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05/19/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Jane Rosenberg LaForge presents and signs An Unsuitable Princess

Fantasy and memoir, contemporary and Renaissance times all converge in this duo of simultaneously-narrated tales. In the first, set in Renaissance England, a mute stable girl with mysterious healing powers has been inexplicably declared an outcast by the Queen.  Rumored to be a witch, she is relegated to living in a barn with no hope for friendship or family. Yet those who know her -- including a young man whose family raised her as their daughter and whose life she saved -- fall inexorably in love with her gentle and seemingly magical ways.  The second tale, told as a series of footnotes to the first, is a memoir of the author’s coming-of-age in L.A. in the 1970s where she’s an awkward, self-absorbed adolescent struggling to define herself amid Hollywood’s eclectic population of hippies, mid-list celebrities, drug addicts and suburbanites.  It’s also a provocative reflection upon the author’s inspiration for the book’s Renaissance storyline, stemming from the guilt she’s harbored over the death of a high school sweetheart -- as well as a sophisticated commentary on society and its values, the absurdity of our obsessions and how we too often fail to see the world around us.  Together the book’s dual stories leave readers to ponder the fine line between reality and the living fairy tales we weave in pursuit of happy endings. (Jaded Ibis Press)

ISBN: 9781937543563
Price: $16.99

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05/20/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Jerry Burgan & Alan Rifkin discuss & sign Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk-Rock Revolution

The birth of folk rock comes to life in Wounds to Bind: A Memoir of the Folk Rock Revolution, Jerry Burgan s unforgettable memoir of the pre-psychedelic 1960s. As a naive folksinger from Pomona, California, Burgan would find himself thrust in his teenage years to the forefront of the counterculture and its aftermath. The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Bo Diddley, Otis Redding, The Righteous Brothers, The Ohio Players, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Herman s Hermits, Judy Henske, Barry McGuire, and the Kingston Trio all make appearances in this tale told by the cofounder of We Five, the San Francisco electro-folk ensemble that soared to the top of the charts with its recording of the million-selling "You Were On My Mind." (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
 
 

ISBN: 9780810888616
Price: $45.00

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05/23/2014 - 7:30 pm
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Sara Eckel presents and signs It's Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You're Single

Co-sponsored by Singular City Magazine

If you’re single and searching, there’s no end to other people’s explanations, excuses, and criticism explaining why you haven’t found a partner:
“You’re too picky. Just find a good-enough guy and you’ll be fine.”
“You’re too desperate. If men think you need them, they’ll run scared.”
“You’re too independent. Smart, ambitious women always have a harder time finding mates.”
“You have low self-esteem. You can’t love someone else until you’ve learned to love yourself.”
“You’re too needy. You can’t be happy in a relationship until you’ve learned to be happy on your own.”
Based on her popular Modern Love column, Sara Eckel’s It’s Not You challenges these myths, encouraging singletons to stop picking apart their personalities and to start tapping into their own wisdom about who and what is right for them. Supported by the latest psychological and sociological research, as well as interviews with people who have experienced longtime singledom, Eckel creates a strong and empowering argument to understand and accept that there’s no one reason why you’re single—you just are. (Perigree Books)

ISBN: 9780399162879
Price: $15.00

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05/24/2014 - 5:00 pm
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James Fearnley presents and signs Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues

The Pogues injected the fury of punk into Irish folk music and gave the world the troubled, iconic, darkly romantic songwriter Shane MacGowan. Here Comes Everybody is a memoir written by founding member and accordion player James Fearnley, drawn from his personal experiences and the series of journals and correspondence he kept throughout the band's career. Fearnley describes the coalescence of a disparate collection of vagabonds living in the squats of London's Kings Cross, with, at its center, the charismatic MacGowan and his idea of turning Irish traditional music on its head. With beauty, lyricism, and great candor, Fearnley tells the story of how the band watched helplessly as their singer descended into a dark and isolated world of drugs and alcohol, and sets forth the increasingly desperate measures they were forced to take. (Chicago Review Press)

ISBN: 9781556529504
Price: $18.95

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05/27/2014 - 7:00 pm
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David Ury aka Ken Tanaka presents and signs Everybody Dies: A Children's Book for Grown-Ups

In Everybody Dies, Internet icon Ken Tanaka explores the myriad ways in which we all can meet our fate. Echoing the grim fun of Edward Gorey's beloved Gashlycrumb Tinies, he tells his simply illustrated story in 48 pages of saturated, full-color pictures featuring chunky letters and warm colors, and frank, pointedly sardonic commentary. From a surfing tragedy to being devoured by wild animals, the pestilence of war, and demise by convenience machine, he helps us face the stark reality of "the end" with dark humor and irreverent wit.  Unveiling the truth about living and dying, Tanaka offers cute drawings and little games that take some of the sting and scariness out of mortality, and help us accept the reality that death is a part of life. (Harper Design)

ISBN: 9780062329646
Price: $14.99

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05/28/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Ryan Holiday presents and signs The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

"The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." -- Marcus Aurelius
We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history--from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs--a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.   These men and women were not exceptionally brilliant, lucky, or gifted. Their success came from timeless philosophical principles laid down by a Roman emperor who struggled to articulate a method for excellence in any and all situations.   This book reveals that formula for the first time--and shows us how we can turn our own adversity into advantage. (Portfolio)

ISBN: 9781591846352
Price: $24.95

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05/31/2014 - 5:00 pm
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Bryan Bishop presents and signs Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me

In 2009, at thirty years old, Bryan Bishop's life was right on track. Known to millions as "Bald Bryan," the sidekick and soundman on the record-setting podcast, "The Adam Carolla Show," his radio career was taking off. He was newly engaged. Then, he and his fiancee Christie were delivered a crushing blow when he was diagnosed with a brain stem glioma--an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan's promising future was transformed into a grueling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy while facing his mortality.

In this poignant narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and hysterical, Bishop shares the surreal experiences of writing his will with the bravado of a pulp novelist, taking chemo in a strip club, and (technically) the closest he ever got to achieving his lifelong dream of a threesome--when a physical therapist had to show his wife how to bathe him in the shower during his weakened state.

Whether recounting his search for the most aggressive form of treatment, how radiation treatment jeopardized his ability to (literally) walk down the aisle or even smile for his wedding photos, or recalling the time his wife inadvertently drugged him in a pool in Maui, Bishop's inimitable voice radiates through his story.

As the author celebrates how treatment shrunk his tumor and gave him a new lease on life, Shrinkage reveals the resilience of the human spirit--and the power of laughter--during even the darkest times. (Thomas Dunne Books)

 

ISBN: 9781250039842
Price: $25.99

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