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Susan Alexander - Red Diana (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 6:00pm

Set in San Francisco, with flashbacks to Chicago and New York, Red Diana is a chilling psychological thriller that explores themes like the desire for revenge, the terrible burden of guilt, and the tyranny of unethical lawyers and corrupt judges. It also focuses on the love between parent and child, the shattering pain of losing a loved one, and the many routes survivors take to deal with their loss. Featuring a story packed with suspense, an original and compelling storyline, vivid characters, and a satisfying ending, this thriller by author Susan Alexander is a must-read.

When 8-year-old Davi is abducted on Market Street in San Francisco, her mother, lawyer Karen Clark, is gripped by fear. Karen has moved to the city from Chicago hoping to make a "fresh start" after the death of her husband. The abductor, disguising his voice, calls Karen and reveals where he's left Davi. Karen and her friend Abby rush to find Davi, cruelly left alone in a barren parking lot--but unharmed. Karen's panic subsides until she finds a crude note pinned to Davi's shirt: "You're next, Karen."

Haunted by the note naming her as the next victim, Karen begins working with SFPD Detective Greg Chan to discover who abducted her daughter--and why. Their only clues are Davi's recall of a brown sofa and the words "RED DIANA", which Karen and Greg spend weeks trying to discern the meaning of. Is "Diana" the name of a street in San Francisco? Does it refer to the Roman goddess of the hunt, portrayed in famous works of art? These attempts to find the abductor lead nowhere. Meanwhile, Karen searches her brain to think of possible abductors. Disgruntled clients in her past? Weirdos encountered since she moved to San Francisco? But when Karen and Greg Chan reach a dead end, Karen risks her safety by going forward on her own: she's met someone who promises to lead her to the abductor. In the sumptuous Victorian home of a wealthy entrepreneur who has offered to help her, she discovers the shocking answers she's been seeking.

Susan Alexander is a lifelong writer who has worked as a lawyer and law professor. She now focuses primarily on writing. Susan grew up in Chicago, where she attended public schools before going on to earn degrees in political science at Washington University in St Louis (AB with highest honors) and Northwestern University (MA). She then chose to work towards social justice through law at Harvard University and earned a law degree at Harvard Law School. She is a lifelong writer whose writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, including major newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, as well as a number of professional journals like the Hastings Law Journal, the Buffalo Law Review, and the Cooley Law Review. Susan's novels, A Quicker Blood (2009) and Jealous Mistress (2011), have garnered high praise in customer reviews appearing online. Her short story, "Neglect," was a prizewinner in Chicago Lawyer magazine's first annual fiction contest.

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$13.95
ISBN: 9780692181935
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Published: Susan Alexander - September 25th, 2018

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Sarah Townsend with Janine Kovac - Setting the Wire (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Janine Kovac

A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah C. Townsend’s debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology. Setting the Wire is a visceral reflection on the experience of fragmentation as a young psychotherapist and new mother.

Sarah C. Townsend is the author of Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis. Her essays have appeared in The Writer in the World and Pitkin Review, and a coauthored paper with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl serves as a chapter in Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women’s Lives. Sarah received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, her Master's in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. She writes, teaches, and practices psychotherapy in and around Seattle, WA. You can learn more about her at SarahTownsendWriter.com.

Janine Kovac is a former professional ballet dancer and software engineer. Her memoir Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, chronicles the death of a career but the birth of miracle twins and was a semifinalist for Publisher Weekly's BookLife Prize. Janine is a talent wrangler for Litquake and a founding member of the 501(c)(3) writing group Write on Mamas. In 2016 she was awarded the Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship from Hedgebrook in addition to the gift of residency. The following year she co-founded Moxie Road Productions, a consulting firm that helps writers bring their ideas into the world. Janine lives in Oakland with her husband and three children.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781733549905
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Published: The Lettered Streets Press - April 2019

A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah C. Townsend’s debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology. Setting the Wire is a visceral reflection on the experience of fragmentation as a young psychotherapist and new mother.


