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What are your book recommendations from 2018?


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with bookstore owners about what they and their customers are reading. We also welcome your book recommendations.

Independent bookstores are thriving despite the convenience of online stores, according to recent newsreports, offering a sense of community and the pleasure of reading a physical book. Hear about new nonfiction and literary works. Listen for reading list inspiration or holiday gift ideas.


Pete Mulvihill, co-owner of Green Apple Books, an independent bookstore selling new and used books for more than 50 years

Amy Thomas, owner of Pegasus Books, with stores in Berkeley and Oakland since 1969

Web Resources:

CBS: Once-endangered bookstores are booming again

SF Chronicle: Recommendations from Pegasus Books

Slate: The 10 Best Books of 2018

Book Recommendations:
There There by Tommy Orange
Educated by Tara Westover

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Milkman by Anita Burns

The Wizard and The Prophet by Charles C. Mann

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin by Gray Brechin 

The Man who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos

A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Eva's Berlin by Eva Leveton

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo PhD

Trauma-Sensitvie Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing by David A. Treleaven

Reporter by Seymour Hersh

Pictures of a Gone City by Richard Walker

The Overstory by Richard Powers

American Overdose by Chris McGreal

LESS by Andrew Sean Greer

Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat

Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow

Man with a Seagull on His Head by Harriet Paige

Bold & Brave by Kirsten Gillibrand & Maria Kalman

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael Lopez

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Holes in the Sky by Patricia Polacco

Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi

The Library Book by Susan Orelan

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.