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Vol. 13, Iss. 3 November 2011 The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller

Books Inc. Celebrates Food Events One of our favorite things take different and unique forms in these events that nourish body, spirit & imagination! November 1 • 6:00-7:30 PM

Meet EMILIA TERRAGNI, editor of The Silver Spoon. First published in 1950, The Silver Spoon has become the most successful cookbook in Italy. Experts were commissioned to collect hundreds from throughout the country, including every regional specialty. Emilia takes great pride in translating and editing the cooking bible she grew up with, first published in English in 2005. The International Culinary Center of California, 700 W Hamilton Ave. Suite 300, Campbell

November 1 • 7:00 PM

JENNIFER REESE shares Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods, a lively, frugal-chic answer to the question, “Make or buy?” Books Inc. in Berkeley

November 2 • 7:00 PM

CAROL FIELD presents The Italian Baker, Revised: The Classic Tastes of the Italian Countryside-Its Breads, Pizza, Focaccia, Cakes, Pastries, and Cookies. Meet the author of one of the most revered baking books of all time. The Italian Baker is a landmark work that continues to be a must for every serious baker. Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

November 4 • 7:00 PM

Two sassy Sugar Mommas, KIMBERLY “MOMMA” REINER and JENNA SANZ-AGERO, share Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story. Hear what happened when they “drove down memory lane to discover our sugar inheritance, and then dug into everyone else’s past to find their dusty, torn, and butter-crusted index cards. Books Inc. in Berkeley

November 7 • 4:30-6:00 PM

Book Signing with DEBBIE LEE, Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share with Family and Friends. Many people know Debbie Lee from her stint on “The Next Food Network Star” as the queen of Seoul 2 Soul. She wowed judges and fans alike with her culinary concoctions that reflected her cross-cultural life growing up as a Korean-American girl. Others may know Debbie from her wildly popular food truck Ahn-Joo, which means “pub snacks” in Korean. The International Culinary Center of California, 700 W Hamilton Ave., Suite 300, Campbell

November 9 • 3:00-4:30 PM

Book Signing with JACQUES PEPIN, Essential Pepin, More than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food. For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pépin has earned a reputation as a champion of simplicity. Now, in a book that celebrates his life in food, the world’s most famous cooking teacher winnows his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them even further. The International Culinary Center of California, 700 W Hamilton Ave., Suite 300, Campbell

November the Experience You Can’t Download

Shelley Rigger Andrew Tilin Gilad Sharon Harriet Chessman Thaisa Frank Elizabeth Rosner Aliza Sherman Danielle Smith Gerald Nicosia James C. Hormel Debbie Stoller

Kathy Sloane Merla Zellerbach Alan Kaufman Meir Shalev Elisa Kleven Andrew Feinstein Chris Baty Lindsey Grant, Tavia Stewart-Streit Morty Diamond Anne Barrows

Ise Lyfe Kent Greenfield Sam Brower Nada Prouty Corey Henderson Dan Rollman Katherine Hastings Wendy Tokuda Louis Bayard Stewart Patrick Tristan Taormino

November 3 • 7:00 PM

November 15 • 7:00 PM

November 22 • 7:00 PM

DAVA SOBEL author of Longitude, and Galileo’s Daughter, shares her newest portrait of scientific achievement A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos an exploration of the ever-present tensions between science and faith. Books Inc. in Berkeley

NADA PROUTY discusses Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA, a thrilling memoir of espionage and betrayal, and a sobering commentary on cultural alienation. Books Inc. in Mountain View

In Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look, LAURA JOHNSTON KOHL tells her story of moving to San Francisco in 1970, meeting Jim Jones and finding herself in Guyana in 1977. She described her survival as a fluke. Books Inc. in Opera Plaza



Thursday • November 3 • 7:00 PM Books Inc. in The Marina The Books Inc. Reads featured selection author HILARY JORDAN will read and discuss When She Woke, a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future.

Wednesday • November 2 • 4:00 PM Frjtz, 17th and Valencia, San Francisco Not Your Mother’s Books Club™ presents ALLY CONDE author of Crossed, the eagerly awaited continuation of Matched, that finds Cassia journeying to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky. Tickets are $24.50, include the book, and are only available at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza!






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November 2011


By Steve Martin Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the NYC art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby’s and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders, Lacey charms men and women, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights--and, at times, the dark lows--of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today. Available November 15th

Foreign Bodies

By Cynthia Ozick Cynthia Ozick retells the story of Henry James’s “The Ambassadors,” but as a photographic negative, that is the plot is the same, the meaning is reversed. Bea Nightingale is a fiftyish divorced schoolteacher whose life has been on hold during the many years since her brief marriage. When her brother asks her to retrieve a nephew in Paris she barely knows, she becomes entangled in the lives of her brother’s family and even her ex-husband. Available NOW

Why the West Rules — For Now

Ian Morris A story fifty thousand years in the making, Why the West Rules--for Now explains anew the story of Western dominance in this unified theory of all things geopolitical. Describing the patterns of human history, Morris brings together the latest findings across disciplines--from ancient history to neuroscience-not only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the next hundred years will bring. Available NOW

