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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.

Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

Hornby would make a good bookseller. For the past ten years, he's been writing reviews for The Believer, wherein he recounts the books he's bought, the books he's read, and his thoughts on everything from writing to peregrine falcons. Warning: you will want to read all of the books he talks about. It may be wise to invest in a bookcase before diving into this smart, fabulous book.
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781938073731
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Published: McSweeney's - December 3rd, 2013

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Ozeki’s mesmerizing novel centers around a random connection between a 16-year-old girl (Nao) in Japan and a writer (Ruth) living on the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Ruth discovers a battered Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on a beach that contains Nao’s journal, and she is immediately absorbed by the girl’s life and writing. A Tale for the Time Being is a wonderful meditation on time and writing.
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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

The End of Night by Paul Bogard

You might not realize how much you're missing in the night sky until you go somewhere that is truly dark. In the US, 3/4 of the population live in places so brightly lit, their eyes never switch to night vision. Paul Bogard's The End of Night is a fascinating book that blends science and nature writing, memoir and travelogue. If you care at all about the stars, this is the book for you.
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ISBN: 9780316182904
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 9th, 2013

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life is the strangest and sharpest novel I’ve read this year. The central character, Ursula, dies and is repeatedly reborn throughout her long and complicated life. It’s rather like reincarnation, but she always comes back as herself. It’s when she begins to remember details from her past “lives,” and use them to survive, that this book really takes off.

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ISBN: 9780316176484
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - April 2nd, 2013

Visitation Street by

I fell right into this gripping, empathic crime novel, and I didn't come back up until I finished it. Visitation Street is the story of a young girl who goes missing after a night of adolescent adventures, and the complex effects of her loss on the diverse neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. It is the characters who really shine in this novel--I couldn't stop thinking about them for weeks.
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ISBN: 9780062249890
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Published: Dennis Lehane Books/Ecco - July 9th, 2013

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Honestly, this book is perfect for so many people. Anyone who loves Jane Austen will adore it, of course, but fans of Downtown Abbey will appreciate the upstairs-downstairs angle as well. And if you're shopping for someone who needs a lush, brainy, escapist, beautifully written novel? This is it. Get them a stash of good tea to go with it, and they'll love you forever.
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ISBN: 9780385351232
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Published: Knopf - October 8th, 2013

Astray by Emma Donoghue

Astray is historical fiction for the true history buff. It arose from research; every piece in this collection is based on a true occurrence, snippets and anecdotes and stories that Emma Donoghue stumbled across in archives and libraries. Donoghue fictionalizes these nearly-lost tales, restoring vibrancy and voice to them, and reminding us that our history is far more complex and authentic than we know.
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780316206280
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 22nd, 2013

On the Map by Simon Garfield

On the Map presents the idea that maps have been more important to the development of civilizations than language. Garfield has written a fascinating, international narrative that runs from treasure maps to Google maps (which, bizarrely, still employs the Mercator projection. You'll learn about that, too). Whether you rely on paper or have gone completely GPS, you'll never think about maps the same way. Prepare to have your mind blown.
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$18.00
ISBN: 9781592407804
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Published: Avery - November 5th, 2013

Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese

Electrified Sheep is proof that science can be stranger than fiction. Alex Boese's hilarious book is history of bizarre experiments in a wide range of fields, from physics and biology to psychology. Learn all about the American scientists who seriously considered nuking the moon, or the psychologist who hid beneath beds in a women's dormitory to eavesdrop on unsuspecting students. Some people will do anything for their hypothesis, and Alex Boese's got the full scoop on them.
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$22.99
ISBN: 9781250031709
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 13th, 2013

The Book of Men edited by Colum McCann

There are 80 (80!) original pieces of fiction and nonfiction collected here, by some of the world's greatest writers. The Book of Men was conceived as a fundraiser for the charity Narritive, which strives to reach the voiceless of the world through the power of storytelling. These stories approach the concept of masculinity from many unexpected directions. The Book of Men is one of the best literary anthologies to come out this year!

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By Colum McCann (Editor), Tyler Cabot (Editor), Lisa Consiglio (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250047762
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Published: Picador - November 5th, 2013

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