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.







All My Puny Sorrows (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781940450278
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: McSweeney's Books, 11/2014
At last, readers in the U.S. are discovering Canadian novelist Miriam Toews (A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans). In this novel of pathos and humor, despair and devotion, Yoli, the younger of the two sisters in a lapsed Mennonite family, desperately tries to thwart Elf’s suicide attempts. The intensity of the good people in this family–and their brilliance and wit–will leave you breathless.

Descent (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616203047
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1/2015
This stay-up-all-night thriller opens with a parent’s worst fear: vacationing in the Rockies, their teenage son and daughter go for a run, but only the boy returns. The mystery of what happened send the three Courtlands down diverging emotional paths, and the reader follows their anguish while learning what they long to know. Lush prose and carefully alternating points of view place Descent solidly in the “literary thriller” genre.

ISBN-13: 9780345539939
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Delacorte Press, 3/2015
Hooray! Flavia’s back! In the seventh book of the series, the intrepid, tenacious 11-year-old sleuth has been banished from her beloved Buckshaw to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in faraway Toronto, her late mother Harriet’s alma mater. But things start to look up when, her first night in her dorm room, a desiccated corpse plunges from the chimney! It’s a ready-made case for our feisty detective. (Book six, The Dead in Their Vaulted
, is now in paperback.)

ISBN-13: 9781612120546
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Storey Publishing, 12/2014
With 20 years of nursery and pruning experience in the Bay Area and the Central Valley, Ann Ralph has earned her “expert” status. In this artistically delightful guide to creating and maintaining a backyard orchard (or just one tree) Ralph enhances her detailed how-to, complete with clear photos and illustrations, with an “evangelical zeal” for home gardeners to plant and nurture their own delectable produce on small, hardy trees. Even if your idea of collecting fruit is the Saturday market, Grow a Little Fruit Tree is a lovely and inspiring read, and enhances appreciation for eating conscientiously.

The Rosie Effect (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781476767314
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster, 12/2014
In one of the biggest hits of the past year, readers laughed as Don Tillman’s Rosie Project led him to Rosie–and wedded bliss. Now, the happy couple is settled in New York City. But was that a stork following them from Australia to the Big Apple? It’s time
for Don to start planning, and the awkward, well-meaning scientist sets off madcap, hilarious adventures as he tries to micromanage this new development.

ISBN-13: 9781476786568
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner Book Company, 1/2015
While we don’t judge a book by its cover, the airborne women in flowing Victorian costumes suggest feisty characters live inside, and in this case it’s an accurate foreshadowing! Meet Oscar Wilde’s troubled niece, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sister, Butterfly McQueen long after Gone With the Wind, and the Hell-Diving Women of an integrated jazz band in the Jim Crow South. Fiction based on fact, Megan Mayhew Berman’s stories are as lively and literate as her first collection, Ferry Building staff favorite Birds of a Lesser Paradise.

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