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Hallie Rubenhold - The Five (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:30pm

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. In The Five, a devastating narrative of these five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time—but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

Hallie Rubenhold is a social historian whose expertise lies in rediscovering the stories of previously unknown women and episodes in history. The Five is the first full-length biography of the victims of Jack the Ripper to be published since 1888. By drawing upon a wealth of previously unseen archival material and adding a much-needed historical context to the victims’ lives, The Five promises to change the narrative of these murders forever.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781328663818
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 9th, 2019

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales.


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Jessica Yellin - Savage News (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

Be noisy. Natalie Savage grew up hearing these words from her beloved father, who admired Walter Cronkite so much he named the family dog after him. Natalie—who spent her twenties missing out on life’s benchmarks—finally sees her efforts pay off when she’s assigned to cover the White House for her network, ATN. The problem? The position is only temporary, a test to see if she has what it takes. She has always relied on her grit, her principles and her news sense to gain success. But now her competition is a twenty-six-year-old spoiled frat boy who got his big television break by eating raw animal parts on a reality show.

Of course, he’s winning.

Natalie, along with her scrappy production team, has to navigate ratings wars, workplace sexual harassment and an international political crisis in order to prove herself. But the closer she gets to achieving her dream job, the more she wonders if it is worth all the compromise.

Timely, funny and smart, the juicy debut Savage News is the perfect tonic for readers contending with today’s politics and the #MeToo movement. Natalie Savage will be sure to join the ranks of our favorite fictional heroines as she figures out that having it all doesn’t mean giving up everything she stands for.

Jessica Yellin is the Emmy and Gracie award winning former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN. She is the founder of SAGE, a Los Angeles based digital media company that will bring news from a female led newsroom. Yellin has covered Capitol Hill, domestic politics, state and national elections, the culture wars and issues facing women in the workplace. She’s interviewed four living Presidents as well as First Ladies Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. Her work has been published in The New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast. She serves as a fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and sits on the board of the Center for Public Integrity. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Westlake school for Girls in Los Angeles, California.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780778308423
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Published: Mira Books - April 9th, 2019

"Jessica Yellin is the clear honest voice of our generation."-Amy SchumerBe noisy. Natalie Savage grew up hearing these words from her beloved father, who admired Walter Cronkite so much he named the family dog after him.


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Gay Browne - Living with a Green Heart (San Francisco Store)

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:00pm

In an increasingly toxic world, the paths to environmental health and personal well-being run parallel. The journey begins with a few small steps.

Is the damage we’re doing to our planet literally leaving you sick, sore, and gasping for air? Want to take back our inalienable rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy food? In this quietly revolutionary book, environmental pioneer and founder of Greenopia, Gay Browne, shares a roadmap for making incremental changes that will not only transform your life, but heal the world we share. From the home to the office, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear, here are actions you can take today that will improve your Personal Environmental Health, and help you stop feeling overwhelmed, reduce illness, improve sleep, mood, and focus, and start making a difference, including:

  • Make conscious choices when shopping, and support companies with good environmental stewardship and healthy products.
  • Test your water for harmful chemicals, install an affordable water filtration system, and reduce your water use by utilizing water more efficiently.
  • Work with your doctor to create a personal plan for detoxing your body.
  • Use only non-toxic and organic household products, and choose organic, eco-friendly fabrics made by sustainable and fair trade certified companies.
  • Choose the method of transportation that makes the lightest carbon footprint.

With these and many other actions outlined in Living with a Green Heart, Gay Browne’s work has taught her that even the smallest change for the better, faithfully practiced, can have an immense positive impact on our minds, bodies, and spirits—not to mention the planet.

Environmental pioneer Gay Browne is the world’s first and only personal environmental therapist and is the founder of Greenopia, a company dedicated to achieving personal and community environmental health through small and large habit and behavioral adjustments. Greenopia is a comprehensive bestselling series of city by city guidebooks listing local eco-friendly resources. Greenopia Los Angeles was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. In 1994, even before the U.S. Green Building Council established the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for environmental building verification, Gay set out to create what she calls “an optimal personal environmental health space.” She began designing and constructing the first completely environmentally responsible home of its kind. Once completed, it was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Home Section. Gay travels the country speaking on environmental issues, sits on several boards, and holds various chair positions for environmental alliances, arts, and hospital foundations, and women’s and school groups. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her children and dogs. For more information, and tips on how you can live with a green heart, visit her website at GayBrowne.com.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780806539003
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Published: Citadel - March 26th, 2019

“If you want one of the shortest, fastest routes to getting toxic chemicals out of your life, get behind the wheel of Gay Browne’s Living with a Green Heart and you’ll get there in no time flat.”
—Ken Cook, President, Environmental Working Group
 


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Lydia Fenet - The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:30pm

In Conversation with Liam Mayclem

Lydia Fenet, Senior Vice President of Christie’s and seasoned auctioneer, shares the secrets of success and the strategies behind her revolutionary sales approach to show you how to embrace and channel your own power in any room. 

