reads from War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft, co-authored with Robert Blackwill.
"A very persuasive case for why the U.S. should make much more vigorous use of its economic and financial muscle to advance its geopolitical interests. This book should be required reading for anyone involved in making foreign policy." —Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lords of Finance
Today, nations increasingly carry out geopolitical combat through economic means. Policies governing everything from trade and investment to energy and exchange rates are wielded as tools to win diplomatic allies, punish adversaries, and coerce those in between. Not so in the United States, however. America still too often reaches for the gun over the purse to advance its interests abroad. The result is a playing field sharply tilting against the United States.
about Ehrensaft's The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes, an all-in-one resource on gender-nonconforming children and adolescents from a leading US authority on a subject more timely than ever.
"An accessible, engaging, and informative guide for families and therapists supporting transgender and gender creative youth. Dr. Ehrensaft’s commitment to and empathy for the young people with whom she works as well as for their families is clear throughout the book.”—Heather Killelea McEntarfer, PhD, author of Navigating Gender and Sexuality in the Classroom
In her groundbreaking first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, Dr. Diane Ehrensaft coined the term gender creative to describe children whose unique gender expression or sense of identity is not defined by a checkbox on their birth certificate. Now, with The Gender Creative Child, she returns to guide parents and professionals through the rapidly changing cultural, medical, and legal landscape of gender and identity.
Our 7th Annual Hot Reads for a Cool Summer event for kids is extra special this year as we will also be launching our Summer Reading Blog, Bookley, written by kids, for kids. This year’s guest speakers are multi-talented authors and/or librarians, and also veteran bloggers: Mike Jung, Unidentified Suburban Object, Annemarie O’brien, Lara’s Gift, and, Mary Ann Scheuer, librarian at Emerson Elementary.
Our guests, along with our children's specialists, will present their favorite picks for Summer reading and share tips on how to be an awesome blogger. If you're a kid entering 1st-6th grade in the Fall, and you love to read, we need YOU! Kid bloggers will receive a free book (advance reader copy) for every blog post. More details at the event.
reading and discussing The Big Picture: On the Origin of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.
"Language, philosophy, quantum mechanics, general relativity--they're all in The Big Picture. Sean Carroll is a fantastically erudite and entertaining writer." --Elizabeth Kolbert
Acclaimed theoretical physicist Sean Carroll has never been one to shy away from difficult questions. He has taken readers along for a ride across the arrow of time in From Eternity to Here and into the search for the Higgs Boson in The Particle at the End of the Universe. Carroll now tackles his most expansive and comprehensive topic yet.
reads from his best-selling memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. Just released in paperback, a deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writer.
“A hefty masterpiece.”
—Geoff Dyer, The Guardian
Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter.
reads from her extraordinary novel, The Third Swimmer.
"Deeply, warmly, beautifully engaging, this tale of love, war, secrecy, and redeption . . . will knock your socks off."--Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Life Without a Recipe and Birds of Paradise
"With the lilting precision of a poet, Rosalind Brackenbury conjures the south of France . . .with language as compelling and seductive as that of a fine ballad. . . . At once lyrical, exhilarating, tender, and wise, this book is a delight to read, both for the sheer beauty of [her] prose and for the claims of the past that she evokes so vividly."--Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank and the forthcoming Finding Fontainebleau
This is the story of a marriage between two Britons, Olivia and Thomas. The first part of the novel takes place in London, on the brink of war, bracing for invasion. It ends with a bomb that would have killed Olivia, had Olivia not been spending the night with her married lover, Felix. Prior to spending her final night with Felix, Olivia has accepted a proposal of marriage from Thomas, a more suitable life partner. Part Two opens in 1952, after the war, but with the effects of the war still haunting the survivors as well as the landscape.
Come and see us in our booth at this terrific celebration of books and authors! For more information on the festival, visit http://www.baybookfest.org/content/festival/sneakpeek.html
in conversation with Joel Drucker about his book, Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win.
Only a writer as agile and intelligent as Gerald Marzorati could pull off a book like [this]. Part tennis story, part memoir, part scientific inquiry into the effects of aging, this marvelous book offers pleasures on every page and moves with the energy of Roger Federer in his prime. A wonderful addition to that shelf of sports books that are about so much more than a game."--Darcy Frey, author of The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
Time waits for no man or woman, but it takes until about age 45 or so before most of us have any idea what that really means. Then begins a very intimate dialogue with the clock, as the weeks and months and years flash by with mysterious and disconcerting speed. How to confront the inevitable has long fascinated every culture. How to defy the inevitable is what Marzorati’s Late to the Ball: Age. Learn. Fight. Love. Play Tennis. Win. is all about.
reads from Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France, his beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s Fontainebleau.
“A delicious journey into a France we never knew and wish we did. Long before mass tourism and globalization France was simple, soulful, and every inch stimulating. Carhart knew it all and shares this with us with the deftness and insight of a master storyteller.”—Leonard Pitt, author of Walks Through Lost Paris and Paris a Journey Through Time
For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children.
The inimitable, much-admired Thomas Lynch reads another installment from James Joyce's Ulysses in a Mrs. Dalloway's tradition. Join us for Irish soda bread and Guinness.
reads from his novel, Sensing Light, a stunning story of three doctors' struggles in San Francisco during the first decade of the AIDS epidemic.
"In Sensing Light, Mark Jacobson creates a moving tapestry of the doctors, the patients, and their lovers, both gay and straight, caught up in the AIDS epidemic. A compassionate, intelligent novel, part medical thriller that only someone who was there from the start could've written."—Bill Barich, staff writer for The New Yorker, 1980-95, and author of Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California
In March,1979, a young street hustler in San Francisco stumbles into an emergency room with lungs so congested he can barely breathe. Seen by a perplexed medical resident, the patient becomes the first of many thousands to die from a yet-to-be named plague. Sensing Light is a raw, compelling novel that follows the personal and professional lives of the men and women on the front lines of the emerging AIDS epidemic.
reads from her new novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together.
Presentation on Planting Design for Dry Gardens: Beautiful, Resilient Groundcovers for Terraces, Paved Areas, Gravel and Other Alternatives to the Lawn