Garth Stein - A Sudden Light

When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
 
In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.
 

A Sudden Light ($26.95) is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, published in thirty-five languages. He is also the author of two previous novels, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets and Raven Stole the Moon. He lives in Seattle with his family.
 
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A Sudden Light (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9781439187036
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 9/2014

Dan Jones - The War of the Roses

The crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. The riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, The War of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.

Dan Jones is an award-winning historian of the Middle Ages. His four-part television series based on The Plantagenets is currently in production and will be broadcast in 2015. He lives in London.

 

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$36.00
ISBN-13: 9780670026678
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Published: Viking Adult, 10/2014

Katha Pollitt - Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Here's a book that will surely kick up heated commentary: Nation columnist Katha Pollitt, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for her poetry and two National Magazine awards for her essays and criticism, reclaims women's abortion rights, arguing in Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights that abortion must be seen as a common aspect of a woman's reproductive life—one in three American women terminate a pregnancy before menopause—and that in today's complex world it can be a source for social good.

Katha Pollitt is well known for her wit and her keen sense of both the ridiculous and the sublime. Her "Subject to Debate" column, which debuted in 1995 and which the Washington Post called "the best place to go for original thinking on the left," appears every other week in The Nation; it is frequently reprinted in newspapers across the country. In 2003, "Subject to Debate" won the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. She is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.

 

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Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925
$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780312620547
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Published: Picador, 10/2014

Cary Elwes - As You Wish

In conversation with Kelly Anneken

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride, a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

Cary Elwes is an actor best known for his roles in The Princess Bride, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Quest for Camelot, and the Saw films. 

Kelly Anneken is a standup comedian and co-host of the internationally popular Downton Abbey podcast “Up Yours, Downstairs” and official third chair of Game of Thrones recap “Boars, Gore & Swords.”  She is also artistic director for feminist sketch troupe Femikaze.

 



Location: 
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1 Ferry Building
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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781476764023
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Published: Touchstone Books, 10/2014

Jessica Hische - Penguin Drop Caps

Penguin Drop Caps is a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische. A collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, whose series design encompasses a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six books, Penguin Drop Caps debuted with an 'A' for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a 'B' for Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and a 'C' for Willa Cather's My Ántonia, and continues with more perennial classics from Penguin.

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine's "New Visual Artists". She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney's, Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books and many others

 

 

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Corte Madera
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Postal Code:
94925

Pride and Prejudice (Hardcover)

$22.00
ISBN-13: 9780143123163
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Published: Penguin Books, 11/2012

Jane Eyre (Hardcover)

$22.00
ISBN-13: 9780143123149
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Published: Penguin Books, 11/2012

My Antonia (Hardcover)

$20.00
ISBN-13: 9780143123156
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Published: Penguin Books, 11/2012

Cooks with Books: Michael Chiarello Hosts Dana Cowin - Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen

Bottega Restaurant, Yountville • Ticket: $140 (includes book)
Wine for the meal provided by Trione Winery

This event is now SOLD OUT. For wait list availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.

For years, Dana Cowin, the longtime editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine kept a dark secret: from meat to vegetables, broiling to baking, breakfast to dinner, she ruined literally every kind of dish she attempted. Now, in Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes, the vaunted “first lady of food” finally comes clean about her many meal mishaps. With the help of friends—all-star chefs, including Mario Batali, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Tom Colicchio, among many others—Cowin takes on over 100 recipes dear to her heart. Ideal dishes for the home cook, each recipe has a high “yum” factor, a few key ingredients, and a simple trick that makes them special. With every dish, she attains a critical new skill, learning invaluable lessons along the way from the hero chefs who help her discover exactly where she goes wrong. Hilarious and heartwarming, encouraging and instructional, this book will inspire anyone who loves a good meal but fears its preparation. Featuring gorgeous full color photography, it is an intimate, hands-on cooking guide from a fellow foodie and amateur home chef, designed to help even the biggest kitchen phobics overcome their reluctance, with delicious results.

Dana Cowin, Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief since 1995, has been covering the world of food, wine, style, and design for over 30 years. In 2012, she was an inductee into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in Food & Beverage in America.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 

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6525 Washington St.
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Yountville
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Postal Code:
94599
$34.99
ISBN-13: 9780062305909
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Published: Ecco, 10/2014



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