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Gary Giddins - Bing Crosby (San Francisco Store)

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

Bing Crosby dominated American popular culture in a way that few artists ever have. From the dizzy era of Prohibition through the dark days of the Second World War, he was a desperate nation's most beloved entertainer. But he was more than just a charismatic crooner: Bing Crosby redefined the very foundations of modern music, from the way it was recorded to the way it was orchestrated and performed.

In Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star - The War Years (1940-1946) -- the much-anticipated follow-up to the universally acclaimed first volume, Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years (1903 - 1940) -- NBCC Winner and preeminent cultural critic Gary Giddins now focuses on Crosby's most memorable period, the war years and the origin story of White Christmas. Set against the backdrop of a Europe on the brink of collapse, this groundbreaking work traces Crosby's skyrocketing career as he fully inhabits a new era of American entertainment and culture. While he would go on to reshape both popular music and cinema more comprehensively than any other artist, Crosby's legacy would be forever intertwined with his impact on the home front, a unifying voice for a nation at war. Over a decade in the making and drawing on hundreds of interviews and unprecedented access to numerous archives, Giddins brings Bing Crosby, his work, and his world to vivid life -- firmly reclaiming Crosby's central role in American cultural history.

Gary Giddins wrote the Weather Bird jazz column in the Village Voice for over 30 years and later directed the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the CUNY Graduate Center. He received the National Nook Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century in 1998. His other books include Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years (1930-1940), which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research; Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century; Faces in the Crowd; Natural Selection; Warning Shadow; and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. He has won six ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting. He lives in New York, NY.

 

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$40.00
ISBN: 9780316887922
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 30th, 2018

"The best thing to happen to Bing Crosby since Bob Hope," (WSJ) Gary Giddins presents the second volume of his masterful multi-part biography


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Rick Barton - Peace Works (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 3:00pm

Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria -- a quarter-century of stumbles in America’s pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Rick Barton currently teaches at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves as the co-director of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiatives and Ullman Fellowships. He has served as an American ambassador to the United Nations and the Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees at the U.N., and was the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations under President Obama. He has led conflict management initiatives in crisis zones across the globe, in countries as diverse as Haiti, Iraq, Nigeria, and Turkey. Barton has published in The New York Times,The Washington Post, Politico, The Boston Globe, and numerous other international outlets. He has been a frequent guest on news shows ranging from NPR to The O’Reilly Factor.

 

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781538113004
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - May 1st, 2018

Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change.


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Susan Birnbaum - Thank You Thursday (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

It’s a movement!  Start the habit of writing a note of gratitude on Thursdays -- every week, or month, or even occasionally.  We’ll help you get started!  At our Thank You Thursday, led by project founder Susan Birnbaum, we’ll have complimentary thank-you cards, refreshments, and more! Think about who you might surprise with a thank-you note -- a co-worker, spouse, delivery person, even the postal clerk!  We’ll hand-write and think about gratitude. ALL AGES are welcome!

 

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Peter Gadol - The Stranger Game (San Francisco Store)

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

A literary suspense novel in which an eerie social game goes viral and spins perilously—and criminally—out of control.

Rebecca’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, Ezra, has gone missing, but when she notifies the police, they seem surprisingly unconcerned. They suspect he has been playing the “stranger game,” a viral hit in which players start following others in real life, as they might otherwise do on social media. As the game spreads, however, the rules begin to change, play grows more intense and disappearances are reported across the country.

Curious about this popular new obsession, and hoping that she might be able to track down Ezra, Rebecca tries the game for herself. She also meets Carey, who is willing to take the game further than she imagined possible. As her relationship with Carey and involvement in the game deepen, she begins to uncover an unsettling subculture that has infiltrated the world around her. In playing the stranger game, what may lead her closer to finding Ezra may take her further and further from the life she once lived.

A thought-provoking, haunting novel, The Stranger Game unearths the connections, both imagined and real, that we build with the people around us in the physical and digital world, and where the boundaries blur between them.

Peter Gadol's seven novels include The Stranger Game, Silver Lake, Light at Dusk, and The Long Rain. His work his been translated for foreign editions and appeared in literary journals, including StoryQuarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and Tin House. Gadol lives in Los Angeles, where he is Chair and Professor of the MFA Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design.

 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781335943910
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 2nd, 2018

"A fun, moody, twisty thriller, with a sun-touched, West Coast vibe...


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Dorie Greenspan - Everyday Dorie (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1:00pm

Meet & Greet

The New York Times called her a “culinary guru” and from the looks of her latest cookbook, we can see why. In Everyday Dorie, she invites us to savor her family dishes, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to her yummy Lemon Goop. What makes her recipes stand out? She has a small surprise in each recipe that she writes about while teaching home chefs taste and technique. You’ll find practical recipes made with common ingredients easily found at the market or farmer’s markets and any of these can be used for a simple weeknight meal or for dinner with guests. Dorie Greenspan is the five-time James Beard Award-winner for many of her cookbooks and magazine articles. She has collaborated with many celebrated chefs, she has an online weekly baking club, and currently writes for the New York Times’ Sunday Magazine “On Dessert” monthly column.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780544826984
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 23rd, 2018

To the hundreds of thousands who follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, Dorie Greenspan’s food is powerfully cookable—her recipes instant classics.


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Jordan Matter - Born to Dance (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 3:00pm

Jordan Matter is known to millions for his "10 Minute Photo Challenge" YouTube videos. Now, in one dazzling photograph after another, he portrays dancers—ages 2 through 18—in ordinary and extraordinary pursuits, from hanging with friends to taking selfies, from leaping for joy to feeling left out.

