Tiffany Shlain - 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 4:00pm

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.”

Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.

A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. NPR named her UC Berkeley address as one of its best commencement speeches and her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. She lectures worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. Find out more at TiffanyShlain.com and follow @TiffanyShlain.

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ISBN: 9781982116866
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Published: Gallery Books - September 24th, 2019

In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week.


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Class: Steve Stein - Food and Culture Book Group

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Four Mondays: Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2019 & Jan. 13, 2020 • 3:00 – 5:00 pm • Tuition: $100

Three of our four fall  books take us to foreign lands in search of answers to the familiar question: how shall food and dining enhance life’s enjoyment? The third book - by Alice Waters - addresses the same matter, but more locally.

(Note that the book list has changed since the July/August newsletter was published.)

  • October:      The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist
                        Who Transformed What America Eats
    - Daniel Stone 
  • November:  Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India - Jeffrey Madhur
  • December:  Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook - Alice Waters
  • January:      Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the
                        Globe
    (National Geographic Anthology)

The moderator, Steve Stein, The moderator, Steve Stein, worked in the food and lodging industry for many years. He now spends more time reading and writing than booking room reservations or planning events.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781101990599
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Published: Dutton - February 5th, 2019

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapesand thousands more—to the American plate.


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$15.95
ISBN: 9781400078202
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Published: Vintage - October 9th, 2007

The enchanting autobiography of the seven-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed actress who taught America how to cook Indian food.


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ISBN: 9780307718297
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Published: Clarkson Potter - May 22nd, 2018

The New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant.
 


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ISBN: 9781426205071
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Published: National Geographic - October 20th, 2009

For pure pleasure, few experiences are as satisfying as a chance to explore the world’s great culinary traditions and landmarks—and here, in the latest title of our popular series of illustrated travel gift books, you’ll find a fabulous itinerary of foods, dishes, markets, and restaurants worth traveling far and wide to savor.


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Left Coast Writers®: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Joanna Biggar - Author and Editor Relationships (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose, and Joanna Biggar, author of Melanie’s Song, in conversation about the relationships between authors and editors.

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ISBN: 9781942892144
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 2019

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin.


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ISBN: 9781942892106
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 2019

Five young college women from California who shared their junior year in Paris once banded together to form a network of friendships they believed would last all their lives. Twelve years later, one goes missing. The instigator of the Paris trip, J.J., now a journalist, decides to uncover the fate of the missing Melanie Hart on a quest both professional and personal.


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Nolan Higdon & Mickey Huff - United States of Distraction (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

The role of news media in a free society is to investigate, inform, and provide a crucial check on political power. But does it?

It's no secret that the goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in an information system structured to reinforce their social biases and market to their buying preferences. Journalism's essential role has been drastically compromised, and Donald Trump's repeated claims of "fake news" and framing of the media as "an enemy of the people" have made a bad scenario worse.

Written in the spirit of resistance and hope, United States of Distraction offers a clear, concise appraisal of our current situation, and presents readers with action items for how to improve it.

Dr. Nolan Higdon is professor of History and Communication at California State University, East Bay. His academic work primarily focuses on news media, propaganda, critical media literacy, and social justice pedagogies. He has been a guest commentator for news media outlets such as The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox. He is a board member for the Media Freedom Foundation, frequent contributor to Project Censored's annual Censored books series, a co-founder of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project, a program advisor for Sacred Heart University Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, a steering committee member for the Union for Democratic Communications, and co-host of the Project Censored radio show.

Mickey Huff is director of Project Censored and the president of the Media Freedom Foundation. He has edited or coedited ten volumes of in the Censored book series and contributed numerous chapters to these annuals since 2008. He has also co-authored essays on media and propaganda for other scholarly publications. He is professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College, where he co-chairs the History Department; he is also a lecturer in the Communications Department at California State University, East Bay, and has taught Sociology of Media at Sonoma State University. Huff is executive producer and cohost of The Project Censored Show, the weekly syndicated program that originates from KPFA in Berkeley. He is a cofounding member of the Global Critical Media Literacy Project (gcml.org), sits on the advisory board for the Media Literacy and Digital Culture graduate program at Sacred Heart University, and serves on the editorial board for the journal Secrecy and Society. Huff works with the national outreach committee of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association, and the National Coalition Against Censorship, of which Project Censored is a member. He is the critical media literacy consultant for the educational Internet startup, Tribeworthy.com, He regularly gives interviews on critical media literacy, propaganda, censorship issues, and contemporary historiography. He is a musician and composer and lives with his family in Northern California.

