October Readings ’Round the Bay

bookshop_westportalAdventuring Women:
Books to Explore and Share
A National Reading Group Month Event

October 29th, Thursday 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Bookshop West Portal

80 West Portal Ave, San Francisco
FREE and Open to the Public

Refreshments, wine, French amuse-bouche.* Giveaway raffle of all four books, a bonus paperback and resources for Book Clubs, the Great Group Reads list and much more!

Featuring Women’s National Book Association
San Francisco Chapter Member / Author Panel

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Lisa Alpine
Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman
From licking a Monet in Paris, to pushing an abusive macho honeymooner off his sailboat in the shark-infested Galápagos, to saving her toddler from a charging bull elephant in Africa, these fourteen delightful, award-winning, true tales will inspire readers to follow the call of a wild life and leave home with their doors unlocked.
“There is daring, humor, and even a bit of Eros in the fourteen stories that span her life from the innocence of eighteen, when she was struck with wanderlust, into middle age. ‘I am a woman who wanders and wonders and writes,’ she explains.”—Foreword Reviews

“Lisa’s stories are … filled with compassion that cuts to the core of what travel is all about—a deep connection to a people and place found when we shed our protective armor and remember we are all human.” —Kimberley Lovato, author of Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves.

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Carole Bumpus
A Cup of Redemption: A Novel

Like the braiding of three strands of brioche, the lives of three women—Sophie Zabél Sullivan, Marcelle Pourrette Zabél and Kate Barrington—become inextricably intertwined as each struggles to resolve issues from past wars that have profoundly impacted their lives. Rising out of the collateral damage wrought by war, what emerges is a touching story about love, loss, and the powerful desire for wholeness through redemption.

Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption (*Free samples presented as amuse-bouche.)
French recipes culled from the pages, the times, and the regional influences found in the historical novel A Cup of Redemption. Told through the voices of the three main characters―Marcelle, Sophie and Kate―the recipes are carefully taught in the way these women learned them: at the knees of their mothers or grandmothers. Each recipe is carefully described and footnoted with interesting, often amusing culinary notes.

“They say, ‘give the people what they want’ and Bumpus has done so in Recipes for Redemption, supplying the recipes to the mouthwatering dishes that take center stage in her novel’s cross-France family drama.” —San Francisco Book Review

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Martha Conway
The Thieving Forest: A Novel
On a humid day in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio’s Great Black Swamp, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches from behind a tree as a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna makes the rash decision to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman’s quest to find her sisters, and the parallel story of her sisters’ new lives.

Fast-paced and richly detailed, this award-winning novel explores the transformation of all five women as they contend with starvation, slavery, betrayal, and love. It paints a fascinating new picture of pioneer life among Native American communities, while telling a gripping tale of survival.

“The scope of this old-fashioned pioneer adventure yarn is also impressive, and the full arc of Conway’s characters’ development, combined with a satisfying ending, is memorable.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

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Moderator, Elise Frances Miller, WNBA Member / Author Miller’s historical novel will be re-released as Love and Revolution: from Berkeley to Paris, 1968 this fall (Sand Hill Review Press). Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in anthologies, print and online media. 


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