Sylvia Ruth Gutmann - A Life Rebuilt (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 4:00pm

Born in Belgium in 1939 to Jewish parents who had been forced to flee their beloved home in Berlin six months earlier, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann spent the first three years of her life in hiding with her family in the south of France. In the summer of 1942, three-year-old Sylvia, her two older sisters, and her young mother were arrested by the Vichy police and shipped to the French internment camp in Rivesaltes. Shortly thereafter, her mother was deported to Auschwitz, leaving her three children behind. Six months later, Sylvia's bedridden father was also deported to Auschwitz. Sylvia and her sisters would never see their parents again.

Deeply traumatized, Sylvia arrived in New York City at age seven, where a well-meaning uncle and a cruel aunt took her in. Don't speak of it. Put it behind you. Move on, they told her. The messages she received in America forced her to again keep silent and hide in full view. She spent the next five decades struggling to put the pieces of her life back together and to fully understand the past she was too young to remember.

A Life Rebuilt: The Remarkable Transformation of a War Orphan chronicles an odyssey that spans sixty years, three countries, and thousands of miles. Remarkably, at age sixty-two, Sylvia developed a relationship with a young man, forty years her junior, and against all odds she moved to Germany to live with him. Here she began to share the story of her family's fate with German students, senior citizens, and even neo-Nazi groups. By doing so, Sylvia reconciled with the people she had feared and loathed, and resurrected the lives of the parents she cannot remember, and cannot forget. Heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring, this memoir of loss, love, resilience, belonging, identity, and authenticity has a surprising resolution, told in an intimate voice with candor, substance, and heart.

 

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781944037949
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Published: Epigraph Publishing - July 7th, 2018

Born in Belgium in 1939 to Jewish parents who had been forced to flee their beloved home in Berlin six months earlier, Sylvia Ruth Gutmann spent the first three years of her life in hiding with her family in the south of France.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Left Coast Writers®: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Ann Steiner - "Publishing and Beyond" Panel (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and author Ann Steiner for a panel entitled "Publishing and Beyond." For more information, visit www.leftcoastwriters.com.

 

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$35.95
ISBN: 9781782205616
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Published: Routledge - May 31st, 2018

This easy-to-use manual is recommended for leaders of all types of groups - discussion groups, peer support, organizations, and workplace teams. You'll find discussion of the different types of groups, leadership styles and roles.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Tony Platt - Beyond These Walls (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Beyond These Walls is an ambitious and far-ranging exploration that tracks the legacy of crime and imprisonment in the United States, from the historical roots of the American criminal justice system to our modern state of over-incarceration, and offers a bold vision for a new future. Author Tony Platt, a recognized authority in the field of criminal justice, challenges the way we think about how and why millions of people are tracked, arrested, incarcerated, catalogued, and regulated in the United States.

Beyond These Walls traces the disturbing history of punishment and social control, revealing how the criminal justice system attempts to enforce and justify inequalities associated with class, race, gender, and sexuality. Prisons and police departments are central to this process, but other institutions – from immigration and welfare to educational and public health agencies – are equally complicit.

Platt argues that international and national politics shape perceptions of danger and determine the policies of local criminal justice agencies, while private policing and global corporations are deeply and undemocratically involved in the business of homeland security.

Finally, Beyond These Walls demonstrates why efforts to reform criminal justice agencies have often expanded rather than contracted the net of social control. Drawing upon a long tradition of popular resistance, Platt concludes with a strategic vision of what it will take to achieve justice for all in this era of authoritarian disorder.

Tony Platt is a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society, University of California, Berkeley. The author of numerous books dealing with issues of criminal justice, race, inequality, and social justice in American history, including Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States, he previously taught at the University of Chicago, Berkeley, and California state universities. Platt’s experience as a political activist and public intellectual informs his research and publications. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

 

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781250085115
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 8th, 2019

A groundbreaking investigation into the roots of the American criminal justice system reveals how the past bleeds into the present.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Jasmin Darznik - Song of a Captive Bird (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Song of a Captive Bird, whether gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, or sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glace, Forugh Farrokzhad was always a rebel. Though Iran was Westernizing in the 1940s, during Forugh’s childhood, most of the country still believed that women were not to be heard from. Yet, at age eleven, young Forugh began writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father—and a passion for words lodged deeply within her. When she ended up in a suffocating marriage at sixteen, she ran away and fell into a passionate love affair which only increased her creative wingspan, leading her to seek freedom and independence.

