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BOOKSHOP SANTA CRUZGIFT CARDSAVAILABLE IN ANY AMOUNTshop with Traditional gift cards in the store or onlineuse e-gift cards online onlyBookshop Santa Cruz celebrates the talentsof young writers in our community with acontest designed for ages 6 –17! Deadline for entries is September 20th.See page 31 for details or click through to our website.
ReadersSUMMER 2020Dear Readers,When we started working on thisnewsletter in January, the world was avery different place. We were havingmeetings amongst our staff and with ourpublishing partners to select our veryfavorite books to share with you. Whenthe pandemic hit and dozens ofpublication release dates were movingon a daily basis, we made the decision totake our Reader's newsletter digital for this edition. Whatever the format, thisrepresents our passion for the books onour shelves and our mission to help youﬁnd your next favorite book.During our closure, and as we reopenedour doors to the public just a few weeksago, we have felt the continuous supportfrom our customers to help us survivethis time. We wouldn't be here withoutyou. We look forward to sharing thesebooks and other favorites over the nextfew months as we all turn to reading foreducation, empathy, and escape. You'vebeen here for us and we'll be here for youas we make this new literary journeytogether.—Casey Coonerty ProttiOwner, Bookshop Santa CruzANTI-RACISM READING“OUTER BANKS” by Joanne WrightWinner of our 17th annual short story contestGIFTS & GAMESSLUG SHOP SPOTLIGHTBOOKS & BREWSBOOKSHOP VIRTUAL EVENTSJennifer Ackerman, Lloyd Kahn, Molly Ball, Aimee Bender,Congressman Eric Swalwell, Jana Marcus, and DavidEagleman are some of the authors joining us this summerSUMMER READINGStaﬀ recommended reading for all agesSTAFF PROFILE: Michelle SpenceENTER OUR YOUNG WRITERS CONTEST569111112152831See page 30 See page 22 See page 29 See page 26 See page 23 See page 13
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemptionby Bryan StevensonONE WORLDA lawyer and social justice advocate, Bryan Stevenson paints a devastating picture of the American criminal justice system and the racial biases that permeate it. Drawing on his experiences as a black man in America and those of his many clients, Stevenson beseeches his readers to try and better understand our fellow humans, and to just show some mercy. — Jade (Just Mercy is also available in a Young Adult edition.)This Book Is Anti-Racist:20 Lessons on How to Wake Up Take Action, and Do the WorkWritten by Tiffany Jewell, Illustrated by Aurélia DurandFRANCES LINCOLN CHILDREN’S BOOKSWhat is race? What is racism? What about personal racism, institutional racism, and internalized racism? Why is it important to protect ourselves against microaggressions? Complete with an introductory glossary, this book is packed with 20 lessons on how to “wake up, take action, and do the work” to actively ﬁght against racism. Young people already familiar with these concepts will ﬁnd support and encouragement by reading this book. Newcomers to these ideas will begin to have their eyes open to the injustices of this world (and would beneﬁt om guidance om adults already educated and actively practicing anti-racism). Also a great choice for family reading for those on a journey towards active anti-racism. —NoreenThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindnessby Michelle AlexanderNEW PRESSWith mastery and empathy, author Michelle Alexander draws a line om American slavery to the Jim Crow era to modern mass incarceration. Upon ﬁnishing The New Jim Crow, you may be le feeling like the world has turned on its head, or perhaps the book will conﬁrm and contextualize what you’ve already experienced. —N.D.White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racismby Robin DiAngeloBEACON PRESSI recommend White Fragility to anyone trying to examine racism but are not sure where to start because it provides examples of actual scenarios. I also recommend it to folks who feel like they “can’t say anything without people being politically correct” because it oﬀers solutions for feelings like that. It’s a good place to start because it lays out concrete actions to question your own complicity in white supremacy. —CelesteBetween the World and Meby Ta-Nehisi CoatesONE WORLDProfoundly moving and emotionally challenging, Between the World and Me is an incredible read. Coates writes lyrical, beautiful passages that break your heart and shake your faith. The book is an intimate look into the vast failure of America in dealing with the construct of “race,” our failure to acknowledge (let alone attempt to redress) the legacy of slavery and segregation, and our failure to protect and support our citizens. But Between the World and Me is also a tender and touching look at how to be a parent—an imperfect being in an imperfect world—trying to prepare your child for both the best and the worst possibilities. —N.M.Stamped from the Beginningby Ibram X. KendiBOLD TYPE BOOKSThere is no way to truly deal with racism without ﬁrst comprehending the history of systematic racial discrimination and anti-Blackness in America and just how entrenched it is in our society. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning book lays that history bare. Using the life stories of Cotton Mather, Thomas Jeﬀerson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis, he shows how racists ideas were created to justify and protect power. The system is functioning as designed. It was built to last, and we cannot dismantle it without understanding that truth. —S.B.There are many important books on anti-racism—here are some of the many titles we recommend. Due to high demand around the country, some of these books might be out of stock at moments while publishers reprint titles. Bookshop has hundreds of copies on order and will fulﬁll orders in the order that we receive them as the books become available. Click here to see more books on our Anti-Racism Reading Lists for all ages.ANTI-RACISM READINGRecommended by Bookshop Santa Cruz staﬀ
It wasn’t like I didn’t know about Bonnie and didn’t suspect she would appear at some point. Still, it was a kick in the gut to see him in here with her. I’d played it cool and espoused an “open” relationship. When we talked about things, we agreed we had a realistic and mature relationship. I came out of those conversations feeling exceedingly evolved, with my mantra: “Whatever you have with Bonnie is between you and her and what we have is between you and me.” Right now, though, I felt like shit.The hostess sat them at one of my tables.“Hi Bob,” I said as I approached their table, giving Bonnie a glance of acknowledgment. “Coffee?”“Hey, Sue. Sue, this is Bonnie; Bonnie, Sue.”“Hi, Sue.” She was perky.“Nice to meet you,” I said with as warm a smile as I could muster. And then just stood there.“I’ll have some coffee,” Bob ﬁnally said. When I started to pour, I felt my hand tremble. Across the room, Wayne was waving his check and a ﬁve dollar bill in my direction. “Excuse me, I’ll be right back.” I headed over to Wayne, grateful for once that he was demanding immediate attention.“Hey darlin’, I just need some change.” I knew it wasn’t going to be for a tip; I saw his latest napkin sketch under the salt shaker. I hoped that Dorrie was busy elsewhere because I needed this distraction.I cashed Wayne out, then cleared his table. As I was heading back to the waitress station, Dorrie almost ran into me head-on. “Did Wayne leave?” she asked, craning her neck to see if he was still on the premises.I’d stayed too long. A few days before, Bob told me, “My girlfriend is coming.”It had been a month since we stood on the beach as Hurricane Dennis sent high winds and water onto the coast. That was the end of August. Business at the Steak & Egg had dropped to almost nothing and the glow of summer was gone. It was mostly regulars now—ﬁshermen in from excursions, older couples who liked to vacation after the kids had gone back to school, salty locals who’d made their money for the year and could sit around drinking coffee all morning. I was pouring coffee for Wayne Eerie. It wasn’t my table, but he had waved his cup when he saw me with the coffee pot. Wayne owned a local art gallery, where he sold his original ink sketches of “Scenes of the Outer Banks,” which consist for the most part of seagulls, gnarled driftwood, sand dunes, and beach grass. What annoyed me was the way he came in acting like some big celebrity who we should be honored to wait on. He drew Outer Banks scenes on his napkins while he drank his coffee, and left those as tips. In his mind, an original Wayne Eerie napkin sketch was worth quite a bit, or at least a buck or two, which is what he should have been leaving for tips.Dorrie, who was on shift with me, thought these napkin sketches were the cat’s meow; she had a collection of them and fawned all over Wayne. She acted like she could retire off the proceeds of a “Wayne Eerie Napkin Sketch Sale.”As I was pouring Wayne’s reﬁll, Dorrie ﬂuttered over, all a-titter, with a pot full of steaming coffee. “Oh, Wayne,” she cooed, her elbow poking my side, “I was just making up a fresh pot for you. I know you like the freshest coffee possible.” I thought she was going to push me down. She was afraid I was going to move in on her seagull sketch tip, but I ceded my spot, moving back to my own tables.It was about then that I saw Bob coming in the door with a woman. It was Bonnie.“Outer Banks” by Joanne WrightFirst Place Winner of Our Annual Short Story ContestThank you to everyone who submitted entries to this year's short story contest. We loved reading the creative stories om all of our local writing talent. All three winning stories are available to read on our website. Click here.First Place:“Outer Banks” by Joanne Wright$250 gi certiﬁcate + newsletter publicationSecond Place:“Fall” by Logan Egan$100 gi certiﬁcateThird Place:“Puzzle Box” by Ryan Masters$50 gi certiﬁcateContinued on next page
“Don’t worry Dorrie, I’m not taking the sketch, ok? It’s right here.” I nodded toward my right hand, which held a saucer and cup and the sketched-on napkin underneath.She averted her gaze. “Oh, I’m not worried about that!” She was smiling a sugary smile now and her accent seemed thicker. “I just didn’t want you to have to worry about extra tables. Your side is so full. Let me take this stuff for you.” She attempted to pull the saucer, cup, and napkin out of my hand.“Dorrie, it’ll be easier if I just set it down her, okay?” She ﬁnally moved aside so I could maneuver to the wait station and set the dirty dishes into a bus tray. One of Dorrie’s tables needed attention. She hesitated before heading over.“I’ll leave it right here, for God’s sake.” I put the napkin by the coffee maker.The few minutes of banter with Dorrie had taken my mind off Bob and Bonnie, but then I saw them again. They were smiling, holding hands. That was it. My eyes watered and my nose started to run. I grabbed a napkin from the counter and hid behind the wait station. I tried to blow my nose without making much noise. What the hell was I going to do? There were customers I had to deal with. I had to face Bob and I couldn’t go out there crying. I could ask Dorrie to take Bob and Bonnie. Tell her I had too many other tables going. I blew my nose again, wiped my eyes. That’s what I’d do.Dorrie whipped around the corner. “Sue, can you…what the hell?” She stopped. Stared. “What’s that stuff on your face?” I looked at her, perplexed. “It’s all black—it’s on your hands!” As I looked down at my hands, she noticed the wadded napkin the same time I did. I realized what I’d done. “What the fuck are you doing? Are you trying to spite me?” she hissed.I dropped the wadded napkin at Dorrie’s feet. I headed toward the bathroom, a Wayne Eerie original all over my face and Dorrie trying to ﬁgure out how to preserve it. I walked past the bathroom, out the back exit, and smiled when the screen door slammed behind me.Continued om previous page
