Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests

From the bestselling author of The Little Stranger and Fingersmith, an enthralling novel about a widow and her daughter who take a young couple into their home in 1920s London.

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests ($27.95) is Sarah Waters’s finest achievement yet.

Sarah Waters is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Little Stranger, The Night Watch, Fingersmith, Affinity, and Tipping the Velvet. She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of Granta’s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.
 
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The Paying Guests (Hardcover)

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9781594633119
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 9/2014

Rebecca Alexander - Not Fade Away

The inspiring memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet continues to live each day with grace and purpose

Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away ($27.00) is a deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical. Like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rebecca’s story is an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

When Rebecca was twelve, her parents were told that she would be completely blind before she turned thirty.  At eighteen, she fell through a window, shattering her body. In college, she found out that due to a rare genetic disorder—Usher Syndrome Type III—she was losing her hearing as well. Since then, she has earned two Master’s degrees from Columbia University, ridden a six-hundred-mile bike race, hiked the Inca Trail, and established a thriving career—all while maintaining a vibrant social life.

In Not Fade Away, Rebecca charts her journey from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities, to a woman who is able to face the world exactly as she is. She meditates on what she’s lost—the sound of laughter and skies full of stars, which she can now only imagine (though, she quips, “It’s not like anyone can see stars in New York anyway”)—and what she’s found in return: an exquisite sense of intimacy with family and friends who’ve stuck by her, and a profound appreciation for everything she still has. Even though Rebecca inhabits a gradually darkening world, she refuses to let that stop her from living life with joy and enthusiasm. 
 
Rebecca Alexander, thirty-four, is a psychotherapist, spin instructor, volunteer, and an extreme athlete who is almost completely blind and deaf. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, she currently lives in New York City.
 
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$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781592408313
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Published: Gotham, 9/2014

Alix Christie - Gutenberg's Apprentice

Gutenberg's Apprentice ($27.99) is an enthralling literary debut that follows the birth of printing in medieval Germany—a story of invention, intrigue, and betrayal, rich in atmosphere and historical detail, told through the lives of the three men who made it possible

Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.” 

Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop and he orders Peter, his adopted son, to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the “darkest art.”

As his skill grows, so, too, does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between two father figures: the generous Fust, who saved him from poverty after his mother died; and the brilliant, mercurial Gutenberg, who inspires Peter to achieve his own mastery.

Caught between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new, Peter and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles—a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.

Alix Christie is an author, journalist and letterpress printer. She learned the craft of letterpress printing as an apprentice to two master California printers and owns and operates a 1910 Chandler & Price letterpress. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from St Mary’s College of California. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, she lives in London with her husband and two children.
 
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$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062336019
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Published: Harper, 9/2014

Literary Lunch: David Mitchell - The Bone Clocks

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)
 
 
 
The Bone Clocks ($30.00) from David Mitchell, author of the global phenomenon Cloud Atlas, is a vast, intricate piece that weaves together six narratives and spans from 1984 to the 2030s about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and the small group of vigilantes who try to take them down. An up-all-night story that fluently mixes the supernatural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and hearbreaking realism and will elevate David to an even higher level of success.

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2007.
 
Book Passage hosts literary luncheons with celebrated authors at our Marin store. These events are catered by the outstanding Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. The price includes lunch and an autographed book.

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The Bone Clocks (Hardcover)

$30.00
ISBN-13: 9781400065677
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Published: Random House, 9/2014

Tony Earley - Mr. Tall

The highly anticipated return of Tony Earley, celebrated author of Jim the Boy.

Two decades after his debut collection Here We Are in Paradise heralded Tony Earley as one of the most accomplished writers of his generation, the rueful, bittersweet, and riotous stories of Mr. Tall ($25.00) reestablish him as a mythmaker and tale spinner of the first rank. These stories introduce us not only to ordinary people seeking to live extraordinary lives, but also to the skunk ape (a southern variant of Bigfoot), the ghost of Jesse James, and a bone-tired Jack the Giant Killer. Whether it's Appalachia, Nashville, the Carolina Coast, or a make-believe land of talking dogs, each world Earley creates is indelible.

Tony Earley is the author of the novels Jim the Boy and The Blue Star. His fiction has earned a National Magazine Award and appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and Best American Short Stories. Earley was chosen for both The New Yorker's inaugural best "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers and Granta's "20 Best Young American Novelists." He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt University.
 
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$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780316246125
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 8/2014

Pat Montandon - Peeing On Hot Coals

This can’t-put-it-down coming of age memoir is dramatic and heart wrenching, as young Patsy Lou takes us on a journey through the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma and Texas at the time of out nation’s greatest environmental disaster. You will keep reading to find out what more could happen to this sweet child of the Great Depression after she endures severe burns down there at age seven when she pees on hot coals. As a result she suffers a type of genital mutilation that affects her entire life. And with it all, her delicious sense of humor is evident throughout Peeing On Hot Coals ($26.98). We laugh at the vivid description of her preacher dad, and a straight from the Bible Belt Mama and her eight siblings. From such humble beginnings and with little formal education Patsy Lou’s attitude of It Can be Done instilled in her the fearlessness to organize substantive meetings with world leaders in twenty-six countries.
 
Pat Montandon grew up in Oklahoma and Texas as the daughter of a Hell fire and brimstone preacher and a mother who demanded strict obedience to her and to religious strictures. Pat was a child of the Great Depression with a house full of siblings and an equal amount of fine brown sand from the Black Blizzards of the Dust Bowl. Eventually, with only a high school education, Pat used her agile mind and willingness to work and belief in herself to become a best selling author of five books. Later, she launched the International Children As The Peacemakers Foundation. That concept and the resultant journeys earned her the United Nations Peace Messenger Award and nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize. 
 
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