bark move back in with Katie’s grandmother in Florida, she becomes swept up in a reunion of her grandmother’s troupe of underwater performers—finding hope and renewal in unexpected places, in this sweet novel perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Claire Cook.

Aspiring costume designer Katie gave up everything i


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Class: Harrie Schwartz - Mindful Books Book Group (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Four Thursdays; April 25 & May 16  • 1 pm - 3 pm • $75

In this group, non-fiction books will be our special focus. We will explore and have open discussions on innovative books related to Spirituality, Psychology, and Neuroscience. These encounters will be offered by Harrie Schwartz, Artist and Advocate.

April 25th
Hardwiring Happiness - Rick Hanson

May 16th

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation – Dan Seigel

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780385347334
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Published: Harmony - December 27th, 2016

With New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Hanson's four steps, you can counterbalance your brain's negativity bias and learn to hardwire happiness in only a few minutes each day. 


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780553386394
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Published: Bantam - December 28th, 2010

From a pioneer in the field of mental health comes a groundbreaking book on the healing power of "mindsight," the potent skill that allows you to make positive changes in your brain–and in your life.

Foreword by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

• Is there a memory that torments you, or an irrational fear you can't shake?


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Myla Goldberg - Feast Your Eyes (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school’s photo club, Lillian rejects her parents’ expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter’s sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian’s career as she continues a life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.

Narrated by Samantha, Feast Your Eyes reads as a collection of Samantha’s memories, interviews with Lillian’s friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillian’s journals and letters—a collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth, and authenticity.

Myla Goldberg is the bestselling author of Feast Your Eyes, The False Friend, Wickett’s Remedy, and Bee Season, which was a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, and a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award. It was adapted to film and widely translated. In addition to her novels, she has written an essay collection, a children’s book, and short stories that have appeared in Harper’s. She teaches in the fiction programs at Sarah Lawrence and NYU and has been known to sing and play accordion and banjo in the Brooklyn art-punk band The Walking Hellos. She was also the subject of a song by The Decemberists, “Song for Myla Goldberg.” She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jason Little and their two daughters.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501197840
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Published: Scribner - April 16th, 2019

The first novel in nearly a decade from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Season—a compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation.

Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a


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