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    Top of Your Stack Recommendations from Book Passage: 2.24.22

    In the Shadow of the Mountain (memoir – hardbound) by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

    Endless ice. Thin air. The threat of dropping into nothingness thousands of feet below. This is the climb Silvia Vasquez-Lavado braves in her page-turning, pulse-raising memoir following her journey to Mount Everest. A Latina hero in the elite macho tech world of Silicon Valley, privately, she was hanging by a thread. Deep in the throes of alcoholism, hiding her sexuality from her family, and repressing the abuse she’d suffered as a child, she started climbing. Something about the brute force required for the ascent―the risk and spirit and sheer size of the mountains and death’s close proximity―woke her up. She then took her biggest pain as a survivor to the biggest mountain: Everest.

    The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (short stories – paperback) by Deesha Philyaw  

    A stunning debut collection of stories depicting several Black women trying to break free from sexual repressions in the aftermath of their religious upbringing, raised in the church. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires. The nine stories feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, but who are stuck between the church’s double standards and their own needs and romantic relationships with other women.

    Dark Hours (mystery – hardbound) by Michael Connelly

    If you like the Detective Harry Bosch book and TV series, you will love Dark Hours. A brazen and methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve in the wake of Covid’s first year. Young LAPD Detective Renée Ballard secretly enlists the help of the legendary and infamous Harry Bosch, who is currently retired, to find justice for the victim in a city scarred by fear and social unrest.

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    Saturday, March 5 @ 4 pm (ticketed, in store at Corte Madera) Erik Larson, Author of The Splendid and the Vile. In Larson’s latest book he examines how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it’s also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and, of course, 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports—some released only recently—Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year.

    Wednesday, March 9 @ 5:30 pm (live online) Laurie Ruettiman, Author of Betting on You, with CEO Minda Harts of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. For Women’s History Month, Book Passage is uplifting women’s issues and authors with specially curated events. One such event is this one featuring a conversation around women in the workplace and progressing, not just thriving, in spaces often dominated by men. Top career coach and HR consultant Laurie Ruettimann knows firsthand that work can get a hell of a lot better. A decade ago, Ruettimann was uninspired, blaming others and herself for the unhappiness she felt. This was until she had an epiphany: if she wanted a fulfilling existence, she couldn’t sit around and wait for change. She had to be her own leader. Betting On You shares Ruettimann’s professional journey while sharing insights for the rest of us. Betting on You is a game-changing must-read for how to radically improve your day-to-day, working more effectively and enthusiastically starting now.

    Published on February 24, 2022