Booksmith's 2023 Holiday Catalog

Our annual catalog of bookseller-selected gifts is here! Grab a physical copy at the shop, peruse the PDF here, or see the full adult list below. You can find the kids picks at this link, and if you're feeling overwhelmed, gift certificates are available on our website.

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August Blue: A Novel By Deborah Levy Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374602048
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 6th, 2023

My favorite book of the year is this: the story of a ruined concert pianist who encounters her double in a bazaar in Rome, her search for her mother, a romantic embroglio in a lagoon, the pandemic, and blue hair. Electrifying, magical and strange.


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Family Meal: A Novel By Bryan Washington Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593421093
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2023

Bryan Washington is quietly and beautifully becoming one of our this generation's brightest, most honest, chroniclers of modern life and queer love. Like its title suggests, this is the full meal.


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Roman Stories By Jhumpa Lahiri, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translated by), Todd Portnowitz (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jhumpa Lahiri, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translated by), Todd Portnowitz (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593536322
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Published: Knopf - October 10th, 2023

Lahiri's voice is a gift. These stories are as polished, lucid, clear and vivid as gems, and the continuation of her project to write in Italian and translate back to English herself gives them all the shine and heat and dust of the best Italian fiction.


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Do You Remember Being Born?: A Novel By Sean Michaels Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781662602320
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Published: Astra House - September 5th, 2023

This book totally captivated me—a beautifully written interrogation of the interplay between technology and artists, the encroaching impact of AI, and what it means to be a human. It tells the story of a 75-year-old poet who is persuaded by a lucrative offer to write a poem with a major tech company's poetry bot, and it left me feeling unsettled but deeply appreciative of literature and poetry and human art.


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The Vulnerables: A Novel By Sigrid Nunez Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593715512
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 7th, 2023

If The Friend captured your heart, The Vulnerables is going to blow you away. Nunez is one of my favorite voices—wry, tender, deeply illuminating and sympathetic—and this novel is long enough to really relax into as the treat it ought to be.


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Same Bed Different Dreams: A Novel By Ed Park Cover Image
By Ed Park
$30.00
ISBN: 9780812998979
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2023

Drawing on the greats (Pynchon, Bolaño) but staring down the future, this satirical novel of past and future Korea (sort of, mostly, probably) is dark and funny and deadpan and totally new—and Ed Park at his very best. 


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Let Us Descend: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982104498
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Published: Scribner - October 24th, 2023

It may sound odd to say that Ward's prose brings life to life, but it does. she writes with such clarity and purpose, depth of feeling, and presence—and such pain. "The first weapon I ever held was my mother's hand." WOOF.


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Land of Milk and Honey: A Novel By C Pam Zhang Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593538241
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 26th, 2023

C. Pam Zhang's sophomore novel goes, if possible, even harder than her debut. Think the apocalypse, social disaster, human tenderness, individual loves, pleasure and sensuality all wrapped up together in one glorious confection.


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The Wren, the Wren: A Novel By Anne Enright Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781324005681
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2023

Nobody writes women like Anne Enright. She's made a career of chronicling the play of time across generations and what it means to be a woman, alone, part of a family, part of the world. Her new book might just be my favorite yet.


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Daughter: A Novel By Claudia Dey Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374609702
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 12th, 2023

A story about your famous narcissist father told in a roar and a gasp like your worst internal monologue turned prose. Glittering, oozing with style, effortesly intense, shockingly funny—one of my favorites of the whole year. It'll change you.


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Chain Gang All Stars: A Novel By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593317334
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Published: Pantheon - May 2nd, 2023

Chain-Gang All-Stars follows a group of incarcerated people who opt into the "hard action sports program" to have their sentances shortened, if they can survive. It is a wonderful work of abolitionist fiction!


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Tremor: A Novel By Teju Cole Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812997118
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Published: Random House - October 17th, 2023

Cole's first novel in over a decade is a welcome homecoming. A story of displacement, national identity, art and home from one of the greatest talents of our time.


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Death Valley: A Novel By Melissa Broder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781668024843
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2023

Dreamy and trippy in all the best ways! I always love Melissa Broder for going places you never expected to go. The main character of this book, a woman escaping to the desert, explores her sense of grief and her experiences with convalescence as much as she explores the surreal interior of a giant, impossible cactus.


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The Fraud: A Novel By Zadie Smith Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780525558965
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Published: Penguin Press - September 5th, 2023

Zadie. I couldn't live without her. Her return to long form fiction is a sweeping historical novel but also, incidentally, the new cornerstone of scammer fiction: a tangled, wonderful story of imposture, race, history and the legacy of colonialism.


