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Courtenay Hameister - Okay Fine Whatever (San Francisco Store)

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

For most of her life (and even during her years as the host of a popular radio show), Courtenay Hameister lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety. She fretted about everything. Her age. Her size. Her romantic prospects. How likely it was that she would get hit by a bus on the way home.

Until a couple years ago, when, in her mid-forties, she decided to fight back against her debilitating anxieties by spending a year doing little things that scared her -- things that the average person might consider doing for a half second before deciding: "nope."

Things like: attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a sensory deprivation tank, got (legally) high in the middle of a workday, had a session with a professional cuddler, braved twenty-eight first dates, and (perhaps scariest of all) actually met someone who might possibly appreciate her for who she is.

Refreshing, relatable, and pee-your-pants funny, Okay Fine Whatever is Courtenay's hold-nothing-back account of her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman vs. Fear, reminding us that even the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery, and that no matter who you are, it's possible to fight complacency and become bold, or at least bold-ish, a little at a time.

Courtenay Hameister is a professional nervous person. During her 12 years as host and head writer for Live Wire, a nationally-syndicated public radio show, she interviewed over 500 intimidating people and wrote 200 personal essays in bursts of anxiety-fueled inspiration at midnight the night before each show. Her work has also been featured in McSweeney's, APM's Marketplace, More Magazine and some scathing emails to the customer service department at Macy's.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316395700
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 31st, 2018

The "hilarious and poignant" story of one chronically anxious woman's quest to become braver by seeking out the kinds of experiences she's spent her life avoiding. (Cheryl Strayed)


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Dr. Barbara Adams - Women, Minorities & Other Extraordinary People (San Francisco Store)

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

More and more, diverse organizations have been achieving unprecedented growth in all the major industries and on a global scale. But true inclusive diversity in our organizations is difficult to attain, hard to sustain, and honestly, about a lot more than just economic benefit.

This book is for all of you who want change in the workplace and know your companies could do more and be more. It's for business leaders, hiring managers, human resources and people operations teams, all those within your organization who believe things could be and should be done differently. And it's for people who understand that workforce diversity is a better way to do business but are looking for guidance on how to do something about it to change their organizations.

In Women, Minorities, and Other Extraordinary People, Barbara Adams not only explains the economic and moral crisis that businesses and industries face when inclusion isn't achieved but also lays out clear, actionable steps you can take to develop diverse and inclusive workforces and begin the process of change. As an organization development expert in diversity who's been helping companies create systemic processes of change for over 20 years, Adams offers tangible solutions to complex issues that will enable you to walk a new path of diversity and inclusion, heightening your organization's performance and success.

Barbara Adams is Founder and Chief Learning Officer at GAR (Gender, Age, and Race) Diversity Consulting, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Doctorate of Psychology degree in Organizational Development. Dr. Adams is a former director in the National Diversity & Inclusion office at Kaiser Permanente (KP), the largest nonprofit, integrated healthcare system in the United States, consistently ranked among the top five performers in the DiversityInc Top 50 annual survey. Before KP, Dr. Adams spent over a decade in global management and technology consulting with American Management Systems (now CGI).

 

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$22.95
ISBN: 9781626345065
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Published: Greenleaf Book Group Press - September 18th, 2018

Workforce diversity is good business.

​Workforce diversity, as a business strategy, can drive success and literally transform our organizations. It can also offer our companies a distinct business advantage over other companies, allowing us to:

- innovate faster,
- outperform competitors, and
- produce higher financial returns.


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Jesse Berrett - Pigskin Nation (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

Cast as the ultimate hardhats, football players of the 1960s seemed to personify a crewcut traditional manhood that channeled the Puritan work ethic. Yet, despite a social upheaval against such virtues, the National Football League won over all of America--and became a cultural force that recast politics in its own smashmouth image. Jesse Berrett explores pro football's new place in the zeitgeist of the 1960s and 1970s. The NFL's brilliant harnessing of the sports-media complex, combined with a nimble curation of its official line, brought different visions of the same game to both Main Street and the ivory tower. Politicians, meanwhile, spouted gridiron jargon as their handlers co-opted the NFL's gift for spectacle and mythmaking to shape a potent new politics that in essence became pro football. Governing, entertainment, news, elections, celebrity -- all put aside old loyalties to pursue the mass audience captured by the NFL's alchemy of presentation, television, and high-stepping style.

An invigorating appraisal of a dynamic era, Pigskin Nation reveals how pro football created the template for a future that became our present.

Jesse Berrett earned a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked as a rock critic, television columnist, and book reviewer. He teaches history at University High School in San Francisco.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780252083327
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Published: University of Illinois Press - April 30th, 2018

Cast as the ultimate hardhats, football players of the 1960s seemed to personify a crewcut traditional manhood that channeled the Puritan work ethic. Yet, despite a social upheaval against such virtues, the National Football League won over all of America—and became a cultural force that recast politics in its own smashmouth image.


