Class: Victoria Einhorn - Intermediate Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:00am

Ten Thursdays; April 4 - June 13 (no class 4/11), 2019 • 10:00 am-12:00 pm • $325

In this course, participants will learn more conversational Spanish, improve upon and add to their vocabulary, work on their accents and learn the remaining "core" grammar.  By the end of this course participants will feel confident communicating in Spanish. 

Victoria Einhorn has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from William Smith College and a Master’s degree in education from New York University. She has lived in Salamanca, Spain where she attended the University of Salamanca for a year. She has taught preschool in Manhattan, New York, first grade in the San Francisco public schools, and a Spanish bilingual third grade class in Texas. She now teaches Spanish as an enrichment class.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Steven Rowley - The Editor (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 1:00pm

After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie--or Mrs. Onassis, as she's known in the office--has fallen in love with James's candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book's forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can't bring himself to finish the manuscript.

Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page...

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes The Editor -- a funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever.

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, which has been translated into nineteen languages. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowley is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525537960
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 2nd, 2019

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus comes a novel about a struggling writer who gets his big break, with a little help from the most famous woman in America.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

John Weiser - A Thousand Kisses (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

An intimate and harrowing story of love, escape, and redemption, A Thousand Kisses is a rich account of the Weiser family's life and flight from Nazi Vienna to Hungary to Brazil and to the U.S. It will keep the reader glued to a narrative that skillfully recreates the palpable tension of multiple escapes. A Thousand Kisses is at once instructive about a family’s courage and determination to stay together and about the dangers of remaining silent while a government tightens immigration laws and promotes racial scapegoating.

John Weiser was born in Vienna Austria. After the Nazis arrived in Austria, John fled with his family first to Hungary and then to Brazil where they lived for several years before they were able to obtain permission to enter the United States. After he graduated from college, John served in the U.S. Navy for three years pursuant to the requirements of his NROTC scholarship. He then went to Harvard Law school. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Sherman and Sterling in New York City where he became partner and practiced for 20 years. In 1980 he resigned from the firm and took the position of General Counsel at Bechtel Group Inc., a major international engineering and construction firm. On retirement John became active in interfaith activities, first as chair of the board of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and more recently as chairman of the President's Council of United Religions Initiative.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - Romanticism (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Fridays; April 5 - 26 (no class 4/19) , 2019  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm • $110

A state of mind, not a style, the prevailing attitude in music, literature, and the visual arts from about 1798 until around 1846. We study painting in Germany, Norway, England, France, Switzerland and Spain and encounter artists Caspar David. Friedrich, Johann Christian Dahl, the English watercolorists Girtin and Cotman,  John Constable, JMW Turner, Heinrichi Fussli, Delacroix, Gericault, Girodet, Baron Gros, and Francisco Goya whose Romanticism gives way to Realism.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Soniah Kamal - Unmarriageable (San Francisco Store)

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Jasmin Darznik

In Unmarriageable, a one-of-a-kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.

A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.

When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. On the first night of the festivities, Alys’s lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla, the wildly successful—and single—entrepreneur. But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal—and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance.

Told with wry wit and colorful prose, Unmarriageable is a charming update on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and an exhilarating exploration of love, marriage, class, and sisterhood.

Soniah Kamal’s debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and the Karachi Literature Festival–Embassy of France Prize. Her TEDx Talk is about regrets and second chances. Kamal’s award-winning work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Catapult, and Literary Hub.

Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel Song of a Captive Bird was selected as a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” book as well as one of 2018’s “Best Books” by Vogue, Ms. and Newsweek. Jasmin is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781524799717
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - January 22nd, 2019

“This inventive retelling of Pride and Prejudice charms.”—People
 
“A fun, page-turning romp and a thought-provoking look at the class-obsessed strata of Pakistani society.”—NPR


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Dave Eggers - The Parade (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

From the bestselling author of The Monk of Mokha and The Circle comes a taut, suspenseful story of two foreigners' role in a nation's fragile peace.

An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence. With echoes of J. M. Coetzee and Graham Greene, The Parade questions whether we can ever understand another nation's war, and what role we have in forging anyone's peace.

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Monk of Mokha; Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets? Do They Live Forever, shortlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award; A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; and What Is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Médicis Etranger. He is the founder of McSweeney's Publishing and cofounder of Voice of Witness, a book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises. In 2002, he cofounded 826 Valencia, a youth writing center with a pirate-supply storefront, which has inspired similar programs around the world. ScholarMatch, now ten years old, connects donors with students to make college possible for all. In 2018 he cofounded the International Congress of Youth Voices, a global gathering of writers and activists under twenty. He is a winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780525655305
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

From the bestselling author of The Monk of Mokha and The Circle comes a taut, suspenseful story of two foreigners' role in a nation's fragile peace.


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