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Alice Sadie Celine: A Novel By Sarah Blakley-Cartwright Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781668021590
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 28th, 2023

This was such a fun read-- as the title suggests, it follows the entanglement between Celine, a professor of gender & women's studies at Berkeley, her daughter Sadie, and Sadie's best friend Alice. What could've been a kitschy trope was developed in such a thoughtful, nuanced, and compassionate way—I loved getting insight into why each character behaves the way they do, and how their interactions with each other impact their collective lives.


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Blackouts: A Novel By Justin Torres Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374293574
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 10th, 2023

What a triumph! I've been waiting for this book for 12 years, and Torres's first full length novel has all the voluptuousness, darkness, and strange wonder I could've hoped for.


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Bright Young Women: A Novel By Jessica Knoll Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781501153228
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - September 19th, 2023

I'm a sucker for books with a theme of comeuppance, especially when delivered by smart women who were sorely underestimated. This book delves into painful and very real experiences of many women at the hands of men, and tells the story with fantastic characters and brilliant writing.


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Distant Sons By Tim Johnston Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781643753591
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 17th, 2023

Chance meetings, unsolved small town mysteries and characters that may or may not betray your trust; what's not to love?


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The Golden Gate: A Novel By Amy Chua Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250903600
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 19th, 2023

Set in the Bay Area in 1944, The Golden Gate is just as much an exploration of Berkeley and San Francisco as it is a gripping murder mystery


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Murder by Degrees: A Mystery By Ritu Mukerji Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668015063
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2023

Teeming with moments of suspense and just-around-the-corner danger, this historical mystery grabbed my attention immediately. Follow Anna Ward, a brilliant medical student, stumbling upon evil she never could have predicted.


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Mother-Daughter Murder Night: A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick By Nina Simon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063315044
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Published: William Morrow - September 5th, 2023

The small town murder mystery—a tale as old as time—meets Lana, a driven woman not ready to be done with adventures and her family who have their own things to work out.


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The Bell in the Fog (Evander Mills #2) By Lev AC Rosen Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250834256
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Published: Forge Books - October 10th, 2023

This queer, historical mystery based in San Francisco is a race against time, blackmail and homophobia to solve a mystery before one of the three catches up to burgeoning PI Andy Mills.


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My Darling Girl By Jennifer McMahon Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668019061
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - October 3rd, 2023

McMahon's been a name in the biz for a while now, but this intense psychological thriller about a woman returning to her past, her family and her fears is impossible to put down.


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Looking Glass Sound By Catriona Ward Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250860026
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Published: Tor Nightfire - August 8th, 2023

Nobody does it like Catriona. She takes horror and tips it 45 degrees, shakes the boundaries between what you're reading and what you're reading into, scares the absolute daylights out of you, then dumps you out the other end disoriented, thirsty, and squinting at the light. Looking Glass Sound is mind-blowing.


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Our Share of Night: A Novel By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451495150
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Published: Hogarth - September 12th, 2023

I didn’t want this book to end. Eerie, unsettling, grotesque, and even a little sexy. It has beautiful writing that transports you to the underground world where magic and wealth and power rules. Then it transports you to a world that is somehow even darker than that, filled with shadows, corpses and sacrifices.


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Black River Orchard By Chuck Wendig Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780593158746
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Published: Del Rey - September 26th, 2023

I've been looking for a book to really creep me out and this one did the trick, it was a wild and weird amalgamation of magic and body horror and apple farming. 


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The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport By Samit Basu Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250827517
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Published: Tordotcom - October 3rd, 2023

Lina is the daughter of a family of revolutionaries living in a sinking starport called Shantiport with her monkey-bot brother. Life is slow until a billionaire hires them to recover a lost artifact and propels them into a new adventure.


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The Lost Cause By Cory Doctorow Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250865939
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Published: Tor Books - November 14th, 2023

A near-future-fiction about climate disaster and vast human migration, Doctorow's new novel is the perfect next read for fans of Ministry For the Future.


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Witch King (The Rising World) By Martha Wells Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250826794
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Published: Tordotcom - May 30th, 2023

Kai, an immortal Demon Prince and the Witch King of the title, awakens in a tomb with no idea how he got there or where his closest allies have gone. This book is a fun ride of a fantasy! It has a good balance of action, betrayal and mystery, and magic that feels new for the genre.