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Alice Hoffman & Lisa Hoffman - Faerie Knitting (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman and master knitter Lisa Hoffman comes Faerie Knitting, a magical melding of words and yarn where the ordinary is turned into the extraordinary and where imagination becomes creation.

"How fairy tales are told and remembered has a great deal in common with knitting traditions. It is no mistake that we describe storytelling as knitting a tale, or weaving a story, or spinning a yarn."--Alice Hoffman, from the Introduction of Faerie Knitting

Featuring fourteen original fairy tales, Faerie Knitting is an entrancing collection of stories of love and loss, trust and perseverance. Seamlessly woven into the plot of each tale is a magical garment or accessory inspired by the bravery and self-reliance of the tale's heroine and brought to life through an imaginative and bespoke knit pattern. From the Blue Heron Shawl and the Love Never Ending Cowl, to the Three Wishes Mittens and Amulet Necklace, each project is as wearable as it is magical. Lush, atmospheric photography captures the enchanted faerie domain while beautifully rendered charts and instructions are well suited for beginner and advanced knitters alike.

Presented in an elegant linen case with foil accents that evoke the fairy tale tradition, Faerie Knitting is a rare gift for creators -- and lovers -- of magic.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781507206553
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Published: Adams Media - September 25th, 2018

From New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman and master knitter Lisa Hoffman comes Faerie Knitting, a magical melding of words and yarn where the ordinary is turned into the extraordinary and where imagination becomes creation.

The magic of storytelling and the magic of knitting—woven together in 14 original patterns inspired by each story.

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Ryan Serhant - Sell It Like Sherant (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:00pm

Ryan Serhant was a shy, jobless hand model when he entered the real estate business in 2008 at a time the country was on the verge of economic collapse. Just nine years later, he has emerged as one of the top realtors in the world and an authority on the art of selling. Whether you are selling a brownstone or a hot tub, golf balls or life insurance, Serhant shares the secrets behind how to close more deals than anyone else, expand your business, and keep clients coming back to you.

Sell It Like Serhant is a smart, at times hilarious, and always essential playbook to build confidence, generate results, and sell just about anything. You'll find tips on:

  • The Seven Stages of Selling
  • Getting FKD: How to Be a Time Manager, Not a Time Stealer.
  • Negotiating Like A BOSS
  • "The One Who...": Everyone Needs a Hook
  • Pulling the Indecisive Client Forward
  • And Much More

This book is the blueprint for how to go from sales scrub to sales machine. Serhant provides useful lessons, lively stories, and examples that illustrate how anyone can employ his principles to increase profits and achieve success. Your measure of a good day will no longer depend on one deal or one client. A good salesperson never closes a deal and wonders, "What now?" The next deal is already happening. Serhant shares practical guidance on how to juggle multiple deals at once and close all of them EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Whatever your business or expertise, Sell It Like Serhant will make anyone a master at sales.

Ryan Serhant is a costar on Bravo's hit show Million Dollar Listing New York and the star of Sell It Like Serhant. Ryan fell into real estate by accident after giving up his acting career. He made just over $9,000 his first year in the business. Ten years later, Ryan leads a team of 60 brokers and averages a billion dollars in sales every year, making him one of the most successful real estate brokers in the world. He lives in New York City with his wife, Emilia.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316449571
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Published: Hachette Books - September 18th, 2018

A lively and practical guide to sell anything and up your business game from one of the top realtors in the world and costar of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing: New York and Sell It Like Serhant.


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James Frey - Katerina (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3:00pm

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the explosive new novel by America's most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018.

At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive, dazzling, breathtaking style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781982101442
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 11th, 2018

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces and Bright Shiny Morning comes Katerina, James Frey’s highly anticipated new novel set in 1992 Paris and contemporary Los Angeles.

A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth.


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Holly & Dixie James - Holly (San Francisco Store)

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

From the beginning, Holly James had to "fight" to live. Dixie James feared her daughter would not survive because she not only was born with Down syndrome, she was born with heart disease. Her tiny baby suffered with heart failure often and Kaiser Hospital became their second home until she had open heart surgery. Dixie cried every day and yearned to stop hurting. Feelings of depression and helplessness consumed her. She needed to reclaim control.

Holly is about discovery -- by watching Holly overcome her struggles, and she had many -- she made Dixie feel she could overcome her sense of loss and sea of sadness. Dixie needed a plan and a reason to celebrate happy moments to share with others. Change began to happen when she followed her compulsion to get out of her house and just walk. Dixie's mind became calmer and still from over- thinking what the future holds. Her walking took her away from the pulsating fears that crept into her when she was holding her baby girl. Being alone and taking time to walk brought a piece of contentment, time to think and time to develop faith in herself.

