Left Coast Writers®: Rita M. Gardner - The Coconut Latitudes

The Coconut Latitudes begins with the story of an American family attempting a new life on a Caribbean island after World War II.  Leaving a successful career in the U.S., a father makes a fateful decision to move his family to an isolated beach in the Dominican Republic.  He plants ten thousand coconut seedlings, transplants his wife and two young daughters and declares they are the luckiest people alive. In reality, the family is in the path of hurricanes and in the grip of a brutal dictator.  The children are additionally under the thumb of an increasingly volatile father and a mother who loses her bearings along the way.  Set against a backdrop of shimmering palms and kaleidoscope sunsets, a crisis causes the family, already fragile, to further implode. This memoir is about surviving a reality far from the envisioned Eden and the terrible cost of keeping secrets.

Rita M. Gardner grew up on her expatriate family’s coconut farm in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Living in a remote coastal village, she was home-schooled and began writing, reading and painting at an early age. She returned to the U.S. to attend high school and later moved to California. Her essays, articles, poetry, and photographs appear in literary journals, travel magazines, and newspapers and she is the recipient of writing residencies at Hedgebrook and Lit Camp.  Rita lives by the San Francisco Bay and follows her childhood passions – writing, traveling, hiking, and photography. She continues to dream in Spanish, dance the merengue, and gather inspiration from nature and the ocean. Her favorite color is Caribbean blue.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781631529016
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Published: She Writes Press, 9/2014

Left Coast Writers®: Rita Gardner - The Coconut Latitudes

The Coconut Latitudes is about a childhood in paradise, a journey into unexpected misery and a twisted path to redemption and truth.  It begins with the story of an American family attempting a new life on a Caribbean island after World War II.  Leaving a successful career in the U.S., a father makes a fateful decision to move his family to an isolated beach in the Dominican Republic.  He plants ten thousand coconut seedlings, transplants his wife and two young daughters and declares they are the luckiest people alive.

In reality, the family is in the path of hurricanes and in the grip of a brutal dictator.  The children are additionally under the thumb of an increasingly volatile father and a mother who loses her bearings along the way.  Set against a backdrop of shimmering palms and kaleidoscope sunsets, a crisis causes the family, already fragile, to further implode.  The Coconut Latitudes is about surviving a reality far from the envisioned Eden and the terrible cost of keeping secrets.  A cross-cultural coming-of-age story, this compelling memoir balances a child’s wonder with adult compassion, ultimately revealing the transformative power of truth and an opening to acceptance and grace.

Rita Gardner grew up on her expatriate family’s coconut farm in the Dominican Republic during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Living in a remote coastal village, she was home-schooled and began writing, reading and painting at an early age. She returned to the U.S. to attend high school and later moved to California. Her essays, articles, poetry, and photographs appear in literary journals, travel magazines, and newspapers and she is the recipient of writing residencies at Hedgebrook and Lit Camp

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781631529016
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: She Writes Press, 9/2014

Kristen Harnisch - The Vintner's Daughter

Loire Valley, 1895. When seventeen-year-old Sara Thibault's father is killed in a mudslide, her mother sells their vineyard to a rival family whose eldest son marries Sara's sister, Lydia. But a violent tragedy compels Sara and her sister to flee to New York, forcing Sara to put aside her dream to follow in her father's footsteps as a master winemaker. Meanwhile, Philippe Lemieux has arrived in California with the ambition of owning the largest vineyard in Napa by 1900. When he receives word of his brother's death in France, he resolves to bring the killer to justice. Sara has travelled to California in hopes of making her own way in the winemaking world. When she encounters Philippe in a Napa vineyard, they are instantly drawn to one another, but Sara knows he is the one man who could return her family's vineyard to her, or send her straight to the guillotine. This riveting tale of betrayal, retribution, love, and redemption, Kristen Harnisch's debut novel, The Vintner's Daughter ($16.95), immerses readers in the rich vineyard culture of both the Old and New Worlds, the burgeoning cities of late nineteenth-century America and a spirited heroine's fight to determine her destiny.
 
“One of the novel’s highlights is its rich history of the wine-making process through the eyes of a woman who is passionate and meticulous about each step.... In the beginning, [Sara] endures nonstop pain and loss, but these tragedies transform her from a smart, hardworking girl into an independent, resourceful woman. At its core, The Vintner’s Daughter is a story of perseverance and transcending one’s past.”—Booklist
 
Kristen Harnisch drew upon her extensive research and experiences living in the San Francisco Bay Area and visiting the Loire Valley to create the story for The Vintner's Daughter, her debut novel. The Vintner's Daughter is the first in a series about the changing world of vineyard life at the turn of the century. Ms. Harnisch has a degree in economics from Villanova University, and currently resides in Connecticut.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

Vintner's Daughter (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781631529290
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Published: She Writes Press, 8/2014

Elizabeth Rosner - Electric City

Elizabeth Rosner pulls double-duty with a new poetry collection/memoir and a new novel.

Ensconced in Electric City, Sophie is coming of age just as the town is gasping its last breaths. The town, and America as a whole, is on the cusp of great instability: blackouts, social unrest over Vietnam, and soon the advent of the seventies. Into her orbit drifts Henry Van Curler, the favored son of one of Electric City's founding Dutch families, as well as Martin Longboat, grandson of Joseph Longboat. This new generation of Electric City will face both the history of their town and their own uncertain future, struggling to bridge the gap between the old world and the new. Electric City is a vital, pulsing, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world

Composed over a period of some twenty years, the poetry collection Gravity is Rosner’s profoundly searching account of her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. In these direct and revealing pages, Rosner traces the earliest remembered resonances of her parents’ past and her own dawning awareness of the war history that colored her family home during her youth in Schenectady, New York.

Elizabeth Rosner is the author of The Speed of Light and Blue Nude.

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

Electric City (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781619023468
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 10/2014

Gravity (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780989302333
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Published: Atelier26, 10/2014

Julia Cooke - The Other Side of Paradise

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba provides a vivid and unprecedented look into the daily lives and future prospects of young people in contemporary Cuba. Weaving together stories of those she encountered, Julia Cooke artfully illuminates the last generation of Cubans raised under Castro: waiting out hurricanes at rummy storm parties, asking ancestors for advice during living room Santería ceremonies, attending raucous drag cabarets, and reconciling an undefined future with the urgency of today.

Julia Cooke is a freelance journalist and teacher who has lived in and reported from Mexico City and Havana. She has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center and Columbia University, where she completed her master of fine arts in creative nonfiction writing. Her essays about Cuba have been published in Conde Nast Traveller, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthology, among numerous newspapers and magazines. She is fluent in Spanish.

 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$17.00
ISBN-13: 9781580055314
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Published: Seal Press, 4/2014

Jason Mott -The Wonder of All Things

The Wonder of All Things starts on an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear. Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most.

Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals.  He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780778316527
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mira Books, 9/2014



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