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Margaret O'Mara - The Code (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:30pm

Long before Margaret O'Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet. There she saw first-hand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government, and always had been, and how shallow the common understanding of the secrets of the Valley's success actually was. Now, after almost five years of pioneering research, O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time, the story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation, from the Pentagon to Stanford University. It is also a story of a community that started off remarkably homogeneous and elitist and stayed that way, and whose belief in its own mythology has deepened into a collective hubris that has led to astonishing triumphs as well as devastating second-order effects.

Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists, from the justly famous to the unjustly obscure, across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, from the Forties to the present, O'Mara has wrestled into magnificent narrative form one of the most fateful developments in modern American history. She is on the ground with all of the key tech companies, and chronicles the evolution in their offerings through each successive era, and she has a profound fingertip feel for the politics of the sector, and its relation to the larger cultural narrative about tech as it has evolved over the years. Perhaps most impressively, O'Mara has penetrated the inner kingdom of tech venture capital firms, the insular and still remarkably old-boy world that became the cockpit of American capitalism and the crucible for bringing technological innovation to market, or not.

The transformation of big tech into the engine room of the American economy and the nexus of so many of our hopes and dreams--and increasingly nightmares--can be understood, in Margaret O'Mara's masterful hands, as the story of one California valley. As her majestic history, The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, makes clear, its fate is the fate of us all.

Margaret O'Mara is Professor of History at the University of Washington. She writes and teaches about the history of U.S. politics, the growth of the high-tech economy, and the connections between the two, and is the author of Cities of Knowledge and Pivotal Tuesdays. She received her MA/PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Northwestern University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Clinton White House and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband Jeff and their two daughters.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780399562181
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Published: Penguin Press - July 9th, 2019

The true, behind-the-scenes history of the people who built Silicon Valley and shaped Big Tech in America


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Erica Bauermeister - The Scent Keeper (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 2:00pm

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world--a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.

Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250200136
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 21st, 2019

Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.


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Lydia Slaby - Wait, It Gets Worse

Monday, July 22, 2019 - 6:00pm

Lydia Slaby was 33 years old and had everything she believed would make her happy: three fancy private school degrees, a successful husband who was in the inner circles of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, a high-paying job as an attorney—even an enviable yoga practice. But under the surface Lydia’s life was in free fall. Her new marriage was one argument after another, she had a job she never wanted, and for some reason she had begun to rapidly lose weight, eventually turning a strange shade of yellowish-green. When she made a doctor’s appointment to talk about the toll of extreme stress, she was instead admitted with a diagnosis of lymphoma. As a cancer survivor, Lydia tries to piece back together her marriage, her career, and her own worth. The story she tells in Wait, It Gets Worse, is of an imperfect rebirth, but perfection is something she must abandon if she is to find a new, calm, healthy life.

Lydia Slaby is an advocate, speaker, and writer focused on empowering people, communities, and organizations faced with daunting change. She is an advisor to Chicago’s 2nd Story; serves on the board of I AM THAT GIRL, an organization that helps young women around the world take ownership of their self-worth; and was a board member of Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with her husband Michael Slaby and their two beautiful cats.

 

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ISBN: 9781633310285
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Published: Disruption Books - March 19th, 2019

Lydia Slaby was 33 years old and had everything she believed would make her happy: three fancy private school degrees, a successful husband who was in the inner circles of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, a high-paying job as an attorney—even an enviable yoga practice. But under the surface Lydia’s life was in free fall.


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David Ewing Duncan - Talking to Robots (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Talking to Robots, award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan considers 24 visions of possible human-robot futures—Incredible scenarios from Teddy Bots to Warrior Bots, and Politician Bots to Sex Bots—grounded in real technologies and possibilities and inspired by our imagination.

What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future, or destroy us? What do some of our greatest thinkers, from physicist Brian Greene and futurist Kevin Kelly to inventor Dean Kamen, geneticist George Church, and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, anticipate about our human-robot future? For even as robots and A.I. intrigue us and make us anxious about the future, our fascination with robots has always been about more than the potential of the technology–it’s also about what robots tell us about being human.

