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  • MONIKA TROBITS at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

    With more than 25 years of experience as a historic-site docent and walking tour guide for organizations such as the California Historical Society and San Francisco Urban Adventures, owner of Monika's San Francisco Journeys Monika Trobits shares her fascinating look at our City's historic flourishing…

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  • Charles Todd - A Fine Summer's Day

    In A Fine Summer’s Day, it's June, 1914, and Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.…

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  • A Prairie Home Companion

    Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion revitalized radio in 1974 with the intimate and eclectic public radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. The weekly broadcasts showcase Keillor’s gift as a writer, storyteller, producer, and performer, and are listened to by over four million Americans.…

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  • DANIEL KUNSTLER at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

    Local author Daniel Kunstler discusses Passaic: The True Story of One Man's Journey Through American Immigration, Detention and Deportation. A compelling look at one human rights failure, Passaic also sheds light on the darker side of our national ambivalence toward immigrants illustrating a pattern…

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  • John McQuaid - Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

    With reporting from kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, huge food corporations, and science labs, Tasty tells the story of the still-emerging concept of flavor and how our sense of taste will evolve in the coming decades. Tasty explains the scientific research taking place on multiple fronts:…

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  • KAREN E. BENDER at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

    A two time Pushcart Prize-winner with stories appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Granta, and The Iowa Review, Karen E. Bender shares Refund: Stories. Set in contemporary America, these stories herald a work of singular literary merit by an important writer at…

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  • Bich Minh Nguyen - Pioneer Girl

    Bich Minh Nguyen’s previous books—the acclaimed memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the American Book Award-winning novel Short Girls—established her talents as a writer of keen cultural observation. In Pioneer Girl, Nguyen entwines the Asian American experience with the escapist pleasures …

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  • David Linden - Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind

    Co-Sponsored by the California Academy of Sciences Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind is an engaging and fascinating examination of this critical interface between our bodies and the outside world, between ourselves and others. David Linden explores every aspect of touch: how has touch come…

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  • John C. Hampsey - Kaufman's Hill: A Memoir

    A profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir, Kaufman's Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: the author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the child-narrator is struggling to find …

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  • Mary Helen Specht - Migratory Animals

    In Migratory Animals, Flannery, a young scientist, is forced to return to Austin after five years of research in Nigeria, leaving behind her fiancé, Kunle, indefinitely. Flan’s homecoming is complicated further when her sister, Molly, begins to show signs of the genetic disease that killed their…

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