Bay City Books: New books from Bay Area authors

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

New in Hardcover

Tell the Rest

By Lucy Jane Bledsoe (Berkeley, CA)
(Akashic Books, March 7, 2023)

Twenty-five years ago, Delia and Ernest escaped together from a conversion therapy camp. Both reckon with the power of friendship in the face of trauma.

Worthy Opponents

By Danielle Steel
(Delacort Press, March 7)

A woman running her family’s luxury department store battles the wealthy investor who threatens to take it over.

The Dog of the North

By Elizabeth McKenzie (Santa Cruz)
(Penguin, March 14)

After a failed marriage, a woman soon stumbles into a series of misadventures involving family members, a pair of unusual brothers, imposters, and a detective in this novel already long listed for the Women’s Prize.

Closing the Equity Gap

By Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor (Healdsburg/Oakland) 
(Harper Business; March 14)

Tech venture capitalists and Kapor Capital founders Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor prove that investing in gap-closing startups is good business—and offer a blueprint for others.

Twenty Questions

by Mac Barnett (Oakland), illustrated by Christian Robinson (Oakland)
(Candlewick Press, March 14)

Twenty questions both playful and profound make us giggle and challenge our assumptions in this quirky, wandering exploration of where the best questions lead—to stories.

Climate Champions: 15 Women Fighting for Your Future

by Rachel Sarah (Berkeley, CA)
(Chicago Review Press, March 14)

These contemporary climate champions— scientists, journalists, professors, researchers, and policy makers from around the world—are on the frontlines to create a sustainable future.

To the Top

By Jenna C. Fisher (Palo Alto)
(Wiley, March 14th)

Leadership advisor Jenna Fisher reveals how the world faces a once-in-a-generation opportunity to close the gender gap at the top of organizations today.

Women and Water

By Noel Russel (Oakland), Gale Straub, and Hailey Hirst
(Chronicle Books, March 21)

Photography collection and first-person stories centering on women whose lives intertwine with water – from surfers to glacier scholars to women carrying on their ancestral fishing traditions.

My Friend Loonie

By Nina LaCour (San Francisco), illustrated by Ashling Lindsay
(Candlewick Press, March 28, 2023)

A gentle story of connection and loss finds a promise in memories after a young child loses her constant companion.


New in Paperback

The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.

By Lee Kravetz (San Mateo) 
(Harper Perennial, March 14)

Blending past and present, and told through three unique interwoven narratives, this debut novel reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar.

A House Between Earth and the Moon

By Rebecca Scherm (Palo Alto)
(Penguin, March 28th)

The story of one scientist in outer space, another who watches over him, the family left behind, and the lengths people will go to protect the people and planet they love.

Metamorphoses: City Lights Spotlight No. 22

By Evan Kennedy (San Francisco)
(City Lights, March 21)

A pagan elegy for the U.S., superimposing ancient Rome over San Francisco, Evan Kennedy’s Metamorphoses seeks affirmation in change.


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