Ferry Building Picks

Our second store is located in the vibrant San Francisco Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. Below are some of the staff's favorite latest reads.







ISBN-13: 9780374123666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 6/2012
A Scheherazade-like tale on the high seas for the foodie set! Full of savory scenes of dark comedy, adventure, and romance, this unique novel is a perfect book club pick – just out in paperback!

Painted Horses (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780802121646
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Published: Grove Press, 8/2014
In a breathtaking debut, Malcolm Brooks sweeps post-WWII American prosperity, ancient native traditions, and the rush to tame the still-wild West together in a novel driven by diverse and deeply realized characters who come together in a heartpounding story. Archeologist Catherine Lemay defies a “man’s world” and takes a job with a power company to explore a Montana canyon before its slated flooding for a hydroelectric plant. With mustanger and canyon dweller John H., she learns much about the region, its significance, and herself. Some signed first editions

ISBN-13: 9780374380694
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 5/2014
We love to draw grown-ups into our Kids’ Section with books that say “No child needed to savor this book!” Brilliant author-designer Peter Sis (The Conference of the Birds, The Dreamer) once again presents an illustrated work that appeals on several levels: children can follow a simple storyline that is expanded for more mature readers in the detailed drawings and implications of larger questions.

Big Little Lies (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399167065
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Published: Putnam Adult, 7/2014
While the parents of Pirriwee Public’s kindergarten class embody the most clichéd stereotypes of any PTA, Australian author Liane Moriarty’s suspenseful summer read is full of surprises.Told in a flashback format, from the deadly results of the school’s annual cocktail party/trivia night to the catty “prekindy” orientation six months earlier, Big Little Lies is a clever page-turner where even the five-year-olds harbor secrets. Some signed first editions

ISBN-13: 9780345532831
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Published: Ballantine Books, 2/2014

While the title of Bay Area author Kelly Corrigan’s latest memoir honors her parents (Dad was the glitter, Mom the glue) readers might apply it as the formula for a happy family: it takes both. Secure in her parents’ love, Corrigan trekked around the globe and back home, and she shares her journey in this thoughtful, loving, and often hilarious reflection of her life, from daughter-hood to motherhood.


ISBN-13: 9781451649284
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 1/2014

Married just four months when her husband died in Iraq, Artis Henderson is, in military parlance, an unremarried widow. Her heartbreaking memoir opens with their joyful romance, and readers hope this is actually a novel, even knowing that tragedy looms. Artis’s relationship with her mother, also a young widow, and the other Army wives she discovers are her solace and propel this sensitively written, inspirational story of a deep love, a young woman’s strength, and the tragedies of war.


Gemini (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781451627930
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 3/2014

When a “Jane Doe” patient is airlifted to her Seattle ICU, Dr. Charlotte Reese doesn’t suspect that the critically wounded young woman will dramatically impact her own life. A love story, a mystery, and an accessible tale of modern medicine, Carol Cassella’s third novel (after Oxygen and Healer) is a tender yet complex, brilliantly told story.


The Plover (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781250034779
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books, 4/2014

Adventure on the high seas from cunning wordsmith Brian Doyle (Mink River). Seeking utter solitude, our hero sets out to go “west and west,” with no real destination in mind. The story really gets underway when the unplanned arrival of a friend and his otherworldly daughter alter both the ship’s course and its captain’s life. Uproarious and subtly poignant.


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