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

New in Hardcover

CLIMATE COURAGE

by Andreas Karelas (San Francisco)
(Beacon Press, Sept. 29)

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

THE PRINCE OF MOURNFUL THOUGHTS AND OTHER STORIES

By Caroline Kim (Walnut Creek)
(University of Pittsburgh Press; Oct. 6)

This Winner of the 2020 Drue Heinz Literature Prize explores what it means to be human through the Korean diaspora.

EVERYTHING I THOUGHT I KNEW

by Shannon Takaoka (San Rafael)
(Candlewick, Oct. 13)

A teenage girl wonders if she’s inherited more than just a heart from her donor in this Young Adult debut.

SPIRITS OF SAN FRANCISCO: VOYAGES THROUGH THE UNKNOWN

by Gary Kamiya and Paul Madonna (San Francisco)
(Bloomsbury, Oct. 20)

Kamiya’s narratives and Madonna’s pen-and-ink drawings breathe life into San Francisco sites both iconic and obscure.


New in Paperback

STORAGE UNIT FOR THE SPIRIT HOUSE

by Maw Shein Win (Berkeley)
(Omnidawn, Oct. 1)

Poems looking through physical objects to glimpse the ephemeral, the material, and the immaterial.(Central Avenue Publishing; Sept. 1)

HERE WE ARE

by Aarti Namdev Shahani (Silicon Valley)
(Celadon, Oct. 6)

A memoir of an immigrant family’s American Dream, the justice system that took it away, and the daughter who fought to get it back.

A PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

by Rachel Brahinsky, Alexander Tarr, and Bruce Rinehart (San Francisco)
(University of California Press, Oct. 6)

An alternative history and geography of the Bay Area that highlights sites of oppression, resistance, and transformation.

COME TO LIGHT

by Paul Madonna (San Francisco)
(West Margin Press, Oct. 6)

This three-volume, illustrated boxed set, offers a mystery by detective Emit Hopper, a former rock star turned author and artist.

DO PHOTO: OBSERVE. COMPOSE. CAPTURE. STAND OUT.

by Andrew Paynter (Oakland)
(Do Books, Oct. 6)

Do Photo teaches novice, intermediate and advanced photographers—and everyone in between—how to use their cameras to connect with subjects, create memorable and more impactful photographs, and enjoy the process.

WHAT TECH CALLS THINKING: AN INQUIRY INTO THE INTELLECTUAL BEDROCK OF SILICON VALLEY

by Adrian Daub (Palo Alto)
(FSG Originals, Oct. 13)

A Stanford professor’s dismantling of Silicon Valley’s intellectual origins.

STRANGER FACES (UNDELIVERED LECTURES)

by Namwali Serpell (Berkeley)
(Transit, Oct. 20)

A collection of speculative essays probing our contemporary mythology of the face and imagining a new ethics based on the perverse pleasures we take in the very mutability of faces.