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

New in Hardcover

What Is Love?

By Mac Barnett (Oakland)
(Chronicle Books, December 28)

“What is love?” a young boy asks. While each person he meets has an answer to his question, not one seems quite right.

New in Paperback

Midnight Hour

Edited by Abby L. Vandiver (various)
(Crooked Lane, November 23)

From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this collection of crime fiction short stories showcases voices of color.

We Could be Heroes

Mike Chen (East Palo Alto)
(MIRA, November 30)

Two misfits with extraordinary powers, one a vigilante and one a villain, must team up to stop a mad scientist who threatens the city while trying to figure out who they really are.

A Sky Beyond the Storm

Sabaa Tahir (San Francisco)
(Razorbill, December 7)

In the finale of the “An Ember in the Ashes” fantasy series, discover who will survive the storm.

Wider than the Sky

by Katherine Rothschild (San Francisco)
(Soho Teen, December 7)

In the wake of sudden tragedy, twin sisters uncover a secret that rips open their world in this novel exploring the pain and power of forgiveness.

Queen of Urban Prophecy

by Aya de Leon (Berkeley)
(Kensington, December 28)

A rapper girl unwittingly predicts a police shooting and is propelled into the spotlight as an activist for Black Lives and eventually climate justice.

The Last Story of Mina Lee

by Nancy Jooyoun Kim (Oakland)
(Park Row Books, December 28)

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