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


New in Hardcover


The Truth About Mrs. Claus

by Meena Harris (San Francisco), Keisha Morris (illustrator)
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, October 18)

Amalia the Elf loves everything about making teddy bears except the bear-making part, finds help from Mrs. Claus, who needs help with a secret of her own.

Friends Like These

by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (Sonoma)
(Delacorte, November 1)

Fun-loving Jake tells his girlfriend, Jessica, that they have to go to Tegan’s end-of-summer party in their tiny California beach town in this thriller about the little lies we all tell before the truth sets us free.


The Sleep Prescription

by Aric A. Prather, PhD (San Francisco)
(Penguin Life, November 1)

From UCSF sleep scientist Dr. Aric Prather, a simple plan to improve your sleep in seven days.

Mumbai Modern

by Amisha Dodhia Gurbani (San Francisco)
(Countryman Press, November 2)

Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by Indian Roots and California Cuisine.


The Lemon 

by S. E. Boyd – pseudonym for Kevin Alexander (Marin), Joe Keohane, and Alessandra Lusardi
(Viking, November 8)

Set in the intersecting worlds of fine dining, Hollywood, and the media, a darkly comic novel about the underside of success and fame, and our ongoing complicity in devouring our cultural heroes.

Cosmogenesis 

by Brian Thomas Swimme (San Francisco)
(Counterpoint, November 15)

How the rich collision between science and spirituality has influenced contemporary consciousness.