BookShop West Portal
80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127
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2010 Holiday Picks Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Happy Holidays and Thank You for your continued support!

In celebration of the holiday season once again, we have hand-picked more than 100 titles that are, in their own special way, ideal for gift-giving. All 100+ titles are discounted 20% through the month of December. We’ll mention a sampling of titles further along in this letter, to give you a taste of what we're offering.

To view the complete list, please visit our website tomorrow morning (Saturday, December 11):

We'd also like to remind you that in addition to books, we also stock a wide variety of gifts, including boxed cards, calendars and datebooks, very local West Portal Honey (produced by West Portal honey bees!), jig-saw puzzles, Enviro-sax shoppers, Slainte handbags (designed and made in San Francisco), Baggallini handbags, wooden toys, games, magnetic puzzles, lovely wooden boxes, and much more!

Gift-wrapping is offered at no charge, and we will do our best to help you find books and gifts for those difficult folks on your list. We are happy to special order titles, and can often get them within a day or two. 

As most of you know, the book industry is in flux, and while many of us prefer the traditional reading experience with paper and cloth bound books, we must acknowledge that many people are also reading e-books on e- readers. Sometime early in 2011 we will be launching a new website that will permit you to order both traditional books and e-books through our shop. This will be the result of the efforts of the American Booksellers Association and Google E-Books. The e-books we offer will be accessible through all e-readers except the Kindle, which uses a proprietary format.  So if you’re debating which e-reader to give this holiday season, keep in mind that if you’d like to continue to support BookShop West Portal and other independent merchants, buy any device except the Kindle.

Your support of our neighborhood merchants, and the many independent-minded businesses throughout San Francisco, is critical to the continued character of our city. It is the independent businesses that bring the vitality, creativity, and diversity to our community. Locally owned businesses also bring in more jobs, more participation in the local nonprofit world, and compared to the internet, more sales tax revenue.  Keep San Francisco vibrant by shopping local!

Most importantly, we would like to extend a very warm thank you and our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. It is a privilege to serve as your neighborhood bookstore.

Anna & Neal Sofman, Kevin Atkin, and the Staff at BookShop West Portal.


This is a wonderful Fall for cookbook lovers of all persuasions, and we had difficulty choosing which to highlight.  For the ethnic food lover, local author Rosetta Costantino’s My Calabria or Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table are great choices, and for those with a sweet tooth, Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-your Mouth Cookies says it all. If you like big, comprehensive cookbooks, don’t miss One Big Table by Mollie O’Neill or The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser. 

History lovers have several large historical biographies to dip into over the holidays, including Edmund Morris’s final volume about Teddy Roosevelt, Colonel Roosevelt, Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life, Michael Korda’s Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, and Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life. Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit, has a new book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, about a tough kid, Louis Zamperini, who became an Olympic runner and POW survivor through his own grit and a few good breaks.

Fiction fans should be delighted with Great House by Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love, or Emma Donahue’s astonishingly unique book, Room, or Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first of a new trilogy of historical novels by this master storyteller. William Trevor has a new collection of short stories that, as always, is getting fabulous reviews, and David Grossman, one of Israel’s leading novelists, has an intensely powerful new title, To the End of the Land

For fans of the mega-book which traces a life of work, usually by a noted cartoonist or illustrator, we have two to look at this year: 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective may be the truest chronicle of our political history over the last forty years yet written; Matt Groening’s Simpsons World the Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1-20 is in the running, and it may require another 20 seasons.

Finally, please look at Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth.  If you were ever the child that stayed home from school with the flu, and spent your time reading parts of the encyclopedia, this is the book for you.

Please visit our website on Saturday,
December 11 for the full list!

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