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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.

Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman

Parks and Recreation is one of the best sitcoms I've ever seen, and Nick Offerman is a big part of its success. He plays a hilarious, hyper-masculine character who is obsessed with meat and whiskey. In real life, Nick Offerman's tastes run similarly, so I knew his memoir would be funny as heck. But I honestly didn't expect that it would be smart, too! Nick Offerman is my new hero. He's got my vote for just about anything.
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525954217
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Published: Dutton - October 1st, 2013

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Reading The Circle had me shaking with laughter on one page and shivering with fear and recognition on the next. It’s a full-blown satire that sends up our modern world of addictive social media, yoga-obsessed tech companies, and our obsession with information and constant connection. This is quite a different book for Dave Eggers, and I loved every fast-paced page of it.
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351393
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Published: Knopf - October 8th, 2013

Hidden River by Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty writes gripping and intelligent page-turners that take place all over the world. The protagonist of Hidden River is a former drug detective from Ireland who is addicted to heroin and on the run from his past. He travels to Denver, Colorado to crack the unsolved murder of a childhood sweetheart, and makes more than one dangerous enemy. I just loved this one.
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781451613223
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Published: Scribner - January 1st, 2011

The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

I’ve read everything Simon Van Booy has published, and I can’t get enough. The Illusion of Separateness weaves together far-flung characters, from a WWII battlefield in France down into the present day. The feeling of connection Van Booy creates lingers long after the final page. This book is poetry stretched into a novel. Van Booy deserves a large and adoring fan base.
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$23.99
ISBN: 9780062112248
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Published: Harper - June 11th, 2013

A Dark Redemption by Stav Sherez

If you’re anything like me and really into off-kilter police procedurals, then you need to check out the World Noir series by Europa. A Dark Redemption was my introduction to the series, and it’s a gem. Set in London and Uganda, this well-paced mystery centers around the gruesome murder of a student who delved too far into shadowy political secrets for her thesis.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781609451172
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Published: Europa Editions - June 4th, 2013

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

This is one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. It’s more literary noir than thriller, with characters you can see and hear so clearly you might start confusing them with people you actually know. Though the plot centers on the disappearance of a young girl, the real focus of the book is the neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the various down-and-out souls who live there

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ISBN: 9780062249890
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Published: Dennis Lehane Books/Ecco - July 9th, 2013

The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

David Leavitt’s tightly woven tale of two married couples in Lisbon in 1940 (at the time the only neutral port in Europe) pitches the pressures of war against the strain of unhappy marriage. Surrounded by desperate refugees, Julia, Pete, Edward, and Iris meet at a café and strike up a quick friendship. But an unexpected affair erupts, war looms, and not everyone makes it out alive. A brisk, tense book, expertly wrought.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781596910430
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 3rd, 2014

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

I predict that this will be one of the biggest books of the year. I couldn’t stop thinking and talking about it. Five Days at Memorial recounts the hour-to-hour movements and decisions of the doctors at Memorial Medical Center following Hurricane Katrina, including the horrifying decision to inject severely ill patients with life-ending drugs. If you devoured Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, you simply must read Five Days at Memorial. It is powerful, engrossing, and essential.

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ISBN: 9780307718969
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Published: Crown - September 10th, 2013

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

It is impossible not to be moved by Chris Hadfield. He has brought the “Wow!” back into space travel, as well as the “Look at that!” and the “Can you even believe this?” His sense of wonder and amazement has earned him a huge, devoted following worldwide. His book recounts years of grueling training and the determination and creativity that made him one of the most accomplished and experienced astronauts in the world.

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316253017
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 29th, 2013

A Compendium of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios

I have always loved collective nouns, and I am so happy that this book exists. Give it to the grammar geek in your life or to the poet who gets words stuck in her head like songs. Or give it to yourself and enjoy more than 2000 collective nouns (some delightfully obscure, like an ooze of amoebas) alongside lush and thrilling illustrations. You’ll be the highlight of every cocktail party.

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By Woop Studios, Jay Sacher (Text by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452108230
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - September 17th, 2013

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