Book Picks from Elaine & Luisa

Our BIG Selection of Books for the Holidays! 

For this month's books, Click Here or view our booklist below

The Book Passage staff has compiled over 250 titles of books for the holidays, from fiction to history, memoir to sports, poetry to cooking -- not to mention more 100 books for kids. We think you'll enjoy scrolling through our "flipbooks" of titles, each one with a write-up about the book and an on-line purchase form. But if you would rather come into one of our two stores, we'd be happy to show you the books ourselves and share with you why we like them so much. 

Elaine & Luisa's Picks

Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli and Book Passage buying director Luisa Smith select their favorite new books and provide reviews about their selections in each issue of the Book Passage News & Reviews.

These books are also displayed in each branch of the Bank of Marin, as part of the program Partnership for Literacy sponsored by Book Passage and Bank of Marin. Visit any branch of the bank to find out more about this program.

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May 2022

 

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The Evening Hero Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781476735078
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 24th, 2022

A sweeping, lyrical novel following a Korean immigrant pursuing the American dream who must confront the secrets of the past or risk watching the world he’s worked so hard to build come crumbling down.

Dr. Yungman Kwak is in the twilight of his life.


Siren Queen Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250788832
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Published: Tordotcom - May 10th, 2022

From award-winning author Nghi Vo comes a dazzling new novel where immortality is just a casting call away

An Indie Next Pick!
A LibraryReads Top Ten Pick!


Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!


Trust Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593420317
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

“Buzzy and enthralling …A glorious novel about empires and erasures, husbands and wives, staggering fortunes and unspeakable misery…Fun as hell to read.” Oprah Daily

"A genre-bending, time-skipping story about New York City’s elite in the roaring ’20s and Great Depression."Vanity Fair


Forbidden City: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399178818
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 10th, 2022

A teenage girl living in 1960s China becomes Mao Zedong’s protégée and lover—and a heroine of the Cultural Revolution—in this “grand, cinematic, and captivating novel” (Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings)
 


The Change: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063144040
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Published: William Morrow - May 3rd, 2022

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK 

"Miller triumphs...THE CHANGE is that rare treat: a suspenseful story with great pacing, memorable characters, and an engaging voice. Fantastic in every way, this fierce anthem against misogyny is a smash."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Vigil Harbor: A Novel Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781101870389
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Published: Pantheon - May 3rd, 2022

When two unexpected visitors arrive in an insular coastal village, they threaten the equilibrium of a community already confronting climate instability, political violence, and domestic upheavals—a cast of unforgettable characters from the rich imagination of the National Book Award–winning, best-selling author of Three Junes.


All the Lovers in the Night Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781609456993
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Published: Europa Editions - May 3rd, 2022

A MAY 2022 INDIE NEXT PICK


A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022


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This Time Tomorrow: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525539001
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah Daily, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Parade, Bustle, Marie Claire, PopSugar, Thrillist, Lit Hub and more!  


The Lioness: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385544825
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Published: Doubleday - May 10th, 2022

A luxurious African safari turns deadly for a Hollywood starlet and her entourage in this riveting historical thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.
 


When Women Were Dragons: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385548229
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Published: Doubleday - May 3rd, 2022

A rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are. • The first adult novel by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon


The Dark Flood: A Benny Griessel Novel Cover Image
By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (Translator)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802159601
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - May 3rd, 2022

From internationally acclaimed crime writer Deon Meyer, a new thriller featuring superstar detectives Benny Griessel and Vaughn Cupido in the wake of their impulsive pursuit of state corruption that has left their reputations hanging in the balanceHaving jeopardized their careers in an unauthorized investigation that threatened to reveal the corruption in South Africa's halls of power, Benn


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593436691
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches...


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It Could Be Anyone Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781613162996
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Published: Scarlet - May 31st, 2022

"Hendricks excels at sharp twists and dangerous turns that domestic suspense readers will devour."—Vanessa Lillie

Murder motives abound when the groom dies at a destination wedding in this new novel by the author of Finding Tessa


Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525659495
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Published: Knopf - May 17th, 2022

Selma Blair has played many roles: Ingenue in Cruel Intentions. Preppy ice queen in Legally Blonde. Muse to Karl Lagerfeld. Advocate for the multiple sclerosis community. But before all of that, Selma was known best as … a mean baby.


River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780385543101
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Published: Doubleday - May 17th, 2022

The harrowing story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time and its complicated legacy—from the New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic


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$21.95
ISBN: 9780691231167
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 17th, 2022

Luminous essays on translation and self-translation by the award-winning writer and literary translator

Translating Myself and Others is a collection of candid and disarmingly personal essays by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, who reflects on her emerging identity as a translator as well as a writer in two languages.


How to Prevent the Next Pandemic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534489
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Published: Knopf - May 3rd, 2022

From the author of the #1 New York Times best seller How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over, but even as governments around the world strive to put it behind us, they’re also starting to talk about what happens next. How can we prevent a new pandemic from killing millions of people and devastating the global economy?


Everybody Thought We Were Crazy: Dennis Hopper, Brooke Hayward, and 1960s Los Angeles Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062939975
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

The stylish, wild story of the marriage of Dennis Hopper and Brooke Hayward—a tale of love, art, Hollywood, and heartbreak

“Those years in the sixties when I was married to Dennis were the most wonderful and awful of my life.” —Brooke Hayward


A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention: A Memoir of Coming Home to My Neurodivergent Mind Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781615198801
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Published: The Experiment - April 26th, 2022

As propulsive as Brain on Fire and as poetically candid as The Collected Schizophrenias, one woman’s quest for the truth of her neurodivergent mind

It should have been Rebecca Schiller’s dream come true: moving her young family to the English countryside to raise goats and coax their own fruit and vegetables from the land.


Damnation Spring Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982144418
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2022

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

Named a Best Book of 2021 by Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times

“A glorious book—an assured novel that’s gorgeously told.” —The New York Times Book Review
“An incredibly moving epic about an unforgettable fa


The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781982115869
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2022

A Best Book of 2021 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Time, and The Washington Post

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a “compelling” (The Washington Post) account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off virus


The Dictionary of Lost Words: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984820747
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 3rd, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK FOR MAY ’22! • “Delightful . . . [a] captivating and slyly subversive fictional paean to the real women whose work on the Oxford English Dictionary went largely unheralded.”—The New York Times Book Review


The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780062942951
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 10th, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2021

AN OPRAH BOOK CLUB SELECTION

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION


The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316461245
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2022

An Instant New York Times bestseller / An Oprah’s Book Club Pick
 
In the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, an award-winning “miraculous debut” (Washington Post) about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, forever


Once There Were Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250244154
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Blazing...Visceral" (Los Angeles Times) · "Exceptional" (Newsweek) · "Bold...Heartfelt" (New York Times Book Review) · "Thought-provoking and thrilling" (GMA) · "Suspenseful and poignant" (Scientific American) · "Gripping" (The Sydney Morning Herald)


The Book Woman's Daughter: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728242590
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 3rd, 2022

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

"A powerful portrait of the courageous women who fought against ignorance, misogyny, and racial prejudice." —William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of This Tender Land and Lightning Strike


Book Lovers Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

“One of my favorite authors.”—Colleen Hoover

An insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.


The Guide: A novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984898968
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Published: Vintage - May 10th, 2022

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The best-selling author of The River returns with a heart-racing thriller about a young man who is hired by an elite fishing lodge in Colorado, where he uncovers a plot of shocking menace amid the natural beauty of sun-drenched streams and forests.