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New books from San Francisco Bay Area authors, listed by release date.


New in Hardcover


Love in the Library

Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Oakland) and Yes Imamura (illustrator)
(Candlewick, January 25)

Set in an incarceration camp where the United States cruelly detained Japanese Americans during WWII and based on true events, this love story finds hope in heartbreak.

Loveboat Reunion

Abigail Hing Wen (San Mateo)
(Harper Collins, January 25)

Takes readers to Taipei through the eyes of Sophie and Xavier on a journey of revelry and self-discovery.


Feel Good Smoothies

Sandra Wu (San Mateo)
(Chronicle Books, February 1)

When you need a quick, brain-powering meal or a delicious way to repair and relax, blend up one of these 40 nutrient-rich smoothies to boost your day.

Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life

Dallas Woodburn (Fremont) 
(Immortal Works , February 8)

Two teenagers are forced to re-examine their dreams — and open themselves up to new possibilities — when “queen bee” Carissa Hayward ruins their lives. 


Circle Way

Mary Ann Hogan (Mill Valley)(Wonderwell, February 15)

Journalist Mary Ann Hogan reflects on writing, life, destiny and her late father, Bill Hogan, literary editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Eyes that Speak to the Stars

Joanna Ho (Palo Alto, CA) and Dung Ho (illustrator)
(HarperCollins, February 15)

A young Asian boy learns to love his eyes by realizing they are like his father’s, agong’s, and younger brother’s.