Gabrielle Zevin - The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island--from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law ; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic Knightley Press sales rep who refuses to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry ($25.95) is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

Gabrielle Zevin has published six adult and young adult novels, including Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, which has been translated in over twenty languages. She is the screenwriter of Conversations with Other Women (starring Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. She has also written for the New York Times Book Review and NPR’s All Things Considered.

 

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$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203214
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 4/2014

Steven Saylor - Raiders of the Nile

Raiders of the Nile ($26.99) takes place in 88 B.C., where it seems as if all the world is at war. From Rome to Greece and to Egypt itself, most of civilization is on the verge of war. The young Gordianus—a born-and-raised Roman citizen—is living in Alexandria, making ends meet by plying his trade of solving puzzles and finding things out for pay. He whiles away his time with his slave Bethesda, waiting for the world to regain its sanity. But on the day Gordianus turns twenty-two, Bethesda is kidnapped by brigands who mistake her for a rich man’s mistress. If Gordianus is to find and save Bethesda, who has come to mean more to him than even he suspected, he must find the kidnappers before they realize their mistake and cut their losses. Using all the skills he learned from his father, Gordianus must track them down and convince them that he can offer something of enough value in exchange for Bethesda’s release.

As the streets of Alexandria slowly descend into chaos, and the citizenry begin to riot with rumors of an impending invasion by Ptolmey’s brother, Gordianus finds himself in the midst of a very bold and dangerous plot—the raiding and pillaging of the golden sarcophagus of Alexander the Great himself.

Steven Saylor is the author of acclaimed historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, including The Triumph of Caesar, as well as the internationally bestselling historical novels Empire and Roma.  He has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life.

 

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Raiders of the Nile (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9781250015976
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Published: Minotaur Books, 2/2014

Joel Selvin - Here Comes the Night

Joel Sevlin’s biography, Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues ($25.00), is the definitive account of the golden age of rhythm and blues in the early 1960s. It chronicles the ultimately tragic story of songwriter/record producer, Bert Berns. Due to a bout with rheumatic fever as a child, Berns was not expected to live to see 21. However, Berns refused to let his  health challenges hold him back and thrived under the auspices of Atlantic Records.

He worked alongside some of the greats of the era: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Jerry Wexler,  Burt Bacharach, and Carole King. In seven years, he went from nobody to top of the pops, producing monumental R&B classics such as “Twist and Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy,” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

His fury to succeed led Berns to use his Mafia associations to muscle Atlantic Records out of their partnership and intimidate new talents like Neil Diamond and Van Morrison, whom he had signed to his record label. Berns died at age 38 from a long-expected heart attack.

Joel Selvin is a San Francisco-based music critic and author known for his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran from 1972 to 2009. Selvin has written books covering various aspects of pop music—including the New York Times bestseller, Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock with Sammy Hagar—and has interviewed a large number of musical artists. Selvin has published articles in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Melody Maker and has written liner notes for dozens of recorded albums. He has appeared in documentaries about the music scene and has occasionally taken the stage himself as a rock and roll singer.

 

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$25.00
ISBN-13: 9781619023024
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 4/2014

Murray Carpenter - Caffeinated

The most popular drug in America is a white powder. No, not that powder. This is caffeine in its most essential state. And Caffeinated reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers.

We’ll learn why caffeine has such a powerful effect on everything from boosting our mood to improving our athletic performance as well as how—and why—brands such as Coca-Cola have ducked regulatory efforts for decades. We learn the differences in the various ways caffeine is delivered to the body, how it is quietly used to reinforce our buying patterns, and how it can play a role in promoting surprising health problems like obesity and anxiety.

Drawing on the latest research, Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us ($25.95) brings us the inside perspective at the additive that Salt Sugar Fat overlooked.

Murray Carpenter has reported caffeine-related stories for the New York Times, Wired, National Geographic, NPR, and PRI’s The World. He has also written for the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor and other media outlets. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and has worked as a medical lab assistant in Ohio, a cowboy in Colombia, a farmhand in Virginia, and an oil-exploring “juggie” in Wyoming.