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Tuesday, July 28th, at 7:00COLIN DICKEy on crowdcastSPECIAL BOOKS + BREWS VIRTUAL EVENTSComing SoonPREORDER NOW!SEX AND VANITY by Kevin KwanDOUBLEDAY • JUNE 30TH PUBLICATIONKevin Kwan returns with a new escapist romp with a touch ofromance and a bite of satire. Narrowing his Austen-esquescope from the larger-than-life casts of his brilliant Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, here he focuses on a few families within New York’s 1% and a small bevy of relatives, friends, and tangential acquaintances. Lush descriptions of shoes, fashion, and cars in the landscapes of Italy, New York, and the Hamptons, amidst pointed exploration of class, identity, and mixed race heritage, and, of course, a zany rom-com plot with footnote commentary, you will devour this book, and look forward to more from the world of Kevin Kwan. —JocelynUTOPIA AVENUE by David MitchellRANDOM HOUSE • JULY 14TH PUBLICATIONA big cast of characters, colorful prose, a sweeping narrativethat spans generations, continents, and dimensions; David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas) is back. It’s London, 1967, and the music scene is on ﬁre. Brought together by a manager with a dream to create the perfect band, Utopia Avenue enters theinferno. The four band members, each with their own distinct parlance, take turns narrating. While at ﬁrst this book seemsa bit tamer than his previous work, Mitchell’s fans will not be surprised when the plot takes a mystical turn. Once again, I found myself drawn into Mitchell’s multiverse, a spectacular place where everyone and everything is connected and reality is not what it seems. —Jade Check out all of the future books we are excited about atwww.bookshopsantacruz.com/preorders
Zach Norris, We Keep Us Safe In conversation with Marlena HendersonThursday, June 25th, at 7:00 pm on CrowdcastBookshop and the NAACP Santa Cruz County Branch welcome Zach Norris, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, for an online discussion of his new book, We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities. Norris will be joined by special guest Marlena Henderson, who is also featured in the book.Jennifer Ackerman, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and ThinkTuesday, June 30th, at 5:00 pm on CrowdcastBookshop and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks welcome bestselling author Jennifer Ackerman for an online event celebrating her new book, The Bird Way. This virtual event will include a 30-minute presentation by Ackerman, as well as a Q&A with the audience.Ruﬁ Thorpe, The Knockout Queen In conversation with Jennifer WeinerThursday, July 2nd, at 6:00 pm on CrowdcastRuﬁ Thorpe will discuss her latest book, The Knockout Queen. This staff favorite is a dazzling and darkly comic novel of love, violence, and friendship in the California suburbs. Thorpe will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, whose new book Big Summer has just been published. Molly Ball, PelosiTuesday, July 7th, at 6:00 pm on CrowdcastJoin us for a free online event with national political journalist Molly Ball to discuss her book, Pelosi, an intimate, fresh perspective on the most powerful woman in American political history, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “A top-notch political biography.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewKathryn Aalto, Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural WorldSunday, July 12th, at 11:00 am on CrowdcastIn Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto celebrates 25 women whose inﬂuential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. Featured writers include Rebecca Solnit, Dorothy Wordsworth, Gene Stratton-Porter, Mary Austin, Gretel Ehrlich, Lauret Savoy, Kathleen Jamie, and Carolyn Finney.Lloyd Kahn, The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building & GardeningThursday, July 16th, at 7:00 pm on CrowdcastGreen architecture pioneer Lloyd Kahn will give an online presentation about his new book, The Half-Acre Homestead, which chronicles how he and his wife started with a vacant piece of land, built their own home, created a garden with vegetables and fruit, and raised chickens, bees, and goats. The book also covers cooking, foraging, ﬁshing, crafts, birds, butterﬂies, and tools. All of their work was done by hand and they have never paid rent or had a mortgage.Bookseller Happy Hour: Genre Edition! Monday, July 20th, at 7:00 pm on CrowdcastJoin Bookshop booksellers as we share our favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, and Graphic Novels from authors of color. Grab the beverage of your choice and come spend an hour with us on Crowdcast to ﬁnd your next great read.Patrice Vecchione, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering VoiceTuesday, July 21st, at 7:00 pm on CrowdcastAcclaimed local poet, editor, and teacher Patrice Vecchione (Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience) to celebrate her newest book, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice—the ultimate writing guide for teens.Our events have gone virtual! CLICK ON EACH EVENT for further details or to register for theseonline readings, which will take place on the Crowdcast platform. All times listed are Paciﬁc Daylight Time.VIRTUAL EVENTSZoom Forward! Friday, June 26th, at 5:00 pm—Featuring Farnaz Fatemi, Ingrid Browning, and Lisa Ortiz on the Zoom platform
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A Burningby Megha MajumdarKNOPFMegha Majumdar has written an astoundingdebut novel, and my favorite book of the yearthus far. Following a terrorist attack inmodern-day India, A Burning explores threevery different lives. It lays bare theconsequences and complexities of class,gender, politics, religion, and race—the socialconstructs that both empower and imprison the book’s richly drawncharacters. It is propulsive, it is important, it is beautifully rendered. A Burning is exactly the book it needs to be, even as it lifts you, even as it breaks your heart. I am ﬁlled to the brim with all of it. —MelindaConjure Womenby Aﬁa AtakoraRANDOM HOUSEThe characters in this transporting book, setbefore and after the Civil War, still haunt mythoughts. We get to know a mother anddaughter—midwives and healers—and thecommunity they serve. Their magic is both ablessing and a curse, and the people who needthe conjure women can be desperate to believeor quick to condemn. This is a story of people, of their overlappingrealities, their longing for security, and of the unjust world and itsrules, rules that we still deal with today. You will love the characters,be curious about what’s true and what is conjured, and shake yourhead with grief as the story comes to a close. —JennySimon the Fiddlerby Paulette JilesWILLIAM MORROWIf ever you need to leave behind thefast-paced, app-ﬁlled, droning noise of thistime, open up the world of Simon the Fiddler. This meandering story, set at the end of theCivil War, follows Simon, his ﬁddle, his dreamsfor a simple, peaceful life, and his quest tomarry the Irish lass he fell in love with at ﬁrstsight. There are saloon ﬁghts, friendships, alligators, hoop skirts,letter writing, and tragic loss. I’m telling you, I thought the music andthe Southern scenes were all going to just fade into the Texas sunset...until I got to the ﬁnal chapters—plot twist! —JennyNEW & RECOMMENDED HARDBACK FICTIONThe Vanishing Halfby Brit Bennett RIVERHEAD BOOKSThe Vanishing Half is the multigenerational story of a Black family, spanning from the CivilRights era to the end of the 20th century,centering around Stella and Desiree, twinsisters who are separated when one of themleaves to live a life passing as white. Whatfollows is an exploration of family and identity, of the complexity andvery real effects of race constructs, of what is lost, and what can befound. Bennett offers no clear answers, only much to think about (anddeliciously so) as you race through to discover how these crucial lifechoices will affect each character, all of whom you have come tounderstand and care for immensely. —MelindaAfterlifeby Julia AlvarezALGONQUIN BOOKSIn her ﬁrst adult novel in over a decade, JuliaAlvarez (In the Time of the Butterﬂies, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents) tells the story of an immigrant writer and recent widow whoselife is suddenly ﬁlled with uncertainty. Afterlife is a quiet reﬂection on a lifetime of the thingsthat bring us together and pull us apart from the ones we love. Alovely addition to Alvarez’s work. —CaseyPizza Girlby Jean Kyoung FrazierDOUBLEDAYPizza Girl is the metric against which I will compare every other book released this year.It’s Juno meets Mulholland Drive. Pizza Girl is 18, with a sweet boyfriend who loves her mom, adead alcoholic dad, and an enigmatic womanwho calls on Wednesdays to order a pizza withpickles on it. Who are you when you don’t know what you want out oflife? What is motherhood and family? What is desire? The level ofattention to detail, the FEELINGS—it’s like the book emerged fullyformed for the pit of a pure heart. I can barely contain my love forPizza Girl. —Celeste Summer ReadingRECOMMENDED by Bookshop Santa Cruz StaﬀClick on a book cover to take you to the book on our website
