« Sunday November 11, 2012 »
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       Diesel, A Bookstore in Malibu welcomes local author Dianne Burnett to the store to celebrate the publication of her new memoir The Road to Reality: Voted Off the Island!...My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor on Sunday, November 11th at 3pm.Get ready for a whirlwind of an adventure. Settle in for a powerful, poignant story of inner strength and courage.  The Road to Reality charts Dianne Burnett’s existential quest and survival beyond troubled times, and serves as a beacon of light for women who struggle to pick themselves up after a divorce seemingly shatters their world.Spinning their mutual love of exotic adventure into gold, Dianne Burnett and her former husband,  television producer Mark Burnett, co-created Eco-Challenge, an expedition-length racing event televised on Discovery Channel,  which catapulted them into the arena of reality TV. and set the stage for Survivor, a modern-day Robinson Crusoe with a million dollar prize. When her ‘fairytale’ marriage did not survive Hollywood success, she found herself left behind, her contributions unrecognized. She lost her partner in life and began to lose her identity. In that experience, she found an opportunity to grow.A fascinating, fast-paced, heart-warming page-turner, The Road to Reality takes readers on a roller-coaster ride while it imparts the lessons learned as Dianne discovers that what really matters in life is something beyond fortune and fame.Dianne Burnett is an author, producer, actor of stage and screen, philanthropist and entrepreneur. In memory of her mother, Joan, who lost her battle with esophageal cancer in 2010, Dianne formed Joan Valentine--A Foundation for Natural Cures, a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for those seeking alternatives to traditional medicine. She recently launched a multimedia platform and social network,, which explores alternative views on everything from relationships to health. Formerly of New York, Dianne now lives in Malibu, California, with her family. 
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       Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes local author Ruth Lercher Bornstein to the store to discuss and sign her new book, The Summer Everything Changed, on Sunday, November 11th at 3pm."It was a summer of the war. The summer of Rudi, but, mostly of that other boy.  The summer of Lilly, a girl I never met but who has always been with me.  It was the summer everything changed."So begins this story of a teenage girl’s awakening during the height of WWII, in the summer of 1943. Meet Janet Kessler, daughter of immigrant parents and the sole Jewish family in town. The Summer Everything Changed, written in diary form, reveals the culture in small town mid-west America, the yearning for love, the growing awareness of the horrors of war, and the discovery of her true values.Born and raised in Wisconsin, Ruth Lercher Bornstein is a dedicated painter and author/illustrator of numerous books for children, including Little Gorilla, the novel Butterflies and Lizards, Beryl and Me, and a collection of essays. She now lives, paints, and writes in Santa Monica, California.  
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        Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes author Dylan Tomine to the store to discuss and sign his new book, Closer to the Ground, on Sunday, November 11th at 3pm.Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world as they forage, cook, and eat from the woods and sea.  This compelling, masterfully written tale follows Dylan Tomine and his family through four seasons as they hunt chanterelles, fish for salmon, dig clams and gather at the kitchen table, mouths watering, to enjoy the fruits of their labor.  Closer to the Ground captures the beauty and surprise of the natural world --and the ways it teaches us how to live -- with humor, gratitude, and a nose for adventure as keen as a child's.  It is a book filled with weather, natural history, and many delicious meals.   Dylan Tomine, formerly a fly fishing guide, is now a writer, conservation advocate, blueberry farmer, and father, not necessarily in that order.  His work has appeared in The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, Golfweek, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. He lives with his family on an island in Puget Sound.
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