 

 

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$25.95
ISBN-13: 9781594631382
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Published: Hudson Street Press, 3/2014

Ed Catmull & Jim Morris - Creativity, Inc

Ticket: $30.50 (includes copy of Creativity, Inc.)

 

 

Introduced by Mark Fishkin, Executive Director and Founder of the California Film Institute and the Founder and Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival 

In Conversation with Jim Morris, General Manager/ Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar 

For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing fourteen consecutive #1 box office hits. But before Pixar was one of the world’s most successful movie studios, it was a small hardware company struggling to stay afloat. Ed Catmull, who co-founded the company in 1986 with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, led Pixar as it moved toward its goal—to make the first-ever computer animated movie—and grew into the creative, innovative force that it is today.  In Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration ($28.00), Catmull reveals the ideals that have made the studio so widely admired and profitable.

Catmull tells of his childhood fascination with Walt Disney, his experience at the University of Utah when the computer graphics field was in its infancy, and his start in the film business in 1979 when George Lucas hired him to merge moviemaking with technology. Readers learn about the challenges Catmull, Lasseter, and Jobs faced as they brought Pixar’s first film to the screen, and the hard work that came after Toy Story’s success as they built a sustainable creative environment.

This work is a distillation of the core principles Catmull has used to develop Pixar’s singular creative culture. Its lessons will serve anyone who wants to work in an environment that fosters problem solving and creativity, and any leader who wants to enable their people to thrive and collaborate effectively.  Its rare view into how Pixar’s beloved movies are made will appeal to the studio’s millions of fans, and Catmull’s account of Steve Jobs casts a new portrait of the man he calls, “Pixar’s fiercest champion and a close friend.”

Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. He has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.

Jim Morris is General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production at Pixar, where he oversees all of the studio’s productions and operations. He produced Disney Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning feature, WALL-E, for which he was awarded Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producer’s Guild of America, a BAFTA, an AFI Award, a Golden Globe and A VES Award.

Mark Fishkin is the Executive Director and Founder of the California Film Institute and the Founder and Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1977, it has garnered a reputation as a favorite among filmmakers and one of the most influential non-competitive festivals in North America. 

 

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$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780812993011
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Published: Random House, 4/2014

Dina Cheney - Meatless All Day

Move over bland, wimpy tofu and lackluster salads-- Meatless All Day: Recipes for Inspired Vegetarian Meals ($19.95) redefines meat-free meals as colorful and super-satisfying. Whether you're a committed vegetarian or are trying to cut down on meat, the hearty, creative recipes will inspire you to cook in new ways. Here, you'll discover Beet Wellington, Spaghetti with White Bean Balls, Quinoa-Polenta Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and White Bean Puree, Roasted Root Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon-Tahini Vinaigrette, and Baklava Sticky Buns--fare that will make avowed carnivores jealous. One secret behind these dishes: high-impact ingredients (like miso, tomato paste, and mushrooms).

To ensure that readers' dishes come out perfectly, the book opens with key cooking techniques, such as Tips for Perfect Vegetables, The Art of Cooking Eggs, and Tips for a Golden Brown, Crispy Exterior. It then lists 45 ""power ingredients"" that lend vegetarian food a meaty flavor, meaty texture, or both. The heart of the book is 85 ultra-flavorful recipes, with meal suggestions and ideas for making non-vegan fare vegan. Hungry yet? Get ready to stock your pantry and start cooking.

Dina Cheney graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University and the Institute of Culinary Education Career program. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. She the author of Tasting Club, Williams-Sonoma; New Flavors for Salads, and Year-Round Slow Cooker: 100 Favorite Recipes for Every Season. For  three years, she has been the "Taste Test" columnist for Everyday with Rachael Ray. She has also written articles or developed recipes for 20 other publications, including Parents, Fine Cooking, Coastal Living, Specialty Food, Cooking Light, and The Huffington Post

 

 

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San Francisco
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Postal Code:
94111
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781621137764
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Taunton Press, 3/2014



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