Julene Bair - The Ogallala Road

Like many farm children, Julene Bair left home as soon as she could, headed for what she hoped would be a more exciting life in San Francisco. The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning ($26.95) opens years later when Julene inherits part of her father’s farming empire. She knows his empire was built by plowing the prairies that enchanted her in childhood, and by mining the Ogallala aquifer, the sole source of water on the western plains. But now her family, like many other irrigators, pumps over two hundred million gallons out of the aquifer each year. Julene returns to Kansas to search for one of the few springs that still flow out of the aquifer. She happens on an even rarer find—Ward, a Kansas man who owns a ranch in the beautiful Smoky Valley. A single mother, Julene hopes that Ward will become the father her son has always wished for. Meanwhile, she struggles to reconcile her love for her family’s land with their abuse of it, and ultimately becomes a crusader for the Ogallala aquifer. Her page-turning story is a uniquely American saga of love, farm and family in our challenging times.
 
Julene Bair is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. Her essay collection, One Degree West, won several regional awards and was a finalist for the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has taught at the University of Wyoming and the University of Iowa and currently lives in Longmont, Colorado. Bair has written editorials on the Ogallala Aquifer, most notably for USA Today and the New York Times.

 

 
 

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$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780670786046
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Published: Viking Adult, 3/2014

Michelina Vinter - Colette

Michelina Vinter’s debut novel, Colette ($10.99), is an infectiously uplifting work, embodied by a heroine who takes no prisoners and rescues the men in her life. Filled with intrigue and torn loyalties, Vinter takes us on a whirlwind tour through the times that changed our world forever.

Encountering everything from disillusioned first love, to the Gestapo, and even a kidnapping plot, Colette’s life proves to be as exciting as it is dramatic. Keeping readers guessing until the last sentence, this captivating novel uses romance, action, and intrigue to draw readers in, while exploring the constraints of life and family, and bridging the social stigma of interracial marriage during the 1940’s. Vinter honors the struggle these couples faced not only from society but also within their own families. Mirrored in her own life, Vinter is intimately wise in sharing that true love has no boundaries. Colette travels around the world and back again in defense of her family, her child, and her love. But will it be enough?

Michelina Vinter is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. Possessing a vivid imagination since she was a child, she often was told to get to the point - which led to her career as an acupuncturist. Born in France, her family moved to the United States when she was twelve years old. With firsthand experiences in hard goodbyes and long conversations with her maternal grandmother, Vinter’s wisdom beyond her years led to a fulfilling writing career covering multiple genres.

 

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Colette (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780989110204
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Published: Nathalie Valkov, 8/2013

Joyce Maynard - After Her

Marin County, California, summer, 1979. When young women start turning up dead on the mountain behind the home of Rachel and her devoted eleven-year-old sister, Patty, their father—a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective—is put in charge of finding the “Sunset Strangler.” Watching her father’s life slowly unravel as months pass and more women are killed, Rachel embarks on a dangerous game to catch the killer. Her actions will destroy her father’s career and alter forever the lives of everyone she loves. Thirty years later, Rachel constructs a new strategy to smoke out the Sunset Strangler she believes is still at large and vindicate her father—a plan that unexpectedly unearths a long-buried family secret.

Loosely inspired by the Trailside Killer case, After Her ($14.99) is part thriller, part love story—a poignant, suspenseful, and painfully real family saga that traces a young girl’s first sexual explorations, the loss of innocence, the bond shared by sisters, and the tender but damaged relationship between a girl and her father that endures even beyond the grave.
 
Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, a radio commentator, and a syndicated columnist, as well as the author of seven previous novels, including To Die For, Labor Day, and The Good Daughters, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into sixteen languages. Maynard’s bestselling novel Labor Day was adapted for film by Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman and stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Maynard makes her home in California.
 
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After Her (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780062257406
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 4/2014

Mona Simpson in Conversation with Yiyun Li- Casebook & Kinder Than Solitude

From award-winning author, Mona Simpson, comes a beguiling new work about an eavesdropping boy working to discover the mysteries of his unraveling family in: Casebook: A Novel ($25.95). He uncovers instead what he least wants to know- the workings of his parents' private lives.

Miles Adler-Rich, helped by his friend Hector, spies on his separating parents. Both boys are in thrall to Miles's unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is "pretty for a mathematician." Their amateur detective work starts innocently but soon takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family's well-being, prosperity, and sanity. The boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil, and proceed to concoct hilarious modes of revenge on their villains and eventually, haltingly, learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.

Mona Simpson is the author of Anywhere But Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, My Hollywood, and Off Keck Road, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and won the Heartland Prize of the Chicago Tribune. She has received a Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim grant, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and, recently an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In her magnificent new novel, internationally acclaimed author Yiyun Li masterfully moves a story of three childhood friends back and forth in time between America and China. Both a gripping novel of suspense and a penetrating study of personal corruption and moral ambivalence, Kinder Than Solitude ($26.00) is the unforgettable story of three friends whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed.

When Boyang, Ruyu and Moran were young, they would share two bicycles among the three of them and whistle John Denver’s “Country Roads” as they explored Beijing. Then, they are involved in a mysterious accident in which a neighbor is poisoned, and their friendship splinters. Now grown and estranged, all three are living anonymous lives as they ruminate on the “accident,” trying to come to terms with their actions and self doubt, all three haunted by what really happened. Brilliantly written, this work resonates with provocative observations about human nature and life.                               

Yiyun Li is the author of A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. A native of Beijing and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. Granta named her one of the best American novelists under thirty-five, and The New Yorker named her one of twenty U.S. writers under forty to watch. She teaches writing at the University of California, Davis.

 

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Casebook: A novel (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780385351416
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Published: Knopf, 4/2014

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781400068142
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Published: Random House, 2/2014

Literary Lunch: Ruth Reichl - Delicious!

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed book)

 

 

In her work as a New York Times food critic, editor of Gourmet, and as a memoirist, Ruth Reichl has long illuminated the theme of how food defines us. This vision has never been more clear than in Delicious, her dazzling fiction debut about sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must finally let go of guilt and grief to embrace her own true gifts.

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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Delicious! (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781400069620
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Published: Random House, 5/2014

Elizabeth Partridge - Dorothea Lange

This beautiful volume celebrates one of the twentieth century's most important photographers, Dorothea Lange. Led off by an authoritative biographical essay by Elizabeth Partridge (Lange's goddaughter), the book goes on to showcase Lange's work in over a hundred glorious plates. Dorothea Lange ($50.00) is the only career-spanning monograph of this major photographer's oeuvre in print, and features images ranging from her iconic Depression-era photograph "Migrant Mother" to lesser-known images from her global travels later in life. Presented as the companion book to a PBS American Masters episode that will air in 2014, this deluxe hardcover offers an intimate and unparalleled view into the life and work of one of our most cherished documentary photographers.
 
Elizabeth Partridge is the goddaughter of Dorothea Lange and an award-winning author of numerous books. She lives in California.

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$50.00
ISBN-13: 9781452122168
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Published: Chronicle Books, 11/2013



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