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Dear Friends & Neighbors,

In appreciation for your support throughout the year, we are pleased to continue our holiday tradition of hand-selecting our Holiday Picks - over 100 titles to satisfy a wide range of tastes and interests - that make ideal gifts. All of these titles are 20% off 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 offer a great selection of gifts, including boxed holiday cards, calendars and datebooks, tree ornaments, beautiful and unique umbrellas (perfect for an El Nino year!), coloring books for adults, art supplies, a dizzying array of jigsaw puzzles, wood block sets, board games and matching games, and Eco-friendly toys for little ones.

You'll also find small-sized items that make great stocking-stuffers, like Literary Action Figures (think Shakespeare, Jane Austin, Oscar Wilde), and interesting doodads for your desk.

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

Your support of independent businesses in our neighborhood and throughout San Francisco is crucial to the continued character of our city. Locally-owned businesses 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 want to extend to you 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

1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History
by Jay Winik

The author follows up his New York Times bestselling The Great Upheaval, with a study of one crucial year in the wartime administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As major military operations (like D-day) were unfolding, with no assurance that the war would be won, the sharply declining President also wrestled with saving Europe's Jews.

1946: The Making of the Modern World 1946: The Making of the Modern World
by Victor Sebestyen

Journalist and historian Victor Sebestyen, who wrote Revolution 1989, portrays 1946 as the year that laid the foundations of the modern world. He describes in harrowing detail the early postwar period as it witnessed vast and unprecedented destruction, famine, and displacement throughout much of Europe and Asia, and reminds readers that human suffering didn't end with the conclusion of the war.

All the Light We Cannot See All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

The paths of a blind French girl and a German boy collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II, in this "magnificently drawn story...a novel to live in, learn from, and feel bereft over when the last page is turned." - Booklist.

Avenue of Mysteries Avenue of Mysteries
by John Irving

John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in his latest book. Avenue of Mysteries is an absorbing story about an aging Mexican-American novelist, who travels from his home in Iowa to the Philippines to fulfill a decades-old promise.

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
by Stephen King

Here is a master storyteller at his best. Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In his latest book, which features several brand-new stories, King delivers revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA
by Nirmala Nataraj

This breathtaking collection of photographs from the archives of NASA provides an astonishing tour of the universe. Images of Earth from above, the phenomena of our solar system, and the celestial bodies of deep space will captivate readers and photography lovers with an interest in science, astronomy, and the great beyond.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
by Andrea Wulf

An engrossing biography of explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt - "a visionary, a thinker far ahead of his time," who "revolutionized the way we see the natural world." For most of his life, von Humboldt (1769-1859) was the public face of science for his era. British author Andrea Wulf emphasizes that he ushered in the modern era of natural science, that his insights marked the end of the universal view of animals as soulless automatons and the belief that humans were lords of the Earth.

The Japanese Lover The Japanese Lover
by Isabel Allende

This New York Times and internationally bestselling author's latest novel has been named one of the most anticipated novels of the year by New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more. It is an exquisitely crafted love story and multi-generational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.

Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond
by Megan Watzke and Kim Arcand

Here is a fascinating visual exploration of the power and behavior of light, across the electromagnetic spectrum, and how it affects life on earth and everything in the universe. Co-authors Kim Arcand and Megan Watzke present the subject of light as never before. Organized along the order of the electromagnetic spectrum, each chapter focuses on a different type of light: from radio waves, harnessed for telecommunications, to X-rays, which let us peer inside the human body and view areas around black holes in deep space.

Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence
by Richard Brown and Paul E. Cohen

In this beautiful and original book, the story of the American Revolution is capably told through maps. Richard Brown, vice-chairman of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, and map dealer and historian Paul E. Cohen (author of Mapping the West: America's Westward Movement 1524-1890) chart the seven years of Revolutionary War between Britain and its North American Colonies in a series of maps and related illustrations.

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