Bay City Books: New Books from Bay Area Authors – March 2022

New books from San Francisco Bay Area authors, listed by release date.

New in Hardcover

Drew LeClaire Gets a Clue

By Katryn Bury (Oakland, CA)
(Clarion Books, March 1)

Twelve-year-old Drew uses her true crime expertise to catch the cyberbully in her school—only to discover that family, friendship, and identity are the hardest mysteries to solve. (Middle Grade)

Murder at the Porte de Versailles

By Cara Black (San Francisco)
(Soho, March 1)

Aimée Leduc is entangled in a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats in Paris’s 15th arrondissement.

Dog Therapy

By Kristina Micotti (San Jose)
(Chronicle Books, March 1)

An illustrated collection of 40 dogs, including a short essay about each and why you need its playful advice right now.

The Body Positive Journal

By Virgie Tovar (San Francisco)
(Chronicle Books, March 1)

This guided journal encourages readers to accept, love, and appreciate their body as it is.

Wine Pairing Party

By Liz Rubin (San Francisco)
(Chronicle Books, March 1)

Discover 16 wine profiles, organized from light to dark, which reveal perfect pairing suggestions for that varietal, diving into “why” they go perfectly with each wine.

Money Magic

By Jessie Susannah Karnatz (San Francisco)
(Chronicle Books, March 1)

Demystifies personal finance and empowers readers to take charge of their money with clarity and confidence (plus a few crystals!).


By Karen Joy Fowler (Santa Cruz)
(Putnam, March 8)

From the Man Booker finalist, a novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth.


By Sara Alfageeh (San Francisco, CA) and Nadia Shammas
(Quill Tree Books, March 8)

14-year-old Aiza trains to become a knight for a war-torn empire while hiding her true background as a member of the subjugated rebel class.

Sex and the Single Panda

By Dahlia Gallin Ramirez (San Francisco)
(Chronicle Books, March 8)

An illustrated humor book detailing the factual—and often disgusting—mating habits of a wide variety of animals gone wild.

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

By Lee Kravetz (San Francisco)
(Harper, March 8)
A debut novel that reimagines the story behind the creation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

New in Paperback

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American

By Laura Gao (San Francisco) 
(Balzer + Bray, March 8)

After spending her early years in Wuhan, China, riding water buffalos and devouring stinky tofu, Laura immigrates to Texas, where her hometown is as foreign as Mars—at least until 2020, when COVID-19 makes Wuhan a household name.

Small Odysseys 

Edited by Hannah Tinti (Various) 
(Algonquin, March 15)

A collection published in partnership with Selected Shorts, features never-before-published stories by writers including Dave Eggers, Carmen Maria Machado, and Lauren Groff.

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