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Kat's Reviews

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.

Astray by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is a writer with a healthy appreciation for the archive. While researching her novels, she often comes across stories that seem too good to be true, but have been buried by time. Donoghue uses her sparkling talent for character and voice to bring these people and places back to life, and the result is a collection that illuminates wonderful and bizarre moments in history.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316206297
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 30th, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

True story: when I finished this book, I was crying so hard that my cat jumped onto my bed and started licking the tears from my face. So, you know, fair warning. But don’t be afraid. Only John Green could take the story of two teenagers battling cancer and falling in love and turn it into such a stunning, joyful and believable novel. And if you don’t believe me, ask just about anyone else on staff.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780525478812
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2012

The Forgetting Tree by Tatjana Soli

I’ve never read anything quite like The Forgetting Tree. There is something hypnotic about Soli’s descriptions of soil and skies and endless rows of orange trees - by the fifth page, you can taste the dust on your tongue. A startlingly true story about family and belonging, and what it means to love the place you live, even when everyone else has left.

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ISBN: 9781250001047
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 4th, 2012

City of Women by David Gillham

During World War II, Berlin became a city of women - working women with husbands on the front, struggling to maintain a facade of normalcy in a time of rations and secret police. City of Women centers around one woman in particular, who falls in with a group of underground aid workers and finds herself utterly changed. A beautifully detailed, suspenseful page turner.

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ISBN: 9780399157769
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - August 7th, 2012

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Set in 1970s London, Sweet Tooth is the story of Serena Frome, a recent Cambridge graduate who takes a secretarial position at the M15. Serena is beautiful and loves to read, qualities that make her a perfect candidate for a mission of literary espionage. I practically inhaled this novel in about three sittings - this is the book to give to the reader in your life.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780385536820
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Published: Nan A. Talese - November 13th, 2012

The Where, the Why, and the How

I flunked high school chemistry—hard—and was completely lost in biology and physics. I didn’t care much back then, but now I sometimes wish I could go back and reclaim that knowledge. Luckily, I have this collection of gorgeous, intricate illustrations and essays about the most awe-inspiring discoveries and mysteries of our time. For the scientifically curious who wish they were a bit more scientifically literate.
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781452108223
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

Planetfall by Michael Benson

If you are one of those people who couldn’t sleep until the Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars, this is the book for you. It’s an exquisite and revealing collection that takes full advantage of the new, powerful cameras roaming our solar system. We’ve always known that Saturn has rings, Jupiter many moons, and Mars a rocky red surface, but I guarantee you’ve never seen them like this before.
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ISBN: 9781419704222
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2012

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

It’s been two decades since a fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie, but writers, publishers, booksellers, and readers still feel its effects today. Joseph Anton is Rushdie’s memoir about his time underground, living with armed guards in a series of safe houses, fearing constantly for his life. This is one of the most anticipated books of 2012, and for good reason—it’s an unbelievable story, one that is just as important now as it was when it happened.
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ISBN: 9780812992786
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Published: Random House - September 18th, 2012

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling knows that this book is going to be compared to Tina Fey’s Bossypants. It seems inevitable, with the shortage of high-profile women in the comedy world. I say compare away: Kaling’s book belongs cheek-to-cheek with Fey’s on your bookshelf. In addition to playing one of the best characters on The Office, Kaling has also written 24 episodes (which is a lot). She is smart and hilarious and her book rocks. Tina Fey should be grateful for the comparison.
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ISBN: 9780307886279
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Published: Three Rivers Press - September 18th, 2012

My Bookstore edited by Ronald Rice

This collection features an astounding list of writers, including Ann Patchett, Sherman Alexie, Isabel Allende, Terry Tempest Williams, Abraham Verghese, Dave Eggers, and our very own and beloved Laurie R. King. What brings these incredible authors together? Bookstores, of course. From Green Apple to the Tattered Cover to Prairie Lights to Politics and Prose, this is a celebration of the places where books are everything. And can you guess which bookstore Ms. King writes about?
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By Ronald Rice (Editor)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781579129101
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - November 13th, 2012

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