Jamie Metzl - Genesis Code

Blue Magic, the latest designer drug linked to a rash of overdoses, might explain the needle mark on the arm of a young woman found dead in her Kansas City apartment. But when Kansas City Star reporter Rich Azadian digs deeper, the clues point to a far more explosive story: MaryLee Stock was a special protegee of evangelical megapastor and power broker Cobalt Becker, who is poised to deliver his followers and the presidency to a firebrand right-wing senator in the next election. When Azadian sets out to prove that MaryLee's death was no accident and she may have been carrying Becker's genetically enhanced baby, the stakes become life itself.

Genesis Code presents a 2023 America--bankrupt, violently divided by the culture wars, and beholden to archrival China--where the rules of the game are complicated. With the danger mounting, the dead bodies of young women piling up, Chinese agents circling, and the US Department of National Competitiveness moving in to quash his investigation, Azadian's only option is to go rogue, assemble a team of brilliant misfits like himself, and begin the fight of his life to find out who is killing these women and why, and if any others like them may still be alive.

Jamie Metzl is a principal in a New York-based global investment firm and a Senior Fellow of the Asia Society. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia.

 

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1 Ferry Building
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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781628724233
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Arcade Publishing, 11/2014

Geoffrey Jowett - The Power of I Am

The essence of our being is a fully integrated energy system of consciousness. The Power of I Am shows how we can work with this energy and transform and optimize our human energy body by working with the chakras. Through a series of prayers, affirmations, music, crystals, poems, and simple yoga poses, readers learn to maintain a balanced and harmonious continuous flow of energy through each chakra, leading to an increased sense of peace, harmony, and balance. Offering insights about the continuity of life, the laws of nature, and discovering ways to connect to our higher self, The Power of I Am leads to a path of healing and achieving our greatest potential.

Geoffrey Jowett is an intuitive medium and spiritual educator. It is his passion to write and teach about universal consciousness and the rediscovery of the higher self and the continuity of life. As an educator, Geof provides spiritual workshops on spirit communication, intuition development, channeling higher self, chakra balancing and healing, and karma and reincarnation.

 

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781611250275
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Divine Arts, 10/2014

Michael Alexander Kahn - Puck: What Fools These Mortals Be

Published from 1877 to 1918, Puck was America’s first successful humor magazine. It was also the most influential American humor magazine ever. It was also the first American magazine to publish color lithographs on a weekly basis. And, for nearly forty years, it was a training ground and showcase for some of the country’s most talented cartoonists, led by its co-founder, Joseph Keppler.

Stephen Hess, in his seminal history of American political cartooning, The Ungentlemanly Art, said, “It is hard to overestimate the political influence of Puck…during the last two decades of the 19th Century.  It was greater than all newspapers combined.”  It is often said that the magazine was single-handedly responsible for thwarting the third-term ambitions of Ulysses Grant in 1880 and electing Grover Cleveland to the presidency in 1884.

Written by Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West with reproductions made from their unique collections and supplemented by the Library of Congress, the book is organized by subject matter, reflecting the most important issues of the day. Each cartoon is accompanied by an explanatory caption, placing the work in historical perspective.

 

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1 Ferry Building
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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
Country:
United States
$59.99
ISBN-13: 9781631400469
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: IDW Publishing, 10/2014

Victoria Tennant - Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo

Introduction by Peter Coyote

In conversation with Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine 

In the 1930s and '40s, the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo toured the United States and the world, introducing many to ballet as an art form, while spreading the enduring image of the ballerina as an embodiment of feminine grace and sophistication. Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo ($55.00) is a sumptuous, illustrated history that tells the story of the rise of modern ballet and its popularity through the life story of one of ballet's most glamorous stars, Irina Baronova (1919-2008), prima ballerina for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later for Ballet Theatre in New York. 

Drawing on letters, correspondence, oral histories, and interviews, Baronova's daughter, the actress Victoria Tennant, warmly recounts Baronova's dramatic life, from her earliest aspirations to her grueling time on tour to her later years in Australia as a pioneer of the art. She begins with the Baronov family's flight from Russia during the Revolution, which led them to Romania and later Paris, where at the age of thirteen, Baronova became a star, chosen by the legendary George Balanchine to join the Ballets Russes, where she danced the lead in Swan Lake. Tennant provides an intimate account of Baronova's life as a dancer and rare behind-the-scenes stories of life on the road with the stars of the company. Spectacular photographs, a mix of archival images and family snapshots, offer many rare views of rehearsals, costumes, set designs, and the dancers themselves both at their most dazzling and in their most everyday. 

The story of Irina Baronova is also the story of the rise of ballet in America thanks to the Ballets Russes, who brought the magisterial beauty and star power of dance to big cities and small towns alike. "Irina Baronova and the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo "offers a unique perspective on this history, sure to be treasured by dance patrons and aspiring stars. 

For over twenty-five years, Emmy-award winning directors/producers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have jointly created critically-acclaimed multi-character documentary narratives that braid their characters' individual personal stories to form a larger portrait of the human experience. Geller and Goldfine first met Irina Baronova in June 2000 while filming the Ballets Russes Reunion in New Orleans during the production of their documentary Ballets Russes. A feature-length documentary covering more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary artists combines intimate interviews and verite documentary scenes with surviving members of the Ballets Russes companies, as well as rare motion picture performance footage, clips from Hollywood movies and "home movies," letters, diaries, journals and other archival materials, to trace the story of the companies and the lives of the individuals who danced with them. 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$55.00
ISBN-13: 9780226167169
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Chicago Press, 10/2014

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers
50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Joins us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.

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

Richard Blanco - The Prince of Los Cocuyos

Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunch and Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.” Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood, Blanco traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who helped influenced him.

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968 and immigrated as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco is practicing engineer, writer and poet, and has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University. In addition to his numerous honors and awards, in 2013 he was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062313768
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Ecco Press, 9/2014



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