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By Mickey Huff, Nolan Higdon, Ralph Nader (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780872867673
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Published: City Lights Books - August 20th, 2019

"Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon emphasize what we can do today to restore the power of facts, truth, and fair, inclusive journalism as tools for people to keep political and corporate power subordinate to the engaged citizenry and the common good."--Ralph Nader


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Alain Piallat - We Rocked...We Rolled...and We Opened (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Told with expertise, grace and self-deprecating humor, We Rocked…We Rolled…and We Opened is one man’s tale from the events of October 17, 1989—the day of San Francisco’s now infamous Loma Prieta earthquake. Author Alain Piallat, then the general manager of San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, was set to open the 1,500-room hotel on the very day that the city experienced its devastating 6.9 tremor. This compelling account combines personal anecdotes with historical facts for a story of extreme and unexpected crisis management.

As Piallat weaves his narrative, we learn about his journey up through the ranks of the hotel industry. From France to Canada, New York City to Boston and finally to San Francisco, this fascinating tale depicts the oft-times grueling hours associated with hotel life as well as that of a general manager—including residing in a hotel and all that comes with managing a large scale property. Juxtaposing actual events of the day with fictional situations, the story is at once strategic, serious, and lighthearted.

An interesting and fun read, especially for those either in the hospitality industry or people recalling where they were on that fateful day in 1989, We Rocked…We Rolled…and We Opened will keep you turning pages to see how it all turns out.

Alain Piallat is a retired executive of Marriott International where he spent 30 years climbing the corporate ladder. At the time of the Loma Prieta San Francisco earthquake he was the general manager of the then
named San Francisco Marriott, now renamed the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Prior to retiring from Marriott International in 2005, Piallat was President of Marriott Hotels of Canada and Senior Vice President of Marriott Lodging in the midwestern part of the US. In these capacities, he was responsible for the management of some 350 hotels under different brand names. He guided the development of Revenue, Sales & Marketing strategies required to maximize sales and profits in these various businesses. During his career Piallat served as Chairman of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement International, served as a member of a Advisory Board for the Hotel School of Management at Michigan State University and was member of the Advisory Board of the School of Hospitality at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada.

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Lee T. Bycel - Refugees in America (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

It is not an easy road—but hope is the oxygen of my life.  These insightful words of Meron Semedar, a refugee from Eritrea, reflect the feelings of the eleven men and women featured in this book.  These refugees share their extraordinary experiences  of fleeing oppression, violence and war in their home countries in search of a better life in the United States.
 
Each chapter of Refugees in America focuses on an individual from a different country, from a 93-year-old Polish grandmother who came to the United States after surviving the horrors of Auschwitz to a young undocumented immigrant from El Salvador who became an American college graduate, despite being born impoverished and blind. Some have found it easy to reinvent themselves in the United States, while others have struggled to adjust to America, with its new culture, language, prejudices, and norms.
 
Each of them speaks candidly about their experiences to author Lee T. Bycel, who provides illuminating background information on the refugee crises in their native countries. Their stories help reveal the real people at the center of political debates about US immigration.
 
Giving a voice to refugees from such far-flung locations as South Sudan, Guatemala, Syria, and Vietnam, this book weaves together a rich tapestry of human resilience, suffering, and determination.

Lee T. Bycel is a humanitarian activist, Rabbi, teacher and author, who serves as the Sinton Visiting Professor of Holocaust, Ethics and Refugee Studies at the University of San Francisco.  He has visited refugee camps in Darfur, Chad, South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Haiti. He has written extensively about the plight of refugees, and has secured much needed funding for medical clinics in refugee camps.  
 
Dona Kopol Bonick is an esteemed portraitist and artist whose photographic career spans three decades. The photography director for the inaugural BottleRock music festival, her works have appeared in many books, art museums, and private collections.

Ishmael Beah whose work has been published in over 30 countries, is the New York Times Bestselling author of A Long Way Gone; Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow, a novel. His next novel, The Lively Skeletons of Every Season, a novel, will be published by fall of 2019.

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ISBN: 9781978806214
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Published: Rutgers University Press - September 13th, 2019

It is not an easy road—but hope is the oxygen of my life.  These insightful words of Meron Semedar, a refugee from Eritrea, reflect the feelings of the eleven men and women featured in this book.  These refugees  share their extraordinary experiences  of fleeing oppression, violence and war in their home countries in search of a better life in the United States.


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