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What to Buy at the Biggest Book Sale of The Year

The Friends of the Public Library’s Big Book Sale has over 500,000 tomes for sale. Here’s more than a dozen of the best.

The Friends of the Public Library’s Big Book Sale


This week, the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason will be swarming with book junkies at the biggest book sale of the year. Hosted by Friends of the Public Library, the Big Book Sale will the satisfy even the pickiest of readers. Here a dozen of the best.
Big Book Sale. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. September 20-24.

Distractions from the Trumpocalypse 
Experiencing a case of bigoted cheeto-related exhaustion? You’re not alone.

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the most celebrated heroes in the country’s history.

The Final Days by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
What could be more rejuvenating than a moment-by-moment retelling of the final days of Richard Nixon?

Why We Can’t Wait, a Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Some inspiration for translating angst into action.


Pumpkin Spiced 
Escape into binge-worthy tales perfect for a rainy day.

Wicked by Gregory MacGuire
In case you missed the show, or just need more “Defying Gravity” in your life.

The Laguna by Barbara Kingsolver
Follow one of the greatest —and realest—love stories in the modern era through the eyes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
You said you'd read this fifteen years ago. Why not finally do it?


Before the Ball Drops 
Get ahead of 2018 resolutions.

The Path to Love by Deepak Chopra
Don’t let the title fool you, this book won’t lead you into the arms of your next soulmate. Rather, it will remind you of the spiritual and mental relief of loving yourself before you learn to love others. And then maybe, your soulmate.

How to Not Act Old by Pamela Redmond Satran
When a tide pulls you out to the sea, ride it. We don't know what that means, exactly, but it sounds like good advice.

You Just Don’t Understand by Deborah Tannen
An anti-mansplaining manifesto before the word was even coined.


Meryl Streep’s Next Movies 
Great stories featuring powerful women who—let’s be honest—ought to be played by Meryl Streep in their film adaptations.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
An introspective tale of a determined hunt for lost art.

Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr
Sisterhood meets religion meets a love story in a book that is definitely on track to be the next family rom-com everyone sees with their mother.

The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro
Meryl—call us.


Wine and Cheese Reads
Perfect for that North Bay wine weekend you’ve been meaning to take.

by C.W. Gortner
A biography about one of the OG party girls.

One for the Money by Janet Evonovich
Women and handcuffs, but not what you think.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
Why not read about the other wine country?


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