Reading The Rough Guide to San Francisco, searching for Borders Bookstore, where his family is on their way.

His favorite book--The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy, for its descriptions and because the author is English.
His wife's favorite book--The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. She commented that Kingsolver can't write enough books fast enough!
Daughter's favorite book--Snow Spider, by Jenny Nimmo, which is part of a trilogy with magical mysteries.