Dear Reader,
   We have been very busy this last week or so and I love seeing all the thought put into the books and gifts being chosen for loved ones and office parties. I've often said that book stores attract the most interesting shoppers and it's true.
   We have several new things, even at this late date so please come and see what we can send you home with.
  
   If we don't have what you want, we can still order it. Anything in our main warehouse can be her in a day or two. We can also ship directly from warehouses to your recipients. Use the website 24/7 or give us a call. Last day to order will be Thursday the 22nd for arrival here on the 23rd for items needed by Christmas or Hanukkah.
   As always, if what you want can't be here in time we can print out a cover image for you to give until the real thing shows up.
   Just ask us what's possible!

   Happy reading and take care of each other,

Luan

 


                                 
 Fun games and gifts and photos by Wendy Walker!

Holiday Schedule:
Sunday December 18 - OPEN 10-4
December 24 - Close at 4pm
December 25 - Closed
December 26 - Closed
December 31 - Close at 4pm
January 1, 2017 - closed  
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New and Notable 
 
Game Changers by Molly Schiot $25.00 Two years ago, filmmaker Molly Schiot began the Instagram account @TheUnsungHeroines, posting a photo each day of a female athlete who had changed the face of sports around the globe in the pre-Title IX age. These women paved the way for Serena Williams, Carli Lloyd, and Lindsey Vonn, yet few today know who they are. Slowly but surely, the account gained a following, and the result is Game Changers, a beautifully illustrated collection of these trailblazers rarely-before-seen photos and stories.
Featuring icons Althea Gibson and Wyomia Tyus, complete unknowns Trudy Beck and Conchita Cintron, policymaker Margaret Dunkle, sportswriter Lisa Olson, and many more, Game Changers gives these founding mothers the attention and recognition they deserve, and features critical conversations between past and present gamechangers including former US Women s National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach and SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion about what it means to be a woman on and off the field. Inspiring, empowering, and unforgettable, Game Changers is the perfect gift for anyone who has a love of the game.

How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, and Every Day in Between  by Jenny Rosenstrach $30.00  Families crave rituals, says Jenny Rosenstrach, and by rituals she means not just the big celebrations Valentine s Day dinners, Mother s Day brunches, Halloween send-offs, Thanksgiving feasts, holiday cocktail parties but the little ones we may not even realize are rituals: a platter of deluxe nachos on Super Bowl Sunday, or a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes after every braces-tightening session. Whether simple or elaborate, daily or annual, these rituals all serve the same purpose for Rosenstrach: to bring comfort, connection, and meaning to every day.

Dancers After Dark by Jordan Matter $19.95 Do you have a dancer in the family? Dancers After Dark is an amazing celebration of the human body and the human spirit, as dancers, photographed nude and at night, strike poses of fearless beauty.
Without a permit or a plan, Jordan Matter led hundreds of the most exciting dancers in the world out of their comfort zones not to mention their clothes to explore the most compelling reaches of beauty and the human form. After all the risk and daring, the result is extraordinary: 300 dancers, 400 locations, more than 150 stunning photographs. And no clothes, no arrests, no regrets.
Each image highlights the amazing abilities of these artists and presents a core message to the reader: Say yes rather than no, and embrace the risks and opportunities that life presents.

BART, The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System byMichael C. Healy $20.00 Transit enthusiast? When BART opened in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972, it became a catalyst for a renaissance in modern rail transit, both nationally and internationally. The concept as sold to Bay Area voters was gargantuan: by adopting aerospace technologies such as microchips for ground transportation, the new computer-operated rail system would bridge counties and curb urban sprawl amid a booming automobile culture. But it all came within a gnat's eyelash of not happening. The question raised by pundits and taxpayers alike was: would this space-age plan actually work, or be the biggest boondoggle in the country's history? In the first-ever history book about BART, longtime agency spokesman Michael C. Healy gives an insider's account of the rapid transit system's inception, hard-won approval, construction, and operations, "warts and all."