Here, James takes the reader on a journey into the challenges a mother faces with the birth of a child with Down syndrome. The book begins with the question, "Do we want to have children?," and takes the reader to the following areas of Holly's and Dixie's life: getting pregnant, giving birth, driving to Sonoma State Hospital, bonding in strong love, going to cooperative nursery school, public and special education, attending sex education classes, leaving home, living in a group home, living independently, working five days a week, finding the love of one's life and getting 'married.'

Throughout this journey, mother and daughter "raise" each other's personal pursuits beyond their expectations.

 

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781457507236
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Published: Dog Ear Publishing - October 19th, 2011

Holly
(A tribute to my daughter while on a journey growing and changing together)


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Kim Malcolm - A Country Within (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

A Country Within shares a professional woman's life-changing journey to Greece to work with refugees arriving from the Middle East and Asia.

The story begins on the island of Lesvos where overloaded boats of refugees landed on local beaches, and moves to Athens where the author unexpectedly becomes a member of a family of refugees from four countries.

Kim Malcolm's timely portrayal describes the effects of geopolitics on people escaping war, the generosity of the people of Lesvos and how love transcends culture, religion and experience.

 

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$13.95
ISBN: 9780999589601
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Published: Thunderhooves Press - February 5th, 2018

A Country Within shares a professional woman's life-changing journey to Greece to work with refugees arriving from the Middle East and Asia.

The story begins on the island of Lesvos where overloaded boats of refugees landed on local beaches, and moves to Athens where the author unexpectedly becomes a member of a family of refugees from four countries.


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Soraya Chemaly - Rage Becomes Her (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Rebecca Solnit

Women are angry, and it isn’t hard to figure out why.

We are underpaid and overworked. Too sensitive, or not sensitive enough. Too dowdy or too made-up. Too big or too thin. Sluts or prudes. We are harassed, told we are asking for it, and asked if it would kill us to smile. Yes, yes it would.

Contrary to the rhetoric of popular “self-help” and an entire lifetime of being told otherwise, our rage is one of the most important resources we have, our sharpest tool against both personal and political oppression. We’ve been told for so long to bottle up our anger, letting it corrode our bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. Yet our anger is a vital instrument, our radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power.

We are so often told to resist our rage or punished for justifiably expressing it, yet how many remarkable achievements in this world would never have gotten off the ground without the kernel of anger that fueled them? Soraya Chemaly makes the case that anger is not what gets in our way, it is our way, sparking a new understanding of one of our core emotions that will give women a liberating sense of why their anger matters and connect them to an entire universe of women no longer interested in making nice at all costs.

Following in the footsteps of classic feminist manifestos like The Feminine Mystique and Our Bodies, Ourselves, Rage Becomes Her is an eye-opening book for the twenty-first century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.

 

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501189555
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Published: Atria Books - September 11th, 2018

“How many women cry when angry because we've held it in for so long? How many discover that anger turned inward is depression? Soraya Chemalys Rage Becomes Her will be good for women, and for the future of this country.


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Wyomia Tyus & Elizabeth Terzakis - Tigerbelle (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 3:00pm

In 1968, Wyomia Tyus became the first person ever to win gold medals in the 100-meter sprint in two consecutive Olympic Games, a feat that would not be repeated for twenty years or exceeded for almost fifty. Tigerbelle chronicles Tyus's journey from her childhood as the daughter of a tenant dairy farmer through her Olympic triumphs to her post-competition struggles to make a way for herself and other female athletes.

The Hidden Figures of sport, Tigerbelle helps to fill the gap currently occupying Black women's place in American history, providing insight not only on what it takes to be a champion but also on what it means to stake out an identity in an often hostile world. Tyus's exciting and uplifting story offers inspiration to readers from all walks of life.

Wyomia Tyus was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville and ran under the tutelage of visionary coach Ed Temple as a member of the Tigerbelles until she graduated in 1968. A four-time Olympic medalist, and the holder of multiple world records, Tyus was also a supporter of the Olympic Project for Human Rights during the 1968 Olympics, doing her part to promote justice for oppressed people around the world. As a founding member of the Women's Sports Foundation, she continues to advocate for women's equality in sports to this day.

Elizabeth Terzakis teaches English and creative writing at a community college in Northern California. Her fiction has appeared in New England Review, Minerva Rising, Solstice, and Birdland Journal, and her nonfiction publications include articles on the global AIDS crisis, education, free speech, human nature, and capital punishment. Tigerbelle is her first book.

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781617756764
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Published: Edge of Sports - August 17th, 2018

"Wyomia Tyus may not be as well known as Wilma Rudolph or Billie Jean King, but her athletic accomplishments and life story are equally captivating, as related in this remarkable and inspiring memoir...This deeply moving book by one of our greatest athletes makes indelible statements about integrity, growing up black in the South, social activism, gender equality, and inclusion."


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