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning science journalist in print, television, and radio; and the best-selling author of nine books published in 21 languages. He is Curator of Arc Fusion, a recent columnist for the Daily Beast, and a frequent contributor to Wired, Vanity Fair, MIT Technology Review, The New York Times, Atlantic, and others. He has also written for Fortune, National Geographic, Discover, Life, Outside, and Newsweek. He is a former commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, and a special correspondent and producer for ABC’s Nightline. His book Calendar was a bestseller in 14 countries; he also wrote the bestseller Experimental Man. David’s work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from AAAS. David [PE1] lives in San Francisco, where he is a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, a writer’s society.

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$29.00
ISBN: 9781524743598
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Published: Dutton - July 16th, 2019

Award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan considers 24 visions of possible human-robot futures—Incredible scenarios from Teddy Bots to Warrior Bots, and Politician Bots to Sex Bots—Grounded in real technologies and possibilities and inspired by our imagination.


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Lisa Wentz - Grace Under Pressure (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Grace Under Pressure unveils three areas of training that great speakers use to develop their skills. In the first section, author Lisa Wentz shares techniques that she has developed to help anyone overcome inner obstacles so they can focus on developing their outward presence. The second section outlines how to best develop the physical aspects of speech, including posture, breathing, resonance, and articulation. And the third section centers on delivery: how to use pauses, word stress, and storytelling, among other techniques, to improve your performance from novice to master. This final section offers acting techniques and directorial advice that can be applied to speeches, pitches, presentations, and meeting strategies.

Lisa has dedicated the last ten years of her life to helping speakers develop their skills. She holds a master’s degree in voice and speech pedagogy from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Lisa has been featured as a public speaking expert in TIME, the Wall Street Journal, and the L.A. Daily Journal, among others. Lisa regularly coaches executives and managers from Fortune 500 companies and the non-profit sector.

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780999187135
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Published: Lid Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Grace Under Pressure unveils three areas of training that great speakers use to develop their skills. In the first section, author Lisa Wentz shares techniques that she has developed to help anyone overcome inner obstacles so they can focus on developing their outward presence.


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Thank You Thursday with Karen Benke (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for our second “Thank You Thursday!” It’s a movement!

Start the habit of writing a note of gratitude on Thursdays – every week, or month, or even occasionally. Led by Karen Benke, author of Write Back Soon! and project founder Susan Birnbaum, we’ll provide thank-you cards, pens, and postage. Who would you thank? A teacher, a favorite author, a store clerk? We’ll hand-write cards and think about gratitude.

ALL ages are welcome!

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781611802689
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Published: Roost Books - September 22nd, 2015

Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards—an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides.


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John McReynolds - Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo

Celebrating the bounty of the estate's organic kitchen garden, groves, and olive orchard, the Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook makes the ultimate gift for cooks looking for new creative and efficient means to make the most of abundance and is a thoughtful, practical inspiration for building one's own repertoire of versatile staples and resourceful dishes combining delicious and dependable larder recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Divided into chapters around ten classic ingredients--Lemons and Citrus, Herbs, Garlic, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Figs, Quince, Olives and Olive Oil, and Grapes--seventy-five delectable recipes show readers how to prepare pantry staples, such as preserves, infused oils, and conservas, and then how to use those same products and ingredients in fully composed seasonal cocktails, dishes, and desserts for family meals and entertaining. Recipes include: Warm Olives with Preserved Lemon, Stone Fruit Salad with Onions, Wild Pecans, and Black Garlic Dressing, Potato and Green Garlic Ravioli, Herb-Crusted Fillet of Beef with Red Wine Jus, and Honey Sage Whiskey Sour.

Step-by-step photographs guide the reader through preservation techniques and recipes and inspire with views of finished and composed dishes and scenery from wine country.

John McReynolds is the author of the Stone Edge Farm Cookbook (2013), winner of the 2014 Cookbook of the Year and Best First Book awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (a historic first for a self-published cookbook). He was the founding chef and co-owner of Café La Haye in Sonoma, CA for ten years and is the Executive Chef and Culinary Director of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery. His recipes have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks.

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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.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780847864546
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Published: Rizzoli - March 12th, 2019

Focusing on ten ingredients, this book will enliven and inspire the way you harvest, shop, stock your pantry, and cook for everyday meals and special occasions.


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

Monday, July 29, 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
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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.


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