POETRYPostcolonial Love Poemby Natalie DiazGRAYWOLF“To read a body is to break that body a little,” Natalie Diaz writes in her second book of poetry, Postcolonial Love Poem. These innovative poems are many things: witness accounts of imperialistic and personal violence, meditations on what is gained and risked by love, unconventional odes and origin stories, and examinations of homeland and belonging. I am simply in awe of Natalie Diaz, and I reread this book as soon as I ﬁnished it. —BillyThe Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip ReedCOFFEE HOUSE PRESSIn this new collection, National Book Award winner Justin Phillip Reed dazzles the reader with inventive syntax and word choice. At its core, The Malevolent Volume is a critique of the injustice originated and maintained by the culture and systems of white supremacy. These poems—at once esoteric and coloquial—remind the reader of just how gorgeous the English language can be. —BrooksIndigoby Ellen BassCOPPER CANYONIndigo is a book of poems about survival, pain, recovery, depth of feeling, and quantiﬁable joy. It is a wonder to have a new book from Santa Cruz local Ellen Bass, an inimitable poet who distills the small triumphs and constant challenges of life into poems that so reverberate with truth, they practically hum. —BillyTo Make Room for the Seaby Adam ClayMILKWEED EDITIONSThis book stunned me. From the ﬁrst poem to the last, I was astonished at Adam Clay’s grounded and lucid style. In this collection, he grapples with the impermanence of both growth and decay and with the quickly changing state of our planet. However, amidst this mourning, this collection is imbued with hope and a yearning for the future. —BrooksHARDBACK FICTIONThe Book of Longingsby Sue Monk KiddVIKINGWhat if Jesus of Nazareth had a wife? In bestselling author (The Secret Life of Bees) Sue Monk Kidd’s new novel, she imagines just that. With painstaking detail about the historical time, Kidd introduces us to Ana, a young woman born with a gift for words who lives in a time when silence and obedience deﬁned a woman’s place and belonging. Ana’s ﬁnding of her voice is intertwined with Jesus’s pursuit for kindness and humanity. What is imagined here is not a tale of one person saving another, but an unfolding love story in which mirroring and respect lead to both risk and reward. Kidd’s ability to hold reverence while infusing new life and perspective to a story that is so known is extraordinary. I cannot explain the beauty and depth of this book, its language, its heart, its anger, its grief, and ultimately its triumph; this is one novel you don’t want to miss. —S.M.C.The Knockout Queenby Ruﬁ ThorpeKNOPFThe Knockout Queen wrapped its ﬁst around my heart and then squeezed. Ruﬁ Thorpe writes with breathtaking grace, creating a slow build that explodes: the loveability, failings, and deﬁciencies of everyone, the drift and splintering that time deals to even the closest of relationships. The Knockout Queen has pockets of profundity, both in the adolescent narrator’s wise musings, and in the grim realities the story contains. Thorpe’s skill makes the experience a pleasure: the effortless dialogue, the wry and funny scenes, and the complex, unforgettable characters that are so human (though it may hurt to admit that humanness can contain a person like the Knockout Queen’s father Ray, who is cut from the same cloth as con man-in-chief Donald Trump, utterly self-serving, with a casual brutality that is beyond redemption. I was completely captivated by The Knockout Queen—rushing to consume it but wanting at the same time to savor the rare experience of a book this close to perfect. —ChorelDon’t miss our virtual event with Ruﬁ Thorpe on Thursday, July 2nd, at 6:00 pm. Thorpe will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, whose new book, Big Summer, has just been published. Register for this free Crowdcast event via our website: www.bookshopsantacruz.com/ruﬁthorpeClick on a book cover to take you to the book on our websiteOrder books online or by phone (831-423-0900). Pick up books in the store, at curbside, or have them shipped to your door
Trust Exerciseby Susan ChoiHOLT PAPERBACKSIt’s all in the title: Trust Exercise takes the unreliable narrator to the next level, challenging the reader to suspend all judgment and hang on for the ride. Choi examines perspective and character in a whole new way, leaving the reader to wonder when they get to the end of the book, just what, exactly, they’ve been through. As in life, more questions are generated than answers. A great book to awaken your mind to the possibilities of ﬁction! —JessReproductionby Ian WilliamsEUROPA EDITIONSWinner of the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize in Canada, Reproduction is a playful novel that begins with the meeting of two very different strangers in a hospital room occupied by their mothers, and weaves through three decades of the family and relationships that follow such an unexpected and unbidden encounter. Williams writes with a poet’s ear and an inventive spark, exploring love, class, race, and the multicultural community in Toronto where this artful story unfolds in ways both light and deeply felt. —MelindaSomething to Talk Aboutby Meryl WilsnerBERKLEYThis lesbian slow-burn romance hits all the right spots. Under the bright and shiny lights of Hollywood, we meet Jo and her assistant Emma. Wilsner handles the boss/employee dynamic with skill. The dialogue is smart and the plot a breath of fresh air. There’s a lot of wonderful tension and you’re gonna be yelling, “Kiss already!” But the payoff will be worth it. —KarenaSansei and Sensibilityby Karen Tei YamashitaCOFFEE HOUSE PRESSThis hilarious new collection of stories and essays will make you chuckle, though underneath the humor is deft critique. Marie Kondo’s tidying up is juxtaposed with a tour of World War II internment camps. Sexist techno-orientalism and the meaning of Godzilla are reexamined. Local treasure, UCSC professor emerita, and acclaimed novelist Karen Tei Yamashita has written a book about the Japanese American experience both entertaining and vital in this era of anti-immigration politics. —JasonPAPERBACK FICTIONCantorasby Carolina De RobertisVINTAGEMake no mistake: Carolina de Robertis has written an epic to stand in the annals of the Western canon. Set in Uruguay, with ﬁve protagonists. Women protagonists. Queer women protagonists. Building love, family, and future amidst a violent dictatorship and cultural oppression that would deny them themselves. This novel sings through decades and heartbreak to be vibrantly, ﬁercely, alive and free, as the stories of these ﬁve cantoras unfold with vivid, sometimes aching, truths of nation and humanity. —JocelynThe Confessions of Frannie Langtonby Sara CollinsHARPER PERENNIALThis riveting historical page-turner is complex, unexpected, and empowered. Sara Collins’s Frannie Langton will linger in your mind, and Collins holds a mirror to the white reader’s embedded expectations—demands, even—of Black stories and Black suffering. Beautifully written, powerfully told, this debut is a standout. —ChorelWaiting for Bojanglesby Olivier BourdeautSIMON & SCHUSTERA beautiful French novel exploring the difﬁcult subject of mental illness. Written to the soundtrack of Nina Simone singing Mr. Bojangles, this is a magical love story. A young boy tells the story of watching his parents dance their way through life even as his mother descends into madness. This is a book that will make you laugh and cry. An international bestseller. —TreyThe Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sistersby Balli Kaur Jaswal WILLIAM MORROW PAPERBACKSI will read anything and everything that Jaswal (Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows) writes. This fantastic book about three sisters on a journey arranged by their recently deceased mother charmed me. Within a story of sisterhood and family, Jaswal explores an immigrant experience, and the complexities women go through in different ways. Sisterhood isn’t always about getting along and having everything in common, and Jaswal dives into that in this novel. I will be thinking about the Shergill sisters for a while, ﬁnding new things to love about them. — KarenaClick on a book cover to take you directly to the book on our website.Order books online or by phone (831-423-0900). Pick up books in the store, at curbside, or ship to your door.
An Embarrassment of Witchesby Sophie Goldstein & Jenn JordanTOP SHELF PRODUCTIONSLife is hard enough after college, and living in a world ﬁlled with magic doesn’t make anything easier. In this very relatable graphic novel, Rory, after a rough breakup and a cancelled trip to save endangered dragons, has no idea what she wants out of life. Even her best friend, her new magic-studying housemate, and her familiar can’t save Rory from her own destructive behavior. The color palette is deceptively simple and lovely. I found myself pulled into the witchy drama despite myself. —IvyOnce & Future, Vol. 1by Kieron Gillen, Illustrated by Dan MoraBOOM STUDIOSWith Once & Future, Kieron Gillen returns to one of his favorite themes: How do stories shape reality? Framed with Dan Mora’s bold, dark art, Gillen takes up the Arthurian cycle, ancient tales of family drama, nationalism, and magic, and slips under their patina of heroism and honor by creating a modern-day adventure of family drama, nationalism, and magic. A new series for those who enjoy monster hunting, quests, and turning the Western canon on its head. —JocelynParasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboardsby Bong Joon HoGRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHINGWhile watching the Oscars, my mom told me not to scream if Parasite won Best Picture. So I just didn't breathe for about 30 seconds. Bong Joon Ho’s movie is a masterpiece of modern ﬁlmmaking and a potent, timely commentary on class warfare, no matter the geographic location. Bong mixes genres like a master chef creating a perfect dish, blending thriller, horror, and sociopolitical commentary. I’m so excited to get my hands on this glimpse into his creative process and to spend even more time yelling about this incredible ﬁlm. —J GalloWine: A Graphic HistoryWritten by Benoist Simmat Illustrated by Daniel CasanaveSELFMADEHEROJoin wine expert Benoist Simmat and artist Daniel Casanave on a tour of wine’s long and storied history. Informative and quirky, Wine will give you an abundance of fun anecdotes for your next social gathering (over Zoom or in person). It also makes a great gift for the friend who has everything but also loves wine (or history). —EmmaGRAPHICSCIENCE FICTION & FANTASYThe Age of Witchesby Louisa MorganREDHOOKI’ve been hooked on Louisa Morgan since I ﬁrst picked up A Secret History of Witches last year. The Age of Witches is her third foray into magical historical ﬁction and, in my opinion, her best. Reconstruction-era New York and Victorian England are brought to vivid life as we weave our way through the social niceties (and not-so-niceties) of families and stepfamilies, marriage, and the expectations of women of the era while Morgan expertly adds in a beautiful thread of magic and female companionship. —J GalloMiddlegameby Seanan McGuireTOR.COM NOW IN PAPERBACKFrom beginning to end, Middlegame is the book you’ve been waiting for. I’ve been reading McGuire’s work for years and this is her best. The writing alone is technically masterful. Add in complex characters and a plot that deﬁes time and space, and you can see why Middlegame has been nominated for a Hugo Award. Roger and Dodger, despite their ridiculous names, are characters to fall in love with even when they’re being their most exasperating. —KarenaThe Ten Thousand Doors of Januaryby Alix E. HarrowREDHOOKNOW IN PAPERBACKThree paragraphs were all it took to pull me all the way into this intriguing portal fantasy. The entire book, Alix Harrow’s debut novel, lives up to the promise of its auspicious beginning. Set in the early 1900s, The Ten Thousand Doors of January transports the reader through secret magic openings to places of wonder and mystery. This is a book about books, a story about stories, a tale of courage, love, and family ties across time and space. Imaginative and enchanting! —TreyDown Daysby Ilze HugoGALLERY BOOKSTopical for the COVID-19 era, this magical realist novel is inspired by the 1962 Tanganyika laughter epidemic and set in a ﬁctional version of Cape Town, Ilze Hugo’s hometown. This time, the laughter never stopped; 7 years into the epidemic, everyone is wearing a mask, laughing is forbidden, taxi drivers are death collectors, and a little girl is trying to ﬁnd her brother, who may or may not be a ghost. But when even the truth is up for debate, what is one to do but laugh? —KseniaClick on a book cover to take you directly to the book on our website.Order books online or by phone (831-423-0900). Pick up books in the store, at curbside, or ship to your door.
