Events

January 2017

presents The Case Against Sugar. From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

"Once again, the brilliant Gary Taubes manages to make a complex scientific subject easy to understand. The Case Against Sugaris a riveting history of ideas, a clear analysis of evidence, and an utterly persuasive argument that sugar is the new tobacco."--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307701640
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - December 27th, 2016

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets.

discusses Books for Living, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.

"In this shimmering gem of a book Will Schwalbe miraculously enables his readers to truly experience that depth of different human connections. Along the road we get an accidental memoir with the storied Schwalbe a quietly compelling hero at the center. If we truly need books, as Schwalbe shows us we do, it is because we need each other."--Elizabeth Alexander

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780385353540
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - December 27th, 2016


February 2017

discussing Frankel's novel, This Is How it Always Is, inspired by her Modern Love column for the New York Times, "From He to She in First Grade." 

"Well-plotted, well-researched, and unflaggingly interesting...As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year."--Kirkus (starred review)

"A lively and fascinating story of a thoroughly modern family and the giant, multifaceted love that binds them. . . .Sparkles with wit and wisdom."-- Maria Semple

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250088550
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 24th, 2017


This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Come to hear tomorrow's budding bards read their very own verse.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

launch party for Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinagy Garden Plants.

"Achieves the nearly impossible balance of being aspirational yet totally achievable, tempting me with all the goodness that I can create from even the most common plants (including parts of them I never before thought to use). The projects are fresh and unfussy from bath time to booze time, salads to salves. I plan on showering the people in my life with projects from Harvest;each is infused with love and uses my favorite medium the garden."--Johanna Silver, Garden Editor of Sunset magazine and author of The Bold Dry Garden

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
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$22.00
ISBN: 9780399578335
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - February 7th, 2017

A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47unexpected backyard garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

It's not too early to be making summer plans for kids! Meet Kent Collard, Director, see a slideshow about one of California's oldest summer camps located in the Trinity Alps. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

launch and reading to celebrate the publication of A Train Through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined. 

"Elizabeth Farnsworth has created a magic potion of prose that has both the deep rhythms and cadences of poetry. Her A Train Through Time sparkles with the telling of happenings from the real and the imagined. It is a small jewel of graceful writing, insightful observing and memorable reading that will live in the mind of readers forever."--Jim Lehrer

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781619028432
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 14th, 2017

This beautiful memoir by the former PBS NewsHour correspondent not only recounts her years spent reporting from danger zones such as Cambodia and Iraq, but also a more personal side. The newly motherless Farnsworth, nine years old, tells the story of her cross-country train trip with her father where she searches for her mother at each stop.

reads from her memoir, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life.

"In this exquisite, intimate, lyrical memoir, Yiyun Li reveals her life in flashes appended to an arrestingly coherent philosophy of time, self, and place. Uniting the discipline of a scientist with the empathy of a novelist, she scatters profound and often difficult truths through these generous, wise, challenging pages."-- Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399589096
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - February 21st, 2017

In her first nonfiction book, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li explores the questions we ask ourselves as readers and writers, as citizens and solitary travelers, as parents and children: How does one make life livable? How do writing and reading bring us solace, and help us embrace the conflicts of our daily reality? Tracing the course of her life from China to America, and from biologist to writer, Li reflects with startling generosity and humanity on the writers who have shaped her—William Trevor, Katherine Mansfield, Marianne Moore, Ivan Turgenev, Stefan Zweig, and more.

reads from This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression.

"Belongs on the shelf with William Styron's Darkness, Visible and Andrew Solomon'sThe Noonday Demon. It brings a stunningly perceptive voice to the forefront of the conversation about depression, one that is both reassuring and revelatory."--Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice

"D. W. Winnicott wrote that depression is the fog over the battlefield. In this extraordinarily lucid and moving book, Daphne Merkin illuminates the dark and desperate battle that depression can be. This is a book for all those who know nothing about depression and for those who know too much. "--Adam Phillips

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374140366
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017

A gifted and audacious writer confronts her lifelong battle with depression and her search for release. This Close to Happy is the rare, vividly personal account of what it feels like to suffer from clinical depression, written from a woman's perspective and informed by an acute understanding of the implications of this disease over a lifetime. Taking off from essays on depression she has written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine,  Merkin casts her eye back to her beginnings to try to sort out the root causes of her affliction.

Present The Picture Man: From the Collection of Bay Area Photographer E.F. Joseph 1927-1979. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
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$21.99
ISBN: 9781467125659
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - February 6th, 2017

From 1927 until his death in 1979, E.F. Joseph documented the daily lives of African Americans in the Bay Area. His images were printed in the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender but not widely published in his home community. A graduate of the American School of Photography in Illinois, Joseph photographed the likes of such celebrities and activists as Josephine Baker, Mahalia Jackson, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Thurgood Marshall.

presents Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

"A love story to New York and the people we cherish, for Bill Hayes, the late Oliver Sacks. With prescience and tenderness, written with a sharp eye and a camera attuned to life on the streets, Hayes has composed a gorgeous memoir on why place matters to the soul of our humanity. I loved every single sentence in this quiet night-book, erotic and evocative, at once."--Terry Tempest Williams

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781620404935
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 14th, 2017

Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at forty-eight years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the unexpected death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera. 

March 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

presents Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years.

The author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet shows every woman how to create a lifestyle that will help her look great, feel energized, and slow down the effects of aging.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062316271
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: HarperOne - March 7th, 2017

Feel destined for cellulite, saddle bags, and belly fat? Does your family come from a long line of Alzheimer's, cancer, or heart disease? Will nothing help your aging skin or declining libido or flagging energy? This book is for you. 

reads from Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, a brilliantly rendered life of one of our most admired American poets.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780544617308
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 7th, 2017

Since her death in 1979, Elizabeth Bishop, who published only one hundred poems in her lifetime, has become one of America s best-loved poets. And yet painfully shy and living out of public view in Key West and Brazil, among other hideaways, she has never been seen so fully as a woman and an artist.

reads from her new novel, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas, a lyrical novel about what art can reveal, and a nuanced imagining of the people who influenced Degas and his work. 

"A beautiful meditation on the interplay of art, time, and memory, that is itself a luminous portrait of a woman without vision who is just beginning to see." Ann Packer, author of The Children's Crusade and Swim Back to Me

 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$14.00
ISBN: 9781944853136
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Outpost19 - March 2017

Ten years after Edgar Degas's 1872 visit to New Orleans, a lost sketchbook surfaces. His Creole cousin Tell- who lost her sight as a young woman--listens as her former child-servant describes the drawings and reads the artist's enigmatic words. It is both cryptic and revelatory, leading Tell to new understandings of her broken marriage, her difficult, brilliant cousin Edgar, her daughter Josephine, and herself.

April 2017

presents Escargot

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 3:00pm
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By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374302818
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - April 11th, 2017

discussing Meidav's story collection, Kingdom of the Young.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781941411414
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sarabande Books - April 11th, 2017

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