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Lewis Dartnell - Origins (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

When we talk about human history, we often focus on great leaders, population forces, and decisive wars. But how has the earth itself determined our destiny? Our planet wobbles, driving changes in climate that forced the transition from nomadism to farming. Mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece. Atmospheric circulation patterns later on shaped the progression of global exploration, colonization, and trade. Even today, voting behavior in the south-east United States ultimately follows the underlying pattern of 75 million-year-old sediments from an ancient sea. Everywhere is the deep imprint of the planetary on the human.

From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the breathtaking impact of the earth beneath our feet on the shape of our human civilizations.

Lewis Dartnell is a Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster. Before that, he completed his biology degree at the University of Oxford and his PhD at UCL, and then worked as the UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, studying astrobiology and searching for signs of life on Mars. He has won several awards for his science writing and contributes to the Guardian, The Times, and New Scientist. He is also the author of three books. He lives in London, UK.

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ISBN: 9781541617902
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Published: Basic Books - May 14th, 2019

A New York Times-bestselling author explains how the physical world shaped the history of our species

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Benita Matofska & Sophie Sheinwald - Generation Share (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

The rising economic inequality that followed the worldwide recessions of the late 2000s led many to question the prevailing modes of capitalism that brought about this state of affairs. Since then, innovative forms of wealth redistribution have sprung up around the world in response, some fueled by anger and despair, others by hope and good will. In this book, Benita Matofska tells the story of one of the simplest, yet most revolutionary, of these new methods: sharing.

Generation Share builds on the foundations Matofska laid in her successful TED talk, taking readers on a global journey to meet the inspiring people building this new “sharing economy.” She introduces us to the everyday visionaries from around the world who are reinvigorating businesses like cafes, restaurant kitchens, and sports clubs to expand our conceptions of property and ownership. She introduces readers to innovators like the creator of a food sharing app that connects citizens with local supermarkets and restaurants to help ensure that food waste becomes a thing of the past; and numerous others around the world who happily choose to share their knowledge, their possessions, and even their homes with total strangers. Illustrated throughout with photography from coauthor Sophie Sheinwald, Generation Share is an inspiring look at a phenomenon whose effects continue to ripple through the global economy.

Benita Matofska is an international public speaker, change-maker, and world-leading expert on the Sharing Economy. An award-winning social entrepreneur, she created the charity The People Who Share and Global Sharing Week. Through social innovation, Benita helps organisations become change-makers and features regularly in the media worldwide. @benitamatofska

Sophie Sheinwald is an award-winning visual storyteller who specialises in photography with purpose. Drawing on her background in fine arts, visual studies and community art, she combines her ability to connect with her passion to help people and businesses create meaningful, mission- driven brands. @sophie_snap

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By Benita Matofska, Sophie Sheinwald (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781447350101
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Published: Policy Press - June 17th, 2019

The rising economic inequality that followed the worldwide recessions of the late 2000s led many to question the prevailing modes of capitalism that brought about this state of affairs. Since then, innovative forms of wealth redistribution have sprung up around the world in response, some fueled by anger and despair, others by hope and good will.

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Jason Wilson - The Cider Revival (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:00pm

Cider is the quintessential American beverage. Drank by early settlers and founding fathers, it was ubiquitous and pervasive, but following Prohibition when orchards were destroyed and neglected, cider all but disappeared. In The Cider Revival, Jason Wilson chronicles what is happening now, an extraordinary rebirth that is less than a decade old.

Following the seasons through the autumn harvest, winter fermentation, spring bottling, and summer festival and orchard work, Wilson travels around New York and New England, with forays to the Midwest, the West Coast, and Europe. He meets the new heroes of cider: orchardists who are rediscovering long lost apple varieties, cider makers who have the attention to craftsmanship of natural wine makers, and beverage professionals who see cider as poised to explode in popularity. What emerges is a deeply rewarding story, an exploration of cider’s identity and future, and its cultural and environmental significance. A blend of history and travelogue, The Cider Revival is a toast to a complex drink.

