Eve Pell - Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance

Join us for a special singles mixer in the Book Passage cafe at 5:30pm before Eve Pell’s event! $12 tickets include admission to the mixer, cheese & wine, and a reserved seat for the event.

 

 

Please note that this is a free event, and that a ticket is required only if you wish to attend the pre-event singles mixer.

Eve Pell says, a few things improve with age: wine, cheese, friendship, and love. As she and the couples in this wise and warm book see it, life experience adds dimensions to the art of connection, enabling mature people to finesse issues that cause young couples conflict. In Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance, Pell not only shares the more intimate details of her own experience (marrying Sam, a widower, at 71 after two divorces of her own), but also reveals a dynamic picture of modern romance. Pell illuminates how more seniors than ever are looking for that "one last blossoming of the heart," and tackling everyday issues such as dealing with the emotions of family members, deciding where to live, and how to divide finances.

Eve Pell is the author of the acclaimed memoir We Used to Own the Bronx, in which she detailed her upbringing in a prestigious New York family and how she left that world of privilege for a career as an investigative reporter. She went on to report for three award-winning PBS documentaries and is an award-winning writer published in the San Francisco Chronicle,
The Nation, Ms., Runners World, and other publications. She has been a staff reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting, has taught journalism at San Francisco State University and lectured at Stanford, and has won gold medals in international senior track and field competitions.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780804176460
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 1/2015

Peter Richardson - No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

Co-Sponsored by Amoeba Music

In Conversation with Paul Liberatore 

For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. While their albums sold well over time, the group never had a number one song, and they cracked the top ten only once—more than two decades after their formation—which raises the question, why did they become one of the world’s most legendary bands? Now, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the band’s creation, No Simple Highway by Peter Richardson is the first book to answer this deceptively simple question. Drawing on new research, interviews, and material from the Grateful Dead archives, No Simple Highway vividly recounts the Dead's colorful history, adding new insight into everything from the acid tests to the band's formation of their own record label to their massive late career success, while probing the riddle of the Dead's vast and durable appeal.

Peter Richardson is an author and lecturer in the humanities department at San Francisco State University and outgoing chair of the California Studies Association. Before that, he was an editor at the Public Policy Institute of California, a think-tank based in San Francisco; a tenured English professor at the University of North Texas; and an acquisitions editor at Harper & Row, Publishers. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781250010629
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press, 1/2015

Norman Doidge - The Brain's Way of Healing

Co-Sponsored by the Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area

While it has been believed for centuries that the brain’s complexity prevents recovery from damage or disease, The Brain's Way Of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing. As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge uses true stories and case studies to present cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications, and outlines principles that everyone can apply to improve brain performance and health. Doidge shows that natural, non-invasive stimuli—light, sound, vibration, movement—pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain’s own healing capacities without producing the unpleasant side effects that often accompany high-tech forms of treatment. Pointing to cases of patients who overcame chronic pain or recovered from debilitating accidents using these methods—such as one patient who was cured of ADHD through treatment with gentle vibrations on the back of the head, and others who were able to reverse the worst symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and stroke using a method of barely perceptible tingling of the tongue—he shows that there are multiple new ways to approach common brain injuries and highlights the latest discoveries about how healthy people can enhance their own brain plasticity and decrease the risk of dementia.

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself, which was chosen by the Dana Foundation for the Brain as the #1 book on the brain ever written for the general public.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780670025503
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Adult, 1/2015

Class: Kerrin Meis- Cultural History of Wine in Western Art

01/30/2015 12:00 pm
Fri., Jan. 30 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $35
 
 
 
 
 
Through illustrations of works of art we study the origins of winein Mesopotamia, its use in secular revelry in the Greco-Roman world and sacred ritual celebrations that begin with early Christianity and continue through the Renaissance and well beyond. We see how the hedonistic expression “Carpe Diem” becomes the admonishing phrase “Vanitas” in the seventeenth century. In Vino Veritas! -- compare Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party” with Edvard Munch’s “The Hangover.”

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

Joyce Carol Oates - The Sacrifice

In The Sacrifice, when a fourteen-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. In this magisterial work of fiction, Joyce Carol Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice—of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what—and who—the “sacrifice” actually is, and what consequences these kind of events hold for us all.

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestsellers The Accursed and The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

 

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

The Sacrifice (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062332974
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press, 1/2015

Alexandra Fuller - Leaving Before the Rains Come

With astounding candor and in the wry, often hilarious prose that her devoted readers have come to expect, Alexandra Fuller takes on the rise and fall of her own marriage and addresses how her father shaped her view of the world in Leaving Before the Rains Come.  In hopes of understanding what went wrong and finding ways to rebuild her life after a painful divorce, Fuller turns to her African past for answers. As she explores the vibrant memories of her childhood, she hunts for clues as to what it means to live life completely and without regret.

Alexandra Fuller has written five books of non-fiction. Her debut, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 BookSense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian’s First Book Award and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781594205866
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 1/2015



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