Who is the most powerful woman in the room? She’s the one who can raise a million dollars in a minute. She’s the one who can command the attention of a crowd of any size from one person to a crowd of five thousand. She’s the one who can sell anything to anyone, just by asking. She can be you.

As a senior executive at Christie’s, leader in her field, and one of Gotham magazine’s Most Influential Women in New York, Lydia Fenet knows firsthand that the one skill that can set women apart in both their personal life and career is the ability to sell. The Most Powerful Woman In The Room Is You equips you with everything you need to know—from how to sell authentically and how to network (or die), to the importance of never apologizing (start negotiating instead), how to perfect your poker face, and always, always, tell the truth. Lydia shows us how to sharpen our personal kit of practical tools of the trade, such as finding your own “strike method,” or signature move, to help you feel confident from the minute you start any pitch. Most of all, she offers plenty of encouragement to take ownership in your position and look for opportunities to innovate.

Throughout, Lydia also shares personal and inspiring stories from her own life—like how she got her foot in the door at Christie’s after she was originally told there were no spots left in the intern program. And when she realized she was being paid a third of her worth—and how she came back more powerful than ever.

Filled with additional case studies, thoughtful insights, and meaningful advice from some of the most powerful and successful women in business, fashion, journalism, sports, and the arts, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You is an empowering must-have guide that will have you winning over the audiences in all aspects of your life.

Lydia Fenet is Senior Vice President and International Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s, where she’s led auctions for over 600 organizations and trains all of Christie’s charity auctioneers. Lydia travels around the country to speak on “The Art of Selling” and was named one of New York’s most influential women by Gotham magazine. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Elle magazine, and has appeared in Vanity Fair, WWD, Vogue.com, and WorkingMother.com. This is her first book.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781982101138
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Published: Gallery Books - April 9th, 2019

In The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You, Lydia Fenet takes you on her twenty-year journey from intern to managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at Christie’s Auction House.


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Mo Welch with Irene Tu - How to Die Alone (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event includes an exclusive raffle! See below for details.

There’s an entire industry built on the idea of helping people to push hard and succeed in love, work, fitness, and finances. But what about those people who would so much rather stay home and eat pizza with the cat while binge-watching Netflix? Who’s telling them that it’s OK to be a couch potato?

Blair, that’s who. The creation of cartoonist and stand-up comic Mo Welch, Blair is the awkward, self-deprecating, totally relatable anti-heroine who already has 65,000 followers on Instagram and an animated show on TBS Digital. Now Blair is the face, the voice, and the attitude of How to Die Alone, the perfect self-help book for not helping yourself—and a funny, irreverent gift for millennials struggling to “adult.”

Forget winning friends and influencing people—here’s advice on how to win the Worst Friend Award instead, including: Always be late, never offer to drive (anywhere), and treat your friend’s kitchen like an open bar. Plus the ins and outs of terrible dates, permission to eat cookies instead of going to the gym, and how to treat your job like the inconvenience that it is. It’s the genuinely funny, tongue-in-cheek guide to just saying no.

Mo Welch is a stand-up comedian and cartoonist based in LA. She has opened for Dana Carvey, Jason Sudeikis, Nick Kroll, and Judd Apatow. In January 2018, she appeared on CONAN and her 10-part animated series BLAIR debuted on TBS Digital. She starred in Foul Ball on CBS, Hulu’s Coming To The Stage, and appeared in season two of Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and season two of Life in Pieces on CBS. She has worked as a writer for Nickelodeon, TBS, and CBS.  Today, Mo runs a live talk show called "The Mo Show" at The Virgil on the third Tuesday of the month. Previous guests include Rachel Bloom, Cecily Strong, Tom Wilson, Rich Fulcher, and that guy that walks around Hollywood dressed as Jesus. The Chicago Reader called her “hysterically brilliant” and Splitsider called her “impossibly cool”. Along with her comics, she was featured on BuzzFeed, The A.V. Club, Serial Optimist, and is a regular comics contributor to Hello Giggles and BuzzFeed. Mo lives with her wife, Sam, in Los Angeles, California and is hoping to add a cat to their family circle. You can most often find her illustrating during the day, performing stand-up at night, and reading comics in-between.

