Bay City Books: New books from Bay Area authors – July 2021

New books, and new in paperback, from San Francisco Bay Area authors, listed by release date.

New in Hardcover

Lorna Mott Comes Home

By Diane Johnson (San Francisco)
(Knopf, June 29)

A comedy of contemporary manners, morals, (ex)marriages, and motherhood (past, present, and future) — about an American woman leaving her 20-year marriage to her French second husband to return to her San Francisco and her children and grandchildren.

The Wonder Test

By Michelle Richmond (Woodside)
(Atlantic Monthly Press, July 6)

FBI Agent Lina Connerly races to save Silicon Valley teens from their own parents’ ambition and greed.

This is Your Mind on Plants

By Michael Pollan (Berkeley)
(Penguin, July 6)

A radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants—and the equally powerful taboos.

Count the Ways

By Joyce Maynard (Marin County)
(William Morrow, July 13)

A story of a family, from the hopeful early days of young marriage to parenthood, divorce, and the costly aftermath that ripples through all their lives.

An Ugly Truth

By Sheera Frankel (Oakland) and Cecelia Kang
(Harper, July 13)

A behind-the-scenes exposé of Facebook’s fall from grace.


New in Paperback

Lost and Found Family

By Jennifer Ryan (Pleasanton)
(William Morrow Paperbacks, July 6)

Sara Anderson heads to Carmel on an impossible quest to make peace with the one person who truly hates her—her late husband’s mother—hoping her sons will find connection and happiness with their extended family.


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