Susan Packard - Fully Human (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:30pm

Emotions can sink us, or they can power us like fuel to succeed. Many of us show up for work, and life, feeling lonely even in a room full of people, or bringing unproductive emotions into work, like anger or fear. You don’t have to feel this way. Susan Packard offers an accessible new guidebook to grow your emotional fitness, and it’s arrived just in time, as technology is quickly becoming our main interface for communication. No matter where you are in your career, success is an inside job. Packard lays out how to develop interdependent work relationships, and for leaders, how to build healthy company cultures.
 
Packard introduces us to successful people, and companies, that are rich with ‘connector’ emotions like hope, empathy and trust-building. She tackles unconventional topics, like how workaholism keeps us emotionally adolescent, and how forgiveness belongs in the workplace too. Packard shares her EQ Fit-catalyzed success at HGTV and the stories of the executives she coaches in mindfulness and other emerging techniques, and she teaches an ‘inside out’ practice of self-discovery, which helps you uncover unproductive emotions, and dispel them.
 
The best leaders balance power and grace, and everyone can effectively use resilience--an ability to endure tough situations and make tough decisions, and vulnerability, a willingness to open up, change, and admit when we need help. In Fully Human, she offers new tools to bring our strongest emotional selves to work each day.

Susan Packard is the cofounder of Scripps Networks Interactive and the former chief operating officer of HGTV, and its second employee. Under Packard's helm, HGTV became one of the fastest-growing cable networks in television history.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780143132745
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Published: TarcherPerigee - February 12th, 2019

HGTV cofounder Susan Packard launches the next chapter in emotional intelligence (EQ), and shows you how to increase your personal satisfaction and productivity—in work and life—via her three-step path toward EQ Fitness.
 


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Karen Catlin - Better Allies (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Are you looking to build a workplace culture with a certain buzz about it? Where employees are thriving and engagement survey scores are through the roof. Where people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are hired and set up for success--and they all want their friends to work there too, because it's so awesome.

One secret to creating this kind of workplace is allyship. And it's something anyone can do.

In Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, you'll learn to spot situations where you can create a more inclusive culture, along with straightforward steps to take. Leadership coach Karen Catlin will walk you though how to be a better ally, including:

  • Hiring and retaining a diverse workforce
  • Amplifying and advocating for others
  • Giving effective and equitable performance feedback
  • Using more inclusive language

Read this book to level-up your ally skills and create a culture where everyone, including you, can do their best work and thrive.

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By Karen Catlin, Sally McGraw (Editor)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781732723306
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Published: Better Allies Press - January 14th, 2019

Are you looking to build a workplace culture with a certain buzz about it? Where employees are thriving and engagement survey scores are through the roof. Where people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are hired and set up for success--and they all want their friends to work there too, because it's so awesome.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Louise Aronson - Elderhood (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied.

Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy--a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself.

Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."

Louise Aronson, MD, is the author of A History of the Present Illness and a geriatrician, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she directs UCSF Medical Humanities. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the MFA Program For Writers at Warren Wilson College, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism, the California Homecare Physician of the Year Award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year Award, as well as numerous awards for her teaching, educational research, and writing. The recipient of a MacDowell fellowship and four Pushcart nominations, her articles and stories have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Bellevue Literary Review. She lives in San Francisco.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781620405468
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 11th, 2019

As revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

James Bostwick - Acts of Omission (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

Down on his luck after a string of lost cases and a recent divorce, personal injury lawyer Matt Taylor hopes his next trial will be an easy win. But when he meets a devastatingly injured young man desperate for help, Matt finds himself embroiled in an impossible lawsuit against Salvatore Conte, a powerful lawyer with sinister connections. Despite all warnings, Matt courageously pulls out all the stops to uncover the truth and right a horrific legal wrong. What follows in Acts of Omission is an epic multi-million-dollar battle of wills, intrigue, and outright violence that could cost Matt everything he cares about—his career, his family, his heart….and his life.

James S. Bostwick is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over forty years of experience representing catastrophically injured people throughout the country. In this first novel, he uses his vast experience to provide a rare glimpse into the world of civil trial lawyers, what motivates them, the enormous risks they take, and the choices that define them professionally and personally. Bostwick is an invited member of the Inner Circle of Advocates (limited to the top 100 plaintiff’s trial lawyers in the U.S.), and is a past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to the top 500 plaintiff and defense trial lawyers in the U.S.). He has received many honors and awards for his work as a civil plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Bostwick has obtained several record results for his clients over the years, including the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in U.S. history. He is the father of five. He practices law with his son and with his law partner of over twenty years. His office is in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his wife and their two dogs.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781642932614
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Post Hill Press - May 28th, 2019

A brilliant and dogged young trial lawyer in San Francisco risks everything he holds dear to bring the most dangerous legal adversary in town to justice. 

Down on his luck after a string of lost cases and a recent divorce, personal injury lawyer Matt Taylor hopes his next trial will be an easy win.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jamil Zaki - The War for Kindness (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Our modern society is practically designed to destroy empathy. As cities grow and solitary living becomes more common, we see more people than ever before, but know fewer of them. Rituals that bring us into regular contact—attending church, participating in team sports—have given way to solitary pursuits, often carried out over the Internet. When we encounter someone online, the first thing we often learn about them is what we like the least. They are enemies before they have a chance to be people.

Amid these toxic social forces, studies demonstrate that the average person’s empathy has eroded over the last forty years. Jamil Zaki, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, has dedicated his career to understanding why. “Being a psychologist studying empathy today is like being a climatologist studying the polar ice,” Zaki writes. “Each year we discover more about how valuable it is, just as it recedes all around us.” In The War for Kindness, he uses his groundbreaking research to explain how society can address the empathy deficit and fight back against tribalism, isolation, and exhaustion.

Zaki begins by giving us an entirely new understanding of how empathy works. It has long been thought to be a hardwired trait, which people either have or don’t have. However, as Zaki and other scientists have demonstrated, empathy is in fact more like a skill, which can be taught, strengthened, and adapted to the modern world. “With the right treatments—medicines, if you will—we can grow a more muscular kind of empathy, and broaden our kindness along the way,” Zaki says.

The War for Kindness opens very personally. Zaki’s parents went through a long, bitter divorce beginning when he was eight. A tumultuous childhood served as a sort of “empathy gym” for his young brain as he worked hard to stay connected to both his mother and father. Throughout the book, Zaki takes us to both the lab and out into the world. We visit Washington State’s police academy, where trainers use actors to simulate crime scenes, teaching cops to behave more like guardians and less like warriors. We spend time with a former member of the White Aryan Resistance, who was befriended by a Jewish teacher, reformed, and later founded an organization that helps others leave hate groups. We sit in on a rehearsal of the San Francisco Young Performers Theatre to see how teenagers learn to inhabit different perspectives and grow their social skills along the way. We learn how a Rwandan radio soap opera helped heal the collective trauma of that country’s genocide. And we observe NICU physicians and nurses learning to help families through their hardest moments without drowning in their own pain.

Fighting for kindness is not easy. But in The War for Kindness, Zaki presents the science and the tools that could help us reverse the empathy decline, and emphasizes why we must try. “In five years, or one, the world could be a meaner place or a kinder one. Our social fabric could further tear or start to mend,” Zaki writes. “But if we succumb to our lazier emotional instincts, we will all suffer more. The direction we take—and our collective fate—depends, in a real way, on what each of us decides to feel.”

Jamil Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780451499240
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - June 4th, 2019

“In this masterpiece, Jamil Zaki weaves together the very latest science with stories that will stay in your heart forever.”—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers 50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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