Beth Miller - Waking Up on the Couch (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Waking Up on the Couch is the journal of one woman’s quest for spiritual awakening, from a childhood connection with the ‘invisible world’ to a profound remembering of her true nature decades later.  It is an intimate look at how we develop our personalities, identities, and defenses, all in the service of a self.  And how, by "dying before dying”, we can let go of whatever keeps us small. Waking Up on the Couch is a deep psychological and spiritual exploration, as well as an invitation to the reader to take an inner journey, delving into your deepest being in a discovery of abiding and embodied contentment.

Beth Miller, PhD, trained as a psychologist and lives in San Francisco. She is the author of The Woman’s Book of Resilience and has had a gratifying career devoted to helping people discover their innate wholeness. She taught at California Institute of Integral Studies and The University of San Francisco Medical Center. She had a private practice of psychotherapy for twenty-five years and gave seminars, talks, and workshops on cultivating resilience. She treasures watching her five extraordinarily kind grandsons find their way in the world. They bring her enormous joy and belly laughs. Find more about her at

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ISBN: 9781948796354
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Published: Epigraph Publishing - September 4th, 2018

Waking up on the Couch is a journey of spiritual awakening. It is an intimate look at how we develop our personalities, identities, defenses, and the letting go of whatever keeps us small. Using her personal story, Beth Miller, invites the reader to take an inner journey, delving into your deepest being in discovery of abiding and embodied contentment.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Wolman - Aloha Rodeo (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

In August 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world’s greatest rodeo. Steer-roping virtuoso Ikua Purdy and his cousins Jack Low and Archie Ka’au’a had traveled nearly 4,000 miles from Hawaii, of all places, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the native Hawaiians would astonish the country, returning home champions—and American legends. An unforgettable human drama set against the rough-knuckled frontier, Aloha Rodeo unspools the fascinating and little-known true story of the Hawaiian cowboys, or paniolo, whose 1908 adventure upended the conventional history of the American West.

What few understood when the three paniolo rode into Cheyenne is that the Hawaiians were no underdogs. They were the product of a deeply engrained cattle culture that was twice as old as that of the Great Plains, for Hawaiians had been chasing cattle over the islands’ rugged volcanic slopes and through thick tropical forests since the late 1700s. Tracing the life story of Purdy and his cousins, Wolman and Smith delve into the dual histories of ranching and cowboys in the islands, and the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Cheyenne, “Holy City of the Cow.” At the turn of the twentieth century, larger-than-life personalities like “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Theodore Roosevelt capitalized on a national obsession with the Wild West and helped transform Cheyenne’s annual Frontier Days celebration into an unparalleled rodeo spectacle, the “Daddy of ‘em All.”

The hopes of all Hawaii rode on the three riders’ shoulders during those dusty days in August 1908. The U.S. had forcibly annexed the islands just a decade earlier. The young Hawaiians brought the pride of a people struggling to preserve their cultural identity and anxious about their future under the rule of overlords an ocean away. In Cheyenne, they didn’t just astound the locals; they also overturned simplistic thinking about cattle country, the binary narrative of “cowboys versus Indians,” and the very concept of the Wild West. Blending sport and history, while exploring questions of identity, imperialism, and race, Aloha Rodeo spotlights an overlooked and riveting chapter in the saga of the American West.

David Wolman is a Contributing Editor at Outside. He has written for the Wired, the New York Times, New Yorker, Nature, and many other publications, and his work has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. He is the author of The End of Money, Righting the Mother Tongue, and A Left-Hand Turn Around the World. David lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.

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ISBN: 9780062836007
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Published: William Morrow - May 28th, 2019

Set in Hawaii in aftermath of its annexation by the United States and in Wyoming during the twilight of the "Wild West," Aloha Rodeo uncovers the hidden history of the native Hawaiians who challenged the West's greatest cowboys—and returned home American legends.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Lama Palden Drolma with Sylvia Boorstein - Love on Every Breath (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein

Many today feel called to action. Others are stymied, grief-stricken, confused about how to proceed. An ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation--Tonglen--addresses this condition. One breathes in the suffering of others and breathes out compassion. But it is a difficult, advanced practice. Breathing in the suffering of others can be overwhelming. Lama Palden Drolma, a Western woman trained by Buddhist masters and also schooled in contemporary psychotherapy, here introduces readers to a variation of Tonglen that is no less powerful but more user-friendly. What she calls "Love on Every Breath" is a direct descendent of Tonglen, dating back centuries. Lama Drolma walks readers step-by-step through the meditation, from beginning issues of sitting with awareness and breath to taking in and extending love. Challenging situations of sadness, anger, and overwhelm are addressed with "On-the-Spot" strategies. Love on Every Breath elegantly and practically addresses a contemporary culture rife with anger, fear, and a sense of exclusion. The practices heal both the practitioner and the society in which they live. 