The subjects of Born to Dance include TV and internet stars like Chloé Lukasiak, Kalani Hilliker, Nia Sioux, and Kendall Vertes, as well as boys and girls from around the neighborhood. What they all share is the skill to elevate their hopes and dreams with beauty, humor, grace, and surprise. Paired with empowering words from the dancers themselves, the photographs convey each child’s declaration that they were born to dance.

Jordan Matter, a portrait and dance photographer, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dancers Among Us. He is a viral phenomenon with over two million followers on social media. His YouTube series, "10 Minute Photo Challenge", has been viewed over 100 million times. “In Jordan Matter’s photos, dancers make all the world their stage,” wrote The New York Times. He has presented his work to a wide variety of organizations, including ESPN, the National Arts Club, the School of Visual Arts, Adorama Camera, B&H Photo, and Middlesex College. Matter was an Arts Envoy through the State Department on a speaking tour of South Korea sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. He and his work have been featured in ABC World News, Nightline, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Today, BBC, New York Times, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, UK, O, the Oprah Magazine, NPR, and New York Magazine, and in newspapers, magazines and exhibitions all over the world. He lives in New York.

 

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ISBN: 9781523505494
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 16th, 2018

“In Jordan Matter’s photos, dancers make all the world their stage.” —New York Times
 
From Jordan Matter, YouTube star and New York Times–bestselling author of Dancers Among Us, a celebration of what it means to be young and full of possibility, featuring gorgeous photographs of well-known dancers (including Tate Mc


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ISBN: 9780761189343
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 16th, 2018

“In Jordan Matter’s photos, dancers make all the world their stage.” —New York Times
 
From Jordan Matter, YouTube star and New York Times–bestselling author of Dancers Among Us, a celebration of what it means to be young and full of possibility, featuring gorgeous photographs of well-known dancers (including Tate Mc


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Joan Gelfand - You Can Be a Winning Writer (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Joan Gelfand, author of You Can Be A Winning Writer, has been teaching the 4 C's to aspiring authors at book festivals and writer's conferences for the past ten years, and helping writers around the country realize their dreams of becoming successfully published. Joan has taught her 4 C's method for becoming a successful author to college professors, CEO's, doctors, ghostwriters, poets, and playwrights.

From first draft to building a reputation, the 4 C's discusses craft, commitment and gives solid tips on how to build a literary community and a fan base. Unfortunately, becoming a successfully published author does not stop with mastering craft, commitment and even building a community. Confidence is key, and Joan tackles this sensitive subject that keeps writers unpublished and manuscripts in the drawer. With the help of Renate Stendhal, Ph.D., Joan defines clear steps writers can take to overcome the demon of lack of confidence.

With a splash of humor, a dose of empathy and a volume of support, mastering the 4 C's includes real life anecdotes from famous and not so famous ─ but successful authors. You Can Be A Winning Writer is the go-to book for writers just starting out, to writers stalled after their first or second book, and for students. The 4 C's wisdom and stories will inspire and encourage.

Joan Gelfand’s reviews, stories and poetry have appeared in national and international literary journals and magazines including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, The Toronto Review, newversenews.com, The Sycamore Review and RiverSedge. Joan’s work has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and the Unexplainable and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and Premonitions. She is Chair of the Women’s National Book Association National Writing Contest, a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a juror for the Northern California Book Awards, Joan blogs for the Huffington Post and coaches writers. She is the recipient of over twenty writing awards, nominations and prizes.

 

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By Joan Gelfand, Rosemary Daniell (Foreword by)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781633537422
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Published: Mango - May 1st, 2018

#1 Amazon New Release ─ So you want to publish a best seller?

You can learn to be a successful author ─ the 4 C's approach to successful authorship: Joan Gelfand, author of You Can Be A Winning Writer, has been teaching the 4 C's to aspiring authors at book festivals and writer's conferences for the past ten years, and helping writers around the coun


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Frances B. Rothmann - The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

Outfitted with a new foreword by Kevin Starr, this account of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century San Francisco vividly evokes the luxurious lifestyle and close bond shared by sisters Alice Haas Lilienthal and Florine Haas Bransten. While author Frances Bransten Rothmann recreates her mother and aunt's world of leisure with lively descriptions of high tea at the Palace Hotel, excursions across oceans, and extravagant holiday celebrations that overfilled ballrooms with celebrants, her narrative is much more than an chronicle of empty opulence.

Rothmann makes clear that the true treasure of those Franklin Street houses was Florine and Alice's devotion to each other, their families, and their community. In inhabiting the sisters' daily lives of telephone calls, errands, inside jokes, and myriad philanthropic projects, we can delight in the profound sense of wellbeing—of home—that emanates from the pages. And by witnessing two lifetimes full of kindnesses that extended from family to perfect strangers, we too can see the best in others and in the marvelous City by the Bay.

Published in collaboration with San Francisco Heritage on the occasion of their completing the renovation of the Haas-Lilienthal House, The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street brings to life a San Francisco of the past and tells the story of a family united by love.

 

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ISBN: 9781597143899
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Published: Heyday Books - October 1st, 2017

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Nathan Englander - Dinner at the Center of the Earth (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

In the Negev desert, a nameless prisoner languishes in a secret cell, his only companion the guard who has watched over him for a dozen years. Meanwhile, the prisoner’s arch nemesis—The General, Israel’s most controversial leader—lies dying in a hospital bed. From Israel and Gaza to Paris, Italy, and America, Englander provides a kaleidoscopic view of the prisoner’s unlikely journey to his cell. Dinner at the Center of the Earth is a tour de force—a powerful, wryly funny, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, and the man who improbably lands at the center of it all.

Nathan Englander is the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, a winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

 

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ISBN: 9780525434047
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2018

The new novel from the Pulitzer-nominated, bestselling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges—a political thriller set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads (San Francisco)

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 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.

 

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