Susan Middleton - Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life

Co-Sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences

Introduction by Gary Sharlow

In Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates, which represent more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the ocean. They are also astonishingly diverse in their shapes, patterns, textures, and colors. In nature's fashion show, they are the haute couture of marine life.

This collection of more than 250 remarkable images is the result of seven years of painstaking fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, using photographic techniques that Middleton developed to capture these extremely fragile creatures on camera. She also provides short essays that examine the place these invertebrates occupy on the tree of life, their vast array of forms, and their lives in the ocean. Scientist Bernadette Holthuis contributes profiles describing each species, many of them for the first time. Middleton's book is a stunning new view of nature that harmoniously combines art and science.

Susan Middleton is an acclaimed photographer, author, and lecturer specializing in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures. For thirteen years she was the chair of the Department of Photography at the California Academy of Sciences, where she now serves as research associate. Her most recent book is Evidence of Evolution. Previous books in collaboration with David Liittschwager include Archipelago, Remains of a Rainbow, Witness, and Here Today. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide in fine art and natural history contexts, and are represented in the permanent collections of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Gallery of Art. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009.

 

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$50.00
ISBN-13: 9781419710070
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 10/2014

Catherine Gildiner - Coming Ashore: A Memoir

Picking up her story in the late '60s at age 21, Catherine Gildiner whisks the reader through five years and three countries, beginning when she is a poetry student at Oxford. Her education extended beyond the classroom to London's swinging Carnaby Street, the mountains of Wales, and a posh country estate.

After Oxford, Cathy returns to Cleveland, Ohio, which was still reeling from the Hough Ghetto Riots. Not one to shy away from a challenge, she teaches at a high school where police escort teachers through the parking lot, trying to engage apathetic students and tussling with the education authorities.

In 1970, Catherine moves to Canada. While studying literature at the University of Toronto, she rooms with members of the FLQ (Quebec separatists) and then with one of the biggest drug dealers in Canada. Along the way, she falls in love with the man who eventually became her husband and embarks on a new career in psychology.

Coming Ashore brings readers back to a fascinating era populated by lively characters, but most memorable of all is the singular Catherine Gildiner.

Catherine Gildiner's childhood memoir Too Close to the Falls was a New York Times bestseller and on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list for over a year. In 2010, she published a sequel, After the Falls, also a bestseller.

 

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$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781770412255
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Published: ECW Press, 10/2014

Susan Van Allen - 50 Places in Rome, Florence and Venice Every Woman Should Go

Following the critically acclaimed 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen adds new gems to her selection of the best spots for female travelers in 50 Places in Rome, Florence and Venice Every Woman Should Go. Like a savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear, she guides readers to masterpieces where women are glorified - from Rome's Pieta to Florence's Birth of Venus, best spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan shopping experiences to meet leather craftsmen or glass blowers, and places for adventures - from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are fresh, practical tips, giving readers insider's secrets for what to pack, the best places to get their hair styled, and how to bargain for souvenirs.

Susan Van Allen has written about Italian travel for NPR and national publications and is an alumna of Book Passage's Travel Writers & Photographers Conference.

 

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$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781609520960
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Published: Travelers' Tales, 9/2014

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics

02/10/2015 12:30 pm
Five Tuesdays: Feb. 10, Mar. 10, Apr. 14, May 12, June 9 • 10:30-12:30pm • $105
 
 
 
Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.
 
February: We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler 
March: Oleander Girl, Chitra Divakaruni
April: The Translator, Nina Schuyler
May: Every Day is for the Thief, Teju Cole
June: People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara
 
 
 
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Nick Hornby - Funny Girl

Tickets: $31 (includes signed book)

 

 

In Conversation with Mallory Ortberg

From Nick Hornby, the bestselling author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down comes his highly anticipated new novel.
 
Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

Nick Hornby is the author of six internationally bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam and Juliet, Naked) and several works of  non-fiction including Fever Pitch, Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub, a collection of his 'Stuff I've Been Reading' columns from the Believer.  His screenplay for the film An Education was nominated for an Academy Award, and he recently adapted Cheryl Strayed's Wild to a screenplay. He lives in Highbury, north London.

Mallory Ortberg is the co-creator of The Toast, a general-interest website geared toward women and the author of Texts from Jane Eyre. She has written for Gawker, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, and The Atlantic.

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Funny Girl (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594205415
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 2/2015

$23.00
ISBN-13: 9781627791830
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Henry Holt and Co., 11/2014

Judith Hanson Lasater - What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication

Co-Sponsored by Bay Area Nonviolent Communication

For yoga teacher Judith Hanson Lasater and her husband, mediator Ike K. Lasater, language is a spiritual practice based on giving and receiving with compassion. In What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication, they offer new and nurturing ways of communicating. Long-term students of yoga and Buddhism, the authors here blend the yoga principle of satya (truth) and the Buddhist precept of right speech with Marshall Rosenberg's groundbreaking techniques of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in a fresh formula for promoting peace at home, at work, and in the world. The authors offer practical exercises to help readers in any field learn to diffuse anger, make requests rather than demands or assign blame, understand the difference between feelings and needs, recognize how they strategize to get needs met, choose connection over conflict, and extend empathy to themselves and others.

Judith Hanson Lasater has taught yoga since 1971. In addition to co-founding Yoga Journal magazine, Judith has written eight books on yoga.

 

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$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781930485242
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Published: Rodmell Press, 10/2009



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