Dewey Livingston - In the Heart of Marin

In the Heart of Marin: The History of Kentfield & Greenbrae California ($60.00), tells tales of the small communities of Kentfield and Greenbrae. It begins in the 1800s, with stories of suburban Greenbrae, carefully and thoughtfully planned. Also highlighted, is the history of the Kentfield School District. This work is a 400-page history, which includes hundreds of historical photographs and maps, and local artist George Demont Otis’ depiction of Mt. Tamalpais on the cover.

In addition to Dewey Livingston’s extensive research, Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society research committee members have, along with the author himself, conducted interviews with a variety of longtime residents of Kentfield and Greenbrae. (Additional interviews of Kent alumni from over the past 70 years were conducted by Kent Middle School 8th graders). The resulting oral histories have been incorporated into Livingston’s history of the two communities and add a delightful sense of place to the work. Stories of long-ago childhood adventures in both Kentfield and Greenbrae rub shoulders with the intent and vision of the founders of the two communities.

Dewey Livingston, historian and author, has spent over 25 years uncovering the rich history of Marin County and other areas of the American West, then crafting his discoveries into highly readable texts. While Dewey is originally from Southern California, he spent his high school years in Kentfield, and many hours hiking the trails of Mt. Tamalpais. A large body of his recent work has focused on the Point Reyes Peninsula and West Marin, including, Nicasio: The Historic Valley at the Center of Marin.

 

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

Senator Elizabeth Warren - A Fighting Chance

Tickets: $35 (includes signed copy of A Fighting Chance)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

 

 

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher—an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis, but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers, and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive—and watched—Senate race in the country.

In this passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, A Fighting Chance ($28.00), Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class—and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America’s government can and must do better for working families.

Elizabeth Warren is the senior senator from Massachusetts. A former Harvard Law School professor, she is the author of eight books, including All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan and The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke, written with her daughter, Amelia Tyagi.

 

Location: 
Street:
50 Acacia Avenue
City:
San Rafael
,
Postal Code:
94901

A Fighting Chance (Hardcover)

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9781627790529
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books, 5/2014

Michael Cunningham - The Snow Queen

Michael Cunningham’s luminous novel begins with a vision. It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions—or in God—but he can’t deny what he’s seen.

At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying—and failing—to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will be not merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.

Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon.

Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul.

The Snow Queen ($25.00), beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves again that Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation.

Michael Cunningham is the author of six novels, including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown.

 

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

The Snow Queen (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374266325
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2014

Judy Sierra - EIEIO

The Little Red Hen gives old MacDonald some pointers on composting - and a legendary farm is born - in EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm with a Little Help From a Hen ($16.99), a rhyming, rollicking read-aloud.

Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn't have a farm. He just had a yard - a yard he didn't want to mow. But under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom with the help of some mud, garbage, horse poop, and worms! Judy Sierra's spirited verse, paired with Matthew Myers's exuberant illustrations, yields a fresh take on a children's classic, complete with raised-bed gardens and an organic farmers' market-making this a perfect story for armchair gardeners and devoted locavores of all sizes.
 
Judy Sierra is the author of many books for children, including the best-selling Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown. She is also the author of The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters, illustrated by Henrik Drescher.

Matthew Myers is the illustrator of Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind by Gary Ross as well as many other books for young readers, including Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg and Clink by Kelly DiPucchio.
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763660437
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick, 2/2014

Krista Bremer - My Accidental Jihad

Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world. But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail. He was passionate and sincere and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances, to lovers, to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people-- a middle-class American raised in California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village, who made a commitment to each other without forsaking their own identities.

Profoundly moving and often funny, My Accidental Jihad ($24.95) is a meditation on tolerance that explores what it means to open our hearts to another culture and to embrace our own. It is Krista Bremer's unexpected struggle to reach beyond herself, her accidental Jihad.

Krista Bremer is an American author whose award-winning essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including O: The Oprah Magazine, CNN, MSN, More, The Sun, and The Sunday Times. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, and she has appeared in the PBS series Arab American Stories. In 2009 she was one of six American writers to receive a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a $25,000 prize to support emerging women writers in the United States. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a North Carolina Arts Fellowship, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference.

 

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

My Accidental Jihad (Hardcover)

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616200688
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 4/2014

Paul Taylor - The Next America

The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.
 
America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use. 
 
Today's Millennials--well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings--are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they'd hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future.
 
Every aspect of our demography is being fundamentally transformed. By mid-century, the population of the United States will be majority non-white and our median age will edge above 40--both unprecedented milestones. But other rapidly-aging economic powers like China, Germany, and Japan will have populations that are much older. With our heavy immigration flows, the US is poised to remain relatively young. If we can get our spending priorities and generational equities in order, we can keep our economy second to none. But doing so means we have to rebalance the social compact that binds young and old. In tomorrow's world, yesterday's math will not add up.
 
Drawing on Pew Research Center's extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America($26.99) is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we're headed--toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century. 
 
For the past decade, Paul Taylor has served as executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, where he oversees the Social & Demographic Trends project, the Hispanic Trends project, and various center-wide research initiatives. Taylor is the author of See How They Run and co-author of The Old News Versus the New News
 
 
Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781610393508
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: PublicAffairs, 3/2014



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