The Secrets They Left Behindby Lissa Marie Redmond • CROOKED LANEA young police ofﬁcer, Shea, is sent undercover to inﬁltrate a small college town where three freshman girls have disappeared without a trace. Shea herself is an immensely sympathetic protagonist who just survived another undercover case, one that left her with PTSD and a distrust of her male handler, who doesn’t seem to care about her well-being. Written by a retired cold case homicide detective, this standalone mystery is a remarkable, superbly paced police procedural that kept me on the edge of my seat and is an ode to female strength, loyalty, and friendship. —KseniaA Deadly Inside Scoopby Abby ColletteBERKLEY • PAPERBACK ORIGINALBronwyn Crewse inherited an ice cream shop from her grandmother and wants to bring it to its former glory, but a construction delay means opening her shop when the town is buried in snow. Ever the entrepreneur, Brownyn decides to collect said snow to make ice cream…only to stumble upon a dead body! A Deadly Inside Scoop hits the sweet spot with a perfect balance of ice cream shop shenanigans, amateur sleuthing, and strong family ties. Quirky and socially astute, this #ownvoices cozy mystery about a young black woman trying to help exonerate her father after he is suspected of murder is a rare treat. —KseniaRiviera Goldby Laurie R. King • BANTAM Tantalizing, dreamy, fresh, and absorbing, the newest installment of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series will be a welcome escape for Laurie R. King fans this summer. Set in the Riviera in the Jazz Age, Riviera Gold features real-life power couple Sara and Gerald Murphy, legendary hosts of many a sparkling party for the Lost Generation, as well as a fascinating cast of players. Longtime readers will love the dive into a familiar character’s past (never underestimate the white-haired ladies!), King’s enthralling portrayal of Holmes, and the clearheaded Russell’s continuous curiosity. —ChorelScandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mysteryby Wendy LesserFARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUXWendy Lesser obsessively read Nordic noir for four decades, which created a rather skewed representation of the Scandinavian countries in her imagination. To rectify her misconceptions Lesser, for the ﬁrst time in her life, traveled to Sweden, Norway, and Denmark to talk to police ofﬁcers and regular citizens alike about the culture that led to the birth of such a unique and internationally renowned genre. A mix of rigorous literary criticism and travel writing, Scandinavian Noir is a love letter to mystery books and a statement about the literature’s power to make state borders porous and even obsolete. And for those who are new to Nordic noir, Lesser provides a long list of book recommendations—all of which I, for one, am adding to my TBR. —KseniaMYSTERY & TRUE CRIMETake Me Apartby Sara Sligar • MCD Kate Aitken, a former journalist who has ﬂed her native New York in order to archive the personal effects of the famous artist Miranda Brand, does not expect to become obsessed with the enigmatic woman and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. Kate begins to uncover Miranda’s hidden secrets, secrets that contradict Miranda’s image as a rebellious feminist icon. Although the book is a psychological thriller about a potential murder, its most hair-raising aspect is the inability of its female characters to control their own stories, to seek relief from their demons, even to escape scrutiny. In Take Me Apart, Sarah Sligar implies that life in America is full of traps set for women, and it is the lucky ones who make it out alive. —K.L.Seven Years of Darknessby You-Jeong JeongPENGUIN BOOKS • PAPERBACK ORIGINALThe revenge narrative has gotten a bold new update with You-Jeong Jeong’s Seven Years of Darkness. This is a book driven by atmospheric setting and character development, and these features certainly deliver. The characters are endearingly ﬂawed, and you feel for them as they attempt to right the wrongs that they have committed, and in some cases, inherited. As a reader, I was especially intrigued by Sowon, the son of a convicted mass murderer who grapples with the disparity between the loving memories he has of his father and the reality of his father’s crimes. The uncompromising yet sympathetic depiction of the characters’ moral ambiguities makes this book a one-of-a-kind read. —K.L.The End of Octoberby Lawrence Wright • KNOPFWright cowrote a 1998 movie about extremists attacking New York City. With his new novel about a viral pandemic, you might think he’s prophetic. But his real trick is that he writes about what’s most likely to actually happen, researches how it might play out, then writes a book. I’m afraid he isn’t a master of character in ﬁction, but he does have a heroic scientist trying to save the world and a president who is going to let it go down the drain. That’s pretty realistic. And I still think we should airdrop this to every home in Santa Cruz County. —DaveRecursion by Blake CrouchBALLANTINE BOOKS • NOW IN PAPERBACKIn 2018, NYPD robbery division detective Barry Sutton answers a “jumper” call. The woman has indeed been robbed—of her son, her husband, her entire life. She is suffering from false memory syndrome, a mysterious disease that makes those afﬂicted remember two different lifetimes simultaneously. Meanwhile, in 2008, the brilliant neuroscientist Helena Smith receives unlimited funding from a reclusive billionaire to study memory to cure Alzheimer’s. Thus begins Crouch’s mind-blowing, convoluted, and surprisingly romantic science ﬁction thriller, which grapples with profound themes of memory, identity, and time, asking us what are we willing to sacriﬁce to rewrite the past—and what will remain of us if we do. —Ksenia
Places I’ve Taken My Body: Essaysby Molly McCully BrownPERSEAIn her essay collection Places I’ve Taken My Body, Molly McCully Brown brings the insight and sensitivity of a poet to discuss her experiences with cerebral palsy. I absolutely loved the broad expanse of topics she touches upon: pain and the body, the memory and the self. In prose both blunt and expressive, Brown examines how we move through space and the loneliness caused by both mobility and immobility. —BrooksSigh, Gone: A Misﬁt’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit Inby Phuc TranFLATIRON BOOKSPhuc Tran: Ubergeek. From discovering punk rock egalitarianism to relating The Iliad to girls’ high school sports, Tran is always ready to dive into whatever comes next. He puts it all down to a desperate need to ﬁt in, as a Vietnamese refugee in small-town Pennsylvania, but you can tell that he’s always going to be the one in the deep end of the pool, regardless. He’s a Latin teacher, a tattooist, a TEDx grammar star, and now a touching memoirist. —DaveGood Boy: My Life in Seven Dogsby Jennifer Finney BoylanCELADON BOOKSIn this new autobiography, the incomparable Jennifer Boylan deﬁnes the chapters of her life by the dogs she has owned. She writes of them and herself with overwhelming tenderness, hilariously wry skepticism, and brutally frank honesty. I loved meeting all of her dogs, and through them getting to know the different versions of herself she has experienced. If you’ve never read Boylan before, this is a wonderful introduction, and who doesn’t love a good dog? —JaxBrother RobertGrowing Up with Robert Johnsonby Annye C. AndersonHACHETTE BOOKSThis is the touching, ﬁrst-hand account of the family life of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson from the perspective of Annye Anderson, his half-sister. Johnson died when she was 12, but with the help of a steel-trap memory and documents, Anderson shows us a side we haven’t much seen of the talented musician. She may not know what he did on the road, but she helps us meet the man he was with the people who mattered the most. —MJBIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRBrown AlbumEssays on Exile and Identityby Porochista KhakpourVINTAGEPAPERBACK ORIGINALPorochista Khakpour is a novelist but believes she is better known as an essayist. Speciﬁcally, as an Iranian American essayist. One who now is debuting her ﬁrst published essay collection on being Iranian American. And these are powerful essays on the subjects of, as the title says, exile and identity, along with culture and politics, of being American, and being Iranian, and being American Iranian. But even more, these essays— independently written though they were—create a writer’s memoir, of becoming an artist and ﬁnding one’s voice, of becoming a New Yorker, and of being a human who is a person of color in our modern-day world. Pick up this book to read Khakpour’s insight into being an immigrant, being Iranian, and Iranian American culture, to be sure. But also pick it up for the voice and artistic story of the brilliant and powerful woman behind this book.—Jocelyn The Dragons, the Giant, the Womenby Wayétu MooreGRAYWOLF PRESSIt is evident that Moore is a storyteller at heart. Her memoir weaves together her family’s ﬂight during the First Liberian Civil War, her childhood immigrant experience in America, and the escape narrative that bridges the two. Beginning with her ﬁfth birthday in Monrovia, continuing through her coming of age in Texas and her return to Liberia as an adult, Moore has written a story and a history that needs to be told. More importantly, it is one that needs to be felt, and Moore’s intimate, lyrical, and harrowing account is heart grabbing from the ﬁrst page and lodges bone deep to the very end.—MelindaThe New OnePainfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dadby Mike BirbigliaGRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHINGCan something painful be funny? Can you really only have one slice of pizza? Can something that feels horrible turn out to be wonderful? Can ﬁsh text? Birbiglia asks these questions and more in his honest, funny, and emotionally fraught exploration of parenthood and what it has meant to his wife and to him. Fans of his will appreciate the new stories, as well as the poems from his wife. If you don’t know anything about this awkward sleepwalker, I encourage you to check him out. —JaxClick on a book cover to take you directly to the book on our website.Order books online or by phone (831-423-0900). Pick up books in the store, at curbside, or ship to your door.