Sing You Home

By Jodi Picoult For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love. In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, Zoe Baxter throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When an unexpected friendship slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people--even those she loves and trusts most-don’t want that to happen. Available NOW

Killing of Crazy Horse

By Thomas Powers He was the greatest Indian warrior of the nineteenth century, whose victory over General Custer at the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 was the worst defeat ever inflicted on the frontier army. But after surrendering to federal troops, Crazy Horse was killed in custody for reasons that are still debated. With the Great Sioux War as background and context, Thomas Powers establishes what really happened in the dramatic final months and days of Crazy Horse’s life. Available November 1st

I Remember Nothing

By Nora Ephron Nora Ephron takes a cool, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten, from falling hard for a way of life and about breaking up even harder with the men in her life. All the while, she gives voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking . . . but rarely acknowledging. Available November 1st

The Sisters

By Nancy Jensen Growing up in hardscrabble Kentucky in the 1920s, with their mother dead and their stepfather an ever-present threat, Bertie Fischer and her older sister Mabel have no one but each other--with perhaps a sweetheart for Bertie. But on the day that Bertie receives her eighth-grade diploma, good intentions go terribly wrong. A choice made in desperate haste sets off a chain of misunderstandings that will divide the sisters and reverberate through three generations of women. AVAILABLENovember 8th

The Prague Cemetery

By Umberto Eco Nineteenth-century Europe abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service. Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document? AVAILABLE NOW


By Haruki Murakami The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --”Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a ghostwriting project and his previously placid life comes unraveled. As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer. AVAILABLE NOW


By Stephen King On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world was changed. What if you could change it back? Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. His friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession--to prevent the Kennedy assassination. AVAILABLE November 8th

Love and Shame and Love

By Peter Orner Alexander Popper can’t stop remembering. Four years old when his father tossed him into Lake Michigan, he was told, Sink or swim, kid. In his mind, he’s still bobbing in that frigid water. Popper’s mother seeks solace in the relentless energy of Chicago; his brother, Leo retreats into books; his father, a lawyer and would-be politician, fails to see that the family is falling apart; and his college girlfriend Kat wrestles with impossible choices. AVAILABLE NOW

Out of Oz

By Gregory Maguire Maguire returns with the final installment in his transformative work, a thrilling saga in which the fate of Oz is decided at last. Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now it is up to Rain to take up her broom—and her legacy—in an Oz wracked by war. The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary series begun with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises--the hallmarks of the brilliant and unique imagination of Maguire. AVAILABLE November 1st

The House of Silk

By Anthony Horowitz Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life. AVAILABLE November 1st


By Chuck Palahnuik “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison.” The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas. She dies of a marijuana overdose--and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell. Madison shares her cell with a motley crew of young sinners: a cheerleader, a jock, a nerd, and a punk rocker, united by fate to form the six-feet-under version of everyone’s favorite detention movie. AVAILABLE NOW

The Litigators

By John Grisham The partners at Finley & Figg--all two of them--are a two-bit operation always in search of their big break. All they have to do is find a handful of people who have had heart attacks while taking Krayoxx, convince them to become clients, join the class action, and ride along to fame and fortune. With any luck, they won’t even have to enter a courtroom! It almost seems too good to be true. And it is. AVAILABLE NOW

The Conference of the Birds

By Peter Sis The Conference of the Birds tells the story of birds in search of the true king, Simorgh. The band of birds is led by the hoopoe. He promises that the voyage will be perilous and many birds resist. Others perish during the passage through the seven valleys: quest, love, understanding, friendship, unity, amazement, and death. Those that continue reach the mountain to learn that Simorgh the king is, in fact, each of them and all of them. AVAILABLE NOW

OUR book groups

for your book club Here ARE this month’s trade paper releases, hot off the presses, that MAY work for your book group’s 2011 selections. Remember to register your book group with your neighborhood Books Inc. store and receive 15% off each month’s selection for everyone in your book group.

The Tiger’s Wife

By Tea Obreht In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her--the legend of the tiger’s wife. Available November 1st

The City of Tranquil Light

By Bo Caldwell Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a Midwestern farmer when, having felt a call from God, he travels to North China in the early twentieth-century. There he is surprised by love and weds fellow missionary, Katherine. As the couple works to improve the lives of the people of Kuang P’ing Ch’eng-- City of Tranquil Light, a place they come to love--and face incredible hardship, will their faith and relationship be enough to sustain them? Available NOW

Sunset Park

By Paul Auster During the 2008 economic collapse, Sunset Park open with Miles Heller trashing out foreclosed houses in Florida. When Miles falls in love with Pilar Sanchez, he finds himself fleeing again, going back to New York, where his family still lives, and into an abandoned house of young squatters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Follow the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller. Available NOW


By Michael Korda Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Lawrence remains one of the most unique and fascinating figures of modern times, the arch-hero whose life is at once a triumph and a sacrifice and whose capacity to astonish still remains undimmed. Available November 1st

The Memory Chalet

By Tony Judt Tony Judt’s “The Memory Chalet” is a memoir unlike any other. Each essay brings the smallest details of personal experience into the larger frame of history. Judt’s youthful love of a London bus route becomes a reflection on public civility. Food and trains and smells all come alive as Judt takes us from the postwar London of his childhood through Paris, Prague, and points east to New York, where he found his home. Available NOW

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Books Inc. in-store book groups are always welcoming new members. Here’s the schedule for current book goups meeting in our stores across the bay. Call the store for more info.

