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.

 

Location: 
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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Casebook: A novel (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385351416
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf, 4/2014

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781400068142
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
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.

 

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

Delicious! (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781400069620
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House, 5/2014

Vicki Gray - Troublemaker

Troublemaker: Troubled Words for Troubled Times ($15.95) is a collection of sermons written by Episcopal deacon, Vicki Gray, who speaks with a prophetic voice about many of the things that make our world broken.

This work is grounded in the gospel story of Jesus, remembering how Christ always stood with the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. Consequently, he stood in the line of fire for those who sought to oppress or ignore others. In this way, Jesus was always getting into trouble. He was courageous because he risked speaking into the silence that masked the poverty and struggle of his people. He was willing to be identified with outcasts. It is with this vision of Jesus that Vicki seeks to follow the path of discipleship.

These sermons tell the story of one woman’s journey into a lifetime of dedicated service to those on the margins of society or under the threat of war. Vicki intentionally walks out in faith to stand in harm’s way, believing in the power of God to bring peace, hope, and justice to those in need.

Vicki Gray is a deacon in the Episcopal Church, who works in some of the most challenging ministries in the Bay Area. Vicki works closely with people who have been marginalized in our society: the homeless, prisoners, families struggling in poverty. She has also taken up the global issues of peace and justice, especially in the Middle East. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and retired Foreign Service Officer, she has served on the faculty of the National Defense University. She is a recipient of the Bronze Star as a combat veteran in Vietnam.

 

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1 Ferry Building
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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111

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.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$50.00
ISBN-13: 9781452122168
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Chronicle Books, 11/2013

Class: Josette Charbit Schwartz - Beginning French (4th session)

05/21/2014 12:00 pm

Four Wednesdays: May 21- June 11 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $125

 

 

This class will continue the study of tenses, grammar, and review, using simple dialogues.

Josette Charbit Schwartz has taught French at the Lycée Français, The Branson School, and French American International in San Francisco. “Josette makes us feel comfortable with asking questions or stumbling on new words, and that openness is absolutely essential to learning,” said one student.

 

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

Dining with Writers: Ruth Reichl - Delicious!

Intimate Meals with Famed Authors at The Spinster Sisters Restaurant in Santa Rosa

$95 person • includes the book, meal, wine, tax, tip & dessert
Call Book Passage at 415-927-0960 to reserve, or click link below

 

 

Ruth Reichl, the former editor of Gourmet magazine and best-selling author of culinary memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples, makes her fiction debut with a story set at an iconic food magazine in New York called “Delicious.” Delicious! ($27.00) is a novel of sisters, family ties, and a young woman who must find the courage to let go of the past in order to embrace her own true gifts. The Library Journal says Reichl’s novel is “drenched in food lore and love.”

 

 

Location: 
Street:
The Spinster Sisters Restaurant
Additional:
401 South A St.
City:
Santa Rosa
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Postal Code:
95401

Delicious! (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781400069620
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House, 5/2014



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