King Sequoia, The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature by William C. Tweed $18.00  From a towering tree, one of California's preeminent naturalists unspools a history that echoes across generations and continents. Former park ranger William C. Tweed takes readers on a tour of the Big Trees in a narrative that travels deep into the Sierras, around the West, and all the way to New Zealand; and in doing so he explores the American public's evolving relationship with sequoias. It comes as no surprise that the groves in Yosemite and Calaveras were early tourist destinations, as this species that predated Christ and loomed over all the world's other trees was the embodiment of California's superlative, almost unbelievable appeal.
 
High Spirits, The Legacy Bars of San Francisco by JK Dineen $18 Community, heritage, architecture-oh yes, and stiff pours: these are the hallmarks of San Francisco's Legacy Bars. High Spirits leads readers on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood pub crawl in search of the city's most remarkable nightspots. Atmospheric photographs accompany descriptions of each bar's colorful history, unique architectural features, idiosyncratic owners, and quirky clientele.
 

 
 
Younger Readers

Star Wars, Rogue One: The Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo $30  This beautifully detailed title features in-depth character profiles, plus 5 newly commissioned and fully annotated cross-sections of vehicles and mapped-out locations. With clear and authoritative text, this book is packed with essential information and presented alongside stunning stills from the movie. 10 to 60



My City is Oakland by Kamaria Lofton with illustrations by Steven Anderson $10.99  Here's a uniquely Oakland book for little people. It will be sure to elicit squeals of "I've been there!" from all who read it.
We will host Kamraia after the new year so stay tuned to meet her.







Bark! The Herald Angels Sing, The Dogs of Christmas by Perter Thorpe $16.95 Bark! The Herald Angels Singwill bring a smile to even the most devoted Scrooge. Decked out in the finest of holiday garb, strutting against backgrounds that evoke locales as varied as Charles Dickens London and the ice floes of Antarctica, an adorable dog strikes a pose. Another Christmas card in the bag. But the scenes weren't always so ornate. Photographer Peter Thorpe's first dog holiday shoot went more like this: dog, pair of antlers, red Rudolph nose, done. That card went out to family and friends and the rest, as they say, is history.

Lotus and Feather by Ji Li Jiang with beautiful illustrations by Julie Downing $17.99  A winter illness left Lotus, a little girl, without a voice and without friends. A hunter's bullet left Feather, a crane, injured and unable to fly. As Lotus nurses Feather back to health, their bond grows. Soon Feather is following Lotus everywhere, even to school! The bird dances to the girl's reed whistle, much to the delight of the other children. One day, when the village floods, Feather helps raise the alarm as Lotus and her grandfather urge their neighbors to get to high ground. Feather is a true friend to Lotus, but the time comes when Lotus must be a true friend to him--by encouraging him to migrate with the rest of the cranes. The next spring, Feather miraculously returns, and that's not all . . . he has brought new life to the nearby lake. Inspired by the true story of a crane that rescued a Chinese village, and graced with sensitive watercolor illustrations, this lovely book about respecting nature offers deep emotion and delightful surprises.

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns; A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Kahn and Amini Mehrdohkt  $7.99  With breathtaking illustrations and informative text, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, this entrancing volume is equally at home in the classroom as it is being read to a child on a parent's lap.


Book Club pick for January 19     
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.


Thursday, January 19, 6:15

 
The Underground Railroad  by Colson Whitehead Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood-where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned-Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
     In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor-engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. 
  
EVENTS

The beginning of 2017 is shaping up nicely. Here is what we have scheduled already. Please join us for any or all of our literary events. Details to come.

January 12
A Post-Election LGBTQ Forum to discuss the potential impacts of a Trump administration on LGBTQ families. Featuring three awesome attorneys
Emily Doskow, Linda Scaparotti, and Angela Bean.
All families are invited, childcare will be provided on site.
Register by visiting ourfamily.org or call 415-981-1960

January 14, An LGBTQ Reading 
Russian Tales: Three Novels About Russia Old and New 
with Art Levy,  Gabrielle Gancy, and Wayne Goodman

January 28
Tree dedication for the Jack London Oak on the Plaza

Friday, February 3
Art reception

February 18
Vanessa Hua and others in a group reading

February 19
Karin Kallmaker, KC MacGregor, Jaime Vlevenger,
Heather Rose Jones, Pol Robinson, Laina Villenueve,
"Why We Do What We Do- Lesbian Authors Talk about Storytelling"



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