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

New in Hardcover

The President and the Frog

by Carolina De Robertis (Oakland)
(Knopf, August 3)

Set in an unnamed Latin American country, this novel explores the memories and secrets of a progressive president.

The People We Keep

by Allison Larkin (East Bay)
(Gallery, August 3)

Young folksinger April Sawicki steals a car and hits the road, setting off on a journey to find a life that’s all hers.


by Anthony Veasna So (Oakland)
(Ecco, August 3)

As the children of Cambodian refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family.


By Catherine Coulter (Sausalito)
(William Morrow, August 10)

Agents Sherlock and Savich find themselves dealing with very powerful figures from the past who could wreak havoc in the present.

Not “A Nation of Immigrants”

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (San Francisco)
(Beacon Press, August 24)

Debunks the pervasive and self-congratulatory myth that our country is proudly founded by and for immigrants, and urges readers to embrace a more complex and honest history of the United States.

New in Paperback

The Mother Code

by Carole Stivers (Palo Alto)
(Berkley, August 17)

In the year 2054, a boy named Kai is born alone in America’s desert Southwest, his only companion his mother—a super-soldier robot.