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

Happy Holidays and Thank You for your continued support.

In celebration of the holiday season, we have once again 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'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:

And while you are looking at our new website, you will notice that we have completely upgraded the site to allow you to buy both print books and ebooks online. Want to make sure we have a book in stock before dropping in? Just order it online and select “pick up in store.” The book will be held and waiting for you when you come in. Need to ship books as a gift? We can do that too. The site lists more than a million titles — most of which we can get within a day or so.

And you can now go digital and still support your local store! In partnership with Google, we are offering ebooks for iPads and every reading device except the Kindle. It is easy to get started, (there's a full tutorial on our website), the selection is tremendous, and our prices are competitive. Since ebooks have no geographical boundaries, please pass the word to your friends, no matter where they live, that they can help support your local West Portal shop by purchasing ebooks from us!

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 bees!), jigsaw puzzles, Envirosax shoppers, Slainte handbags (designed and made in San Francisco), Baggallini handbags, wooden toys, kid's science kits, an expanded selection of board games, and much more! You can see some of these on our website, but currently you will see a much larger selection of all our gift items in our shop.

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 books, and can usually get them within a day or two.

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, keep dollars in our community, support local schools and non-profits, and deliver 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.

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

The Apothecary The Apothecary
by Maile Meloy (illust. by Ian Schoenherr)

The acclaimed author of A Family Daughter has written a novel for young readers. A 14-year-old American girl's life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.

Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach

At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

[A] triumphant first novel...Like a great baseball game, the novel manages to feel traditional and contemporary all at once. — The Wall Street Journal

Chanukah Lights Chanukah Lights
by Michael J. Rosen (illust. by Robert Sabuda)

A stunning collaboration between pop-up master Sabuda and acclaimed poet and author Rosen celebrating the true spirit of Chanukah. This beautiful gift book takes readers through the Festival of Lights, showcasing the spirit and resilience of a people in search of home.

Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food
by Jacques Pepin

One of the great cookbook masters of the world, Pepin has published 26 volumes of recipes, including one with Julia Child. Essential Pepin might be considered his opus, offering more than 700 of his best French and French-accented dishes from decades of cooking and teaching.

The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
by Philip K. Dick
edited by Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem

Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters and story sketches, this is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time and the relationship between the human and the divine.

A History of the World in 100 Objects A History of the World in 100 Objects
by Neil MacGregor

From the director of the British Museum comes a fascinating look at 100 objects – each with a story to tell - and how together they relate the larger history of mankind. With more than 150 color photographs throughout, this handsome book makes a great gift for anyone interested in history.

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
by Hannah Dolan

An illustrated encyclopedia featuring in-depth profiles showing interesting and never-before-seen elements of everyone's favorite LEGO Star Wars minifigures, from the different versions of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo to Greedo and the mouse droid.

The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry The Penguin Anthology of 20th-Century American Poetry
edited by Rita Dove

Dove has brought together an unparalleled survey of the best poems of the past century, selected from the canon of American poetry throughout the 20th century. This anthology represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities - from styles and voices to themes and cultures - while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet.

Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
by Yotam Ottolenghi

A must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes from one of the most exciting new talents in the cooking world. Ottolenghi, who has four fabulous, eponymous London restaurants and a weekly newspaper column read by foodies all over the world, presents exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a new take on vegetables.

Wonderstruck Wonderstruck
by Brian Selznick

Two independent stories, set 50 years apart, weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry in this awe-inspiring journey by Caldecott Medalist Selznick. Using the form he created in his debut novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, the author tells of a boy who, after losing his mother and his hearing in a short time, leaves his Minnesota home to seek the father he never knew in New York City; there he meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life.

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