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The Luncheon Society—San Francisco and Los Angeles/Mike Dukakis on the future of Democrats as we move from the 2018 midterms to the 2020 presidential season/Los Angeles February 1, 2019 Napa Valley Grille/San Francisco March 1, 2019 Fior d’Italia


Flashback/The Luncheon Society—Los Angeles Architect Frank Gehry on the future of design/March 21, 2007/Michaels in Santa Monica

The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/Noted Constitutional Scholar and Attorney James Brosnahan on the future of The Supreme Court/January 30, 2019 Fior d’Italia

The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/New NY Times Best-seller “Fly Girls”- on radical women who made aviation history, Amelia Ehrhart and 5 others/September 11, 2018 Fior d’Italia

“O’Brien’s prose reverberates with fiery crashes, then stings with the tragedy of lives lost in the cockpit and sometimes, equally heartbreaking, on the ground.” —New York Times Book Review

One of Time Magazine’s Best Books of the Summer

FLy Girls coverThe untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won

In 1928, less than a dozen American women had a government-issued pilot’s license, making the few women who flew planes true radicals. Fly Girls tells that story, their story—the story of women fighting for the right to fly airplanes, winning the right to race them, and then beating the men in one of the most dangerous air races of them all. It was, for the female pilots, a stunning upset and one that proved what the women had known all along: They were just as good as the male pilots, maybe better. They belonged.
Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi‑day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.

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Flashback/The Luncheon Society/ Dean Ornish, MD Best Selling Author, Founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute/ April 23, 2009 / Greens Restaurant

The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/Texas AG Dem nominee Justin Nelson on his plans for the Lone Star State/July 12, 2018/Fior d’Italia

The Luncheon Society—San Francisco/ Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Best-Selling Author and National Book Award Winner and Charles Gross, Professor of Psychology, Princeton/ April 16, 2018/ Fior d’Italia

A Book of AMerican MartyrsA powerfully resonant and provocative novel from American master and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates

In this striking, enormously affecting novel, Joyce Carol Oates tells the story of two very different and yet intimately linked American families. Luther Dunphy is an ardent Evangelical who envisions himself as acting out God’s will when he assassinates an abortion provider in his small Ohio town while Augustus Voorhees, the idealistic but self-regarding doctor who is killed, leaves behind a wife and children scarred and embittered by grief.

In her moving, insightful portrait, Joyce Carol Oates fully inhabits the perspectives of two interwoven families whose destinies are defined by their warring convictions and squarely-but with great empathy-confronts an intractable, abiding rift in American society.

A Book of American Martyrs is a stunning, timely depiction of an issue hotly debated on a national stage but which makes itself felt most lastingly in communities torn apart by violence and hatred.

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