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


New in Hardcover


The Boys

by Katie Hafner (San Francisco) 
(Spiegel & Grau, July 12)

A debut novel about love, the yearning for connection, and the ways in which childhood trauma plays out in adult life.

The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories

by Jamil Jan Kochai (West Sacramento and Stanford)
(Viking, July 19)

Contemporary Afghan characters move between modern-day Afghanistan and the Afghan diaspora in California in stories verging on both comedy and tragedy, often starring young characters whose bravado is matched by their tenderness.


New in Paperback


What Jonah Knew

by Barbara Graham (San Geronimo)
(Harper Paperbacks, July 5)

A seven year old boy inexplicably recalls the memories of a twenty-two year old man who mysteriously disappeared years ago in this psycho-spiritual thriller about reincarnation.

Doctors and Distillers

by Camper English (San Francisco)
(Penguin, July 19)

Beer-based wound care, deworming with wine, whiskey for snakebites, and medicinal mixers to defeat malaria, scurvy, and plague: how today’s tipples were the tonics of old.


The Last Nomad

by Shugri Said Salh (Sonoma)
(Algonquin Books, July 19)

A story of hope, survival, and the shifting definitions of home, chronicling Salh’s journey from her idyllic childhood with a nomadic grandmother in Somalia to her escape from her country’s brutal civil war to her unfamiliar new homes in Canada and then California.