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Sun of Blood and Ruin: A Novel By Mariely Lares Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063254312
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 20th, 2024

This is a bright, thrilling debut fantasy that blends Mesoamerican myth and history. Lenora (also known as Tecuani) is a witch warrior that joins with an Indigenous alliance to fight the Spanish conquistadors.


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The Narrow Road Between Desires (Kingkiller Chronicle) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780756419172
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Published: DAW - November 14th, 2023

With gorgeous illustrations and lilting prose, this addition to the Name of the Wind universe totally grabbed me. It is a stand alone so no need to know the rest of the books. Just a beautiful work of fantasy.


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Red Rabbit By Alex Grecian Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250874689
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 19th, 2023

Sadie Grace is wanted for witchcraft. A widowed schoolteacher, an old witchhunter, two wandering cowboys, and a mysterious mute child are in pursuit. This book is an eery oddyssey with the soul of a western.


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Company: The Radically Casual Art of Cooking for Others By Amy Thielen Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781324001508
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 29th, 2023

This is an unusual addition to my panoply of favorite cookbooks: a little low-key, heavy on the essays, thoughtful and unlike many, actually insightful on the joys and pitfalls of hosting, with no shortage of ways to make life easier.


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Rintaro: Japanese Food from an Izakaya in California By Sylvan Mishima Brackett, Jessica Battilana (With), Aya Brackett (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Sylvan Mishima Brackett, Jessica Battilana (With), Aya Brackett (By (photographer))
$40.00
ISBN: 9781958417003
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Published: Hardie Grant - October 10th, 2023

Rintaro is my favorite restaurant in San Francisco, and their first cookbook is a real cause for celebration. Almost an extension of the restaurant itself, the book is a meditation on the seasons, harvests, the natural world and what it means to be at home.


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Bake Smart: Sweets and Secrets from My Oven to Yours By Samantha Seneviratne Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780358715146
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Published: Harvest - November 7th, 2023

I've been following Seneviratne's recipes obsessively in the New York Times for years, now (fresh strawberry pie!). They're foolproof, gorgeous, impressive, and hit a sweet spot between nostalgia and innovation.


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Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen By REBECCA MAY JOHNSON Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781911590484
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Published: Pushkin Press - June 6th, 2023

Rebecca May Johnson is a genius! This book is a deeply sexual, intelligent, essay on pleasure and life in the kitchen. It's essential reading for anyone who lives in and for the kitchen.


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Roast Figs, Sugar Snow: Food to warm the soul By Diana Henry, Nigel Slater (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Diana Henry, Nigel Slater (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781783255764
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Published: Aster - October 17th, 2023

Diana Henry is my new obsession. Her recipes are simple, thoughtful, and practical, with the luster of romance, too. This trove of recipes for the year's darker days is a new permanent on my shelf.


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Let's Eat: 101 Recipes to Fill Your Heart & Home By Dan Pelosi Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781454946397
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Published: Union Square & Co. - September 5th, 2023

My favorite meatball is Dan Pelosi, and his book is finally here! A cute, useful repertoire of real home cooking with a hefty side of personality.


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More Is More: Get Loose in the Kitchen: A Cookbook By Molly Baz Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593578841
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 10th, 2023

Baz’s world is bright and colorful and intuitive and cool. She’ll teach you how to cook one ingredient four times and in the process extract flavors you’ve never imagined, all while swigging white wine directly from the bottle. I love her. 


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Kung Food: Chinese American Recipes from a Third-Culture Kitchen: A Cookbook By Jon Kung Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593578179
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 31st, 2023

Jon Kung is a snack, and now you can cook his snacks yourself. Fun, inventive, playful real-life approach to vernacular Chinese-American cooking is a joy.


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Thin Skin: Essays By Jenn Shapland Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593317457
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Published: Pantheon - August 15th, 2023

Shapland’s unflinching examination of feminism, nuclear contamination, and personal identity weaves a tapestry of insight and vulnerability that speaks to the complex interconnectedness of our lives, whether we like it or not.


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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma By Claire Dederer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525655114
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Published: Knopf - April 25th, 2023

Dederer is whipsmart and a joy to read. This project is an extended answer to the question, What do we do when we love art made by horrible people?


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Creep: Accusations and Confessions By Myriam Gurba Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982186470
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 5th, 2023

Gurba has knives in her brain, and she’s one of the few writers capable of aiming them both inward and outward with stunning precision and vulnerability and grace. These essays on power and safety will open your third eye—and you’ll thank her.