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(ages 13+) will discuss Pathfinder by ORSON SCOTT CARD.

wedneSDAY 9 7:00 PM • The NEPTUNE GARDEN BOOK CLUB will discuss The Lost Symbol by DAN BROWN.

10 4:00 PM • Our Parent Made Us Do it Book Club thursday

(ages 10-14) will discuss The Son of Neptune by RICK RIORDAN.


GROUP will discuss The Inspired Life by SUSYN REEVE.


discuss Joy for Beginners by ERICA BAUERMEISTER.

Books Inc. in Berkeley


SUNDAY 6 6:30 PM • the ADVENTUROUS READER’S CLUB will discuss Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. WILSON.


will discuss Primitive Secrets by DEBORAH TURRELL ATKINSON.

WEDNESDAY 16 12:00 PM • The THINKING PARENT BOOK GROUP will discuss Nutureshock by PO BRONSON.

SATURDAY 19 6:30 PM • The WILD GIRLS MOTHER DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB will discuss With a Name Like Love by TESS HILMO.

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BOOK CLUB will discuss The Lost Girls by JENNIFER BAGGETT.


discuss When She Woke by HILLARY JORDAN.

will discuss The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by RODDY DOYLE.

CLUB will discuss The Hunger Games by SUZANNE COLLINS.

CLUB will discuss 23 Things They Don’t Tell you About Capitalism by HA-JOON CHANG.


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THURsday 10 7:00 PM • The MANLY MAN MAN MAN BOOK CLUB will discuss Seawolf by JACK LONDON.




discuss The Beginning of After by JENNIFER CASTLE.

Books Inc. in Mountain View

7:00 PM • The SFLGBT BOOK CLUB will discuss

will discuss Griftopia by MATT TAIBBI.


PROBLEM will discuss The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by AIMEE BENDER.


Books Inc. in Palo Alto

TUESDAY 8 6:00 PM • The BOOK BUSTERS MIDDLE READER BOOK CLUB (ages 9-12) will discuss The Secret of Platform 13 by EVA IBBOTSON.

Tuesday 22 7:00 PM • The FOURTH TUESDAY (MARGIE’S) BOOK CLUB will discuss Toast by NIGEL SLATER.

Books Inc. in Laurel Village


discuss The Lost Books of the Odyssey by ZACHARY MASON.

BOOKS INC. BOOK CLUB REGISTRATION • Registered Members receive 15% discount on monthly selections. • Registered Book Clubs are eligible for book talks that are tailored to their group. • Registered Book Clubs are eligible to reserve meeting space at Books Inc. locations when available.

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Fingersmith by SARAH WATERS.

CLUB will discuss Atonement by IAN MCEWAN.

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7:00 PM • The SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL BOOK CLUB will discuss Istanbul by ORHAN PAMUK.

SUNDAY 13 7:00 PM • The MODERN LIT BOOK CLUB will discuss Metamorphosis by FRANZ KAFKA.

wednesDAY 30 7:30 PM • The CLASSICS I FORGOT TO READ will discuss In Cold Blood by TRUMAN CAPOTE.

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TUEsDAY 15 7:00 PM • LITVOYEUR will discuss Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by YIYUN LI.

• Registered Book Clubs get early notice of author appearances when subscribed to the email newsletter. • Books Inc. is also offers a series of drop in book clubs that vary with each store location a perfect solution for those that want to try out a book club or anyone not ready for a fulltime book club commitment.

7:00 PM • DAVA SOBEL author of Longitude, and Galileo’s Daughter, shares her newest portrait of scientific achievement A More Perfect

Books Inc. in Palo Alto

7:00 PM • Touching Fire: Writing Near the Edge of the Holocaust - A Panel Discussion. Join HARRIET CHESSMAN, author of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper as she hosts a discussion between THAISA FRANK, author of Heidegger’s Glasses and ELIZABETH ROSNER, author of Blue Nude.

3 THURsday

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Bradley Deetz.

7:00 PM • Alameda Island Poets and Writers, hosted by Nanette

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7:00 PM • CAROL FIELD presents The Italian Baker, Revised: The Classic Tastes of the Italian Countryside--Its Breads, Pizza, Focaccia, Cakes, Pastries, and Cookies. Meet the author of one of the most revered baking books of all time. The Italian Baker is a landmark work that continues to be a must for every serious baker.

JCCSF, 3200 California Street, SF

The Life of a Leader.

7:00 PM • The JCCSF presents GILAD SHARON author of Sharon:

Books Inc. in Mountain View

memoir The Doper Next Store, about the underground world of citizen doping and his yearlong odyssey on performance enhancing drugs.

7:00 PM • ANDREW TILIN’S shares his controversial & funny

Books Inc. in Laurel Village

6:00 PM • Pajama Party with BOB SHEA! Put on your Jammies and join the party with the author of Dinosaur vs the Library! Literary Mamas will be here to read stories and join in the fun!

Frjtz on 17th and Valencia, SF

4:00 PM • Not Your Mother’s Books Club presents ALLY CONDE author of Crossed, the eagerly awaited continuation of Matched.