The Undocumented Americansby Karla Cornejo VillavicencioONE WORLDI cannot recommend The Undocumented Americans highly enough. It is beautifully written, scathing in its critique of our country’s culpability, and real, real, real. Cornejo Villavicencio listens carefully and compassionately to the stories of people so often unheard and captures the complexity of their lives in raw, poignant pieces, giving a fullness to the undocumented Latinx experience beyond the narrow tropes meant to contain it. Interspersed throughout are her own story as an undocumented child immigrant from Ecuador and her thoughts on how she is continually coming to understand its impact on her life. Her voice is powerful; its service as a vessel for the many who are silenced is tenfold. This book is eye opening, life afﬁrming, and change making, if you listen. —MelindaThe Ghosts of Eden Parkby Karen AbbottBROADWAY BOOKS • NOW IN PAPERBACKRenowned historian Karen Abbott uses a wealth of primary source documents and her impeccable prose to bring to vivid life the story of millionaire kingpin bootlegger George Remus, US Assistant Attorney General Mabel Walker Willebrandt, and their Prohibition-era world. Abbott meticulously chronicles these larger-than-life characters’ journeys in this storied time, evocatively interspersing tantalizing courtroom testimony that hints at the scandal, betrayal, and murder to come. A true crime saga written to keep you turning pages. —JocelynEnemy of All Mankindby Steven Johnson • RIVERHEAD BOOKSPrepare to be transported from your favorite armchair to the high seas; reading this book is like bingeing a great history documentary. Enemy of All Mankind uses the story of a mysterious and infamous pirate named Henry Every to take the reader on a journey through the origins of piracy, the history of India’s economic system, the emergence of global trading corporations, the spread of Islam, the frustrating beginnings of celebrity journalism, and more. Steven Johnson knows how to write captivating history. —ToriWordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Languageby Amanda MontellHARPER WAVE • NOW IN PAPERBACKHave you ever stopped to think about the ways in which your language informs your worldview? Have you ever pondered whether the patriarchy participates in forming the way you think about sex, politics, and identity? If you are curious about these topics, reach for Wordslut. Bet you never realized how sexist it is to hate vocal fry! Amanda Montell will tell you why. —JessHISTORY & POLITICSSurviving Autocracy: A Status Reportby Masha GessenRIVERHEAD BOOKSHaving grown up queer in the Soviet Union and gone on to cover the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, National Book Award winner Masha Gessen (The Future Is History) sounded the alarm about the trajectory America was on within the ﬁrst 48 hours of Trump’s election. Her urgent book lays out the ways in which autocracy works and is also a guide to enduring and resisting the ongoing assault on democracy. Absolutely essential reading. —S.B.The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divideby Zerlina MaxwellHACHETTE BOOKS • JULY 7 PUBLICATIONIn her highly anticipated book, MSNBC analyst Zerlina Maxwell, who worked on both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns, challenges us to look at the problems not of the right but of the left—including white privilege, income inequality, and racism. Most especially, Maxwell argues that the Democratic party’s struggle to engage women and communities of color because of its preoccupation with catering to the white male working class, is the ﬂaw that prevents true progress from succeeding. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! —S.B.Alaric the Goth: An Outsider’s History of the Fall of Romeby Douglas BoinW.W. NORTON & COMPANYIn his latest historical analysis, professor and author Douglas Boin weaves the intricate tale of Rome’s mysterious sacker, Alaric the Goth, with prose that is readable and engaging. Far from a barbarian, Alaric was a complex leader who grew up on the border between his Gothic kin and the aging Roman Empire. As Boin describes the fall of Rome and the rise of the Dark Ages, it is easy to draw parallels to our own decaying empire. —AricReal Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States, by Samantha Allen BACK BAY BOOKS • NOW IN PAPERBACKReal Queer America is a cross-country road-trip from Provo, Utah, all the way to the Deep South. Samantha Allen pairs this narrative tour through the sometimes surprising yet always vibrant queer communities in America’s red states with her own transition journey. This is a window into the profound cultural shifts underway in our country today. It reveals an amazing national network of chosen family ﬁghting for a better world. Real Queer America is a treasure trove of uplifting stories of incredible LGBTQ people working for change. Fans of Love and Estrogen and Susan Kuklin’s Beyond Magenta are sure to enjoy. —Azia
Why Fish Don’t Existby Lulu MillerSIMON & SCHUSTERLulu Miller writes of chaos, of scientist David Starr Jordan, of the elegance that can come from putting everything in order (be it emotions, milestones in life, ﬁsh in jars). She intersperses her own story and personal reﬂections with history and true crime events, scientiﬁc discoveries and hidden horrors. I have raved about this book to multiple coworkers and added it to my small stack of books I have hugged upon ﬁnishing. It is dog-eared (which I attribute to all the chaos in it), and a book I’ll be recommending to as many folks as possible. —RachelEntangled Lifeby Merlin Sheldrake • RANDOM HOUSEWho better to engagingly inform about the breadth and depth of fungus than Merlin Sheldrake, the fungal biologist? This book features charming illustrations, drawn with a mushroom-derived ink, and anecdotes whose topics range from the jungles of Panama to mycology conferences in the Paciﬁc Northwest to the work done in psychedelic research labs. Sheldrake embraces not knowing all the answers and poses many questions about the radical possibilities of fungi as agents of change in the realms of environment, mental health, biological research, and more. —CelesteThe Book of Eelsby Patrick Svensson • ECCOWhen asked, my favorite genre will always be “nonﬁction microhistory about weird stuff.” And when I ﬁnd a book that ﬁts into that wedge of my heart, I tell people to read it, even if it may seem a little odd at ﬁrst. So please, read The Book of Eels. It’s a wonderful mix of memoir and science, nature writing and childhood experiences. There are rituals shared, passed down through generations of humans and eels, sometimes overlapping and always, it seems, tugging on opposite ends of the same line. —RachelCosmological Koansby Anthony Aguirre W.W. NORTON & COMPANYNOW IN PAPERBACKUCSC Professor Anthony Aguirre covers cosmic questions from the nature of time to the origin of multiple universes, and shows how scientiﬁc giants from Aristotle to Heisenberg have grappled with them.“This unique and beautifully written masterpiece by a leading cosmologist transforms the deepest mysteries of our Universe into a captivating and accessible quest for personal enlightenment.” —Max TegmarkSCIENCE & NATUREThe Language of Butterﬂiesby Wendy WilliamsSIMON & SCHUSTERButterﬂies have entranced humans for hundreds of years. Why did this fascination begin? And what part do butterﬂies take in our ecosystem? Wendy Williams has carefully crafted a study about the fascinating history of humankind’s relationship with these delightful, colorful insects, as well as of butterﬂies’ evolution. A perfect addition to any naturalist’s collection and to that of the casual appreciater of butterﬂies. —MJEurope: A Natural Historyby Tim FlanneryGROVE PRESS • NOW IN PAPERBACKScholarly, hilarious, and sometimes absurd, this interdisciplinary book is fascinating. I learned that Europe had been an archipelago, and that the apex predator of one island was a giant carnivorous hedgehog. And that such a thing as the giant winged and likely dinosaur-eating Transylvanian pterosaur Hatzegopteryx existed, described elsewhere as a “giraffe-sized, quadrupedal Panzer-stork.” No kidding, look it up. Sometimes it’s the ancient fauna that amaze; other times it’s the protopaleontologists that defy belief. This natural history is about as dry as albondigas soup. —DaveEmperors of the Deepby William McKeeverHARPERONE • NOW IN PAPERBACKClimate change is threatening the continued existence of one of the world’s oldest living species, sharks. Largely misrepresented and misunderstood, sharks are not nearly as dangerous as commonly perceived and they play a pivotal role in our oceans’ ecosystem. There is still so much we don’t know about sharks (like their mating habits and lifespan). In an effort to advocate for the species, McKeever travels the world, talking to experts and learning what our oceans would be like without sharks in them and why that would be very dire indeed. —JadeSalmonby Mark Kurlansky • PATAGONIAKurlansky has long been praised for his all-encompassing microhistories of singular items with bestselling books like Salt and Cod, but he has outdone himself here with this gorgeous, full-color, heavily-photographed gift book, Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate from Patagonia. As always, his writing is thoughtful, personable, and knowledgeable. Kurlansky explores the history of this remarkable ﬁsh and our relationship with it across centuries and around the world, as well as the environmental issues that challenge it. He presents an engaging must-read that inextricably ties the survival of salmon to that of our planet. An astonishing call to arms. —Melinda
THE WORLD IN YOUR BACKYARDNature ObscuraA City’s Hidden Natural Worldby Kelly BrennerMOUNTAINEERS BOOKSKelly Brenner brings to vivid life a series of microhistories found (sometimes literally) in her backyard, as well as her own fascination as a naturalist for all life great and (especially) small, from crows gathering at dusk to moon snails by the sea, from basement spiders to slime molds in the woods to ﬂies all around. Brenner enthusiastically invites anyone whose childhood involved collecting bugs or who spends weekends at wilderness identiﬁcation courses to join her mini expeditions—and forge their own. —JocelynWhat It’s Like to Be a BirdFrom Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Whyby David Allen SibleyKNOPFIn his new, large-format release, revered author and illustrator David Allen Sibley explains the mysterious behaviors of the most common backyard birds. With vivid and exacting illustrations to accompany the text, What It’s Like to Be a Bird is both an accessible entry point for young birders and a rewarding explanation for to the more experienced individual. —BrooksThe Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Thinkby Jennifer AckermanPENGUIN PRESSIn her new book The Bird Way, Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds, expands on fresh discoveries in the science of birds. Ackerman once again uses her engaging prose to shine a light on the startling ways in which birds are very much like us. Her lyrical and informative depiction of “the bird way” makes this the most delightful, inspiring, and exciting book I’ve read in ages. —BrooksDon’t miss our virtual event with Jennifer Ackerman on Tuesday, June 30th, at 5:00 pm. This event, cosponsored by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, will include a beautiful 30-minute presentation by Ackerman, as well as a Q&A with the audience. Register for this free Crowdcast event via our website:www.bookshopsantacruz.com/JenniferAckermanYou Are an ArtistAssignments to Spark Creationby Sarah Urist GreenPENGUIN BOOKSWhat might it be like to be in an art class being taught by some of the greatest artists alive today? Well, it would be a lot like reading You Are an Artist! Former museum curator and current host of the PBS Digital Studios series The Art Assignment has spoken to a wide range of artists, asking them about their work and their process and having them create art assignments for the audience to complete. The assignments range from sculptural (like “Embarrassing Object”) to performance (“Become a Sci-Fi Character”) to photographic (“Sorted Books”) to textile (“Make a Rug”), are usually ﬂexible in terms of medium, and require no formal artistic skill. Combining full-color pictures of contemporary art; art history; and a variety of fun, thoughtful, and inspiring project ideas, this book is perfect for artists both practiced and emerging. —MollyThe Making It Guide to Craftingby the Creators of Making ItABRAMS Do you ﬁnd yourself longing to be one of those DIY people who can make anything? Are you a crafter already wanting to branch out? Look no further than this charming book, the perfect inspiration to “make it!” Fans of the show will enjoy the forward by Nick Offerman and the proﬁles of past contestants, and anyone interested in crafts will enjoy the various techniques taught here. So get out there and create! —JaxMending Life: A Handbook for Repairing Clothes and Heartsby Nina Montenegro & Sonya MontenegroSASQUATCH BOOKSThe Montenegro sisters have given us a wonderful gift. Among the many books on mending and upcycling that are coming out right now, Mending Life is deﬁnitely a standout. The Montenegros cover mending techniques for a wide range of materials and share their touching personal connection to mending and thrift clothing. The art inside is gorgeous and evocative, with the feel of having been hand drawn only a few minutes ago. Mend your clothes, mend your connection to other people and the planet. —J GalloARTS & CRAFTSClick on a book cover to take you directly to the book on our website.Order books online or by phone (831-423-0900). Pick up books in the store, at curbside, or ship to your door.
