Friends & Neighbors,
Holidays and Thank You for your continued support!
celebration of the holiday season once again, we have 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’ll mention a
sampling of titles further along in this letter, to give you a taste of what
To view the complete
list, please visit our website tomorrow morning (Saturday, December 11): www.bookshopwestportal.com.
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 honey bees!), jig-saw puzzles, Enviro-sax
shoppers, Slainte handbags (designed and made in San Francisco), Baggallini
handbags, wooden toys, games, magnetic puzzles, lovely wooden boxes, and much
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
titles, and can often get them within a day or two.
most of you know, the book industry is in flux, and while many of us prefer the
traditional reading experience with paper and cloth bound books, we must
acknowledge that many people are also reading e-books on e- readers. Sometime
early in 2011 we will be launching a new website that will permit you to order
both traditional books and e-books through our shop. This will be the result of
the efforts of the American Booksellers Association and Google E-Books. The
e-books we offer will be accessible through all e-readers except the Kindle,
which uses a proprietary format. So if
you’re debating which e-reader to give this holiday season, keep in mind that
if you’d like to continue to support BookShop West Portal and other independent
merchants, buy any device except the Kindle.
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, more participation in the local nonprofit world, and compared to the
internet, more sales tax revenue. Keep
San Francisco vibrant by shopping local!
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
& Neal Sofman, Kevin Atkin, and the Staff at BookShop West Portal.
is a wonderful Fall for cookbook lovers of all persuasions, and we had
difficulty choosing which to highlight.
For the ethnic food lover, local author Rosetta Costantino’s My
Calabria or Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table are great
choices, and for those with a sweet tooth, Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey
Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-your Mouth Cookies says it all. If you like
big, comprehensive cookbooks, don’t miss One Big Table by Mollie O’Neill
or The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser.
lovers have several large historical biographies to dip into over the holidays,
including Edmund Morris’s final volume about Teddy Roosevelt, Colonel
Roosevelt, Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life, Michael Korda’s Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, and Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra:
A Life. Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit,
has a new book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and
Redemption, about a tough kid, Louis Zamperini, who became an Olympic
runner and POW survivor through his own grit and a few good breaks.
fans should be delighted with Great House by Nicole Krauss, author of The
History of Love, or Emma Donahue’s astonishingly unique book, Room,
or Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first of a new trilogy of
historical novels by this master storyteller. William Trevor has a new
collection of short stories that, as always, is getting fabulous reviews, and
David Grossman, one of Israel’s leading novelists, has an intensely powerful
new title, To the End of the Land.
fans of the mega-book which traces a life of work, usually by a noted
cartoonist or illustrator, we have two to look at this year:
A Doonesbury Retrospective may be the truest chronicle of our political
history over the last forty years yet written; Matt Groening’s Simpsons
World the Ultimate Episode Guide: Seasons 1-20 is in the running, and it
may require another 20 seasons.
Finally, please look at Natural History:
The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth. If you were ever the child that stayed home
from school with the flu, and spent your time reading parts of the
encyclopedia, this is the book for you.