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7:00 PM • JENNIFER REESE shares Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods, a lively, frugal-chic answer to the question, “Make or buy?”

World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, SF

featuring SHELLEY RIGGER author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse.

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents a panel discussion



Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

of Essential Pepin and DANIEL PATTERSON of Coi Restaurant in conversation with BARBARA FAIRCHILD.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents JACQUES PEPIN author



Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

Travels in Siberia, in conversation with JONATHAN BASS.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents IAN FRAZIER, author of

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7:00 PM • The JCCSF presents MEIR SHALEV author of My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner: A Family Memoir.

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7:00 PM • ALAN KAUFMAN shares Drunken Angel, the story of the alcoholism that took him to the brink of death, the PTSD that drove him to the edge of madness, and the love that brought him back.

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and Folly in East Africa, a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grant’s peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.

7:00 PM • RICHARD GRANT takes us down Crazy River: Exploration

7 monday

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Hallie Marsh mystery, Love to Die For which is set in San Francisco is wrought with wit and elegance.

5:00 PM • Launch Party! MERLA ZELLERBACH shares her latest

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and celebrate their featured articles in the first issue of HGTV Magazine. Ahmed is the host of Yard Crashers and Turf Wars and Cora Sue Anthon, host of HGTV’s Real Estate Intervention. Join the fun as they join us to dig up the dirt and lay down the foundation for all your landscaping and Home Decorating questions, ideas and desires.

3:00 PM • Ahmed Hassan and Cora Sue Anthony talk about

6 sunday

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book, Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club. During the 1970’s, when jazz clubs all over the America were folding under the onslaught of rock and roll and disco, San Francisco’s Keystone Korner was an oasis for jazz musicians and patrons. In this book, more then 100 black and white photographs, a collage of oral histories and a marvelous CD of club recordings. Join us and meet this amazing woman… who was there…

7:00 PM • Meet Kathy Sloane, signing and discussing her new

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Oh My Gosh! Stories in the Marina presents WENDY TOKUDA author of Humphrey the Lost Whale!

11:00 AM • Want to know the true story of Wrong Way Humphrey?

19 SATURday

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breathtaking literary memoir about the complex meaning of love, truth, and the capacity for forgiveness among family.

7:00 PM • MIRA BARTOK shares The Memory Palace, a

18 FRIday

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Poems From California State Parks in a benefit for the California State Parks Foundation

7:00 PM • KATHERINE HASTINGS shares What Redwoods Know —

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7:00 PM • Come set a world record at Opera Plaza! Join DAN ROLLMAN and COREY HENDERSON as they present The Recordsetter Book of World Records: 300 + Extraordinary Feats by Ordinary People.

World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, SF

author of Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA.

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents NADA PROUTY

17 THURsday

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents STEPHEN BREYER, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work in conversation with MICHAEL KRASNY.

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Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA, a thrilling memoir of espionage and betrayal, and a sobering commentary on cultural alienation, the power of fear, and what it means to truly love America.

7:00 PM • NADA PROUTY discusses Uncompromised: The Rise,

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An incredibly silly homage to everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite.

6:00 PM • Special storytime with OLIVER JEFFERS author of Stuck!

16 WEDESday

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents JOAN DIDION author of Blue Nights, The Year of Magical Thinking, and Slouching Toward Bethlehem in conversation with VENDELA VIDA.



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8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents MIRANDA JULY author of It Chooses You in conversation with JULIA BRYAN WILSON.


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Genderqueer Erotica, a collection unlike any other that celebrates the pleasure, heat, and diversity of transgender and genderqueer sexualities.

7:30 PM • TRISTAN TAORMINO editor Take Me There: Trans and

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author of Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security.

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents STEWART PATRICK

29 TUESday

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7:00 PM • TRISTAN TAORMINO editor Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, a collection unlike any other that celebrates the pleasure, heat, and diversity of transgender and genderqueer sexualities.

28 MONday

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photographer and author of Pilgrimage.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents ANNIE LEIBOVITZ portrait

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JOHNSTON KOHL tells her story of moving to San Francisco in 1970, meeting Jim Jones and finding herself in Guyana in 1977. She described her survival as a fluke. This November marks the death of many of her closest friends.

7:00 PM • In Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look, LAURA

22 TUESday

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

Then Again.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents DIANE KEATON author of

JCCSF, 3200 California Street, SF

of Our Lives: A Conversation about America.

7:00 PM • The JCCSF presents TOM BROKAW author of The Time

21 MONday

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents JANE LYNCH star of Glee and author of Happy Accidents in conversation with STEVEN WINN.

20 sUNday

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latest novel, School of Night. An ancient mystery, a lost letter, and a timeless love unleash a long-buried web of intrigue that spans four centuries, from 16th-century England to modern-day Washington, D.C.

7:00 PM • Meet LOUIS BAYARD as he joins us to read from his

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Darling Ro and the Benet Women, which presents a revealing glimpse of social and literary life in New York and Paris during the 1920s.

7:00 PM • Author EVELYN HIVELY and THOMAS BENET share

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Investigation Into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of LatterDay Saints, the page-turning, horrifying story of how a rogue sect used sex, money, and power disguised under a facade of religion to further criminal activities and a madman’s vision.