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Opinions: A Decade of Arguments, Criticism, and Minding Other People's Business By Roxane Gay Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063341463
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Published: Harper - October 10th, 2023

I know you don’t need me to tell you to read Roxane Gay but I will tell you that this one’s a fun change of pace. Little tapas, scrumptious amuse-bouches, alongisde the heavier stuff. Who doesn’t want to hear what one of our greatest living writers thinks about Nicki Minaj?


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The Light Room By Kate Zambreno Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593421062
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 4th, 2023

My favorite kind of art memoir is a wide-ranging, rambling one, and Zambreno's intelligence is a welcome companion. Here she's asking how we make community through art, how we find each other and how we carve out space in a fractured world.


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A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802160508
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Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2023

With his trademark wit and incisive analysis, Nguyen takes us on a remarkable journey through his life, weaving a narrative that transcends personal memoir to address profound themes of refugeehood, identity, and family. .


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Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino” By Héctor Tobar Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374609900
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Published: MCD - May 9th, 2023

This book is like a heart-to-heart conversation with a good friend. Tobar's blend of personal insight and historical context makes this a must-read for anyone curious about the ever-evolving Latino experience in the U.S.!


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Boyslut: A Memoir and Manifesto By Zachary Zane Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419764714
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 9th, 2023

I know it sounds cliche but this book really did make me laugh and cry. It's funny and sexy and honest and sometimes painfully relatable. Equal parts sociological exploration of bisexuality and memoir, Zachary Zane will steal your heart.


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Amy Winehouse: In Her Words By Amy Winehouse Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780063305410
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 29th, 2023

It's refreshing to read about Amy's life and career in a way that doesn't center her addiction. A collection of childhood drawings, teenage journal entries, and unreleased song lyrics, this book portrays her as she appears on the cover—smiling and full of life.


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Tupac Shakur: The Authorized Biography By Staci Robinson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524761042
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Published: Crown - October 24th, 2023

Destined to become one of the seminal books about hip-hop. the authorized biography of Tupac is a loving and long overdue appreciation of him commissioned by his mother.


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Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest To Track Down The Last Remaining Lesbian Bars In America By Krista Burton Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668000533
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2023

Just an absolute joy. Lesbian bars are cultural treasures, rare, thrilling, occupying a genuinely unique space. Burton's history and survey of them is, mark my words, a new keystone of queer history.


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Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock By Jenny Odell Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593242704
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Published: Random House - March 7th, 2023

Odell is one of the brightest and most important thinkers we're fortunate enough to have with us. Her new book is a history of how time became money, and a project in regaining our humanity.


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Rivermouth: A Chronicle of Language, Faith, and Migration By Alejandra Oliva Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781662601699
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Published: Astra House - June 20th, 2023

As a Mexican-American translator and immigrant justice activist, Oliva employs physical spaces to guide her compelling exploration of the U.S. “immigration crisis,” urging us to embrace compassion in a world in need of change.


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Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World By Naomi Klein Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374610326
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 12th, 2023

Klein reckons with her political doppelgänger, Naomi Wolf, examines the ripples created by our lifelong experiences of political socialization with our own “doppelgängers,” and dissects perceptions of personhood tacked to labels, identities and ideologies. Timely and fascinating!


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To Build a Black Future: The Radical Politics of Joy, Pain, and Care By Christopher Paul Harris Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691219066
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 12th, 2023

A compassionate and foundational contribution to modern Black political thought examining how we can forge a free Black future and political culture of regarding Black pain, championing Black joy, and practicing a radically inclusive ethics of care. 


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To Free the Captives: A Plea for the American Soul By Tracy K. Smith Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593534762
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Published: Knopf - November 7th, 2023

History lesson with a twist! A lyrical and urgent exploration of Black strength, history, and the American soul, with a dash of family history.


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Knowing What We Know: The Transmission of Knowledge: From Ancient Wisdom to Modern Magic By Simon Winchester Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780063142886
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Published: Harper - April 25th, 2023

Winchester's always been a great one for armchair history, but this new project is a history of human knowledge through the ages: something genuinely new and fresh, and a totally new way of thinking about history.


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The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession By Michael Finkel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525657323
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Published: Knopf - June 27th, 2023

This story reads like a wildly twisting crime novel—with themes of love, art, crime and sheer audacity—you'll be entranced by this true story and the incredible characters that fill it.


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Emperor of Rome: Ruling the Ancient Roman World By Mary Beard Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780871404220
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Published: Liveright - October 24th, 2023

This is the unhinged slutty follow-up to Beard's category-busting first history of the Roman republic. If you want A+ history with a side helping of Caligula, step right up.


