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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

First, a big thank you! It has now been a year and a half since we opened in West Portal, and we very much appreciate the warm welcome and support we've received from everyone.
     We encourage you to come by the store to take advantage of special savings on more than 80 books and calendars. All these hand-picked titles are discounted 20% off through the month of December and are, in their own special way, ideal for gift-giving. We've included a sampling below, so you can get a taste of what we're offering.
     As a special thank you, while supplies last, we'll give a complimentary eco-friendly "Envirosax" shopping bag to the first 100 Frequent Buyers whose purchase of books exceeds $100. These beautifully-designed bags neatly fold up for easy carrying in a bag or purse, and eliminate the need for disposable sacks.
     We have many plans for the New Year. Look for news about an exciting "Give Back" program, in which Frequent Buyers can earmark a percentage of their purchases for local charities. We hope to have additional workshops and classes, an active discount program for bookclubs, and a wider selection of locally-designed gifts.
     We would like to extend a very warm thank you and our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. It's a privilege to serve as your neighborhood bookshop.

Anna & Neal Sofman, and the Staff of BookShop West Portal


Bookshop West Portal Holiday Picks

These are just a few of the 80 titles on our Holiday list.

See our complete Holiday list at www.bookshopwestportal.com

All 20% off through December 31st, 2007

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

This stunning collection presents the full spectrum of Adams’ greatest work in a single volume for the first time. The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods in order to convey Adams’ development as an artist — from his first photographs made in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916, to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s up to his last important photographs from the 1960s.

Murakami Edited by Paul Schimmel, et al

Takashi Murakami is one of contemporary art’s most innovative and important figures. Drawing from street culture, high art, and traditional Japanese painting, Murakami takes the contemporary art trend of mixing high and low to an unprecedented level (critics call him the new Warhol), producing original paintings and sculptures as well as mass-produced consumer objects such as toys, books, and most famously, a line of handbags for Louis Vuitton. This lavishly illustrated volume was produced in conjunction with the first major retrospective of his work.

Golf My Own Damn Way: A Real Guy’s Guide to Chopping Ten Strokes Off Your Score by John Daly

As only John Daly could write it, this is a different kind of instruction book; funny, irreverent, and crude. This is the perfect gift for the everyday golfer looking to improve his or her game or for non-golfers looking for a laugh.

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross

Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, takes readers on a journey from Vienna before the First World War to New York in the 1970s — giving us a history of the 20th century through its music.

The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution by Alice Waters

Perhaps more responsible than anyone for the revolution in the way we eat, cook, and think about food, Alice Waters has “single-handedly changed the American palate” according to the New York Times. Her simple but inventive dishes focus on a passion for flavor and a reverence for locally produced, seasonal foods. With an essential repertoire of timeless, approachable recipes chosen to enhance and showcase great ingredients, The Art of Simple Food is an indispensable resource for home cooks.

The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Beijing to San Francisco by Cecilia Chiang

A pioneer in the food world, Cecilia Chiang introduced Americans to authentic northern Chinese cuisine at her San Francisco restaurant, the Mandarin, in 1961, earning the adoration of generations of diners. In The Seventh Daughter, Chiang presents a classic collection of recipes framed by her gripping life’s story. The book’s recipes feature cherished childhood dishes and definitive Mandarin classics, while showcasing Chiang’s purist approach to authentic Chinese home cooking.

Historical Atlas of California by Derek Hayes

This beautifully illustrated volume is the first to tell the story of California’s past from a unique visual perspective. Covering five hundred years of history, it offers a compelling and informative look at the transformation of the state from before European contact through the Gold Rush and up to the present. Derek Hayes’ previous atlases have been praised as “beautifully executed” and “the kind of volume that invites repeated viewings.” A lovely gift.

Star Wars Pop-Up by George Lucas

Bestselling pop-up artist and engineer Reinhart has designed a 30th anniversary commemorative edition that comes packed with a variety of novelty features — pop-ups, working light sabers, pull tabs, and other interactive features to celebrate the exciting and popular movies.

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

Igraine dreams of becoming a famous knight and gets her chance to demonstrate her bravery and skills when the nefarious nephew of the baroness shows up with plans to capture the castle. A great book for 8-11 year olds to read on their own, or for parents to read aloud to younger children.

The Best American Comics (2007) Edited by Chris Ware

This cutting-edge collection is just right for fans as well as those who are new to the hobby of comics. Contributors include Lynda Barry, R. and Aline Crumb, Kim Deitch, Gilbert Hernandez, Seth, and Art Spiegelman.

See our complete Holiday list at www.bookshopwestportal.com