7:00 PM • SAM BROWER shares Prophet’s Prey: My Seven-Year

15 TUESday

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But what if choice is fake? KENT GREENFIELD explores The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits Co-Hosted by San Francisco chapter of the American Constitution Society

MONday 14 7:00 PM • Freedom of choice is at the core of the American story.

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LYFE reading and performing from his new book, Pistols and Prayers. Recently appointed Commissioner of Arts and Cultural Affairs in his hometown Oakland, he is an educator and activist presenting in schools and universities all over America and abroad. Join us for an evening of reflection, introspection and inspiration …

7:00 PM • Meet Poet/Spoken Word Hip-Hop Theater Artist ISE

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11:00 AM • Oh My Gosh! Stories in the Marina welcomes the wonderful ANNIE BARROWS with a brand new Ivy and Bean book, No News Is Good News!

12 SATURday

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as they explore Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary.

7:30 PM • Join editor MORTY DIAMOND and contributing authors

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Novel!, Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit of National Novel Writing Month delivers this writer’s block –busting workbook full of helpful lists, plot maps, character Q & As, field trips, exercises, inspiring quotes and plenty of space to write and outline.

7:00 PM • Join us as all of the authors of the new book, Ready, Set,

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author of The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade.

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents ANDREW FEINSTEIN

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her newest book The Friendship Wish, the story of a shy dog named Joey, who is afraid to reach out and make friends until a beautiful dream angel draws him out by showing that everyone has secret talents to share.

4:00 PM • Teatime for Tots presents ELISA KLEVEN as she shares


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11:00 AM • Oh My Gosh! Stories in the Marina hosts Ooh La La Stories in English and French!

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REINER and JENNA SANZ-AGERO, share Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story. Hear what happened when they “drove down memory lane to discover our sugar inheritance, and then dug into everyone else’s past to find their dusty, torn, and butter-crusted index cards.”

7:00 PM • Two sassy Sugar Mommas, KIMBERLY “MOMMA”

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7:00 PM • Meet local writer J.C. McFarland as he reads and signs copies of his first fantasy novel, Onto Old Earth.

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7:00 PM • Join DEBBIE STOLLER, founder of Bust magazine and author of Stitch and Bitch, as she shares the eclectic, empowering, hilarious, and downright practical Bust DIY Guide to Life: Making Your Way Through Every Day.



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on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador, a gripping memoir of freedom and determination in a heterosexual world.

7:30 PM • JAMES C. HORMEL shares Fit to Serve: Reflections

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shares When She Woke, a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future.

7:00 PM • Books Inc. Reads presents HILARY JORDAN as she

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Gerald Nicosia and author of One and Only: The Untold Story of On The Road. Beat historian Gerald Nicosia spend years looking for Lu Anne Henderson, the women who started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassidy on their journey. With the help of Lu Anne’s daughter, Anne Marie Santos, Gerry tells the story of the beautiful 15 year old girl who loved both men, and taught them how to love each other….

7:00 PM • Meet biographer, historian, poet, playwright and novelist

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DANIELLE SMITH (founder of discuss Mom, Incorporated: A Guide to Business + Baby. Learn how to take charge of the family/work balance by starting your own business!

7:00 PM • ALIZA SHERMAN (founder of Cybergrrl, Inc.) and

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Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos an innovative history and exploration of the ever-present tensions between science and faith.


November 2011


what’s cooking

The Art of French Baking

By Ginette Mathiot Beautiful, elegant, and delicious, French desserts are easy to create at home as only a few basic recipes are needed to make some of the world’s most renowned cakes and tarts. The Art of French Baking is the definitive collection of authentic French pastry and dessert recipes. Available NOW

Momofuku Milk Bar

By Christina Tosi It all started one day when Momofuku founder David Chang asked Christina to make a dessert for dinner that night and the pastry program at Momofuku began. Christina’s playful desserts led to the opening of Milk Bar. Momofuku Milk Bar finally shares the recipes for now-legendary riffs on childhood flavors and down-home classics--all essentially derived from ten mother recipes--along with the compelling narrative of the unlikely beginnings of this quirky bakery’s success. Available NOW

Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food

By Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough Eat Good Food, former chef Sam Mogannam, owner of San Francisco’s popular Bi-Rite Market, guides you through the grocery store one department at a time, and explains how to identify incredible ingredients, decipher labels and terms, build a great pantry, and reconnect with the people and places that feed us. With primers on cooking techniques and anecdotes that entertain, enlighten, and inspire, “Eat Good Food” will revolutionize the way you shop and eat. Available NOW

Cooking My Way Back Home

By Mitchell Rosenthal Mitchell Rosenthal delivers the same warmth, personality, and infectious enthusiasm for sharing food as can be found at his wildly popular San Francisco restaurants, Town Hall, Anchor and Hope, and Salt House. With his trademark exuberance and good humor, Mitchell blends Southern-inspired comfort food with urban sophistication and innovation, for exciting results. Like a good friend offering up a platter of freshly fried Oysters Remoulade, these robust, full-flavored recipes are impossible to refuse. Available NOW