Irene Tu is a Chicago-born, San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. In 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle singled her out as an “artist on the brink of fame,” on the heels of being named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” (SFist) and one of 20 “Women to Watch” (KQED). She has performed at numerous festivals including SF Sketchfest, Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, RIOT LA, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Outside Lands. Irene has opened for comedians such as Anthony Jeselnik, W. Kamau Bell, Brian Posehn, Gary Gulman, Judah Friedlander, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla. You can see her on season 2 of Take My Wife and on VICELAND’s Funny How?

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Raffle details: Following the event, there will be a raffle in which the winner will receive an original piece of artwork from author Mo Welch.

How to Die Alone: The Foolproof Guide to Not Helping Yourself Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781523504268
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 16th, 2019

Meet Blair, viral Instagram sensation and antisocial icon, in this handbook to living your worst life, written and illustrated with laugh-out-loud wit by comedian Mo Welch.

For every brave soul who wants to just say no—no to meeting the gang for drinks, no to wishing a coworker happy birthday (unless there’s free cake involved), and no to dating of any kind&mdas


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Joan Schoettler - Ruth Asawa (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am

Independent Bookstore Day Event!

In this extraordinary picture book, Ruth Asawa: A Scultping Life, author Joan Schoettler imparts the life of a remarkable woman, teacher, and artist. From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts, Ruth Asawa's life journey is one filled with injustice, learning, and expression. Known as the "Fountain Lady" of San Francisco due to the many fountains she designed, Asawa experimented with unconventional mediums, using lines, space, and wire to create dimensional sculptures. The thorough research of illustrator Traci Van Wagoner is vividly apparent in the dynamic depictions of Asawa and her life that are sure to fascinate and inspire young readers.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781455623976
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Published: Pel - August 30th, 2018

In this extraordinary picture book, author Joan Schoettler imparts the life of a remarkable woman, teacher, and artist. From the Japanese-American internment camps to the creation of the San Francisco School of the Arts, Ruth Asawa's life journey is one filled with injustice, learning, and expression.


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Meredith May - The Honey Bus (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00am

Independent Bookstore Day Event!

The Honey Bus is an extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee.

Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm: she was five years old, her parents had recently split and suddenly she found herself in the care of her grandfather, an eccentric beekeeper who made honey in a rusty old military bus in the yard. That first close encounter was at once terrifying and exhilarating for May, and in that moment she discovered that everything she needed to know about life and family was right before her eyes, in the secret world of bees. May turned to her grandfather and the art of beekeeping as an escape from her troubled reality. Her mother had receded into a volatile cycle of neurosis and despair and spent most days locked away in the bedroom.

It was during this pivotal time in May's childhood that she learned to take care of herself, forged an unbreakable bond with her grandfather and opened her eyes to the magic and wisdom of nature.The bees became a guiding force in May's life, teaching her about family and community, loyalty and survival and the unequivocal relationship between a mother and her child. Part memoir, part beekeeping odyssey, The Honey Bus is an unforgettable story about finding home in the most unusual of places, and how a tiny, little-understood insect could save a life.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780778307785
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Published: Park Row - April 2nd, 2019

An extraordinary story of a girl, her grandfather and one of nature's most mysterious and beguiling creatures: the honeybee. Meredith May recalls the first time a honeybee crawled on her arm.


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Gayle Pirie - The Foreign Cinema Cookbook (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

CUESA Event
Please note: The CUESA demo prior to the Ferry Building Meet & Greet event will take place at the CUESA Classroom in the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at 12 pm!

Meet & Greet!

Foreign Cinema opened its doors in 1999 in the Mission District of San Francisco, pioneers in transforming the neighborhood into a culinary destination. The dramatic experience of dining in the sweeping courtyard, where films screen nightly, still enchant visitors 18 years later. Now, for the first time, chef-owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark share the best from their distinctive North African, California-Mediterranean menu.

