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John Connolly - He (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

In He, John Connolly recreates the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of two men who found their true selves in a comedic partnership. When Stan Laurel was paired with Oliver Hardy, affectionately known as Babe, the history of comedy--not to mention their personal and professional lives--would be altered forever.

Laurel followed in the wake of Charlie Chaplin, who blazed a trail from the vaudeville stages of England to the dynamic, if often seedy and highly volatile, movie studios of Los Angeles in the early 20th century. Awed like everyone else by Chaplin's genius (and ambition and cruelty), Laurel despaired of ever finding his own path to success -- or happiness. But success and happiness did find Laurel, following the inspired decision by impresario Hal Roach to put him and Oliver Hardy together on screen. Initially a calculated marriage of opposites in an era of highly disposable short films, the partnership bloomed into a professional and personal relationship of lifelong depth.

Eventually, Laurel became one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to anyone else, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake. And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such astonishing tenderness and devotion that only death could sever their profound connection.

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. He debut, Every Dead Thing, swiftly launched him into the top rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the first non-American writer to win the U.S. Shamus award, and the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America.

 

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781635060577
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Published: Quercus Books - May 1st, 2018

John Connolly recreates the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of two men who found their true selves in a comedic partnership. When Stan Laurel was paired with Oliver Hardy, affectionately known as Babe, the history of comedy--not to mention their personal and professional lives--would be altered forever.


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Nina Collins - What Would Virginia Woolf Do (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?," which has grown exponentially into a place where women-most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor--have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations.

Mid-life is a time when women want to think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom.

Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other: defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781538727959
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - April 10th, 2018

When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Susan Ronald - A Dangerous Woman (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence Lacaze fled the city in the aftermath of the great earthquake of 1906. Living in Paris with her mother, she was taught that only money brought respectability and happiness, and developed a lifelong snobbery to match her aspirations. Marrying first “the boy next door” from the Bay Area to regain her U.S. citizenship, then hooking the already-married Frank Jay Gould (youngest son of notorious robber baron Jay Gould), Florence rewrote her personal history to match her new super-rich pedigree. While enjoying the fruits of an open marriage with Frank, Florence guided his millions into investments in hotels and casinos, creating the first luxury hotel and casino group in France. She was the first to bring the Italian Mafia to the Riviera, and made her name entertaining celebrities such as Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Maurice Chevalier, Joseph Kennedy, and a raft of Hollywood stars, some of whom (like Charlie Chaplin) became her lovers.
 
While the party ended for most Americans after the Great Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence Gould refused to return to America. (He had abandoned the U.S. in 1913 when federal income taxes were introduced, and the IRS eagerly awaited his return.) During the Nazi occupation of France, Florence took scores of German lovers, traded with the Nazis, and hosted a controversial salon for collaborators and underground Résistants alike. As the Allies closed in on the city, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a money laundering operation for high-ranking Nazis fleeing the country.
 
Despite the best efforts of J. Edgar Hoover and the French Sûreté, Florence avoided treason charges after the war, and lived as part of France’s upper-crust until her death in 1983. Her vast fortune was put to good use through the Florence Gould Foundation, buying her eternal respectability as a patron of the arts and sciences in New York City and beyond. A Dangerous Woman is a colorful and damning portrait of a woman who could have been a character in the great literary works of Ibsen or Chekhov, and a cautionary lesson that while money can buy happiness, it requires a lack of concern for the repercussions of your actions.

Susan Ronald was born and raised in the United States and has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Hitler's Art Thief and Heretic Queen.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250092212
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940's Paris.


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