William Kent Krueger - This Tender Land (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.

Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en­thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Ordinary Grace--winner of the Edgar Award for best novel--as well as eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749297
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019


“If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you’ll love This Tender Land...This story is as big-hearted as they come.” —Parade

A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lit Camp Fundraiser (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

Lit Camp Live! Join Lit Camp for a celebratory evening of wine and food…plus a dozen fast-paced readings from both Lit Camp alumni (representing all 6 years!), as well as local, best-selling authors. Free admission

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Dr. Julia Nordgren - The New Family Table (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

Influenced by global cuisines and fresh ingredients, The New Family Table features more than 60 no-fuss recipes, from Sweet Potato Burritos and Spicy Quinoa Bowls, to a Kid-Friendly Kale Salad, and Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Through stories and recipes, Dr. Julia Nordgren shares insightful tips, techniques, and practical advice that will help make family meals tasty, fun, and fulfilling. Combining her passion for healthy and delicious food, and her medical background, Dr. Nordgren’s culinary degree enables her to explain how diet impacts health in real terms. As a parent of two, Dr. Nordgren is no stranger to dealing with picky appetites. The recipes include family favorites, field tested in her kitchen, such as Andrew’s Favorite Fajitas, Week- night Chickpea Curry, and Rob’s Almost-World Famous Veggie Chili, all of which are sure to rally families around the dinner table.

Dr. Julia Nordgren is a pediatrician and trained chef. Her years of treating patients for cholesterol disorders, prediabetes, and childhood obesity are what motivated her to enroll in the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program, where she graduated with honors. Since then, Dr. Nordgren has helped countless families move the needle on becoming more intentional about their eating, while developing sustainable and impactful lifestyle changes. Dr. Nordgren maintains a vibrant pediatric weight management practice at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and leads a hands-on Culinary Medicine class at the Stanford University Teaching Kitchen. Dr. Nordgren received her medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, completing her pediatrics residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she was elected Chief Resident. She lives and practices medicine in Palo Alto, where she tests many of her recipes on her husband and two boys, who luckily have adventurous appetites and honest opinions.


We are pleased to share our Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building with our friends at CUESA, as they host well-known chefs at their demonstration kitchen. The food-portion of the events usually start at the market about an hour or so earlier than the times listed below. We invite the chefs and their fans to take a short walk over to our store where they can meet their readers and sign their books.

The New Family Table: Cooking More, Eating Together & Staying Relatively Sane Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732645608
Availability: Special Order
Published: Story Farm - January 2019

This book is a treasure trove of beautiful, simple, flavorful meals and snacks. An essential for anyone who loves to eat!

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Joan Price - Sex After Grief (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00pm

Sex is complicated at the best of times--but when we're overcome by grief, it's especially mysterious and confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we're grieving the death of a partner? Why does taking care of ourselves sexually matter at a time when we'd rather hide under the covers and wail? How do we know when it's time to open ourselves to the sexual phase of a new relationship? And how do we do it?

There's no right or wrong method or timeline for bringing our sexuality back into into our lives, whether it's with our own hands, a friend with benefits, a hook-up, a new companion, or any combination. Sex After Grief includes a variety of people's personal stories from folks of all genders and orientations. Some jumped into sex quickly. Some took years. Some withdrew from sexual possibility. No one was wrong, and no choice is defective or shameful.

A grief book like no other, Sex after Grief is the first book to address sex and grief together and treat sex as a normal, positive, life-affirming part of emerging from such a difficult time. Joan Price, the top expert on senior sex, draws on her own experiences as a widow since 2008, when she lost the love of her life to cancer. She shares her raw grief journey, sexual reawakening (and the many stumbles along the way), and attempts to dip back into dating, along with excellent advice on handling each step.

Author and speaker Joan Price calls herself an "advocate for ageless sexuality." For fifteen years, Joan was a widely published health and fitness writer. Then at 57, after decades of single life, she fell deeply in love with artist Robert Rice, who was then 64. Their love affair was profound, joyful, and extremely spicy. Their passion, in contrast to society's view of older people as sexless, led Joan at age 61 to write Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty to celebrate the delights of older-life sexuality. Robert and Joan married after five years together and had two more years together before Robert died of cancer in 2008. His last request to Joan was "Promise me you'll keep doing your work." After Better Than I Ever Expected came out, hundreds of senior readers sent her questions and comments about the problems in their own sex lives. Joan realized that her next book had to be a self-help guide for both men and women dealing with the challenges of older-age sexuality. She started writing Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex to address readers' problems. The success of Naked at Our Age and the demand for more information about senior sexuality led Joan to write The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life, an upbeat, inclusive, and comprehensive guidebook for seniors of all genders and orientations and their health professionals. She travels nationally and internationally, speaking about senior sex to wide and diverse audiences. Formerly a high school English teacher, Joan is also a fitness professional who believes that exercise should be a treat, not a treatment. She has written several books about health and fitness, including The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book: 300+ Quick and Easy Exercises You Can Do Whenever You Want.

