Senator Kirsten Gillibrand - Off the Sidelines

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

 

 

Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: “Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.” A young corporate lawyer at the time, Gillibrand felt as if she’d been struck by lightning. She instantly knew that her voice—all women’s voices—were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them.

Off the Sidelines is a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military).

Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office. She lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares, and the support system she turns to in her darkest moments: her husband, their two little boys, and lots of girlfriends. She explains why “ambition” is not a dirty word, failure is a gift, listening is the most effective tool, and the debate over women “having it all” is absurd at best and demeaning at worst. In her sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice, she dares us all to tap into our inner strength, find personal fulfillment, and speak up for what we believe in.

 

Location: 
Street:
Dominican University
Additional:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780804179072
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ballantine Books, 9/2014

Joanne Rocklin - Fleabrain Love Franny

This event will take place during the children's book group, INK. Everyone is welcome!

To join INK, our 9-13 year old children's book group, or for more information, please contact Brittany at bwason@bookpassage.com or Melissa at mburke@bookpassage.com. 

 

In this gem of a novel, Franny Katzenback, who’s recovering from polio in Pittsburgh in 1952, reads and falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte of her own, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain, who lives on her dog’s tail. Fleabrain Loves Franny is multifaceted and has something to offer every reader. It’s a love story . . . It’s an homage to one of the greatest children’s books of all time . . . It’s historical and personal, fantastical and truthful.

Fleabrain Loves Franny is a touching, funny story set in the recent past, told with Joanne Rocklin’s signature wit and thoughtfulness. While Franny struggles with physical therapy and feels left out of her formerly active neighborhood life, Fleabrain is there to take her on adventures based on his extensive reading.

This beautiful story also offers its own take on social justice. Before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, children in wheelchairs were sometimes prohibited from attending school with their peers. Franny protests this treatment—and becomes a beacon of hope against injustice.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419710681
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Amulet Books, 8/2014

Marlon James - A Brief History of Seven Killings

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years. Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters—assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghostsA Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the ‘70s, to the crack wars in ‘80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the ‘90s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James’ place among the great literary talents of his generation.

Marlon James was born in Jamaica. He is the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He teaches at Macalester College.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594486005
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 10/2014

Baptist de Pape - The Power of the Heart

In conversation with Isabel Allende

Baptist de Pape, a young lawyer, was mired in anxiety and fears about his future when he felt the call to investigate the incredible power of the heart and how it can lead us to our true purpose in life. On a quest that took him around the world, de Pape interviewed eighteen living icons—all on cameraincluding Isabel Allende, Jane Goodall, Marci Shimoff, Marianne Williamson, and Gary Zukav. Generously sharing their touching personal stories as well as profound guidance, these leaders co-created with de Pape a multidimensional, illuminating portrait of the heart as an inexhaustible source of love and wisdom that far surpasses that of the mind.

With exciting spiritual and scientific insights, The Power of the Heart presents fascinating evidence that the heart is more than a physical organ. It possesses its own intelligence, capable of transforming your views of money, health, relationships, and success. Mindfulness exercises and contemplations guide you to activate the heart’s special powers—including intuition, intention, gratitude, forgiveness, and love.

Baptist de Pape is a lawyer turned author and filmmaker.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$24.00
ISBN-13: 9781476771601
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books, 10/2014

Mylene Fernández-Pintado & Dick Cluster - A Corner of the World

In contemporary Havana, "Do I stay or do I go?" is always the question, and love doesn't necessarily conquer all. In the wake of her mother's recent death, Marian has been keeping to herself. A cautious, reserved professor of Spanish Literature, she has no idea that her quiet life is about to be turned upside down. When she's asked to review the work of a young, ambitious first-time novelist, she meets Daniel, and their love affair leads her to question both the choices she's made so far in her life and the opportunities she might yet still have. A Corner of the World is the story of an intense and impossible love, set in today's Havana, a city where there can be no plans, where chance is the order of the day and a fierce sense of loyalty and pride coexists with the desire to live beyond the island's isolation. 
 
Mylene Fernández-Pintado is the winner of a David Award (1998) from the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba for her book Anhedonia. Her novel Otras Plegarias Atendidas won the Italo Calvino Prize in 2002 and the Critics’ Award in 2003. The novel was published by Editorial Marco Tropea in Italy. Her short stories appear in anthologies in Cuba and abroad, and have been translated into English, French, Italian and German. She lives between Havana and Lugano, Switzerland.

Dick Cluster is the author of the novels Return to Sender, Repulse Monkey, and Obligations of the Bone. He landed in Havana’s José Martí airport for the first time in 1969 and has been fascinated by the city ever since, exploring it by foot, bicycle, city bus, tour bus, camel bus, car, and other means. He is a translator of Cuban literature and teaches courses on Cuban history, culture, and politics at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780872866225
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: City Lights Books, 9/2014

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
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: She Writes Press, 9/2014



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