BookShop West Portal
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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

In honor of the holidays and to show our appreciation for your support, we have once again hand-selected about 100 titles to satisfy a wide variety of tastes and interests - books that make ideal gifts. All of these titles are discounted 20% through the month of December. We've included a sampling below of the many excellent titles to choose from.

2014 Holiday Picks are in! We also stock a great selection of gifts, including boxed holiday cards, calendars and datebooks, local West Portal honey, a variety of jigsaw puzzles, science kits (from chemistry to electronics), as well as games - including classics such as Monopoly and Candyland, and modern ones like The Settlers of Catan and Spot-it! You'll also find a selection of small-sized items that make great stocking-stuffers.

Got some tricky folks on your list? We can help you find the right books and gifts for them. We also special-order titles, which usually arrive within a day or two. As always, gift wrapping is free of charge.

Your support of our neighborhood merchants and the many independent businesses throughout San Francisco is crucial 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, keep dollars in our community, support local schools and non-profits, and deliver sales tax revenue.

Thank you for keeping our great city 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 truly a privilege to be your neighborhood bookstore.

Neal Sofman, Kevin Atkin and the Staff at Bookshop West Portal

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos

In his debut book, the New Yorker staff writer and former Beijing correspondent, who lived with his wife in China from 2005 to 2013, shares stories he pursued concerning Chinese of all strata striving to make a living in, and make sense of, a country in the throes of staggering transformation.

The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music
by Hunter Davies

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America, Hunter Davies has written the definitive book of Beatles songs, shown as first written by their own hands and put into authoritative context. Includes original documents, many that have never been published before. A treasure for musicians, scholars, and fans everywhere.

Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014
by Alice Munro

A wonderful gift for any literary lover, from the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. This new selection of Alice Munro's short fiction has been gathered from the collections of the last two decades, and is a companion volume to her Selected Stories, 1968-1994.

Gray Mountain Gray Mountain
by John Grisham

When third-year law associate Samantha Kofer loses her job and her dreams, she ends up as an unpaid intern at a legal aid clinic in Appalachia, where the problems are as disturbing as the dangerous secret she discovers.

"An important new novel...Grisham's work - always superior entertainment - is evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent." - Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
by Martin Short

In this engagingly witty and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short (known by his famous peers as the "comedian's comedian") shares how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood's favorite funnymen. A rich, hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio Joltin' Joe DiMaggio
by Jonah Winter (illust. by James E. Ransome)

Bestselling author Jonah Winter and award-winning illustrator James E. Ransome pay tribute to one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived in this lively, conversational biography of the legendary New York Yankee.

"Ransome's detailed watercolors beautifully convey DiMaggio's persona and his baseball prowess with just the right combination of accuracy and nostalgia." - Kirkus Reviews

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes
by Dana Cowin

For years, Dana Cowin kept a dark secret: She ruined literally every kind of dish she attempted to make. In her cookbook confessional, the vaunted first lady of food and exceptional entertainer finally comes clean about her many meal mishaps. With the help of all-star chefs Mario Batali, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Tom Colicchio (among many others), Cowin takes on 100 recipes dear to her heart. Hilarious and heartwarming, encouraging and instructional, Cowin's book will inspire anyone who loves a good meal but fears its preparation.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
by the Minecraft Creators

The perfect gift for Minecraft enthusiasts, this gold-foiled boxed set includes four bestselling handbooks: Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook. The indie sandbox video game that took the world by storm has been hailed as one of the greatest phenomena amongst gamers and educators for both its simplicity and its brilliance. Each handbook contains helpful tips and information from the creators themselves, all of which will prove vital to your survival and creativity as you learn to mine, craft, and build in a world that you control.

Oliver and the Seawigs (Not-So-Impossible Tales) Oliver and the Seawigs (Not-So-Impossible Tales)
by Philip Reeve (illust. by Sarah McIntyre)

A lively, seafaring romp packed with hilarious art, lovable misfits, meddlesome monkeys, and tons of kid appeal. After Oliver's explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some unexpected friends. Can he and his crew overcome unusual and mischievous obstacles in time to save Mom and Dad?

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life
by Hermione Lee

In this illuminating biography of Booker Prize winning novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, critic and scholar Hermione Lee (author of The Novels of Virginia Woolf) reveals the charmed life of an English writer who didn't start her literary career until middle age. Lee met and interviewed Fitzgerald toward the end of the novelist's life, and vividly evokes the times in which Fitzgerald lived, how her experiences shaped her fiction, and how her personality can be gleaned from her works.

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