In Marin / CURRENTS
1Sun Care California Naturel, based
in Sausalito, aims to mimic the
indulgent experience of a designer
skin care line, minus the harsh
chemicals and additives. The sun
care products — including an SPF
30 sunscreen ($35) and SPF 8 lip
balm ($7) — are our favorites.
2Eco Princess The Organic Beauty Now
website offers a plethora of pure,
organic product lines including
Eco Princess (starting at $9.99),
a kids’ collection crafted for the
little lady in your life. The play
makeup, nontoxic nail polish and
fun gift sets are safe and environmentally friendly; order online
from this Sausalito-based company. organicbeautynow.com
3Green Apple San Rafael’s Juice Beauty
line includes natural, juice-based
formulas featuring antioxidants
and vitamins. The Green Apple
Peel Nightly Brightening Pads
($45) brighten and tone skin with
vitamin B3 and algae extracts.
When it comes to skin care, you are what you apply, which is why we prefer products rooted
in earthly ingredients. You already know EO, but recently a number of new all-natural
beauty brands have also set up shop here — making Marin the place to go for beauty. C.V. P.
Good by Bruce W.
226 pages, $17.96.
handbook for build-
ing effective partnerships among
nonprofit, for-profit, educational and
governmental enterprises. The San
Rafael author has traveled widely
and has 35 successful years of expe-
rience in the field of cause marketing
and cross-sector partnerships.
in Its Own
Words by Wendy
176 pages, $18.95. If you talk to people
throughout San Francisco — mah-jongg players, bus drivers, dog walkers
— what would they say? This book tells
you — and rounds it out with sketches
and a colorful poster-size map.
Mercy Snow: A
Novel by Tiffany
Baker, Grand Central
pages, $25. The
ON THE RIGHT PATH Between work, playdates and carpools, finding time to enjoy life’s simple
and skillful Tiburon
author does it again. Set in small-
town New England in the 1990s,
this gripping story involves young
people, families, economic justice,
pollution and corporate responsibil-
ity. Guaranteed to keep you up late
at night. JIM WOOD
pleasures — taking a relaxing stroll, getting lost in a good book — can be difficult. The Mill Valley Public
Library aims to help community members slow down with its 2014
Adult Reading Challenge: Steps, Lanes and Paths. For a challenge, it’s quite easy: Stop by the branch to pick up a list of more
than 300 genre suggestions, most corresponding to one of Mill
Valley’s extensive network of walking paths. Read the book and
walk the path (if you choose) to earn raffle tickets and win prizes.
“Every reading challenge focuses on generating excitement about
books,” says Ali Birnbach, reference librarian and coordinator of
the challenge. “Ours goes a step further and invites readers to
explore and experience Mill Valley as a unique place with its own
story to tell.” The challenge runs through the end of the year and
is open to adults 18 and older. millvalleylibrary.net C.V. P.