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.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
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
,
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
,
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
,
Postal Code:
95401

Delicious! (Hardcover)

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

Steven Galloway - The Confabulist

What is real and what is an illusion? Can you trust your memory to provide an accurate record of what has happened in your life?

The Confabulist
($27.95) is a clever, entertaining, and suspenseful narrative. It weaves together the rise and fall of world-famous Harry Houdini with Martin Strauss, an unknown man whose fate seems forever tied to the magician’s in a way that will ultimately startle and amaze. It is at once a vivid portrait of an alluring world; a front-row seat to a world-class magic show; and an unexpected love story. In the end, the book is a kind of magic trick in itself-- there is much more to Martin than meets the eye.

Historically rich and ingeniously told, this is a novel about magic and memory, truth and illusion, and the ways that love, hope, grief, and imagination can—for better or for worse—alter what we perceive and believe.

Steven Galloway lives in British Columbia and teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was an IndieBound and a Barnes and Noble Discover selection, and has been chosen for community reads across the country.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

The Confabulist (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594631962
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 5/2014

Jason Padgett - Struck by Genius

The remarkable story of an ordinary man who was transformed when a traumatic injury left him with an extraordinary gift.
 
No one sees the world as Jason Padgett does. Water pours from the faucet in crystalline patterns, numbers call to mind distinct geometric shapes, and intricate fractal patterns emerge from the movement of tree branches, revealing the intrinsic mathematical designs hidden in the objects around us.

Yet Padgett wasn't born this way. Twelve years ago, he had never made it past pre-algebra. But a violent mugging forever altered the way his brain works, giving him unique gifts. His ability to understand math and physics skyrocketed, and he developed the astonishing ability to draw the complex geometric shapes he saw everywhere. His stunning, mathematically precise artwork illustrates his intuitive understanding of complex mathematics.

The first documented case of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia, Padgett is a medical marvel. Struck by Genius ($27.00) recounts how he overcame huge setbacks and embraced his new mind. Along the way he fell in love, found joy in numbers, and spent plenty of time having his head examined. Like Born on a Blue Day and My Stroke of Insight, his singular story reveals the wondrous potential of the human brain.
 
Jason Padgett is an aspiring number theorist and mathematician with acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia. He is currently the manager of three futon stores in Tacoma, Washington. His art, drawings of the grids and fractals he sees synesthetically, won Best International Newcomer at the Artoconecto A-B(o)MB show at the Bakehouse Art Complex in 2008. Struck by Genius is his first book. 
 
Maureen Seaberg is an author with several forms of synesthesia and is an expert synesthesia blogger for Psychology Today. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times; the Daily Beast; the Huffington Post; O, The Oprah Magazine; and ESPN: The Magazine. She has appeared on MSNBC, PBS and "The Lisa Oz Show" on Oprah Radio. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in the city. 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780544045606
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 4/2014



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