Jay Jacobs - The Widow Wave

Will anyone ever know what happened to the Aloha, a sport fishing boat that vanished with all onboard in the Pacific off San Francisco’s coast? ‘ Knowing’ may be a complex, inexact business. There’s real truth and then there’s courtroom truth; a jury’s verdict may or may not approach what actually happened. Nor can someone reading about such an event—one that had no witnesses or hard evidence to explain it—be sure where the truth lies. But trials, judges, and juries are what we use in our legal system to find truth.

The Widow Wave
explores this alternate reality. It is a fascinating true-life mystery and lawyer procedural rolled into one. Jay Jacobs offers no facile answers—and he’s not the flawless protagonist typically starring in such dramas. He lets us see how such a big wrongful death case really unfolds, in a true story that reads like a novel.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$19.79
ISBN-13: 9781610272629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Quid Pro, LLC, 8/2014

Victoria Zackheim - Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists

Delve into this thought-provoking collection of personal essays from award-winning and bestselling authors who explore the perennial question: What do I believe?

Whether believer, skeptic, agnostic, atheist, or something "other," these twenty-four authors share a fascinating, daring, and multifaceted perspective on what faith means (or doesn't mean). The collection of personal essays includes bestselling authors such as Anne Perry, who writes about a deeply spiritual faith that embraces and sustains her through every step of her life. Caroline Leavitt writes about tarot cards, mediums, and quantum physics to explain her concept of faith. Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary beautifully captures his childhood curiosity amidst his Islamic views. There is the irrepressible Malachy McCourt's anti-religion rant, and then Pam Houston's signature wit and sense of irony, which gives the question of faith a surprising twist.

Honest, provocative, and candid, Faith begins a larger conversation and invites the question: What do you believe?

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781582705026
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Beyond Words Publishing, 2/2015

Michael Meyer - In Manchuria

With The Last Days of Old Beijing, Michael Meyer looked at the modernization of China’s ancient city, and with In Manchuria he furthers his fascinating piece on This American Life, charting the much-mythologized region bordered by Mongolia, North Korea and Siberia, now called the Northeast. For three years, Meyer lived in the remote Northeast in the rice-farming community of Wasteland. A quiet village of two dozen homes, one road, and communally farmed rice paddies, where the temperature can reach 20 below and the sun sets before 4 o’clock. There Meyer witnessed Wasteland’s sweeping changes with the arrival of Eastern Fortune Rice, a privately held and governmentally-backed company which began buying up paddies and hiring their farmers as laborers. Wasteland’s saga mirrors the tremendous shift most of rural China is undergoing; Eastern Fortune has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights. Once a commune, Wasteland is now a company town, a phenomenon happening across China, one that Meyer documents for the first time.

Michael Meyer first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. The winner of a Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, Meyer has also won a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$28.00
ISBN-13: 9781620402863
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Press, 2/2015

Heidi Krahling - Insalata's and Marinitas

 

Insalata's in San Anselmo • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)

            

 

Heidi Krahling's newest cookbook, Insalata's and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, is a culmination of recipes from her two restaurants, Insalata's and Marinitas, in San Anselmo. Krahling brings to the home chef the ingredients, flavors, sauces, and basic techniques of her kitchen which are the building blocks that have led to her Michelin star success. Heidi's own voice is on every page, helping the chef prepare each recipe. Krahling is also the author of Insalata's Mediterranean Cookbook.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

Location: 
Street:
Insalata's
Additional:
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
City:
San Anselmo
,
Postal Code:
94960
$36.00
ISBN-13: 9780692236710
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Laura Parker Studio, 11/2014

Ian Weir - Will Starling

In conversation with Stacy Carlson.

The Napoleonic War is over, Romanticism is at its high tide, and the great city of London is charged with the thrill of scientific discovery and Regency abandon. Into this milieu, the nineteen-year-old foundling Will Starling returns from the Continent, having spent five years assisting military surgeon Alec Comrie. Cocky, charming and damaged, Will is helping Comrie build a civilian practice--and a life--in London’s rough Cripplegate area. This means entering into an uneasy alliance with the Doomsday Men: grave robbers who supply London’s surgeons and anatomists with cadavers for dissection. When a grave robbing goes terribly wrong, it sets in motion a sequence of events that leads to the murder of a moneylender and the arrest of a young woman, Meg Nancarrow. As Meg is sentenced to hang, Will grows convinced that she is the innocent victim of an unholy conspiracy, and that the conspiracy traces itself back to Dionysus Atherton, an old university friend of Comrie’s and the brightest of London’s emerging surgical stars. There are wild rumors about Atherton: whispers of experiments on corpses not quite dead--indeed, on corpses wide awake and wailing--in a bid to unlock the mystery of death itself.

Ian Weir is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He holds both American and Canadian citizenship. His first novel, Daniel O’Thunder, was named one of the top historical novels of 2011 by Library Journal and was a finalist for four awards.

Stacy Carlson won the 2003 Dana Portfolio Award, given for three book-length manuscripts, and was awarded residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California and Galleri Svalbard, in Norway. A native of Seattle, she now lives in Oakland, California.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Will Starling (Paperback)

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781586422301
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Steerforth, 2/2015

Class: Nina Schuyler- Creating Surprise on the Page

03/07/2015 4:00 pm
Sat., Mar. 7 • 10:00-4:00 pm • $105
 
 
 
 
If we read to experience things, then a reader experiences so much more when the story moves beyond conventions. In this class, we will look at how authors create surprise at the plot, character and sentence level. We will use published works as a springboard to create our own surprises on the page.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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