Jason Wilson is an award-winning journalist and the author of Boozehound and Godforsaken Grapes. The series editor for Best American Travel Writing since its inception in 2000, Wilson has also written for the Washington Post, the New York Times, The New Yorker, and many others. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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ISBN: 9781419733178
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Published: Abrams Press - September 3rd, 2019

Cider is having a major moment, and The Cider Revival charts its history, resurgence, and a year with the vanguard makers of heritage cider 

Cider is the quintessential American beverage. Drank by early settlers and founding fathers, it was ubiquitous and pervasive, but following Prohibition when orchards were destroyed and neglected, cider all but disappeared.

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Cara Wall - The Dearly Beloved (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart.

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not?

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James's escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life.

In The Dearly Beloved, we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. A poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives, Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic.

Cara Wall is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Stanford University. While at Iowa, Cara taught fiction writing in the undergraduate creative writing department as well as at the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio in her capacity of founder and inaugural director. She went on to teach middle school English and history and has been published by Glamour, Salon, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Dearly Beloved is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9781982104528
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 13th, 2019

“A moving portrait of love and friendship set against a backdrop of social change.” The New York Times

“Here is the power of the novel in its simplest, richest for: bearing intimate witness to human beings grappling with their faith and falling in love. That Wall executes it so beautifully?

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Caleb Crain - Overthrow (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Anna Wiener

One autumn night, as a grad student named Matthew is walking home from the subway, a handsome skateboarder catches his eye. Leif, mesmerizing and enigmatic, invites Matthew to meet his friends, who are experimenting with tarot cards. It's easier to know what's in other people's minds than most people realize, the friends claim. Do they believe in telepathy? Can they actually do it? Though Matthew should be writing his dissertation on the poetry of kingship, he soon finds himself falling in love with Leif--a poet of the internet age--and entangled with Leif's group as they visit the Occupy movement's encampment across the river, where they hope their ideas about radical empathy will help heal a divided world and destabilize the 1%.

When the group falls afoul of a security contractor freelancing for the government, the news coverage, internet outrage, and legal repercussions damage the romances and alliances that hold the friends together, and complicate the faith the members of the group have--or, in some cases, don't have--in the powers they've been nurturing. Elspeth and Raleigh, two of Leif's oldest friends, will see if their relationship can weather the strains of criminal charges; Chris and Julia, who drifted into the group more recently, will have their loyalties tested; and Matthew, entranced by the man at the center of it all, will have to decide what he owes Leif and how much he's willing to give him. All six will be forced to reckon with the ambiguous nature of transparency and with the insidious natures of power and privilege.

Overthrow is a story about the aftermath of the search for a new moral idealism, in a world where new controls on us--through technology, surveillance, the law--seem to be changing the nature and shape of the boundaries that we imagine around our selves. Caleb Crain, with astonishing sensitivity, acuity, and grace, has captured the deep unease and ambiguity that threaten our contemporary lives, and has written a beautiful novel about the redemptive possibilities of love and friendship.

Caleb Crain has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, n+1, and The New York Times Book Review. He is the author of the novel Necessary Errors and the critical work American Sympathy. He was born in Texas, raised in Massachusetts, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, covering Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology. Her writing has appeared in n+1, The Atlantic, Wired, The New Republic, New York, Harper’s, and the Times Magazine. Her first book, Uncanny Valley, a memoir of her time in the tech industry, is forthcoming. She lives in San Francisco.

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ISBN: 9780525560456
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Published: Viking - August 27th, 2019

"A nineteenth-century social novel for the twenty-first-century surveillance state."
--The New York Times Book Review

A deeply humane novel that explores the fate of candor, good will, and the utopian spirit in a world where technology and surveillance are weaponizing human relationships

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Rev. Molly Baskette - Bless This Mess (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

When Rev. Molly Baskette and Dr. Ellen O’Donnell first met, they were both new mothers seeking parenting wisdom. They read a lot of books on the topic, but none of them contained practical suggestions that would help their families psychologically and spiritually while maintaining their progressive values: How do we teach the art of forgiving and serving others? How do we raise kids who are tolerant, curious, and honorable? And what about the sex talk?

Taking matters into their own hands, Baskette and O’Donnell began creating actionable steps addressing these questions and more. This book is the fruit of their many conversations begun long ago during the daycare carpool, from angsty moments to hallelujahs.

