A Great Good Place - The Book Which Inspired Our Name

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ISBN-13: 9781569246818
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Published: Da Capo Press, 7/1999

LEE KRAVETZ AND DAVID FELDMAN, "SUPERSURVIVORS: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success"

Sep 18 2014 7:00 pm

Local authors Lee Kravetz and David Feldman join us to discuss their new book, "Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success".  Listen to them live on KQED's "Forum" on Monday September 15th, then join them in-store on Thursday September 18th at 7pm to ask questions and pick up a copy of the book.

More than 200 million people in the Unites States will encounter at least one trauma in their lifetimes.  Though some experience posttraumatic stress disorder and other serious psychological consequences, most are able to eventually recover and go on to live normal, well-adjusted lives.  People are resilient, they bounce back, and sometimes they even bounce forward in truly remarkable ways.  SUPERSURVIVORS: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success (HarperWave; June 24th, 2014; $25.99) explores the counterintuitive science behind stories of extraordinary accomplishment in the wake of trauma and helps us understand how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. 

Beginning where resilience ends, SUPERSURVIVORS examines the stories and science behind cases where trauma survivors don’t just grow, they revolutionize their lives.  Having survived, these individuals radically deviate from their previous life paths.  In so doing, they transform the meaning of their personal tragedies by making them the basis for dramatic and long-term life change, often discovering hidden parts of themselves and contributing to the world in ways they never thought possible.

From the first blind man to row a boat across the Atlantic to an extraordinary story of forgiveness and redemption 60 years after a horrific crime was committed in a racially divided America, SUPERSURVIVORS explores the accomplishments individuals are capable of in the wake of catastrophe.  Feldman and Kravetz show us a bold new vision for understanding and harnessing resilience through the lens of positive psychology.  What they have found flies in the face of conventional wisdom—how certain delusions can be healthy, why reflecting on death can lead to a better life and, perhaps most counterintuitively, how positive thinking may not always be a strategy toward the good.

David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University.

Lee Daniel Kravetz has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  He has written for print and television, is a resident at the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and is on the founding board of the LitCamp Writers Conference.  

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ISBN-13: 9780062267856
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Published: Harperwave, 6/2014

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Michael Chabon at GGP - October 16, 2013

Michael Chabon reading for GGP

 

On October 16, 2013, GGP welcomed Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon at a reading at Montclair Presbyterian Church. Michael read from his latest book, "Telegraph Avenue." After the reading, Michael answered questions from the audience. In the video clip below, Michael answers a question about writing his Sherlock Holmes book "The Final Solution: A Story of Detection," and his love of language and writing.

 

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ISBN-13: 9780060777104
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Published: Harper Perennial, 11/2005

Telegraph Avenue (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780061493355
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Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2013

Gayle Forman Reading at GGP - October 9, 2013

Just One YearWelcome sign for Gayle Forman On October 8, 2013, GGP welcomed Gayle Forman to read from her new book, Just One Year. Ms. Forman was introduced by Nina LaCour, author of The Disenchantments. The evening included a hard-fought trivia contest testing knowledge of Ms. Forman's writing! A fun evening!

For descriptions of Ms. Forman's wonderful books, click on the links in the book list below.Gayle Forman and Nina LaCour at GGPGayle Forman at GGP

Just One Year (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780525425922
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 10/2013

If I Stay (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780142415436
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Published: Speak, 4/2010

Just One Day (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780142422953
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Published: Speak, 8/2013

Where She Went (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780142420898
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Published: Speak, 4/2012

Alice McDermott Reading - October 8, 2013

SomeoneOn Tuesday evening, October 8th, National Book Award winning author Alice McDermott read for an appreciative GGP crowd at Montclair Presbyterian Church. Ms. McDermott discussed and read from her new book, Someone. "Someone" chronicles an ordinary life lived by an ordinary woman —its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion.  

Ms. McDermott selected for her reading a section of the novel recounting the first meeting of a young couple, and how she brings him home to meet her family.  In the section read by Ms. McDermott, the young man tells the story of how he was captured in World War II by the Germans, and how he survived his capture.

After the reading, Ms. McDermott answered questions for the audience.  She told how she creates her characters by understanding how they would feel in a given situation.  On a character named Fagan, she told the story of how the character's knowledge of his Dickens' namesake and the tradition of professional mourners shaped the character.

Ms. McDermott closed with praise of independent bookstores like Great Good Place for Books, and the communities these stores foster. 

We have some video from the event that we hope to post excerpts from soon, but until then, here are a couple of photos, and a link to her book should you want to read more about it or order a copy.  

Alice McDermott Alice McDermott answering questions at GGP reading

Someone (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780374281090
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9/2013

Three of Kathleen's Favorite Books

Three of Kathleen's favorite books arrived this week: "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan, "The Beginning of Everything" by Robyn Schneider, and "Counting by 7s" by Holly Goldberg Sloan. If you'd like us to hold a copy of one of these books for you just let us know, or you can order online from our website at the links below.

Two Boys Kissing (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780307931900
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

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ISBN-13: 9780062217134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 8/2013

Counting by 7s (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780803738553
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Published: Dial, 8/2013

Eleanor & Park - A Staff Pick from Krystle

As Krystle put it, "This book is for anyone who wants to experience or relive first love."

Eleanor & Park (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 2/2013

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