Her poems were considered both scandalous and brilliant; Forugh was at once a national treasure and the devil too. She persevered, living by her own rules, at the cost of love, friendship, and eventually her own life, cut tragically short at the age of 32, amid the violent upheaval of the budding Iranian revolution.

In subsequent years, Forugh’s poetry was banned, the presses that printed her work burned to the ground, and citizens forced to hide away their treasured collections of her verses. To this day, Forugh Farrokhzad represents the birth of feminism in Iran, and Jasmin Darznik uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and ecstatic turmoil of this iconic woman’s story.

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. Her books have been published and are forthcoming in seventeen countries, and her next book, a historical novel set in 1920s San Francisco, is forthcoming from Random House. She received a PhD in English from Princeton University and now teaches in the MFA creative writing program at California College of the Arts.

 

 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780399182334
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 5th, 2019

LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Victoria Loustalot - Future Perfect (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Elise Craig

In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision. Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria's innate skepticism. She had to admit that what they knew about her past was eerily accurate. As for her future? She couldn't shake the feeling that some powerful force in the universe was trying to tell her something and, for once, she ought to listen. Or at least investigate.

In Future Perfect, Victoria draws on her own personal experience to launch a broader inquiry into the phenomena of psychics, shamans, astrologers, and their fans. Through historical documents and interviews with clairvoyants, seers, and their believers, Victoria opens herself up to the modern mystical complex in cultures and cities around the globe. She pays close attention to what they have to tell us about how we choose to live, what we might be missing out on in the process, and what in the world we're supposed to do with all that information.

Elise Craig is a freelance writer, and the managing editor of Pop Up Magazine. She's a regular contributor to the New York Times for Kids, and has written for the California Sunday Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and Marie Claire. Her favorite publication is the Valencia Bay-Farer, a newspaper created by the 8-14 year olds of 826 Valencia.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781503903654
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Published: Little a - January 1st, 2019

A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman's journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the modern mystical complex.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Kate Gustin - The No-Self Help Book (Sausalito Store)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Written by a clinical psychologist and student of Eastern philosophy, this handy little guide offers a radical solution to anyone struggling with self-doubt, self-esteem, and self-defeating thoughts: "no-self help." By breaking free of your own self-limiting beliefs, you'll discover your infinite potential.

There is an insidious, global identity theft occurring that has robbed people of their very recognition of their true selves. The culprit -- indeed the mastermind of this crisis -- has committed the inside job of creating and promoting the idea that we are all a separate self, which is the chief source of our daily distress and dissatisfaction.

No more than a narrative of personhood pieced together from disparate neural activations, the self we believe ourselves to be in our own minds -- although quite capable of being affirming, inspiring, and constructive -- often spews forth a distressing flow of worry and second-guessing, blaming and shaming, regret and guilt. This book offers an antidote to this epidemic of stolen identity, isolation, and self-deprecation: no-self (a concept known in Buddhist philosophy as anatta or anatman).

The No-Self Help Book turns the idea of self-improvement on its head, arguing that the key to well-being lies not in the relentless pursuit of bettering one's self but in the recognition of the self as a false identity born in the mind. Rather than identifying with a small, relative sense of self, this book encourages you to embrace a liberating alternative -- an expansive awareness that is flexible and open to experiencing life as an ongoing and ever-changing process, without attachment to personal outcomes or storylines.

To help you make this leap from self to no-self, the book provides forty bite-sized chapters full of clever and inspiring insights based in positive psychology and non-duality -- a philosophy that asserts there is no real separation between any of us. So, if you're tired of "self-help" and you're ready to explore who you are beyond the self, let The No-Self Help Book be your guide.

Kate Gustin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her education from Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley; and has worked in a variety of settings over the past twenty-five years as a mental health practitioner: outpatient psychiatry, community mental health clinics, VA Hospital, college counseling services, and currently in private practice. Gustin integrates the science of positive psychology into her psychotherapy, teaching, and consultation, and leads classes and trainings for students, patients, and health care professionals. Foreword writer JP Sears is an emotional healing coach, YouTuber, author, international teacher, event speaker, curious student of life, and satirist best known for his popular YouTube channel. JP's "Ultra Spiritual" videos have accumulated over 100 million online views.

 

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By Kate Gustin, Jp Sears (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781684032174
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Published: Non-Duality - December 1st, 2018

It's time to get over your self

Written by a clinical psychologist and student of Eastern philosophy, this handy little guide offers a radical solution to anyone struggling with self-doubt, self-esteem, and self-defeating thoughts: "no-self help." By breaking free of your own self-limiting beliefs, you'll discover your infinite potential.


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Sausalito, CA 94965

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