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

By Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is brought to colorful life with the addition of Maira Kalman’s illustrations. This brilliant pairing is rooted in Pollan’s and Kalman’s shared appreciation for eating’s pleasures, and their understanding that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Written with the clarity, concision, and wit, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely. Kalman’s paintings remind us that there is delight in learning to eat well.Available Novemeber 1st

Mourad: New Moroccan

By Mourad Lahlou What Mourad Lahlou has developed over the last decade and a half is nothing less than a new, modern Moroccan cuisine, inspired by memories, steeped in colorful stories, and informed by the tireless exploration of his curious mind. His book is anything but a dutifully authentic documentation of Moroccan home cooking. Yes, the great classics are all here. But Mourad adapts them in stunningly creative ways that take a Moroccan idea to a whole new place. Available NOW

Martha’s Entertaining

By Martha Stewart In this exquisite and very personal book, Martha Stewart welcomes you into her world, where she entertains in the expressive and beautiful style that she has made so famous. Whether a simple blueberry breakfast on a Sunday morning in Maine or a more lavish holiday dinner at Bedford, each of the gatherings is equally memorable, for what Martha cherishes above all is spending time and sharing delicious food with her family and friends. Available November 1st

Kitchen on Fire!

By Oliver Said and Chef MikeC The wildly popular basics course at Berkeley’s famed Kitchen on Fire! culinary school teaches students ultimate confidence in the kitchen. In this new book, Chefs Olivier Said and MikeC present all the basic techniques necessary to create great food. You’ll get all the skills to navigate your kitchen with ease and the knowledge to put that cookbook back on the shelf and create your own recipes with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Available NOW

The Family Meal

By Ferran Adria The Family Meal is the first home cooking cookbook by the world’s greatest chef, Ferran Adria. The recipes are easy-to-prepare and meant for family dining at home. There is a wide selection of everyday classics for every night of the week. The cookbook is also the first by such a renowned chef to ensure that the dishes are affordable and the ingredients are widely available at the local supermarket. Available NOW

Lidia’s Italy in America

By Lidia Matticchio Bastianich Traveling around the United States, Lidia visits Italian American communities that created something new out of the recipes passed down from their ancestors. Lidia shows us how this cuisine is an original American creation that redefines what we know as Italian food while always paying tribute to Italy, and she gives recognition where it is long overdue to the many industrious Italians across the country who have honored the traditions of their homeland in a delicious new style. Available NOW

An Everlasting Meal

By Tamar Adler Adler teaches how to cook well regardless of circumstance, offering a practical, pleasurable path to the kitchen. She shares what chefs instinctively know: each ingredient they buy, chop, and cook ought to be prepared with a keen eye toward future meals. Adler encourages readers to begin from wherever they are, with whatever they have. An Everlasting Meal will make life easier and more enjoyable, keeping the stove and refrigerator, and heart and table, full of nourishment and pleasure. Available NoW

The Table Comes First

By Adam Gopnik Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, even our moralizing--”You still eat meat?” How could the land of Chef Boyardee have come so far overnight? Adam Gopnik traces our rapid evolution from commendable awareness to manic compulsion and how, on the way, we lost sight of a timeless truth: what goes on around the table is always more important than what we put on the table. Available NOW

Marilyn Monroe: Metamorphosis

By David Wills There have been many Marilyn Monroe photo books--but nothing like this. David Wills has gathered work from Marilyn’s key photographers--Richard Avedon, George Barris, Cecil Beaton, Bernard of Hollywood, Andre de Dienes, Elliott Erwitt, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Tom Kelley, Sam Shaw, and many others--to create this dazzling portfolio of images from every period of Marilyn Monroe’s adult life, from her wedding day in 1942 till just weeks before her death two decades later. Available NoW

The Complete Record Cover Collection

By R. Crumb Robert Crumb first began drawing record covers in 1968 when Janis Joplin, a fellow Haight Ashbury denizen, asked him to provide a cover for her album Cheap Thrills. It was an invitation the budding artist couldn’t resist, especially since he had been fascinated with record covers since he was a teen. This early collaboration proved so successful that Crumb went on to draw hundreds of record covers for both new artists and largely forgotten masters. Available NOW

The Louvre: All The Paintings

By Erich Lessing and Vincent Pomarede The Louvre is the world’s most visited art museum and houses the most celebrated and important paintings of all time. For the first time ever, The Louvre: All the Paintings collects all 3,022 in one beautifully curated volume. The accompanying DVD-ROM is browsable by artist, date, school, art historical genre, or location in the Louvre. This last feature allows readers to tour the Louvre room by room, as if they were actually walking through the building. Available NoW

A History of the World in 100 Objects

By Neil MacGregor The history of humanity is a history of invention and innovation. Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, has selected one hundred manmade artifacts; each shows an unexpected turning point in human civilization. A History of the World in 100 Objects stretches back two million years and covers the globe. Each item has a story to tell; together they relate the larger history of mankind-revealing who we are by looking at what we have made. Available NOW

The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry

By Rita Dove Rita Dove introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century. Available NOW

