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Need some great gift ideas? Check out our 90+ hand-picked titles that are discounted 20% through the month of December. We've included a new sampling below. To view the complete list, please visit our website

And don't forget: in addition to books, we stock a wide variety of gifts, including: boxed cards, calendars and datebooks; 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!

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

The Country Cooking of Ireland The Country Cooking of Ireland
by Colman Andrews (Photographs by Christopher Hirsheimer)

With its artisanal bakers, farmers, cheesemakers, and butteries, Ireland is fast emerging as one of the world's hottest culinary destinations. Internationally acclaimed food and travel writer Colman Andrews brings to life the people, countryside, and delicious food of Ireland in this sumptuous cookbook. Includes 250 recipes and more than 100 photographs of the pubs, people, and Irish countryside taken by award-winning photographer Hirsheimer.

Sisters: An Anthology Sisters: An Anthology
edited by Jan Freeman, Emily Wojcik and Deborah Bull

This heartwarming and heart-wrenching collection of stories, memoirs, and poems celebrates the beautifully complex world of sisters. Forty-two contributors - including such literary icons as Dorothy Parker, Simone de Beauvoir and Barbara Kingsolver - explore how the unbreakable link between sisters can be at once sweet and loving, fierce and cruel. The irrevocable bonds between sisters create a unique journey. Sisters is for anyone who knows sisters, wishes they had a sister, adores her own sister, or would, on occasion, like to trade her in.

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
by Robin D.G. Kelley

"The piano ain't got no wrong notes!" So ranted Thelonious Sphere Monk, who proved his point every time he sat down at the keyboard. His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz world to its foundations, ushering in the birth of "bebop" and establishing Monk as one of America's greatest composers. This is the first full biography of Monk, written by a brilliant and prize-winning historian who enjoyed full access to the family's archives, and was granted dozens of interviews.

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies
by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Andrews and her daughter have hand-selected a wonderful mix of their most cherished poems, songs and lullabies in this rich and diverse poetry collection. Brought to life with James McMullan's stunning watercolor paintings, this volume features nearly 150 treasured works, 21 of which are read aloud by Andrews and Hamilton on the accompanying CD. The book contains works by figures as diverse as Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Rodgers and Hammerstein, A.A. Milne, and Shel Silverstein. Andrews introduces each of the nine themed sections with intimate stories and family memories, offering readers a glimpse into her world and her personal connection to many of the selections. There are even a number of special poems written by the authors themselves as well as contributions from close family members.

Ansel Adams In Color Ansel Adams In Color

The revised and expanded edition of the only book of Ansel Adams's color photography has been beautifully redesigned and presents 20 previously unpublished images. New digital scanning and printing technologies offer a more faithful representation of his work.

 David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure (CD)
by David Sedaris

If you were lucky enough to have caught a performance on David Sedaris's most recent sold-out, 34-city tour, you already know that this is a must-have CD. If you didn't hear it live and in person, then you're in for a treat: hilarious brand-new recordings from performances in Denver, New York, Durham, LA, and Atlanta, in one collection.

"Sedaris's sparkling essays always shimmer more brightly when read aloud by the author. And his expert timing, mimicry and droll asides are never more polished than during live performances in front of an audience." - Publishers Weekly

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