24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kidby Willie Mays, with John SheaST. MARTIN’S PRESSThe legendary Willie Mays, known for both his Hall of Fame baseball career and his charitable work and generosity in spending time with young players, has given us yet another gift with this wonderful memoir. In 24 chapters (to correspond with his uniform number), the baseball legend tells stories from his life and talks about his philosophy on sports. As a huge Giants fan, I have heard for many years about the joy of listening to Mays tell tales about his career and share his advice about life and have always wished I could sit in on one of those conversations. This book is certainly the next best thing. —S.B.A Beginner’s Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocationsby Pico IyerVINTAGE • NOW IN PAPERBACKLike a timeless literary novel, the depth and complexity of Japanese culture only becomes apparent when one immerses oneself in it. In A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, the companion to Autumn Light, the celebrated journalist Pico Iyer shares his thoughts and observations about the Land of the Rising Sun and its people in short, contemplative vignettes that touch on a multitude of seemingly disparate aspects of Japanese culture, from vending machines to sex to grammar. —AricIntangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistryby Joan RyanLITTLE, BROWN & COMPANYTeam chemistry makes or breaks a team. That’s my takeaway from sports columnist Joan Ryan’s fascinating new book, Intangibles. Inspired by the 1989 San Francisco Giants’ improbable run to the World Series, Ryan spent the last 10 years looking at all kinds of players, from superstars to journeymen, to uncover the archetypal roles they serve on their teams: the sparkplug, the sage, the kid, the enforcer, the buddy, the jester, the warrior. The chemistry that comes from that magical mix of players who inspire, support, and believe in each other can’t manufacture talent, but it does maximize whatever talent a team has. And you’re not going to go far without it. —S.B.TRAVEL, ADVENTURE & SPORTSScenic Science of the National ParksAn Explorer’s Guide to Wildlife, Geology, and Botanyby Emily Hoff & Maygen KellerTEN SPEED PRESS • PAPERBACK ORIGINALWith this charming book in hand, you will never experience the National Parks the same way again, even if you don’t leave your house. Hoff and Keller approach the 60 national parks they selected for their guidebook in such a delightful, inquisitive, and responsible way that one can’t help but be fascinated and appreciative all at once. There is so much off-beat information packed into this fully illustrated book that a person can explore the parks to their utter content. There are also passport stamps to be collected for each park, so let the adventuring begin! —MelindaRevolutions: How Women Changed the World on Two Wheelsby Hannah RossPLUME • PAPERBACK ORIGINALThis unique book rather deﬁes description: part introduction to the history of bicycles and cycling, part history of feminist moments and movements through the lens of cycling, part history of women’s cycling in the Western world, and a dizzying panoply and who’s who of remarkable historical and present-day women. Hannah Ross guides us through it all with clear prose, wry wit, and a passion for the sport and for righting the inequalities that still plague it. —JocelynOn Lighthousesby Jazmina Barrera • TWO LINES PRESSBoth in life and in literature, lighthouses have always functioned as so much more than bringers of light. In this lovely little tome, translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney, Barrera illuminates different lighthouses around the world, tells of her experiences with them, and explores the ways we engage with these bastions at the edge of the darkness. Part travelogue and microhistory, memoir and literary criticism, this is creative nonﬁction at its best, at once intimate and all-encompassing. —MelindaWhy We Swimby Bonnie Tsui • ALGONQUIN BOOKSThrough the vehicle of swimming, about which she is passionate, Tsui explores the origins of our relationship to water, tells story after story of the role of swimming across cultures and history, discusses aspects of racism and other forms of exclusion in access to swimming, and writes of the seductiveness of water and being able to dive deeply and exuberantly into it, move through it with strength and ease—relative to our funny, nonamphibious bodies—and respect the powerfulness and impersonalness of water at once. —A.P.Click on a book cover to take youdirectly to the book on our websiteOrder books online or by phone (831-423-0900). Pick upbooks in the store, at curbside, or have them shipped to your door
The Earth in Her Hands75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plantsby Jennifer JewellTIMBER PRESSThis inspiring book celebrates the many ways women have contributed to the world of plants. With a format reminiscent of In the Company of Women, this collection proﬁles each farmer, ﬂorist, horticulturalist, landscape designer, nurserywoman, and plant pathologist with a photograph and essay. Topics as diverse as collaboration, community, race, enslavement, science, medicine, conservation, and food justice are part of the conversation. I loved the sense of common purpose these women have, despite their different roles, and was excited to see the inclusion of many Bay Area women, including seed expert Renee Shepherd of Felton. This is a beautiful and moving book. “Plants contain the world. The garden, better than any college education, gave the world to me.” —Jamaica Kincaid —S.B.Green: Plants for Small Spaces, Indoors and Out by Jason Chongue HARDIE GRANT BOOKSYes, another plant book, but hear me out: This one’s worth snagging. A wonderful source of inspiration as well as a solid reference you can use to make sure your plants live a long and healthy life. The book is very appealing, both aesthetically and in terms of the information it contains. (Visual examples of various types of sunlight conditions? Yes please!) If you are at home a little bit more nowadays, why not use the time to propagate your favorite plant or add some new beauties to your current household? —Rachel How to Make a House a HomeCreating a Purposeful, Personal Spaceby Ariel KayeCLARKSON POTTERHow to Make a House a Home teaches us how to take the right steps toward a beautiful, mindful, functional, and uniquely “you” home. Gently directing us to think about and see the essential factors in making a comfortable as well as functional space, this book explores ways to develop an environment that welcomes, nurtures, and inspires. Ariel Kaye meets us wherever we call home in this accessible resource, with its beautifully rendered illustrations, creative tips, and design advice, including about color palettes, room-by-room organization, house plants, and furniture. Take your spring cleaning to a higher level or simply beautify to whatever degree you want. Highly recommend for the curious and motivated home design enthusiast! —AziaHOME & GARDENModern Container Gardeningby Isabelle PalmerHARDIE GRANTThis lovely book about container gardens is ﬁlled with advice and is great for gardeners of all levels but will be especially helpful for beginners. Palmer has a fresh, modern approach to plant and color combinations, which I really loved. Each container garden project she features—from Summer Brights to Provencal Pastels to Ombré Herb Pots—includes plant lists and step-by-step instructions (sort of like a recipe) so it’s easy for anyone to create the same beautiful look. —S.B.Kitchen Garden Revivalby Nicole Johnsey BurkeCOOL SPRINGS PRESSIf you are new to gardening but are excited to start growing some of your own food, this book is a great place to start. Written in a warm, you-can-do-it tone, it is also ﬁlled with really good advice and is tailored for a small-scale space like a yard or patio. I love that the author has a point of view, like her commitment to raised beds—which make it easier on your back, produce incredibly reliable results, and give your garden structure no matter how unwieldly your plants may get. And even though I’m an experienced gardener, I found some great new ideas (like growing tomatoes on arched metal trellises) and plenty to love in Kitchen Garden Revival. Pick up a copy and get growing! —S.B.Cool Is Everywhereby Michel Arnaud • ABRAMSKind of a cross between “how to save your medium-sized city” and “architectural repurposing porn,” this book by an architectural photographer has almost got me ready to head out on the road to see what other kinds of awesome I’ve been missing. Case studies highlight Oakland, Portland, Austin, and Denver in the West as well as Rust Belt jewels and instances of Southern revitalization in action. Cool Is Everywhere discusses gentriﬁcation and the unequal distribution of the beneﬁts of urban recovery, but mostly it’s a naked-brick-and-stripped-hardwood- ﬂoor blueprint for saving your city, one abandoned factory at a time. —DaveNatural Palettes by Sasha DuerrPRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESSThis gorgeous, compact book features 25 color palettes from ﬂora, food, and plants that will inspire artists, gardeners, and anyone working in textiles, fashion, or interior design. Jason Long, author of the beautiful book Make Ink, calls Natural Palettes, “A poem, a guide, a swatch book and a manifesto for natural color awareness rolled into one. This is a book steeped in the past, useful in the now, and alchemized for the future. A beautiful and crucial map for those looking for an adventure that begins at their feet.” —S.B.Click on a book cover to take youdirectly to the book on our website
