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

New in Hardcover

Picturing Resistance: Moments and Movements of Social Change from the 1950s to Today

by Melanie Light and Ken Light (Orinda)
(Ten Speed Press, October 20)

A photographic history of the important moments of progressive resistance—from the civil rights movement to the present—to inspire the change-makers and activists of today.

The President Who Would Not Be King

by Michael W. McConnell (Stanford)
(Princeton University Press, November 10)

Vital perspectives for the divided Trump era on what the Constitution’s framers intended when they defined the extent—and limits—of presidential power

Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic

edited by Alice Quinn (Various authors from the Bay Area)
(Knopf, November 17)

Poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives. This collection is dedicated to Stanford’s Eavan Boland, who passed away last spring. 

All That Glitters

edited by Danielle Steel (San Francisco)
(Delacorte Press, November 17)

A young woman must overcome tremendous adversity in her quest to find herself and achieve real happiness.

The Novel and the New Ethics

by Dorothy J. Hale (Berkeley)
(Stanford University Press, November 24)

A literary critic investigates why contemporary writers believe the novel, through its content and form, tasks author and reader alike with the ethical responsibility to know and be responsible to people different from oneself.


New in Paperback

On Swift Horses

by Shannon Pufahl (Monterey)
(Riverhead Books, November 3)

A lonely newlywed and her wayward brother-in-law follow divergent and dangerous paths through the postwar American West.