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The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

How do you see? How do you see strength? Evil? Resilience? Tragedy? Hope? Hopelessness? Love? Lefteri asks these questions in The Beekeeper of Aleppo. This story is about a young man, Uri, his wife Afra, and their escape from war-torn Aleppo. They experience the unimaginable loss of war and it’s up to Uri to get all he has left—his wife—to the safety of the UK. Uri and Afra are gentle people and so is the book. It doesn’t hide the horrors the two suffer, but the revelations of these atrocities are veiled and tragic, not bloody or graphic. The text reflects Uri’s spirit and perspective. Lefteri spent time volunteering in refugee camps and has worked with refugees in the UK. Her deep knowledge of their plight, both acute and long term, has produced an empathetic account of survival and love. This is a must-read. - Judi Heher, Bookshop Santa Cruz Book Group Amabassador

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781984821218
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 27th, 2019

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Fans of Strout’s Olive Kitteridge will be thrilled with this follow-up. Olive remains as brutally honest and irritable as ever, her world packed with complexities that befuddle and amuse her. The genius of Strout’s juicy prose is found in her characters and how their stories illustrate what it is to be human: vulnerable, sweet, disappointing, heartbreaking, heartwarming. We recognize ourselves and our neighbors in these stories—and maybe our book group members, too! - Jennifer Wood, Bookshop Santa Cruz Book Group Ambassador

Don’t miss a special evening celebrating Olive, Again with A Literary Soirée with Elizabeth Strout on October 29th.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812996548
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Published: Random House - October 15th, 2019

Arias by Sharon Olds

When Sharon Olds sings truth, whether on the global or the familiar, in the resistance or in the bedroom, one cannot help but listen. Arias is her 15th collection, and its voice and range speak just as fully to her particular mind and our current humanity (or lack thereof) as ever. Smart, evocative, and exacting, her work is one of my favorite lyrical lodestars, both expanding my boundaries and attending me home. - Melinda

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781524711603
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Invisible Kingdom written by G. Willow Wilson illust. by Christian Ward

I’ve been a fan of G. Willow Wilson since the first Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel comics came out. Wilson is now blasting off into space, creating a world reminiscent of Saga, with intrigue, political chess games, and daring escapes across the galaxy. Christian Ward’s art is full of candy-jar colors, bringing this space epic to vibrating life. This is perfect for the comic book fan who wants to get into stories outside of the superhero genre. - J Gallo

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By G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781506712277
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Published: Berger Books - November 5th, 2019

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus) has crafted an amazing cocktail of magic, secret societies, and the power of the written word. Moving between timeless fables and a very current story of a young queer man of color trying to understand his own story, it explores the thirst in us all for the fantastical. Take this leap; you won’t regret having drawn on your courage. - Jax

Read our interview with Erin Morngenstern in our 2019 Winter Newsletter.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

Filipino American author Paul Krueger has reimagined the unique cultures of China, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines in this anime-inspired war fantasy. The setting is reminiscent of early 20th-century Asia, with the addition of magic animals and enchanted steel. A thief, a princess, a soldier, and a prince must band together to defeat an enemy determined to destroy them all. Political intrigue, unexpected romance, and an action-packed plot combine to make this an exciting, fast-paced read. - Trey

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593128220
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Published: Del Rey - September 24th, 2019

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal

A creatively enhanced telling of their childhood together, Lost Causes manages to mix dark humor and an engaging friendship in a ridiculous, wonderful way. As Rex and Leif spend their summer making movies and fighting unknown terrors, their experiences mirrored mine growing up (for the most part). Full of heart, deftly written, and incredibly relatable in that early ’90s way, this is a book I’ll be returning to, Cheerwine in hand. - Rachel

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781984822130
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Published: Crown - October 29th, 2019

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Bryson brings his signature wit and charm to his latest book: a look at the human body. Comprehensive yet very accessible, The Body is a truly fascinating read. I was blown away by the many incredible things our bodies are capable of, and perhaps even more amazed by how much we still don’t understand about the vessels we occupy. - Jade

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s latest memoir begins in Santa Cruz at the Dream Inn early on the morning of New Year’s Day, 2016. The book is hypnotic and dreamy, weaving in and out of what’s real and what’s not real but is still true, often with no warning. This is a book about the loss of dear friends, about aging, the political landscape, and drinking lots of coffee. Anything is possible on a strange and beautiful journey with Patti Smith. - Trey

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780525657682
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Published: Knopf - September 24th, 2019

Edison by Edmund Morris

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Edmund Morris has written “an outstanding biography” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) of one of history’s most prolific inventors, Thomas Edison. “Writing in amusing, literate prose that’s briskly paced despite a mountain of fascinating detail, Morris sets Edison’s achievements against a color portrait of his splendid eccentricity. An engrossing study of a larger-than-life figure who embodied a heroic age of technology.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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$38.00
ISBN: 9780812993110
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Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2019

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