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Of Time and Turtles: Mending the World, Shell by Shattered Shell By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Matt Patterson (Illustrator)
$28.99
ISBN: 9780358458180
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Published: Mariner Books - September 19th, 2023

Sy Montgomery is an absolute joy whatever she turns her attention to, and her natural histories are a keyhole view—here, through a turtle recovery center—into the big thorny questions of our time.


A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through? By Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781984881724
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Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2023

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The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year By Margaret Renkl Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781954118461
Availability: Backordered
Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 24th, 2023

Yes, crow memoir is sort of niche, but if like me you've become obsessed with your corvid neighbors, you'll understand immediately why. Renkl's book is a series of essays exploring her surroundings through the crows around her.


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The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean By Susan Casey Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385545570
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Published: Doubleday - August 1st, 2023

I would follow Susan Casey anywhere, but especially to the way down deep. Her enthusiasm is so infectious it leaps off the page. It won’t quite get you into an off-market submersible run by an egomaniacal billionaire—but it’ll be a near thing.


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The Deserts of California: A California Field Atlas By Obi Kaufmann Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781597146180
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Published: Heyday Books - October 10th, 2023

Obi Kaufmann is back again with another marvellously researched and illustrated field guide to a California biome. Deserts of California is a must-have for any naturalist's library.


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Murakami: Unfamiliar People—Swelling of Monsterized Human Ego By Laura W. Allen (Editor), Hiroko Ikegami (Contributions by), Masako Shiba (Contributions by), Takashi Murakami (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Laura W. Allen (Editor), Hiroko Ikegami (Contributions by), Masako Shiba (Contributions by), Takashi Murakami (Contributions by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780300273182
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Published: Yale University Press - September 19th, 2023

Murakami's signature use of traditional Japanese art mashed up against popular culture, consumerism, and monsters is larger than life and stranger than it too. Art that makes you want to look and look and look, alongside essays that make you want to think and think and think. A gorgeous gift. 


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The Mysteries By Bill Watterson, Bill Watterson and John Kascht (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524884949
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 10th, 2023

From beloved recluse and Calvin and Hobbes creator comes a dark, thoughtful, and delicate grown-up fable with Watterson’s distinct sense of playfulness beating time underneath. A short and sharp little ditty you’ll think about for ages afterward.


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The New French Wine [Two-Book Boxed Set]: Redefining the World's Greatest Wine Culture By Jon Bonné Cover Image
$135.00
ISBN: 9781607749233
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 28th, 2023

This book is absolutely the luxury you think it is, for the wine lover in your life. Bonne makes the history of French wine fun, unstuffy and fascinating, and the incredible slipcase design will last long enough for you to put many, many bottles to bed.


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Portal: San Francisco's Ferry Building and the Reinvention of American Cities By John King Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781324020325
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2023

San Francisco's Ferry building is easily the most iconic building on the city's waterfront. This chronicle covers the building's 125 year history (earthquakes, the invention of the car, the invention of "foodies") through the lens of architecture and time. A perfect slice of local history.


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Ruth Asawa Through Line By Kim Conaty (Editor), Edouard Kopp (Editor), Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander (Contributions by), Jordan Troeller (Contributions by), Scout Hutchinson (Contributions by), Kirsten Marples (Contributions by), Isabel Bird (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Kim Conaty (Editor), Edouard Kopp (Editor), Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander (Contributions by), Jordan Troeller (Contributions by), Scout Hutchinson (Contributions by), Kirsten Marples (Contributions by), Isabel Bird (Contributions by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300273281
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Published: The Menil Collection - September 12th, 2023

Asawa is one of the grand dames of Bay Area art, and for good reason. This monograph, including sketches and watercolors, is a sweeping, lovingly collected document of her practice and her craft.


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The Book By Mary Ruefle Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781950268849
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Published: Wave Books - September 5th, 2023

What a funny little treasure! Mary Ruefle's got cult appeal and her new book is just as much of a joy as the weird little projects that made us fall in love in the first place. This is *the* stop to hit for your book nerds, poetry lovers and big dreamers.


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Begin Again: How We Got Here and Where We Might Go - Our Human Story. So Far. By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780593621554
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Published: Philomel Books - October 3rd, 2023

We've celebrated Jeffers for years for his humor, style and fun in children's picture books. This new project is nothing less than a 112-page history of humanity, from dust to now, with a side helping of hope for the future.