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.







Electric City (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781619023468
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 10/2014

The East Coast blackout of 1965 marked a cultural turning point, and the “live better electrically” motto lost some of its glow.  This theme weaves its way through Rosner’s ambitious historical novel, beginning in the 1800s. Indigenous people of the Mohawk Valley cross paths with new immigrants.Their heirs move beyond their cultural traditions and become fast friends. Rosner artfully captures the natural beauty of the region even as it slips into rust-belt status.


ISBN-13: 9781492603023
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Published: Sourcebooks, 11/2014
“Bet you can’t eat just one!” applied to potato chips, but the “bites” in historian O’Connell’s compulsively readable compendium of food facts invite turning just one more page!  She traces food from the pre-Columbian era to “Microwave popcorn, mesclun greens, and salsa.” She describes the diets of northern and southern Civil War soldiers, the birth of the American bagel, and the marketing genius behind Jello.  With recipes!

ISBN-13: 9781770412255
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Published: ECW Press, 10/2014
Catherine McClure Gildiner’s third memoir follows Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls, and opens as she escapes Ohio University at the peak of the turbulent 60’s for a fellowship at peaceful and iconic Oxford. Readers who met Cathy as a toddler in Niagara Falls, New York and have followed her delightful memoirs will relish this update.

A Sudden Light (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781439187036
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 9/2014
Trevor’s dad, Jones, has brought him from their East Coast home on a mission to ease Trevor’s grandfather into a nursing home so the valuable property can be developed. But as Trevor learns of his forebears, he also discovers that some of them are still very present in the old house. This new novel from the author of The Art of Racing in the Rain is a ghost story, and a thought-provoking commentary on shepherding the land.

Travels with Casey (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781439146934
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Published: Simon & Schuster, 7/2014

In 2012 San Francisco native Lewis took a 13,000 mile road trip – in a rented van, with his dog Casey. Inspired by John Steinbeck’s classic travelogue Travels with Charlie, Lewis’s charming memoir of his journey with Casey also advocates for dog rescue groups. We love Casey!


The Remedy for Love (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616203313
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2014

When the unkempt young woman in line before him can’t pay for her meager supplies, Eric decides to cover for her, as well as offer her a ride home. His act of charity leads him to the cabin deep in the woods, the barely-livable shelter Danielle has appropriated. When the storm strands them, there’s no room to hide from truths they have both been avoiding in this often terrifying, frequently funny novel.


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!

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