BookShop West Portal
80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127
Open 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Every Day

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

First, a big thank you!

It has been a busy and successful year for BookShop West Portal. Our knitting classes, story time readings, and writing classes continue to thrive, and the authors we have hosted this year have been fascinating, varied, provocative, and delightful.

In the months ahead, we will again sponsor a School Days promotion, host many more authors, expand our work with local schools, sell books at outside venues, and experiment with new merchandise. Our primary focus, however, will continue to be stocking the most interesting books we can find and offering them to you in a friendly, welcoming environment.

In celebration of the holiday season, we have once again hand-picked nearly 90 titles that are, in their own special way, ideal for gift-giving. All of these selected titles are discounted 20% through the month of December. We've included a sampling below, so you can get a taste of what we're offering. To view the complete list, please visit our website

We'd also like to remind you that in addition to books, we stock a wide variety of gifts, including: boxed cards, calendars and datebooks; very local West Portal Honey (produced by West Portal bees!); beeswax candles; lavender soap and lotion from Bonny Doon Farm in Santa Cruz; Enviro-sax shoppers; Slainte handbags (designed and made in San Francisco); wooden toys, games, puzzles, and much more!

Gift-wrapping is free, and we'll do our best to help you find books and gifts for the more challenging folks on your list. We're happy to special order titles; often we can get them within a day or two.

And don't forget that every dollar spent locally creates jobs and ensures that the neighborhoods of our beautiful city remain strong and vibrant. The merchants of West Portal very much appreciate your business this season — it does matter where you shop!

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.

Here are a few of our Holiday Picks — all 20% off through December!  To view the entire list of nearly 90 titles, go to


When the Game was Ours When the Game was Ours
by Larry Bird & Earvin Magic Johnson (with Jackie MacMullan)

With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, When the Game Was Ours transports readers to an electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players dead set on besting one another. From the moment Bird and Johnson took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s - Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime. Each pushed the other to greatness: together they collected eight NBA Championships, and six MVP awards, and helped save the floundering NBA at its most critical time. They started out as bitter rivals, but along the way they became lifelong friends.


Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815
by Gordon S. Wood

The Oxford History of the United States, the most respected multi-volume history of our nation, includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. In the newest volume in the series, one of America's most esteemed historians offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. Integrating all aspects of life, from politics and law to the economy and culture, Wood offers a marvelous account of this pivotal era when America took its first unsteady steps as a new and rapidly expanding nation.


The Lacuna The Lacuna
by Barbara Kingsolver

From the Mexico City of Frida Kahlo to the America of J. Edgar Hoover, The Lacuna tells the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations. Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd gets work mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera, and inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution. Political winds toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach - the lacuna - between truth and public presumption.

A limited number of autographed copies are available.


The Vintage Caper The Vintage Caper
by Peter Mayle

Beloved author Mayle's (A Year in Provence) newest and most delightful work is filled with culinary delights, sumptuous wines, and colorful characters. Set in Hollywood, Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille, the story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist. Sam Levitt, crime expert and wine connoisseur, is hired to follow leads to Bordeaux and its magnificent vineyards, and to Provence to meet an eccentric billionaire collector who might possibly have an interest in the stolen wines.


Books Do Furnish a Room Books Do Furnish a Room
by Leslie Geddes-Brown

As all book lovers know, a collection of books affords not only access to endless pleasure and knowledge, but also - when skillfully displayed around the home - the opportunity to create a myriad of different impressions. In this beautifully illustrated guide, self-confessed bibliophile Geddes-Brown offers inspirational solutions and practical tips on how to make the most of books in every room and forgotten nook of the house. A dazzling array of photographs shows how books can transform any room into an alluring and magical place.


Ad Hoc At Home Ad Hoc at Home
by Thomas Keller

One of America's most acclaimed chefs ("The French Laundry" and "Bouchon") showcases more than 200 recipes for family-style meals in this accessible and dazzlingly beautiful book based on the fare served at his "Ad Hoc" restaurant in Yountville. Keller provides a thorough primer on the foundations of cooking, offering clear and easy-to-follow instructions on techniques such as butchering and trussing chickens and tying a pork loin. He also includes a section on becoming a better cook.


View the full list of holiday titles — all at 20% off — on our website.

Call us and we'll be happy to hold any of the titles until you can drop by and pick them up.

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