The Doors

By Greil Marcus Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over. There have been many books on the Doors. This is the first to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult of both Jim Morrison and the era he was made to personify, and focus solely on the music. It is a story untold; all these years later, it is a new story. Available NOW

erfect Gifts That Is All

By John Hodgman John Hodgman -- bestselling author, The Daily Show’s “Resident Expert,” minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire -- brings us the third and final installment of Complete World Knowledge. That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives. It picks up exactly where More Information left off, page 596, and completes Complete World Knowledge, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012. Available November 1st

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

By Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Is a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with convenient stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Available November 1st

Pacific Crucible

By Ian W. Toll On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the initiative. Available NOW

Hot Guys and Baby Animals

By Audrey Kuhner and Carolyn Newman Are you sick and tired of studly male models showing off their perfectly sculpted muscles? Have you had enough of cuddly baby animals flaunting their perfect newborn fuzzy cuteness? We didn’t think so. In addition to benefiting the SPCA, Hot Guys and Baby Animals features 40 photos of gorgeous guys and their fuzzy friends, along with tongue-in-cheek captions detailing the likes and dislikes of each guy and baby animal. Hot guys + baby animals = genius. Available November 8th


By Robert Hughes From Robert Hughes, one of the greatest art and cultural critics of our time, comes a sprawling, comprehensive, and deeply personal history of Rome--as city, as empire, and, crucially, as an origin of Western art and civilization, two subjects about which Hughes has spent his life writing and thinking. Equal parts idolizing, blasphemous, outraged, and awestruck, Rome is a portrait of the Eternal City as only Robert Hughes could paint it. Available November 1st

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books

By Leah Price As words and stories are increasingly disseminated through digital means, the significance of the book as object--whether pristine collectible or battered relic--is growing as well. Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen favorite novelists who share their collections with readers. Stunning photographs provide full views of the libraries and close-ups of individual volumes: first editions, worn textbooks, pristine hardcovers, and childhood companions. Available NoW

Biography Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values. Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. Available NOW

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

By Philip K. Dick Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick’s life and work. Available NOW

And So It Goes

By Charles J. Shields In 2006, Charles Shields wrote Kurt Vonnegut asking for his endorsement for a planned biography. The first response was no (“A most respectful demurring by me for the excellent writer Charles J. Shields, who offered to be my biographer”). Propelled by a passion for his subject, Shields wrote again and this time the answer came back: “O.K.” And So It Goes is the culmination of five years of research and writing--the first-ever biography of Kurt Vonnegut. Available November 8th

Charles Dickens: A Life

By Claire Tomalin Charles Dickens: A Life gives full measure to Dickens virtues as a writer and as a human being- while observing his failings in both respects with an unblinking eye. Claire Tomalin crafts a story worthy of Dickens’s, a comedy that turns to tragedy as the very qualities that made him great-his indomitable energy, imagination, and showmanship-finally destroyed him. The man who emerges is one whose vices and virtues were intertwined as surely as his life and his art. Available NOW

Catherine the Great

By Robert Massie Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne, attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire. History offers few stories richer in drama than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, this eternally fascinating woman is returned to life. Available November 8th

Dangerous Ambition

By Susan Hertog Born in the 1890s on opposite sides of the Atlantic, friends Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West lived strikingly parallel lives that placed them at the center of the social and historical upheavals of the twentieth century. This dual biography is a story of twinned lives caught up in the crosscurrents of world events and affairs of the heart--and of the unique friendship forged by two of the most creative and complex women of their time. Available November 8th

November 2011 • 7 Van Gogh: The Life

By Steven Naifeh Though countless books and the broad outlines of his tragedy have long inhabited popular culture, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh’s life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius whose signature images of sunflowers and starry nights have won a permanent place in the human imagination. Available NOW


By Carrie Fisher Bad news . . . for anyone who thought Carrie Fisher had finally stopped talking about herself: This time, the electro-convulsive shock therapy she’s been regularly undergoing is threatening to wipe out (what’s left of) her memory. Yes, of course, Shockaholic is laugh-out-loud funny, acerbic, and witty as hell. But it also reveals a new side of Carrie Fisher that may even bring a pleasant shock your way: it is contemplative, vulnerable, and ultimately quite tender. Available November 1st

American Desperado

By Jon Roberts and Evan Wright In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts. Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic. Roberts, in fact, seemed to be a prodigy of criminality - but one with a remarkable self-awareness and a fierce desire to protect his son from following the same path. Available November 1st

Lucking Out

By James Wolcott “How lucky I was, arriving in New York just as everything was about to go to hell.” In 1972, a very young and green James Wolcott arrived with a letter of introduction from Norman Mailer, had no idea what was about to hit him. Mixing grit and glitter in just the right proportions, suffused with affection for the talented and sometimes half-crazed denizens of the scene, it will make readers long for a time when you really could get mugged around here. Available NoW

No Higher Honor

By Condoleezza Rice This is Condoleezza Rice’s story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and hundreds of foreign leaders, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraft -- but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded. Available NoW

Spencer Tracy

By James Curtis “The best goddamned actor I’ve ever seen!”--George M. Cohan. Curtis writes of Tracy’s distinguished career, his deep Catholicism, his devoted relationship to his wife, his drinking that got him into so much trouble, and his twenty-sixyear-long bond with his partner on-screen and off, Katharine Hepburn. Curtis tells the story of the brilliant but haunted man at the heart of the legend. A portrait of this complex man considered by many to be “the” actor’s actor. Available NOW


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November’s Kids Events

wednesday SATURDAY 2 12 6:00 PM • Pajama Party with BOB SHEA! Put on 11:00 AM • Oh My Gosh! Stories in the Marina

your Jammies and join the party with the author of Dinosaur vs the Library! and the Literary Mamas.

welcomes the wonderful ANNIE BARROWS with a brand new Ivy and Bean book, No News Is Good News!

