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


New in Hardcover


The Family

by Naomi Krupitsky (San Francisco) 
(G. P. Putnam’s Sons, November 2)

A debut historical novel of friendship between two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia.

Please Scream Inside your Heart

by Dave Pell (Sausalito)
(Hachette Go, November 9)

A cathartic and humorous ride through the unnerving, maddening hellscape of the 2020 press cycle, reestablishing the line between “real” news and real life.


Chouette

By Claire Oshetsky (Santa Cruz)
(Ecco, November 16)

A woman’s child is born a strange owl-baby who requires constant care, but whom she loves fiercely and refuses to force to “fit in.”

By the Grace of the Game

By Dan Grunfeld (Menlo Park)
(Triumph, November 16)

A multi-generational family memoir detailing the world’s only known journey from Auschwitz to the NBA.


The Postmistress of Paris

By Meg Waite Clayton (Carmel-by-the-Sea)
(Harper, November 30)

Inspired by a true story, a courageous American heiress helps smuggle artists and writers hunted by the Nazis out of France as a photographer and his daughter seek escape.


New in Paperback


Perestroika in Paris

by Jane Smiley (Carmel Valley)
(Anchor, November 2)

A fable of a racehorse, a wise raven, an elegant dog, and a clever boy, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Smiley.

Wonder Seeker

by Andrea Scher (Berkeley)
(Harper Design, November 6)

Creative activities and ideas to help cultivate daily joy, illustrated with full-color photographs, watercolors, and inspiring stories.  


First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat

by Christopher W. Shaw (Berkeley, CA) 
(City Lights, November 2nd)

Investigating the essential role that the postal system plays in American democracy and how the corporate sector has attempted to destroy it.

The Every

by Dave Eggers (San Francisco)
(Vintage, November 16)

The world’s largest social media company merges with the dominant e-commerce site to create a rich, dangerous, and beloved monopoly.