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's hard to believe that we have been open two and a half years, and that this is our third holiday season. We very much appreciate the ongoing support we receive from our community. It's clear to us that you want a locally owned bookstore that orders books for you, helps you find titles for your particular needs, gift wraps - quickly on Saturday mornings - and gives back to the community. Two of our recent promotions received particular support: our annual Pre-Holiday Sale on the weekend before Thanksgiving, and our School Days Program in October, where we donated a significant percentage of our sales to over 24 local schools.

In celebration of the holiday season once again, we have hand-picked more than 80 titles that are, in their own special way, ideal for gift-giving. All 80+ 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:

On another note, let us point out that we have one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in a city of neighborhoods. San Francisco is a special place not only because of our wonderful micro-climates, but because of the richness of our cultural diversity and the open-mindedness of our friends and neighbors.

If you like this richness, then it is important that you support it, whether it be the small theaters, the cafes, the museums, the independent restaurants, or the local retail merchants. West Portal and all the neighborhoods are filled with locally owned businesses that give back to our city in ways that no national chain and certainly no internet site can match. In plain economic figures, for every $100 spent in a locally owned business, $43 returns to our local economy, while a national chain store returns only $28. That is a very significant difference, and it does not begin to include all the support that local businesses give to local schools, charities and the cohesiveness of the neighborhood.

So, while we really appreciate the support you are giving to BookShop West Portal, we would like to remind you about all the other locally owned merchants that make San Francisco so very special. The holiday season is a wonderful time to let them all know how much you appreciate their businesses.

Finally, 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 over 80 titles, go to


John Meacham - American Lion American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
by Jon Meacham

"Every so often a terrific biography comes along that shines a new light on a familiar figure in American history. So it was with David McCullough's John Adams, so it was with Walter Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin, so it is with Jon Meacham's Andrew Jackson. A master storyteller, Meacham interweaves the lives of Jackson and the members of his inner circle to create a highly original book that makes a critical contribution to our understanding of a fascinating presidency and a crucial period in our American life. And it is a beautifully written, absolutely riveting story from start to finish."
    — Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Annie Liebovitz - At Work At Work
Annie Liebovitz

The most celebrated photographer of our time - who has worked with such historic and cultural icons as The Rolling Stones, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, The Blues Brothers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mikhail Baryshnikov, William S. Burroughs, and Queen Elizabeth - discusses portraiture, fashion photography, lighting, and digital cameras. Leibovitz describes how her pictures were made, starting with Richard Nixon's resignation and ending with Barack Obama's presidential campaign. She articulates her aesthetic, which she traces to her learning to see the world through a frame - the car windshield - because her military family moved so often, and tells the stories behind her daring, sensitive photographs.

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients
by Ina Garten

The latest Ina Garten cookbook focuses on the techniques behind her elegant food and easy entertaining style, offering nearly 100 brand-new recipes that will become trusted favorites. With full-color photographs and invaluable cooking tips, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics is an essential addition to the cherished library of Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. Ina breaks down her ideas on flavor, examining the ingredients and techniques that are the foundation of her easy, refined style. She covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking and entertaining a breeze. For longtime fans, Ina delivers new insights into her simple techniques; for newcomers she provides a thorough master class on the basics of Barefoot Contessa cooking, plus a Q&A section with answers to the questions people ask her all the time.

Toni Morrison - A Mercy A Mercy
by Toni Morrison

A powerful tragedy by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved, Morrison's latest novel is almost like a prelude to that story, set two centuries earlier. The time is the late 1600s, when what will become the U.S. remains a chain of colonies along the Atlantic coast. Slavery is a thriving industry. Morrison's story is told in the voices of the women associated with Virginia planter Jacob Vaark, who has quickly risen from ratty orphan to a man of means. At the heart of this riveting and poetic novel is the ambivalent, disturbing story of a mother who casts off her daughter in order to save her, and of a daughter who may never exorcise that abandonment.

David Walsh - The Genius The Genius: How Bill Walsh Reinvented Football and Created an NFL Dynasty
by David Harris

David Harris tells the story of Bill Walsh, the silver-haired sophisticate from humble working-class roots who was hired as head coach and general manager of the San Francisco Forty Niners in January 1979 and became the architect of what is arguably the greatest ten-year run in NFL history. With unmatched access to players, fellow coaches, executives, the reporters who covered the Niners' heyday, and Walsh himself, Harris recounts how Walsh, through tactical and organizational genius, created a football powerhouse.

Thomas L. Friedman - Hot, Flat, and Crowded Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — And How It Can Renew America
by Thomas L. Friedman

Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Friedman helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way in his bestseller The World Is Flat. Now the author adds two crucial elements to his galvanizing analysis of the state of the world: climate change and the population explosion.

"Friedman's big, passionate and solidly specific ecological primer, social manifesto, and realistic plan for a green revolution aimed at restoring America's greatness and securing a sustainable future should serve as a playbook for innovators and civic leaders."
    — Booklist, starred review

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.

80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127  |  (415) 564-8080