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


New in Hardcover


The Torqued Man 

Peter Mann (San Francisco)
(Harper; January 11)

Set in wartime Berlin, neither a German spy handler nor his Irish secret agent are quite what they seem.

Violeta

Isabelle Allende (Marin)
(Ballantine, January 25)

A woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.


Light Years From Home

Mike Chen (East Palo Alto)
(MIRA, January 25)

When Evie’s UFO network uncovers a new event, she goes to investigate, and discovers her brother is back—with the FBI after him, and possibly an entire space armada, too.


New in Paperback


Flight Advice 

by Tobey Hiller (San Rafael)
(Unlikely Books, December 31)

Eight fables, each pierced with a surreal splinter of other worlds. A genie arrives via laundry, merfolk come ashore, a writer’s story won’t shut up.  

Driven

by Alex Davies (Oakland)
(Simon & Schuster, January 18)

The quest to develop driverless cars—and the fierce competition between Google, Uber, and other