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KatsronautKat first came to Bookshop Santa Cruz by winning the short story contest in 2008. She convinced the management to give her a job, and went on to become an event host, the used book manager and an avid connoisseur of fiction. In her other life, she is often found enjoying tacos. She now works for the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks managing their ParkStores.

The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

The central character of The Vanishers is a student attending a school for those with psychic gifts, until one of her professors lobs an attack at her that leaves her body devastated by illness. The world this character inhabits is formed so nonchalantly that you can’t help but turn the pages, eager to learn more about how all of this works. A smart, literary thriller with teeth, and not at all what you’re expecting.
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ISBN: 9780307387363
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Published: Anchor - January 8th, 2013

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

High school can be awful. But it’s slightly less awful when you have a team of sarcastic ants who trash-talk your bullies and provide you with sardonic encouragement at your most difficult moments. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is—but trust me, by the end of this book you’ll be wishing for an ant entourage of your very own. Odd, but very heartfelt, and unexpectedly vivid and real.
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ISBN: 9780316129275
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2012

Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Baker

This is a starkly beautiful novel about a woman who does something I’ve certainly daydreamed about from time to time: she moves to a house in rural Wales, where she is perfectly alone, save for the ten white geese who live on the property. But her reasons for escape are not innocent, and darkness stalks the edges of her picturesque solitude—as does her husband, who is determined to track her down.
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ISBN: 9780143122678
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Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2013

Her by Christa Parravani

Christa Parravani was incredibly close to her identical twin sister, Cara. They shared everything, including a disquieting, lonely childhood that drew them tighter together. But Cara’s untimely death from a drug overdose sent Christa into a tailspin that threatened her own life. Her story of overcoming an enormous, crushing grief is bravely and delicately told. I couldn’t put this one down, and by the end I was left with nothing but admiration for Christa, both as a writer and a person.
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ISBN: 9781250044396
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Published: Picador - February 25th, 2014

The Convert by Deborah Baker

The Convert is, at its heart, a fascinating study of fundamentalism—where it comes from, how it grows in hearts and minds, and its power to spread to and warp whole communities or countries. The book’s subject, Margaret Marcus, was a young, Jewish American before she immigrated to Pakistan and became Maryam Jameelah, one of the loudest voices of fundamental Islam. An unsettling, arresting read that is also quite educational.
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ISBN: 9781555976279
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 4th, 2012

Quiet by Susan Cain

Extroverts are highly valued in our society, where people are constantly being told to speak up, to always be assertive, and to make quick decisions and stick by them no matter what. Susan Cain argues that by dismissing introverts, we aren’t hearing from those people who prefer listening and asking questions to shouting from the rooftops. A fascinating and empowering read, especially for those who have ever felt lessened by their quieter impulses
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ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

The gist of this utterly fascinating book is that people hallucinate way more often than you think they do. The implications of this are huge; hallucinations can change the way we think about mental health, spirituality, and mythology, and offer valuable information about the way our brains function (or malfunction). If you are a human being and you have a brain, you should probably read this.

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ISBN: 9780307957245
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Published: Knopf - November 6th, 2012

Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson wrote one of the year’s bestselling pop psychology books—The Psychopath Test—and now he’s back with a book of essays that explore everything from the Insane Clown Posse to Indigo Children to literally following the footsteps of James Bond. Ronson simply cannot resist a good story, and we are all so fortunate for it.

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ISBN: 9781594631955
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2013

Girl Walks Into A Bar by Rachel Dratch

After seven years of unforgettable sketches on Saturday Night Live (my favorites were her Harry Potter skits), Rachel Dratch left the show and found herself creatively frustrated and unable to find good work. This is the story of those years of foundering and questioning, and the life and family she unexpectedly fell into. Hilarious and very real.

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ISBN: 9781592407576
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Published: Avery - February 5th, 2013

What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes

Marlantes, author of the bestselling novel Matterhorn, goes beyond headlines and partisanship to carefully examine the experience of soldiers at war. Marlantes writes for veterans, soldiers and civilians, and the result is a meditation on the costs and effects of combat. What It Is Like To Go To War is compassionate, profound, powerfully honest, and very, very important.

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ISBN: 9780802145925
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Published: Grove Press - September 11th, 2012

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