SATURDAY 5 11:00 AM • Oh My Gosh! Stories in the Marina

WEDNESDAY 16 6:00 PM • Join us for a Special storytime with

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hosts Ooh La La Stories in English and French!

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THURSDAY 10 4:00 PM • Teatime for Tots presents ELISA

KLEVEN as she shares her newest book The Friendship Wish.

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♥ Love ♥


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OLIVER JEFFERS author of Stuck! An incredibly silly homage to everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite.

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SATURDAY 19 7:00 PM • Want to know the true story of Wrong

Way Humphrey? Oh My Gosh! Stories in the Marina presents WENDY TOKUDA author of Humphrey the Lost Whale!

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New books for kids Titanic Sinks!

By Barry Denenberg The infamous night the Titanic sunk has never been so creatively or vividly represented as it is in this gorgeous part fiction, part history tome. Crazy detailed production values make this book as visually stunning as it is fascinating. A very fresh take on an oft revisited night that lovers of history and storytelling alike will devour. For ages 9+. Available NoW

The Space Between

By Brenna Yovanoff In a world where everything, including the flowers, is made of steel, it’s hard to fall in love. Daphne would know; as a half demon, half angel she has a very particular point of view. So when she leaves Pandemonium for Earth to find her kidnapped brother, she is forced to question her identity, both in her own world and in ours. For ages 12+. Available NOW

The Brotherband Chronicles Book 1: The Outcasts

By John Flanagan From the author of the phenomenal Ranger’s Apprentice series comes the riveting start to a new series. Set in the same universe as his previous series, but featuring a new cast of characters, readers will follow Hal and Stig as they embark on an adventure filled with epic nautical battles. For ages 10+ Available November 1st

Jane and Mizmow

By Matthew Armstrong It’s love at first sight when Jane meets Mizmow, a furry, mischievous monster. And even if they’re total opposites, they’re best, best friends. At least, until they get in a fight. Suddenly, nothing is the same. Until, at least, these friends can learn to say they’re sorry. Sweet and stunning artwork make this whimsical story a must. For ages 3-5. Available NOW


By Oliver Jeffers When Floyd’s kite gets stuck up a tree, he’s willing to toss just about anything to get it out: a boat. An orangutan. His front door. In his silliest book since The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Jeffers delivers a childlike concept with vibrant and artful illustrations as only he could. For ages 3-7. Available November 1st


By Ally Condie In the highly anticipated sequel to Matched, readers will finally be treated the second installment of this dystopian trilogy. Here we see Cassia as she sets out to the outer provinces, on the outskirts of her highly controlled society. Crosses and double crosses make her path a twisted one. For ages 12+. Available November 1st


By Mac Barnett They’re not just for hipsters and cops anymore! Now you and your tots can get your mustache on with local author, Mac Barnett’s newest. Told with Barnett’s signature absurd style, Mustache is the story of a gorgeous but inept king, angry masses and a fabulous mustache (is there any other kind?). For ages 4-8. Available NoW

Liesl and Po

By Lauren Oliver In what is already being hailed as one of the best children’s books of the year, readers are invited to join Liesl, as she escapes from the tiny, attic bedroom in which she’s been locked away. Thanks to Po, Liesl’s best friend (who happens to be a ghost), Liesl finds the courage to embark on a spectacular journey. For ages 8-12. Available NOW

Shatter Me

By Tahereh Mafi Lovers of The Hunger Games and The X-Men will love this riveting debut about a girl with a fatal touch. Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in 264 days, because the last time she did, she was locked up for murder. Set in a gritty, post-apocalyptic world, Shatter Me is a tale of isolation and power. For ages 14+. Available November 15th

Puffin Classics Dear Puffin Classics, It is impossible to define children’s literature without certain books, because it’s true what they say: all books are just variations on stories that have already been told. But there are some tellings that are unforgettable. You cannot write a story about justice and rebellion without tipping your cap to Robin Hood. Nor can you tell a survival story before reading The Call of the Wild. American literature as we know it would not exist without Huckleberry Finn and ditto English literature sans The Wind and the Willows. Plucky female heroines may all thank Anne of Green Gables for preceding them, and brave and kindly modern heroes (whether human or horse) may nod at Black Beauty. Books like Peter Pan and The Secret Garden define coming of age stories: because whether you’re afraid to grow up, or trying desperately to know yourself, you are not alone. With stories like these on their shelves, kids can be equipped to tackle all the other stories out there. So thanks Puffin Classics, for your excellent selections and gorgeous new packaging of some of the best, most seminal children’s literature ever created. Your dedication to keeping the classics alive rekindles in us book nerds that which made us book nerds in the first place: amazing stories. Love, Books Inc.

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