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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.

Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455623976
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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.

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780778307785
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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.

A Palm Beach Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250198402
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Ira M. Resnick - The Seventies (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

The seventies in America were a time of social and cultural ferment, and Ira Resnick was there with his camera to capture it all. Now he is opening his archives to reveal hundreds of rare celebrity photos--many never seen since their original publication in magazines like Rolling Stone, People, and Us.

Musicians like the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, and James Taylor. Actors and directors like Sissy Spacek, Warren Beatty, and Martin Scorsese. Comedians like Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. Athletes like Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Politicians like Jimmy Carter, Jerry Brown, and Bella Abzug.

The Seventies features not only Resnick's dynamic shots, but also includes personal anecdotes about his legendary subjects.

Ira M. Resnick studied film at New York University before beginning a decadelong career as a professional photographer. A leading collector of movie posters, Resnick is founder of the Motion Picture Arts Gallery and author of Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood. He is a trustee and former chairman of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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By Ira M. Resnick (Photographer)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780789213341
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Abbeville Press - April 30th, 2019

Unseen images of the personalities who defined a decade


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Elizabeth Minchilli - The Italian Table (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meet & Greet!

The Italian Table delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration--as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations--it serves as a practical resource that gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables.

Menus and recipes include: Eating in the Market in Florence with Coward's Spaghetti, Pappa al Pomodoro, and Apple Cake; A Sunday Lunch in Emilia-Romagna with Ricotta and Swiss Chard Tortelli, Vegetable Pie, and Stuffed Pork Roast; and A Table by the Sea in Positano with Mozzarella on Grilled Lemon Leaves, Squid and Walnut Salad, and Jackie O's Spaghetti. With a resources section for Italian ingredients; headnotes brimming with interesting history, recipe shortcuts, and serving suggestions; and menu introductions detailing what to drink, how to set the table, and how to time the preparation and the party itself, this is an essential guide for home cooks and those who love to entertain.

Elizabeth Minchilli has written about food, style, and architecture from her home in Italy for the past 25 years. Her website, Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome (elizabethminchilli.com), won a Saveur Blog Award for Best Culinary Coverage, an Italy Magazine Best Food Blog Award, and was named The Culture Trip Local Favorite. Elizabeth is the author of eight books, including Eating My Way Through Italy. She is also the founder of the Eat Italy app. Her books, blogs, apps, and food tours have been praised by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Travel & Leisure, NPR, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, and more.

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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.

The Italian Table: Creating festive meals for family and friends Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780847863761
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rizzoli - March 12th, 2019

The Italian Table delivers both parts of the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Michael Dobbs - The Unwanted (San Francisco Store)

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

For the Jewish villagers of Kippenheim, no challenge was as urgent or formidable as escaping Nazi Germany, often by acquiring American visas. In his book, The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between, Michael Dobbs painstakingly documents how several members of this small community struggled to find refuge and what obstacles stood in their way.

Deported to unoccupied France in October 1940, the refugees continued their visa quest, even as the Nazis planned further deportations to the East. Interned in grim concentration camps, they became entangled in bureaucratic red tape. Some perished in the camps; others were deported to Auschwitz. Those who survived by reaching the U.S. understood all too well that an American immigration visa often meant the difference between life and death.

Join Dobbs as he describes these individual stories of escape and tragedy and explores the human impact of Americans’ response to the refugee crisis in the 1930s and 1940s.  

Published by Knopf in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Unwanted is part of a groundbreaking educational initiative at the Museum that includes a new exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust, on display in Washington, DC.

The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524733193
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - April 2nd, 2019

Published in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a riveting story of Jewish families seeking to escape Nazi Germany


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jamie Metzl - Hacking Darwin (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives -- sex, war, love, and death.

At the dawn of the genetics revolution, our DNA is becoming as readable, writable, and hackable as our information technology. But as humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, the choices we make today will be the difference between realizing breathtaking advances in human well-being and descending into a dangerous and potentially deadly genetic arms race.

Enter the laboratories where scientists are turning science fiction into reality. Look towards a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play. When we can engineer our future children, massively extend our lifespans, build life from scratch, and recreate the plant and animal world, should we?

Passionate, provocative, and highly illuminating, Hacking Darwin is the must read book about the future of our species for fans of Homo Deus and The Gene.

Jamie Metzl is a leading technology futurist and geopolitical expert, media commentator, and senior fellow of the Atlantic Council. He previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as a human rights officer for the United Nations in Cambodia, as executive vice president of the Asia Society, and as chief strategy officer for a biotechnology company. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media, and his syndicated columns and other articles on international affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics are featured regularly in publications around the world. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former White House fellow and Aspen Institute Cown fellow, Jamie holds a PhD from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He lives in New York City.