Featuring 125 signature dishes, The Foreign Cinema Cookbook spans Pirie and Clark’s award-winning brunch favorites like Champagne Omelet and Persian Bloody Mary, cocktail hour with Lavender Baked Goat Cheese in Fig Leaves, and dinner fare including a Five-Spice Duck Breast with Cassis Sauce and Madras Curry Fried Chicken with Spiced Honey, alongside instructions for how to blend spice staples like Ras el Hanout. With rich storytelling throughout, Pirie and Clark offer home cooks a chance to take the restaurant into their own kitchen.

Gayle Pirie and John Clark are the chef-owners of Foreign Cinema. In 2010, Pirie was inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International. The couple have published two previous books; they live in Berkeley, California, with their two children.

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By Gayle Pirie, John Clark, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419729041
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 15th, 2018

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Lou Bustamante - The Complete Cocktail Manual (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

An Independent Bookstore Day Event!

Join Lou and the staff as we toast Independent Bookstore day with Lou's specially-created beverages.

Learn everything you need to know about crafting the perfect cocktail--or two, or three...but who's counting? Spirits writer and expert Lou Bustamante, in partnership with the United States Bartenders' Guild, collects the best cocktail recipes, techniques, and histories in this must-have volume that has a place in every home bar. From worldwide classics to creative new combinations, packed with expert tips from bartenders across the globe, The Complete Cocktail Manual will help you stock your bar, impress your friends, and throw one hell of a party.

Everything you need is in here:

  • Setup: Get the expert-tested and bartender-approved list of what you need to set up a pro bar at home, from basic supplies and glassware to fancy gear and the ultimate shopping list. Learn all about your favorite liquors--and some you haven't even heard of--and educate yourself on every mixer, ice cube, and tool you might need.
  • Recipes: From apertivos to citrus, spirit-forward to spicy, get the best recipes for every type of drink, from the classics to the most-Googled, in all their many forms. Learn what makes the difference between an antique old-fashioned and a modern one, get the twist right for your muddling, and know which tools to use for which cocktails.
  • Hospitality: Whether you're planning the menu a week in advance or hosting on the fly, get the scoop on entertaining with ease--from food pairings to setup, party punches to supply quantities. Learn how to hack your garnish and set a drink aflame--the right way--and get some tips for dealing with intoxicated guests and next-day hangovers. This book has everything you need to know to throw the ultimate cocktail bash.

This is a must-read volume for any spirits fan, casual mixologist, or craft cocktail enthusiast.

Lou Bustamante is a bar, spirits, and cocktail writer who has done everything from recipe and product development and distillery work to bartending and teaching cocktail classes. He covers the local and national spirits scene for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bold Italic, 7x7, Wine & Spirits Weekly, and many others. While the bar industry has exploded over the last 60 years, the USBG has supported individual bartenders. After putting down California roots in 1948, we incorporated as a nonprofit (50 years strong!) and are now active in over 50 cities nationwide. USBG members don't follow trends-- we set them, and passionately advocate for bartenders nationwide to do the same.

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$29.00
ISBN: 9781681880990
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Published: Weldon Owen - October 18th, 2016

2017 Spirited Awards(R) Nominee BEST NEW COCKTAIL & BARTENDING BOOK


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Susannah Marren - A Palm Beach Wife (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm

For readers of Elin Hilderbrand, Susannah Marren's A Palm Beach Wife is a delicious and irresistible commercial novel set among the high society galas and gossip of Palm Beach.

Amid the glamour and galas and parties of Palm Beach, Faith knows that image often counts as much if not more than reality. She glides effortlessly among the highest of the high society so perfectly that you would never suspect she wasn’t born to this. But it wasn’t always so; though she hides it well, Faith has fought hard for the wonderful life she has, for her loving, successful husband, for her daughter’s future.

In this town of secrets and gossip and rumors, Faith has kept a desperate grip on everything she holds so dear, built from so little. And yet even she—the only one who knows just how far she has to fall—never suspects from which direction, or how many directions all at once, betrayal will come.

Susannah Marren is the author of Between the Tides and A Palm Beach Wife and a pseudonym for Susan Shapiro Barash, who has written thirteen nonfiction books including Tripping the Prom Queen and Toxic Friends. She lives in New York City and teaches gender studies in the Writing Department at Marymount Manhattan College.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250198402
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 9th, 2019

For readers of Elin Hilderbrand, Susannah Marren's A Palm Beach Wife is a delicious and irresistible commercial novel set among the high society galas and gossip of Palm Beach.


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