- July/Aug 2012
Monstress, introduces a bold new San Francisco writer who explores the clash and meld of disparate cultures. In the National Magazine Award-nominated title story, a has-been movie director and his reluctant leading lady travel from Manila to Hollywood for one last chance at stardom, unaware of what they truly stand to lose. In "Felix Starro," a famous Filipino faith healer and his grandson conduct an illicit business in San Francisco, though each has his own plans for their earnings. And after the Beatles reject an invitation from Imelda Marcos for a Royal Command Performance, an aging bachelor attempts to defend her honor by recruiting his three nephews to attack the group at the Manila International Airport in "Help."
- May/June 2012
Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is turning 75 years old in 2012 and SFPL is joining in the celebration by encouraging everyone to learn more about our favorite bridge. Kevin's Starr's Golden Gate is a brilliant and passionate telling of the history of the bridge itself, and a recounting of the rich and peculiar history of the California experience. The Golden Gate is a grand public work, a symbol and a very real bridge, a magnet for both postcard photographs and suicides. In this compact but comprehensive narrative, Starr unfolds the hidden-in-plain sight meaning of the Golden Gate, putting it in its place among classic works of art.
- March/April 2012
The Best of It
The two hundred poems in The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems-all of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and new readers.
- January/Febuary 2012
The Language of Flowers
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the Bay Area foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings.
- November/December 2012
- A Wrinkle in Time
Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time, the wonderful characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world.