In Bless This Mess, readers will gain constructive tools as they learn how to talk to their children about social justice, money, God, ethics, bullying, disabilities, sexuality, and their bodies. Parents will also glean insights on how to serve others with joy, give generously and gratefully, and—perhaps most important—learn how to stop being so afraid all the damn time, even while raising kids in an increasingly chaotic and often scary world. With real-life examples, relatable personal stories, and strategies tailored to the toddler, preteen, or teenager, Bless This Mess guides parents of children at all stages of their development.

Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette, MDiv, is the senior minister of First Congregational Church of Berkeley, California, and the author of several series of books, including grief workbooks for children and practical how-tos for church renewal. She lives in Alameda, California, with her husband and two children, where she loves to march in the streets, bike the Bay, or read in the hammock, depending on God's agenda for the day.

Ellen O'Donnell, PhD, is a child psychologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Shriners Hospitals for Children--Boston and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics in child psychology, such as learning disabilities, coping with a child's or parent's medical illness, and positive parenting practices to prevent depression and anxiety in children. Ellen lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two boys.

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ISBN: 9781984824127
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Published: Convergent Books - August 6th, 2019

A witty, compelling guide to raising open-minded and morally grounded kids in these crazy times, with an approach that’s rooted in science, psychology, and faith

“Groundbreaking, profound, frank and friendly.”—Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

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Lily Bernheimer - The Shaping of Us (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:00pm

Spaces we live in define our identity and sense of community. Using international examples of environmental architecture and design, The Shaping of Us reveals the often imperceptible ways that our surroundings influence our behavior and quality of life. Lily Bernheimer explores productivity in work environments, biophilia, and pop culture phenomena such as "the IKEA effect," NIMBYism, and "ruin porn."

From woonerfs and roundabouts to the ubiquity of traffic lights, Le Corbusier's unrealized plan for Paris, and innovations in affordable housing, Bernheimer demonstrates that the environments we inhabit define us, from the earliest moments of our evolution to today. In understanding this, we can better plan and build environments that promote improved productivity, sustainable economies, and increased happiness and well-being.

Lily Bernheimer is a researcher, writer, and consultant in environmental psychology. She is founding director of Space Works Consulting, with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, which aims to make everyday spaces work for the people and purposes they serve. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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ISBN: 9781595348722
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Published: Trinity University Press - June 15th, 2019

Spaces we live in define our identity and sense of community. Using international examples of environmental architecture and design, The Shaping of Us reveals the often imperceptible ways that our surroundings influence our behavior and quality of life.

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Alexis Rockley - Find Your F*ckyeah (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 3:00pm

Grounded in cutting-edge science but translated for people who speak emoji, Find Your F*ckyeah disrupts the warm and fuzzy "personal growth" fads made fashionable by mock gurus and self-proclaimed #selfcare experts. This bold guide combines humor, pop culture, and psychology to show us why the one-size-fits-all success formulas and trendy morning routines keep us caught in a cycle of boredom and stress, never fully sustaining our happiness. With hard science, guided experiments, and modern wisdom—from Beyoncé to Carl Jung—Alexis Rockley takes us step-by-step through the biological, cultural, and social factors that create our self-limiting beliefs. Debunking self-sabotaging ideals like "You Are a Living Brand" and "You Have One Calling," Rockley encourages us to discover our real, uncensored selves and find a sense of purpose, even when we don't have all the answers. For those of us tired of feeling the pressure to be better, do more, and work faster—to self-optimize and fall in line—Find Your F*ckyeah teaches us how to find joy where we are right now and to let our genuine self-expression guide us.

Alexis Rockley is an artist, writer, and the founder of Find Your F*ckyeah. Rockley is the host of the podcast Call Me When You Get This and leads her Get Out of Your Own Way workshops for entrepreneurs across the country. Rockley earned her Specialization in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a program led by the founder of Positive Psychology, Martin E. P. Seligman.

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ISBN: 9781452183329
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Published: Chronicle Prism - September 17th, 2019

Grounded in cutting-edge science but translated for people who speak emoji, Find Your F*ckyeah disrupts the warm and fuzzy "personal growth" fads made fashionable by mock gurus and self-proclaimed #selfcare experts.

