Class: Gisella Petrone - Italian 2

05/01/2014 2:30 pm

Five Thursdays: May 1-June 5 (no class 5/15) • 12:45-2:30 pm • $160

 

 

Students will continue to study basic Italian grammar as well as present and past tense. Textbook is Studio Italiano. Gisella Petrone has a Master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman History, and Italian cooking.

 

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

Bob Mankoff - How About Never—Is Never Good for You?

People tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, that because he is also a cartoonist at the magazine he actually has two of the best jobs in the world. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight. After meeting his mother, we follow his unlikely stints as a high-school basketball star, draft dodger, and Sociology grad student. Though Mankoff abandoned the study of psychology in the seventies to become a cartoonist, he recently realized that the field he abandoned could help him better understand the field he was in, and here he takes up the psychology of cartooning, analyzing why some cartoons make us laugh and others don't. He allows us into the hallowed halls of The New Yorker to show us the process of cartoon creation, giving us a detailed look not only at his own work, but that of the other talented cartoonists who keep us laughing week after week. For desert, he reveals the secrets to winning the magazine's caption contest. Throughout How About Never--Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons ($32.50), we see his commitment to the motto “Anything worth saying is worth saying funny.”

Bob Mankoff is the cartoon editor for The New Yorker. Before that, he was a cartoonist for the magazine for twenty years. He founded the online Cartoon Bank, which has every cartoon since the magazine's founding. He is the author of the book The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$32.50
ISBN-13: 9780805095906
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co., 3/2014

Class: Kerrin Meis - Annenberg Collection

05/02/2014 12:30 pm

Fri., May 2 • 10:00-12:30 pm • $35

 

 

Since their acquisitions in the 1950s, Walter and Lee Annenberg have purchased only the finest examples of works from Boudin to Picasso, bequeathing the entire collection to the Metropolitan Museum. Our virtual tour will study in depth a great many of these masterpieces, addressing issues of content, moments of inspiration in the artist’s life, and particular qualities provided by locale and provenance. Our cast includes Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vuillard, concluding with Picasso’s “At the Lapin Agile”. Join Kerrin Meis in this imaginary visit to 82nd and Fifth!

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Literary Lunch: Ying Compestine - Cooking with an Asian Accent

Ticket: $55 (includes lunch & signed Cooking with an Asian Accent)

 

 

In Cooking with an Asian Accent: Eastern Wisdom in a Western Kitchen ($29.99), award-winning author Ying Compestine  reveals how to make delicious home-cooked meals that nourish the senses and the soul using accessible ingredients, simple preparations, and thrilling flavors. Melding Eastern philosophy with Western-style efficiency, Ying's recipes offer a balanced approach to cooking everything from quick and healthy soups, salads, and stir-fries to sauces, condiments, and desserts. Accompanied by beautiful full-color photography and inspirational personal stories, this accessible, engaging book is ideal for anyone who aspires to home cooking that is simple, delicious, and revitalizing.

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
,
Postal Code:
94925
$29.99
ISBN-13: 9781118130759
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 1/2014

Jo Becker - Forcing the Spring

A tour de force of groundbreaking reportage by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jo Becker, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality ($27.95) follows the historic legal challenge mounted against California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a remarkable lawsuit that forced the issue of marriage equality before the highest court in the land. For nearly five years Becker embedded with the lawsuit’s plaintiffs, was given free rein within the legal and political war rooms, and attended every day of the trial and every appellate argument. Based on singular access to the internal workings of this momentous trial—and enlivened by original interviews with the participants on both sides of the case—this work offers a gripping behind-the-scenes narrative.

What starts out as a tale of an epic legal battle grows into the story of the evolution of a country, a testament and old-fashioned storytelling to move public opinion. Becker shows how the country reexamined its opinions on same-sex marriage, an issue that raced along with a snowballing velocity which astounded veteran political operatives, as public opinion on same-sex marriage flipped and elected officials repositioned themselves to adjust to a dramatically changed environment. 

A must-read account of a national civil rights struggle, Becker carries readers from the first efforts to stop Proposition 8 and the campaign to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act, all the way to the final suspenseful moments in the Supreme Court. Clear-eyed and even-handed, this work is political and legal journalism at its finest, offering an unvarnished perspective on the extraordinary transformation of America and an inside look into the fight to win the rights of marriage and full citizenship for all.

Jo Becker is a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter for the New York Times, where she has broken stories on everything from the United States’ lethal program to kill suspected terrorists, to the British phone-hacking affair and the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal. She has taught investigative journalism as a visiting professor at Princeton University, and her work has earned her numerous awards. A Washington Post series she co-authored on Vice President Dick Cheney won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$29.95
ISBN-13: 9781594204449
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 4/2014

Adam Pelzman - Troika

Troika ($25.95) tells the story of Perla, a beautiful young Cuban-American woman who lives with her mother in a modest house in Miami’s Little Havana. After her father’s death, she finds herself leading a secret life.

Julian is from Russia. His father was a legendary Siberian hunter who fell victim to his own bravery. When Julian is forced into an orphanage, he discovers that he has more in common with his father than he originally thought. 

Taken under the wing of a gruff, elderly businessman, Julian makes his way to New York City . . . and, years later, into the club where Perla is dancing. Soon after they meet, Perla is on a plane to Manhattan at the mysterious request of Julian’s friend—a journey that will change the course of her life.
 
Adam Pelzman has been a software entrepreneur, an attorney, and a private investigator. He studied Russian literature at the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree from UCLA. He lives in New York City with his son. Troika is his first novel.
 
 
 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States

Troika (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780399167485
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 5/2014



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