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

Leon Panetta - Worthy Fights

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $40 (includes a complimentary signed book)

 

 

It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful and respected members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then “retired” to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline. But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America’s war against Al Qaeda, including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. And then, in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

Like his career, Worthy Fights is a reflection of Panetta’s values. It is imbued with the frank, grounded, and often quite funny spirit of a man who never lost touch with where he came from: his family’s walnut farm in beautiful Carmel Valley, California. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship. Panetta is a Democrat who pushed for balanced budgets while also expanding care for the elderly and sick; a devout Catholic who opposes the death penalty but had to weigh every drone strike from 2009 through 2011. Throughout his career, Panetta’s polestar has been his belief that a public servant’s real choice is between leadership or crisis. Troubles always come about through no fault of one’s own, but most can be prevented with courage and foresight.

Leon Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009–2011, and as secretary of defense from 2011–2013. An Italian American Democrat, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977–1993, the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993–1994, and President Clinton’s chief of staff from 1994–1997. He is the founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and has served as professor of public policy at his alma mater, Santa Clara University.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
Country:
United States
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781594205965
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 10/2014

Marcia DeSanctis - 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go

Whether she is a die-hard Francophile or simply dreaming of Paris, a woman will discover France, her way, in 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. With her eye trained towards the feminine, award-winning author Marcia DeSanctis draws on years of traveling and living in France to lead women into the City of Light, along the Cote d’Azur, and through vineyards, cooking classes, lavender fields and architectural treasures. These 100 entries capture art, culture and jaunts along France's many beaches, and include not only most-visited attractions such as the Chateau de Versailles and the Musee d'Orsay, but many places to be discovered. Wander around the Art Nouveau city of Nancy, make a pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the Camargue, try thalassotherapy in St. Malo, or discover the Cathar Cathedral of St. Cecile in Albi. From sexy to literary, from spiritual to simply gorgeous, the range of this book proves that the allure of France for women goes beyond food and fashion.

Marcia DeSanctis spent years traveling the world as a network news producer and is now writing a memoir. Her work has been in Vogue, Departures, The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, More, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and the Huffington Post. She loves to travel alone and her idea of heaven is arriving at a new place, opening the hotel room door, checking out what candy is in the mini-bar, and then heading outside to explore her new temporary neighborhood. She lives in Bethlehem, CT.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781609520823
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Travelers' Tales, 5/2013

Atul Gawande - Being Mortal

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $30 (includes a complimentary signed book)

 

 

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can improve not only life but also the process of its ending. Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end.

Gawande is the author of The Checklist Manifesto, Better, and Complications. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780805095159
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books, 10/2014

Cooks with Books: Yotam Ottolenghi - Plenty More

Insalata’s, San Anselmo • Single $120, Couple $180 (one book)

 

 

Yotam Ottolenghi’s monumentally successful cookbook, Plenty, changed the way people cook and eat vegetables. Plenty More continues in the spirit of Plenty, with 120 dazzling produce-focused dishes, prepared raw, grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, or braised. Ottolenghi includes main dishes, sides, salads, and sweets, all gorgeously featured in this color photo cookbook. Known for his creative spirit, intriguing flavors and playful spices, these fresh ingredients offer home chefs’ outstanding meals for the whole family. Ottolenghi is the author of bestselling cookbooks Jerusalem, Plenty, and Ottolenghi. He writes for the Guardian and appears on the BBC.

 

Location: 
Street:
Insalata's
Additional:
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
City:
San Anselmo
,
Postal Code:
94960
$35.00
ISBN-13: 9781607746218
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press, 10/2014

Cooks with Books: Dorie Greenspan - Baking Chez Moi

Left Bank, Larkspur • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)
 
 
 
 
 
In Baking Chez Moi, Dorie Greenspan focuses on pastries that are inspired by French tradition and by her travels around the country. The recipes include cakes (most simple, she claims), petit pastries, tarts and galettes, cookies, fruit desserts, creams, custards, puddings, and chocolate. She is the award winning author of Around my French Table.

Location: 
Street:
507 Magnolia Ave
City:
Larkspur
,
Postal Code:
94939
$40.00
ISBN-13: 9780547724249
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 10/2014



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