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ISBN: 9781642500332
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mango - August 15th, 2019

Reclaim Your Sexuality After Loss

An Honest Approach to Hard Questions: Sex is complicated at the best of times--but when we're overcome by grief, it's especially mysterious and confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we're grieving the death of a partner?

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Katherine Ellison - Mothers & Murderers (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

What is the single most humiliating mistake you’ve ever made?

Katherine Ellison has a good one: At 23 years old, barely one year into her first job as a newspaper reporter, she mis-paraphrased a prosecutor in a major murder trial, making it seem as if a woman who hadn’t been charged with any crime was guilty of plotting a murder.

The woman sued Ellison for libel, demanding $11 million, in a humiliating episode that Ellison initially feared would destroy her career. Instead, the mistake pushed her into taking new risks to restore her editors’ faith in her, while also dealing with her own traumatic family history: a journey that led to insight, adventure, and love.

Mothers & Murderers is an intense psychological thriller that weaves together the story of an outrageous murder mystery with a mysterious woman at its center and Ellison’s roller-coaster love life and career. It takes readers from San Jose, California—before it was Silicon Valley—to Pakistan, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, and the Philippines.

As the book progresses, with each story offering insights into the other, the reader comes to understand both why Ellison made the mistake that almost ruined her life and how she was able to overcome it.

This story of resilience and empowerment is equally relevant for women who came of age after the second wave of feminism and women who today face strikingly similar challenges in taking responsibility for their behavior, whether conscious or unconscious.

Katherine Ellison began her writing career at age 11, when Archie Comics paid her $10 for an essay about her pet Miniature Schnauzer. (That was a long time ago but freelancing still doesn’t pay all that much.) Twelve years later she got her first full-time job as a reporter for The San Jose Mercury News. At age 27, Ellison won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her contributions as part of a team of three journalists, for an investigative series on secret US real estate investments by Philippine dictators Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos and their cronies. She went on to work for 12 years as a foreign correspondent covering Latin America for Knight Ridder Newspapers. Ellison is the author and co-author of ten non-fiction books, including The Mommy Brain and Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention. The mother of two sons, she lives in San Anselmo with her husband and two dogs.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Linda Watanabe McFerrin - Navigating the Divide (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

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. In poetry and prose that is sometimes profoundly personal, sometimes astoundingly surreal, this world traveler and devoted literary explorer breaks down walls, bridges, cultures, and genres, delighting and instructing the reader. This rich, multi-faceted collection really does “navigate the divide” between spiritual and physical, between thought and desire, between identity and others.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, and novelist. She is the author of two poetry collections, two novels, a collection of award-winning short stories, and a travel guidebook. Her literary honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and various travel writing, poetry, and fiction awards. Her latest novel, Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. As the founder of Left Coast Writers, Watanabe McFerrin has taught and mentored a long list of writers and is a beloved figure in California’s rich, historic literary culture. She has led workshops around the world, and with ASP author Joanna Biggar, she co-founded the Wanderland Writers series of workshops and anthologies, which they co-edit.

Advance Praise for Navigating the Divide

“I have loved everything I’ve ever read by Linda Watanabe McFerrin. Her prose and poetry are filled with amazing women, charm, wisdom and light. She is both soulful and precise, eloquent and full of life.”

Anne Lamott, Author of Bird by Bird

“Reading Linda’s work is like being mesmerized by a snake before it swallows you whole.   The words shimmer, creating a dreamscape where the story unfolds and draws you in while strange, sometimes bizarre, encounters play out in minutely described detail.  You ‘emerge’ from her stories rather than ‘finish’ them.   The poems are spare, elegant and evocative, stirring deep emotions even while not ostensibly emotional.  This is a beautiful book by a writer who has honed her writing skills and knows precisely how to wield them.”

Maureen Wheeler, Co-Founder of Lonely Planet Publications

“Poetry like burnished steel and prose that reads like poetry. The most captivating and rewarding book I’ve read this year.”

Tim Cahill, Author of Jaguars Ripped My Flesh, A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, and Pass the Butterworms

"Navigating the Divide by Linda Watanabe McFerrin reminds me of the prodigious efforts of the legendary Polynesian long canoe wayfinders, who navigated the vast ocean using only the stars, the  sun and moon, and the pattern of the waves. Likewise, the poems and prose pieces here range across the wide globe, from San Francisco and Oakland, to Shanghai and Tokyo, as well as the often enormous distance between love and loneliness, strangers and friends, sadness and happiness. The insights here into the human condition are often as wrenching as a sea storm, but also as euphoric as the moment when the fog lifts and your ship slips into a safe harbor."  

Phil Cousineau, Author of The Book of Roads and The Art of Pilgrimage

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ISBN: 9781942892144
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925