FalastinSami Tamimi & Tara WigleyTEN SPEED PRESSThis gorgeous book about the food, ingredients, and people of Palestine is by the coauthors of Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestsellers Jerusalem, Ottolenghi (Sami Tamimi), and Ottolenghi Simple (Tara Wigley). It is a mouthwatering collection of over 120 recipes, from breakfast to dessert, that feature bright and bold ﬂavors and spices like sumac and za’atar. “A cookbook should make you dream, it should invite you to an expanding table, and, more important, it should make you drop everything and head straight to the kitchen. This book does all that.” — Naz Deravian, author of Bottom of the Pot. —S.B.Chicano Eats: Recipes from the Borderby Esteban CastilloHARPER DESIGN • JUNE 30 PUBLICATIONWhat can I say? I love this queer Chicano chef and this cookbook! Castillo presents his fun and delicious recipes alongside stories of his life and family, making the book a joy to cook from. I also appreciate how easy the recipes are to use and how patiently Castillo explains how to do things. If you’ve never cooked Mexican food, this is the perfect primer, and if you’re looking for some playful variations on these ﬂavors, you’re in for a real treat. —JaxCharred: The Complete Guide to Vegetarian Grilling and Barbecueby Genevieve TaylorQUADRILLE PUBLISHING This compact book is packed with wonderful vegetarian options for the grill. Charred will take you beyond familiar skewered vegetables with options like Jerk-Spiced Plantains, Moroccan-Spiced Eggplant and Tomato, and Barbecued Carrot with Ricotta and Toasted Pecans. Even the burgers—including Herby Falafel Burgers with Hummus—are exciting! I like the inclusion of fritters and polenta cakes, which I had never thought about grilling (on a griddle pan). We are going to wear this book out this summer! —S.B.Spirits of Latin Americaby Ivy Mix • TEN SPEED PRESSThis ambitious book is the perfect starting place for anyone who is curious about spirits south of the border. Each section deals with a different source: agave, sugarcane, and grape. Mix gives the history of these delicious drinks as well as information on the ethics of buying them, and doesn’t shy away from the less savory aspects of the drinks. While most of her cocktails match her status as a world-class bartender, there are a few (hello, caipirinha) that are a simple and elegant, the perfect introduction to these amazing spirits. ¡Salud! —JaxVegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipesby Bryant TerryTEN SPEED PRESSYou don’t need to be a vegetarian to love Bryant Terry’s books. His food is personal, unpretentious, packed with ﬂavor, and absolutely delicious. In Vegetable Kingdom, he continues to showcase plant-based recipes with roots in African food traditions and even pairs them with music. Terry, renowned for his activism on behalf of creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, eschews meat substitutes and instead showcases the tastiness of affordable ingredients like carrots, corn, and green beans. This is a joyful book where vegetables reign supreme. —S.B.It Starts with Fruitby Jordan ChampagneCHRONICLE BOOKSWhat is the difference between jams, marmalades, preserves, and butters? Oh, you’re going to learn and you’re going to love it! And how about shrubs? Have you ever sipped a shrub? Not the bush kind, but a fruit syrup, preserved with vinegar and mixed with water or alcohol to make a refreshing beverage. It Starts with Fruit will quell all of your fears about canning and inspire you to preserve everything you see at the farmers’ market. The photography and illustrations are beautiful and the stories that accompany each recipe will make it seem like you’re preserving more than just food. —JennyMy Koreaby Hooni KimW.W. NORTON & COMPANYThis is quickly becoming another favorite cookbook of mine. If a cookbook can be considered a page-turner, this is one that I couldn’t put down. Kim’s story of his immigration unfolds, from his ﬁrst taste memories in South Korea, through his life growing up in London and New York, to the opening of his Hell’s Kitchen restaurant, Danji, which would receive a Michelin star, the ﬁrst ever in the world for a Korean restaurant. This book is truly inspiring and I can’t wait to begin my own Korean food cooking journey. —JennyThe Vegetarian Silver Spoonby The Silver Spoon KitchenPHAIDON PRESSThis cookbook is an excellent addition to any Italian food lover or vegetarian’s culinary bookshelf. With gorgeous photos, user- friendly formatting, and recipes that somehow manage to be both elegant and easy to make, The Vegetarian Silver Spoon contains everything you could ask of a cookbook. Great for vegetarian and vegan chefs as well as anyone looking to try their hand at the perfect contorno (vegetable side dish). —JessCOOKBOOKS & FOOD WRITING
Rebel Chef: In Search of What Mattersby Dominique CrennPENGUIN PRESSI tore through this absolutely engaging memoir by Dominique Crenn, whose highly acclaimed San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn is the recipient of three Michelin stars. Charming, personable, and determined, Crenn found her way in the food world despite the lack of female chefs in the chauvinistic France in which she grew up. She yearned for America, where she believed anything was possible (except for a decent sandwich). When I started this book, I thought that I might not connect with the world of ﬁne cuisine, but I ended up being mesmerized by Crenn’s descriptions of creating, plating, and serving her food, which engage all of the senses. Not only that, but a great deal of Rebel Chef deals with family, identity, sexuality, and search for home. This memoir is as tender, bold, sweet, and gracious as the chef herself. —S.B.Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cookingby Bill BufordKNOPFBestselling author Bill Buford (Heat) moves his life from New York to Lyon, the insular French city preoccupied with all things culinary, to learn how to cook French food and to see what drives French cooks to abuse themselves and others in pursuit of culinary excellence. The answers lie in the traditional pig slaughter he attends, the great chefs he meets, his neighborhood baker, and le rigeur of Michelin-starred restaurants, something untranslatable, deeply ingrained in the history and tradition of Lyon and France, and found only on the plate. —CelesteAlways HomeA Daughter’s Recipes & Storiesby Fanny Singer, foreword by Alice WatersKNOPF Fanny Singer has written a warm, lovely memoir about growing up as the daughter of culinary icon Alice Waters, who raised her to appreciate beauty in the world and to be grateful for good food, family, and friends. Singer writes with humor, grace. and an awareness of the privilege she enjoyed growing up at Chez Panisse and traveling the world on culinary adventures. Although she clearly adores her mother, she thankfully does not shy away from including her foibles—such as her insistence on highly curated spaces (leading to hiding clothing and items deemed too garish) and her complete lack of baking talent. This book is a total delight—the description of Fanny’s school lunches had me in stitches—and even includes recipes.—S.B.COOKBOOKS & FOOD WRITINGFlavors of the Southeast Asian Grillby Leela PunyaratabandhuTEN SPEED PRESSPunyaratabandhu’s grilling recipes for seafood, meat and vegetables cooked over charcoal is fantastic. With Filipino Roasted Pork Belly Rolls to Malaysian-Style Grilled Soy Sauce Chicken Wings to Chicken Satay with Coriander and Cinnamon and beyond, these recipes showcase the vibrant ﬂavors of Asian-style barbecue that will deﬁnitely tempt you to move beyond burgers. —S.B.Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoirby Ruth ReichlRANDOM HOUSE TRADE PAPERBACKSNOW IN PAPERBACKRuth Reichl has enjoyed a decades-long career as a food writer, so it’s no surprise that her latest memoir is a delight to read. Focusing on her years as the editor of Gourmet magazine, Reichl chronicles the trials and tribulations of revamping the magazine and transforming it from old and stuffy to a publication that modern readers would enjoy. Sprinkled throughout the narrative are some of her favorite recipes; I recommend the drop biscuits. This was my ﬁrst time reading Reichl and I suspect that it won’t be my last. —JadeCool Beansby Joe YonanTEN SPEED PRESSMany of us have become much more familiar with pantry staples like beans during Covid-19 times. But just when you think you’ve maxed out on them, along comes this terriﬁc book to reignite your love for legumes. Yonan showcases his passion for the humble bean in 125 delicious, modern, vegetarian recipes including Yellow Bean & Spinach Dosas and Harissa-Roasted Carrot & White Bean Dip. —S.B.Meals, Music, and Muses: Recipes from My African American Kitchenby Alexander SmallsFLATIRON BOOKSJames Beard Award winner Alexander Smalls (Between Harlem and Heaven) is supremely talented. An opera singer, the cofounder of Harlem’s jazz bar Minton’s and steakhouse The Cecil, and a renowned host of fantastic dinner parties, Smalls marries two of his greatest passions—food and music—in his latest book, Meals, Music, and Muses. More than a cookbook, it takes readers on a journey through the South, and Smalls shares childhood memories of the Low Country as well as the music that is such a part of the region. Smalls has made it his life’s work to champion the artistic contributions of African Americans, and this is a poetic celebration of just that. —S.B.
