New books, and new in paperback, from San Francisco Bay Area authors, listed by release date.

New in Hardcover


by Nancy Jooyoun Kim (Oakland)
(Park Row Books, Sept. 1)

An unconventional mother-daughter saga, The Last Story of Mina Lee illustrates the devastating realities of being an immigrant in America.

EMPIRE OF RESENTMENT: Populism’s Toxic Embrace of Nationalism

By Lawrence Rosenthal (Berkeley)
(The New Press; Sept. 8)

A leading scholar chronicles how the transformation of the American far right made the Trump presidency possible — and what the future holds.

NO RULES RULES: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer (Santa Cruz)
(Penguin, Sept. 8)

Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings reveals for the first time the unorthodox culture behind his company.


Edited by Lee Child, with writing by Bay Area authors Cara Black and Bernice McFadden
(Akashic Books, Sept. 15)

Lee Child recruits Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Ames, Cara Black, and others to reveal nicotine’s scintillating alter egos.

AWESOME MAN: The Mystery Intruder 

by Michael Chabon, Author, and Jake Parker, Illustrator (Berkeley)
(Quill Tree Books, Sept. 29)

Awesome Man loves protecting the people of Awesome City from evildoers with his trusty sidekick, Moskowitz. But there have been reports that a new hero is coming to town soon.

New in Paperback

ALONE TOGETHER: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19

Edited by Jennifer Haupt, with writing by Bay Area authors Faith Adiele, Meg Waite Clayton, Scott James, Roberto Lovato, Shana Mahaffey, and David Shaff
(Central Avenue Publishing; Sept. 1)

Essays, poems, and interviews to serve as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation; all net profits will be donated to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation


by Megan Harlan (Berkeley)
(University of Georgia Press, September 2020)

A memoir-in-essays about growing up in seventeen houses across four continents—and how place, home, and mobility shape identity