 

Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492670094
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sourcebooks - April 23rd, 2019

After 3.8 billion years humankind is about to start evolving by new rules...

From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives -- sex, war, love, and death.


1 Ferry Building
Corte Madera, CA 94111

Cassy Joy Garcia - Cook Once, Eat All Week (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Food Blogger Diane Sanfilippo

Cook Once, Eat All Week is a meal prep approach that helps you create a week’s worth of meals without having to spend an entire day cooking. This book walks you through how to transform one protein and a couple of vegetables prepared in bulk each week into fresh, delicious, diverse meals. With a real food foundation, the plans in this book support dietary approaches ranging from kid-friendly to Paleo and keto-friendly to nightshade-free, egg-free, and low-FODMAP.

Cassy Joy Garcia is the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed + Fit. She is a nutrition consultant, the creator of The Fed+Fit Project: A 28-Day Food and Fitness Self Study, and the voice behind the weekly Fed+Fit Podcast.

At twenty-four years old, after years of fruitless dieting, Cassy found herself with extreme joint pain, fatigue, mental fog, and at her largest, most uncomfortable size. In an effort to learn more about why her health was declining, she took to nutrition research. After just one year of implementing her newfound wellness practices, she had lost ten dress sizes, lived pain-free, and experienced more energy than ever before. Eager to share her healthy living secrets with the world, she started Fed + Fit in 2011.

Since then, she has become a nutrition consultant and leads people through her Fed+Fit Project each month so that they, too, can achieve their health and wellness goals without ever dieting again. She also regularly shares valuable free information on her weekly podcast, blog, YouTube series, and social media outlets.

 

Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable  Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781628603439
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Victory Belt Publishing - April 23rd, 2019

Cook Once, Eat All Week is a revolutionary way to get a delicious, healthy, and affordable dinner on the table FAST.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jennifer Cody Epstein - Wunderland (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

East Village, 1989 -- Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew. 

Berlin, 1933 -- As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege—and Ilse’s increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion…

An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is a at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong.

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai, and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, and winner of the 2013 Asian Pacific Association of Librarians Honor award for outstanding fiction. She has written for The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Self, Mademoiselle, and many others. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and an MA in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Wunderland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576907
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - April 23rd, 2019

An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist
 
East Village, 1989


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Abra Berens - Ruffage (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 11:30am

Meet & Greet!

Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables is not your typical cookbook—it is a how-to-cook book of a variety of vegetables. Author Abra Berens—chef, farmer, Midwesterner—shares a collection of techniques that result in new flavors, textures, and ways to enjoy all the vegetables you want to eat. From confit to caramelized and everything in between—braised, blistered, roasted and raw—the cooking methods covered here make this cookbook a go-to reference.

Spanning 29 types of vegetables—from asparagus to zucchini—each chapter opens with an homage to the ingredients and variations on how to prepare them. 140 photographs show off not only the finished dishes, but also the vegetables and farms behind them.

Vegetables as a side or a main. Take any vegetable recipe in this book and add a roasted chicken thigh, seared piece of fish, or hard-boiled egg to turn the dish into a meal not just vegetarians will enjoy. Some bound-to-be favorite recipes include: Shaved Cabbage with Chili Oil, Cilantro, and Charred Melon; Blistered Cucumbers with Cumin Yogurt and Parsley; Charred Head Lettuce with Hard-Boiled Egg, Anchovy Vinaigrette, and Garlic Bread Crumbs; Massaged Kale with Creamed Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Wild Rice; Poached Radishes with White Wine, Chicken Stock and Butter.

Ruffage will help you become empowered to shop for, store, and cook vegetables every day and in a variety of ways. You'll learn about the life and life-giving properties of plants the way a farmer sees it, build experience and confidence to try your own original variations, and never look at vegetables the same way again.

Abra Berens is a chef, writer, and cofounder of Bare Knuckle Farm. She lives in Galien, Michigan.

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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.

Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables Cover Image
By Abra Berens, EE Berger (Photographs by), Lucy Engelman (Illustrator), Francis Lam (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452169323
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 23rd, 2019

Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables is not your typical cookbook—it is a how-to-cook book of a variety of vegetables. Author Abra Berens—chef, farmer, Midwesterner—shares a collection of techniques that result in new flavors, textures, and ways to enjoy all the vegetables you want to eat.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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