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<strong>Sunday, March 23</strong>

<strong> Rivvy Neshama, "Recipes for a Sacred Life,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>When Rivvy Neshama was twenty-two and about to get married, her mother gave her a book of handwritten recipes that taught her how to make a good roast -- but not much else. And no one gave her the recipe to make a good marriage or a good life. That took years of searching on a path with many turns. Now, like a handwritten recipe book, Recipes for a Sacred Life is passing on the most meaningful and inspiring stories from the author's life. From dancing to forgiving to walking at dawn, from a rabbi from Vienna to Irish Rita from the Bronx, they feature people and experiences that taught the author how to live a good life -- one touched with sacredness. And, as it turned out, the best recipes came from her mom.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Monday, March 24</strong>

<strong> Josie Iselin, "An Ocean Garden,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>In her captivating new book, artist and avid beachcomber Josie Iselin returns to the seashore to reveal the unexpected beauty of seaweed. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin's vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts. Her engaging text, which accompanies the images, blends personal observation and philosophical musings with scientific fact. Like her previous books, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed is a poetic and compelling tribute to the natural world and the wonder it evokes.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Tuesday, March 25</strong>

<strong> Harlan Coben, "Missing You,"</strong> webcast, 7 p.m., <em>From the #1 NY Times Bestselling Author: It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she's ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fianc?Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn't seen in 18 years.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Thursday, March 27</strong>

<strong> Young Adult authors,</strong> 4 p.m. Curtis Jobling (Wereworld series), Gennifer Choldenko (Al Capone series), Alexander London (Dog Tags series), and Jacqueline West (Books of Elsewhere series). Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Alice LaPlante, "A Circle of Wives,"</strong> 7:30 p.m., <em>When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life—in fact, multiple lives. A closeted polygamist, Dr. Taylor was married to three very different women in three separate cities. And when these three unsuspecting women show up at his funeral, suspicions run high. Adams soon finds herself tracking down a murderer through a web of lies and marital discord. </em> Readers' Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 939-1779

<strong>Friday, March 28</strong>

<strong> Arianna Huffington, author of "Thrive," in Conversation with Elaine Petrocelli,</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Following the success of her acclaimed Third Metric conference, Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, has written a book that offers women (and men) a new definition of success. In Thrive, Huffington shoes how success can be measured not only on career advancement, but on the equally important goals of health and wellbeing, personal fulfillment, giving back, and living a life of purpose and meaning.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Saturday, March 29</strong>

<strong> Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth A film by Pratibha Parmar,</strong> 2 p.m., Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Rialto Cinemas, 6868 Mckinley Ave., Sebastopol, <a href="http://www.rialtocinemas.com" target="_blank">www.rialtocinemas.com</a>.

<strong>President Jimmy Carter, "A Call to Action,"</strong> 4 p.m., <em>President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com." target="_blank">bookpassage.com.</a>

<em>To submit book events for consideration in this column, contact Sara Peyton at sara.peyton@gmail.com at least three weeks in advance of the event.</em>