I am a reader, writer, worrier, and do-list maker, a combination that served me well during my 20-plus years as a science writer and editor. Yet it surprises me to look back and ﬁnd that I did not grow up with bedtime stories or a book in my hand at the dinner table—and I double-checked with Mom. We both recall that I was part of an experimental reading program in which vowels (my mom says consonants, too) were assigned colors, and reading comprehension was evaluated through a box of leveled ﬁling cards. When I was singled out as a proﬁcient reader, I was assigned an extracurricular book that I only pretended to read by moving the bookmark periodically (not an omen of my future academic life, I assure you).Required reading began to ﬁlter into my school life, but reading for the joy of it did not take hold until I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in my early teens. I don’t know if it was Francie’s perseverance or the functioning dysfunctional family that swept me away, but soon after, I checked out every other book by Betty Smith from our city library. Why that book at that time? It wasn’t a school assignment or friend’s recommendation, and NPR had barely been invented. Reaching back, all I can think is that it fell from the sky and into my open hands at just the right moment.I kept up my extracurricular reading through college and graduate school, but it wasn’t until we had kids that I witnessed the real enchantment of books. Bedtime stories were as routine as bedtime baths, and library storytimes were the ﬁrst thing I sought out when we moved from Oregon to Washington to Bkshop Sta Prole:MICHELLE SPENCECalifornia with one and then two young kids. Seeing my 1-year-old daughter “read” Edward Lear and Jan Brett’s The Owl and the Pussycat still sparks my recommendation of that board book. And when I sent my college student son a photo of me with Frog and Toad, he recited by heart a quote from one of Arnold Lobel’s books. Discovering the books that my kids liked turned into hearing about books that they loved and thought I should read. Now I also rely on the kids I see in our section over and over, as well as on my fellow booksellers, to tell me what to read next. Ga handed me Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Sam & Dave Dig a Hole just as my oldest was ﬁlling out college applications and Patricia MacLachlan’s The Poet’s Dog right after we lost our family dog, and each I found unbearably comforting. Last week Stephanie gave me Beth Ferry and Juana Martinez- Neal’s picture book Swashby and the Sea to review (see page 29), and I was a believer after my ﬁrst look at those swirling ocean waves, which she knew I would be. Timing is everything—for my favorite books and those of my kids—and I’m always striving to get my timing right as a bookseller in the kids department at Bookshop Santa Cruz.Michelle Spence has been a bookseller in the children's books department at Bookshop Santa Cruz since 2014 and has been buying and displaying the kids' sale books for the last several years.-
Down Under the PierWritten by Neil Cross BeckermanIllustrated by Rachell SumpterCAMERON KIDSSuch a beautiful book! I felt the delight ofthe children exploring the enchantedwatery world below the pier. Both thepastel color palette and the perfectly used gold accent highlight themagic of the sea and the natural world. Perfect for Santa Cruzansand sea lovers (like me). —StephanieLiftWritten by Minh LêIllustrated by Dan SantatLITTLE, BROWNPoor harangued older sister Iris always ﬁnds joyin pushing elevator buttons, until one dark daywhen her role as elevator-button enthusiast isusurped by her toddler sibling. When the word“BETRAYAL” appears above Iris’s head in the illustration, I laughedout loud. And that wasn’t the last time I did so as I read this hilarious,fantastical story that highlights both the creativity of theillustrator/author team and the love/frustration of the sibling bond. Agreat choice for creative-minded readers who enjoy a good laugh.—StephanieSwashby and the SeaWritten by Beth FerryIllustrated by Juana Martinez-NealHOUGHTON MIFFLINRetired Captain Swashby lives quietly bythe sea with his trusty boat El Recluso forcompany. That is, until a bright-eyed girland her granny arrive with a bucketful of beach fun. Swashby knowsin his bones that “the sea provide[s] exactly the right thing at exactlythe right time” and that’s just how this tale unfolds, one “ﬁddled-with”gift after another. Sink into the velvety, ocean-colored pastels butdon’t be lulled into thinking you already know this story! —MichelleThis Way, CharlieWritten by Caron LevisIllustrated by Charles SantosoABRAMSI love most things with farm animals, and ifthey feature an odd-couple animalrelationship, I’m completely sold. This bookﬁts the bill! The pastoral illustrations capture the personality of grumpy,aloof goat, Jack, and the gentle giant of a horse, Charlie. Theirfriendship shows that anyone can be friends, regardless of differingabilities, and also highlights how friendship, animal and otherwise,enriches our lives. A heartwarming read for animal lovers. —CelesteThe Three Little Yogis and the Wolf WhoLost His Breath: A Fairy Tale to Help YouFeel BetterWritten by Susan VerdeIllustrated by Jay FleckABRAMSI loved Susan Verde’s I Am Love (illustrated byPeter Reynolds), so I took a chance on thisbook, even though I’m not always a fan of picture book fairy taleretellings. I’m so glad I did! The Three Little Pigs framework is perfectfor examining emotions, mindfulness, meditation, and breath. Thepoor angry little wolf is such a sympathetic character, and the threelittle pigs’ kindness in helping guide him to making peace with hisemotions made me smile.—StephanieWhat About Worms!? (Elephant & PiggieLike Reading!)by Ryan T. Higgins & Mo WillemsHYPERIONWhat in the world could be worse thanworms? Worrying about worms! When is theworry worthwhile? Any time it’s wrapped up ina new addition to the Elephant & Piggiecanon. Fans of Mo Willems’s original earlyreader series will get a big kick out of Tiger and his wormy escapadesas well as the delightful wordplay from Elephant & Piggie themselvesin the opening and closing pages.—MichelleKing & Kayla and the Case of theUnhappy NeighborWritten by Dori Hillestad ButlerIllustrated by Nancy MeyersPEACHTREE PUBLISHINGNOW IN PAPERBACKAmateur detectives King (a big friendly dog)and Kayla (his girl) are back, serving up clueafter clue as they get to the root of a recentneighborhood mystery. Kayla and her friendJillian make keen observations, carry out experiments, and analyzedata, but they’re always a paw-step behind our intrepid narrator Kingand his dog buddies. For fans of Nate the Great and Cam Jansen, thisearly chapter book gives a delightful taste of both kid and dogreasoning. —MichellePICTURE BOOKSEASY READERS & EARLY CHAPTER BOOKS Books for Younger ReadersClick on a book cover to take you to the book on our website
MIDDLE GRADE GRAPHIC NOVELWhen Stars Are ScatteredWritten by Victoria Jamieson & Omar MohamedIllustrated by Victoria Jamieson & Iman GeddyDIAL | NOW IN PAPERBACKFor this excellent graphic novel memoir, Victoria Jameison worked closely with Omar Mohamed, a Somali refugee and founder of the nonproﬁt Refugee Strong, to tell Mohamed’s story of growing up in a refugee camp, which included caring for his younger brother Hassan, who has a developmental disability. The characters are deeply relatable, and the realities of refugee life are presented without being overwhelming or melodramatic. A great choice for fans of nonﬁction and historical ﬁction graphic novels like March and White Bird. —MollyNONFICTIONStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award–Winning Stamped from the Beginningby Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. KendiLITTLE, BROWNA comprehensive book that brings to light what some have tried to erase from our history. This is a must-read for all ages, powerfully honest and compelling from start to ﬁnish. —ShannonThis book should be required reading for everyone. Jason Reynolds is a genius: He takes a complex issue (the history and modern-day manifestations of anti-Black racism in the US) and makes it accessible for any reader. I love the emphasis on how to be actively antiracist. Also a great choice for adults daunted by the 608-page original! —StephanieYOUNG ADULTClap When You Landby Elizabeth AcevedoHARPERNational Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo returns to verse in this meditation on the complexities of themes, including grief, betrayal, family, secrets, identity, class, and toxic masculinity. Acevedo’s characterizations (the two main characters—sisters—have very distinctive voices) are stellar. I was particularly struck by how the book highlights the way men’s choices have a profound impact on the lives of the women and girls around them. —StephanieMIDDLE GRADEEcho Mountainby Lauren WolkDUTTON BOOKSFrom the author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea comes a fresh take on an old story: one family’s struggle to survive during the Great Depression. Through young Ellie’s eyes, we see both the hardship and the great freedoms that her family’s move to Echo Mountain presents. Ellie’s resilience, cleverness, and profound honesty keep us rooting for her from beginning to end. This novel made me believe that I was running up and down the mountain alongside her. —MichelleMañanalandby Pam Muñoz RyanSCHOLASTICA beautiful work of magical realism, Mañanaland shows us the courage of immigrants and those who help and support them. Pam Muñoz Ryan is always an expert storyteller and this rich novel is one to dig into and discuss. Perfect for a family book club. —EmmaFrom the genius behind Esperanza Rising and Echo comes the fantastical story of Max, an 11-year-old boy who loves stories. Ever since Max’s mother disappeared when he was a baby, his family has been full of secrets. Then Max makes a discovery that changes his life forever, putting him on a quest for the true story. Great for fantasy readers! —MJSummer of a Thousand Piesby Margaret DillowayBALZER & BRAY | NOW IN PAPERBACKCady Bennett is such a cool kid! Landing in the house of two aunts after growing up homeless with her dad in San Diego, Cady uses her strong survival skills to learn to trust adults who will do what they promise. The Great British Baking Show and a thousand pies inspire Cady to save the day. This book is all about feeling that you belong. —NoreenA Wolf Called WanderWritten by Rosanne ParryIllustrated by Mónica ArmiñoGREENWILLOW | NOW IN PAPERBACKTold from the (ﬁctional) perspective of a (real) wolf, this book is perfect for the budding middle grade naturalist. It’s a great look into the behaviors and habits of wolves, how the pack operates, and what a wolf without a pack might do, all told in a fascinating, age-appropriate narrative form. Fans of Pax and Endling, and older fans of Wild Robot, will appreciate the environmental message of this touching story. —MJClick on a book cover to take you to the book on our website
Click on a book cover to take youdirectly to the book on our websiteYOUNG ADULTDate Me, Bryson Kellerby Kevin van WhyeRANDOM HOUSEI loved this book! Protagonist Kai is utterly lovable, as is his love interest Bryson. What a wonderful thing: a queer coming-out love story free of trauma and full of good feelings. This sweet romance kept me happily reading from the ﬁrst page to the last; chances are it’ll do the same for you. —StephanieFelix Ever Afterby Kacen CallendarBALZER & BRAYFelix attends a very prestigious art school and is struggling with his identity. When he gets targeted by an anonymous transphobic bully, everyone becomes suspect. I really appreciate Felix’s candor as he works through the various threads of his life. Being a teenager is hard and Felix doesn’t always get it right. This is a great read for all teens, especially for those trying to ﬁnd their place in the world. —IvyLove from A to Zby S. K. AliSALAM READS | NOW IN PAPERBACK This thoroughly satisfying novel is not only a love story (you’re warned at the outset what you’re in for). It also features vivid, recognizable characters; insight into the diversity of the Muslim faith; glimpses of the Qatari city Doha; true friendship (with solidarity and jealousy); and a call to action against injustice. I was delighted to meet these characters and their world—ours, but with the hope of something better. Great for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Nicola Yoon. —JocelynRaybearerby Jordan IfuekoAMULETAUGUST 18TH PUBLICATION Preorder your copy today!What a gem: a fully realized fantasy world with lots of contemporary relevance. Tarisai’s longing for family and connection make her an empathetic and relatable protagonist, while her strength and fortitude in standing up to corrupt power make her admirable. A great choice for fans of fantasy, stories with strong female leads, or anyone looking for a good book. —StephanieBookshop Santa Cruz celebrates the talents of young writers in our community with a contest designed for ages 6 –17! Entries may be on any subject and in any genre—including ﬁction, poetry, nonﬁction, biography, autobiography, humor, mystery, science ﬁction or fantasy. Word count limit is 2,100.Each entry must be an original work, submitted in the appropriate age group: 6–9, 10–13, and 14–17. First, second, and third place winners from each age group receive Bookshop Santa Cruz gift certiﬁcates. Plus, the winning entries are published together in a collection each November.Deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 20th. Pick up an entry form in the store, or click through to our website for rules, guidelines, and more information.CLICK HERE FOR CONTEST DETAILSGood luck, young writers!
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