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Dr. Richard Smith - The World Beneath (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

From Dr. Richard Smith--one of the world's premier marine biologists, an award-winning underwater photographer, and a leading expert on seahorses--comes a spectacular guide to hundreds of the ocean's fishes and coral reefs.

In this richly informative volume, brimming with new discoveries and more than three hundred colorful images, you'll swim in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans; you'll be dazzled in the Coral Triangle and amazed in Triton Bay. Up close you'll meet the Cenderawasih fairy wrasse, with its florescent yellow streak; the polka-dot longnose filefish; and the multicolored seadragon. There are scarlet-colored corals, baby-blue sponges, daffodil crinoids, and all sorts of mystifying creatures that change color at the drop of a hat. The whale shark is almost larger than life and the author's beloved pygmy seahorse, unless photographed, is almost too tiny to see.

The wondrous creatures inside The World Beneath excel in the arts of seduction and deception, and you'll have the rare chance to see and delight in their antics. You'll also learn what they eat, how they play, and how they care for one another, live on one another, and mimic others when they're afraid. There is also compelling insight into the naming process, which creatures are facing extinction, and how we can help them before it's too late.

Dr. Smith is an internationally-renowned marine biologist who has dived into the ocean more than thirty-five hundred times.

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ISBN: 9781948062220
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Published: Apollo Publishers - September 10th, 2019

Meet the world's most fascinating sea creatures--see the lives and curiosities of colorful fish and coral reefs--this spectacular volume has more than 300 color photos and extraordinary text from a leading marine biologist and underwater photographer, and an international expert on seahorses.

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Mike German - Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

After sixteen years working as a Special Agent in the FBI, including undercover operations in neo-Nazi and militia groups, Mike German left the bureau in 2004 as a whistleblower. His new book Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How The New FBI Damages Democracy,  provides a unique contemporary history of the FBI, showing how its operations in the wake of 9/11 exploited the nation’s fear of terrorism to demand expanded authorities that it used to target the most vulnerable communities in America. Yet, even with its new powers and with far less government oversight, the FBI failed to monitor burgeoning white nationalist movements or crack down on white collar crime and foreign intelligence operations that compromised the 2016 election.

Drawing on personal interviews with former FBI agents, analysts, and whistleblowers, German offers an at once thrilling and troubling account of how the FBI refused to acknowledge its mistakes leading up to 9/11 and adopted a “disruption” strategy targeting communities of color, immigrants, religious minorities, and political dissidents. As German explains, this misinformed hunt for terrorists based on a discredited theory of “radicalization” would lead to a reallocation of vital resources that further threatened national security. For example, the FBI transferred about 500 agents from white collar crime to terrorism, leaving only one hundred agents to address the growing mortgage fraud crisis which the FBI had been warned of in 2004. Agents within the bureau also became targets. Foreign-born agents whose knowledge, experience, and language skills would have otherwise made them prime candidates for counterterrorism subjected them, instead, to internal investigations and polygraph exams. Religious converts, especially to Islam, found their careers blocked. And any agents who reported misconduct or discrimination, if not punished, found themselves in a bureaucratic maze.

The new FBI, as German explains, also crucially failed to view white nationalist violence as a security threat although far-right extremists kill more people in the US in an average year than any other terrorist groups. Additionally, white collar crime is treated as “too big to jail,” a blind spot exemplified in James Comey’s failure to pursue allegations that Russia was illicitly supporting Trump campaign in 2016.

Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide is an engaging and unsettling contemporary history of the FBI and a bold call for reform, told by a longtime counterterrorism undercover agent who has become a widely admired whistleblower and a critic for civil liberties and accountable government.

Mike German is a fellow with the Liberty and National Security program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. He has worked at the ACLU and served sixteen years as an FBI special agent. He co-wrote the feature film Imperium starring Daniel Radcliffe based on his undercover assignments in neo-Nazi groups. He has appeared on all major network and cable news channels as well as PBS Frontline, Democracy Now! and C-SPAN. He is also the author of Thinking Like a Terrorist.

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Published: New Press - September 10th, 2019

A former FBI undercover agent and whistleblower gives us a riveting and troubling account of the contemporary FBI--essential reading for our times

Impressively researched and eloquently argued, former special agent Mike German's Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide tells the story of the transformation of the FBI after the 9/11 attacks from a law enforcement agency, made famous by pro

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