BookShop West Portal
80 West Portal, San Francisco, CA 94127
415-564-8080
www.bookshopwestportal.com
Open 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Every Day

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

Over the past couple of weeks, we have received an outpouring of love and support from all of you. We have been asked how you can help from afar, and we are extremely grateful to be part of such a wonderful community.

Order online through our website and we will ship your books directly from the warehouse. Some of you have been asking for puzzles. Check out a list here that are available from our wholesaler.

If you're a fan of audiobooks, check out Libro.fm, and their special offer to help support indies like us.

We now have made gift certificates available for purchase on our website!

While we miss seeing you in-store, we are not far! Stay in touch with us on our website and through social media. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We will continue sending out our newsletter to share the latest book releases and our staff recommendations.


New Fiction and Non-Fiction

The Mirror and the Light The Mirror and the Light
by Hilary Mantel

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.


Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes
by Adam Hochschild

"Adam Hochschild writes movingly about an unlikely pair who also served as a potent symbol...Hochschild is a superb writer who makes light work of heavy subjects...Where information is scant or nonexistent, he deploys elegant workarounds that evoke a vivid sense of time and place...Hochschild’s book shows us what a radical movement looked like from the inside, with all of its high-flown idealism and personal intrigues. Whatever protections we take for granted once seemed unfathomable before they became real." ––New York Times


Deacon King Kong Deacon King Kong
by James McBride

"The sheer volume of invention in Deacon King Kong—on the level of both character (the first chapter alone introduces twenty individuals by name) and language—commands awe. Reading it is like watching a movie in which one’s occasional impulse to ask questions is pleasantly swamped by the need to keep up with the pace of events...And the sentences! The prose radiates a kind of chain-reaction energy." —The New Yorker


Weather Weather
by Jenny Offill

Nominated for February 2020 Indie Next List! "A brilliantly clever novel, Weather tells the story of a Brooklyn librarian, Lizzie, as she grapples with the end of our world and the people she loves. Jenny Offill dissects our own reality to explore the absurdity and tensions of a looming apocalypse. Her dark, biting humor helps build razor-like paragraphs in a non-traditional format. The fragmented structure crafts a deeply atmospheric novel written with praiseworthy meticulousness. While tackling a subject so close to the hearts of many right now, Offill shows great empathy and relatability in the emotional toll we all are feeling." - BSWP Staff


Ledger: Poems Ledger: Poems
by Jane Hirshfield

"Jane Hirshfield’s poems often feel like whole landscapes, graciously embracing the widest view and the tiniest sequins at once...Her longtime practice of Soto Zen Buddhism and her commitments to scientific knowledge and respect blend to create some of the most important poetry in the world today." —Naomi Shihab Nye, The New York Times Magazine


The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
by Erik Larson

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.


The Glass Hotel The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel

"Once again Mandel delivers on a beautifully stark novel that explores the aftermath of traumatic events. Two seemingly separate events, a Ponzi scheme and a woman's disappearance, create the framework for a surreal and unforgettable journey. This novel is not plot-driven but a meticulously crafted unfolding of events. It is a meditation on the impact of unintended consequences, heartache, and guilt. Mandel's writing haunts the pages and the reader long after the book is finished." - BSWP Staff


The City We Became The City We Became
by N.K. Jemisin

"Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six." A wonderfully unique fantasy novel that will appeal to all, The City We Became is a new direction for N.K. Jemisin. Full of love for New York and city culture, Jemisin tackles themes of identity and harsh realities while building unforgettable characters. She takes her time to introduce the players, but once the action takes off, it's a speed race to the end. Another amazing start to a series from a truly unique voice in fiction. - BSWP Staff



New to Paperback

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
by Patrick Radden Keefe

"Set in the early 1970s, Say Nothing begins with the abduction of Jean McConville from her home in Belfast. From there, Patrick Radden Keefe explores with great empathy and fastidious detail the history of troubles in Northern Ireland. This fast-paced narrative focuses on the human elements of these highly contentious events and the devastating aftermath. The truth of Say Nothing reads like fiction as Keefe brings to life the people and places that are still haunted by violent conflict. Masterful in its structure and storytelling, this book should not be missed." - BSWP Staff


The River The River
by Peter Heller

"Edgar Award Nominee and named one of the best books of 2019 by The Observer (London) and Kirkus Reviews, The River is a thrilling ride. Wynn and Jack have been best friends since college. One night, while on a camping trip through the Canadian Rockies, their idyllic trip turns south when they hear a couple arguing. The next morning, they see the husband canoeing without his wife. Heller's tranquil writing turns from describing gorgeous scenery to building breathless tension. The River is a thrilling adventure story with a beautiful backdrop that will keep you reading late into the night." - BSWP Staff


Lost Roses Lost Roses
by Martha Hall Kelly

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates, to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live, to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives, Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women's friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.


Women Rowing North Women Rowing North
by Mary Pipher

In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. "If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully," Pipher writes, "we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent."


Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
by Adam Higginbotham

"Superb, enthralling and necessarily terrifying...the accident unfurls with a horrible inevitability. Weaving together the experiences of those who were there that night, Higginbotham marshals the details so meticulously that every step feels spring-loaded with tension...Amid so much rich reporting and scrupulous analysis, some major themes emerge...Higginbotham’s extraordinary book is another advance in the long struggle to fill in some of the gaps, bringing much of what was hidden into the light." —Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times


Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy Paternity and Love Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy Paternity and Love
by Dani Shapiro

Named one of the best books of the year by many publications in 2019, Dani Shapiro's new memoir is truly remarkable. In 2016, after submitting her DNA to a genealogy website, Dani learned her deceased father was not in fact her biological father. Stunned by the news, she decides to investigate the secret that has been kept from her. Inheritance unfolds at a breakneck pace—part mystery, part real-time investigation, part rumination on the ineffable combination of memory, history, biology, and experience that makes us who we are. - BSWP Staff



Please visit our website for more selections
and other important information.


Forward this email to a friend