In this inspiring evening, bestselling author Sylvia Boorstein will lead a dialogue with Lama Palden Drolma about her new book Love on Every Breath. They will discuss the eight steps of a full Tonglen practice, as well as the “On-the-Spot” strategies for each step of the meditation that Lama Drolma offers throughout the book, which can be practiced in the moment anywhere and anytime. They will also explore the meditation’s numerous benefits, like shifting away from ego contraction, opening more deeply to love and compassion, letting go of clinging to our negativity and fear, and connecting with our innate Buddha nature.

Lama Palden Drolma is the author of Love on Every Breath. A licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach, she has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the most preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century. Following a traditional three-year retreat under his guidance, Kalu Rinpoche authorized her to become one of the first Western lamas. She subsequently founded the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching center in Fairfax, California.

Sylvia Boorstein is a Jewish Buddhist author, psychotherapist, and Buddhist teacher. Boorstein studied with Dipa Ma and is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has written numerous books such as It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist, Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There, and How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers with Toni Bernhard.

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ISBN: 9781608685769
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New World Library - May 28th, 2019

Today, when our human family is facing so many challenges, it is more important than ever that we find peace and sustenance in our hearts. Love on Every Breath, or Tonglen, is a seven-step meditation for anyone who wants to nourish and open their heart.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sara Bender & Cyretta Chaput - Beginning Spanish (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Eight Thursdays • June 6 – Aug 1 (no class July 4) • 10:30am-12:30pm • $265

Participants will be introduced to the foundations of vocabulary and grammar that include key Spanish phrases, terminology for travel and basic conversation. Participants will focus on their pronunciation while they begin to feel confident speaking Spanish. 

Sara Bender was born in Mexico and later received her Master’s degree in Secondary Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught and tutored Spanish for several years. Cyretta Chaput was born in San Francisco, but moved to Mexico as a child and lived there for over 30 years. She worked for the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC and as a simultaneous translator before returning to the Bay Area. She has taught Spanish in casual settings throughout the years and tutors it as well. 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Julia Phillips - Disappearing Earth (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls--sisters, eight and eleven--go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska--and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before.

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright fellow whose writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Slate, and The Moscow Times. She lives in Brooklyn.

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ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

"Splendidly imagined . . . Thrilling" --Simon Winchester

"A genuine masterpiece" --Gary Shteyngart

Spellbinding, moving--evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world--this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Emilie Aries - Bossed Up (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

With the Six Degrees Society and Author Meg Keene

Young women today face an uncertain job market, the pressure to ascend at all costs, and a fear of burning out. But the landscape is changing, and women are taking an assertive role in shaping our careers and lives, while investing more and more in our community of support.

Bossed Up teaches you how to:

  • Break out of the "martyrdom mindset," and cultivate your Boss Identity by getting clear on what you really want for your career and life without apology;
  • Hone the self-advocacy skills necessary for success;
  • Understand the differences between being assertive (which is part of being a leader) and being aggressive (which is more like being a bully) - and how that clarity can transform your trajectory;
  • Beat burnout by identifying how the warning signs may be showing up in your life and how to prioritize bringing more rest, purpose, agency, and community to your day-to-day life;
  • Unpack the steps to cultivating something more than just confidence; a boss identity, which will establish your ability to be the boss of your life no matter what comes your way.

Drawing from timely research, and with personal stories, and spotlights on a diverse group of women from the Bossed Up community, this book will show you how to craft a happy, healthy, and sustainable career path you'll love.

Emilie Aries is an award-winning speaker, podcaster, writer, and the Founder and CEO of Bossed Up, an innovative personal and professional training organization that helps women craft sustainable careers. She is the current host of the popular podcast, Bossed Up, and former co-host of Stuff Mom Never Told You, the feminist podcast by HowStuffWorks that reached nearly 2 million listeners each month. Previously, Emilie served on national political campaigns as an organizer and digital strategist. In 2009, she served as the youngest State Director in the nation for Organizing for America, where she helped gain support for many of the Obama Administration's policy priorities. Then, as a digital strategist, she helped 2012's most critical US Senate campaigns leverage online communication technology. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Brown University and completed a Fellowship on Organizing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Emilie splits her time between Denver, CO and Washington, DC.

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ISBN: 9781541724204
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 21st, 2019

In this candid, refreshing guide for young women to take with us as we run the world, Emilie Aries shows you how to own your power, know your worth, and design your career and life accordingly.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111