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Kimberly's Reviews

Though Kimberly may be a bookseller at heart, she is lucky enough to currently run the Gift Department at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Some of her favorite things include: unrubbed kitten tummies, iced coffee, pizza, hoarding yarn, and Settlers of Catan (or just CATAN, as its current incarnation is so boldly called). Ah, but books, you ask? She loves books with quirky narrators and unlikely love stories. She likes off-beat historical fictions, pretensiously literary sci-fi, and anything that has beautiful pictures with words like "low-sew," "pizza stone," and "from Imbibe Magazine."

City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts by Catie Marron

The parks featured in this fantastic collection may be from across the globe, but they share one thing in common: They are safe havens from the bustle of urban life that offer an intimate connection to the city they call home. This is not just a book of pretty pictures; each vignette in City Parks is a personal love letter. From Zadie Smith to Bill Clinton, every city dweller (famous or not) has their own favorite slice of paradise. Also, can I just say, I loved this book. I could write 500 words on how great it was. And if I don’t visit Highline soon, I might cry.

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By Catie Marron, Oberto Gili (Photographs by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780062231796
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Published: Harper - October 15th, 2013

Orla Kiely Home

Orla Kiely is the ultimate success story. From upstart British bag designer to internationally renowned fashion and style trendsetter, Orla Kiely, with her unique motifs, has become a household name. It is fitting, then, that in her newest book, we are given a peek into Orla’s own home. Serving as both coffee table eye-candy and as a guide to interior design, this book will have you using color and pattern to turn any space into your home.

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ISBN: 9781840916188
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Conran - October 15th, 2013

Kittenhood by Sarah Beth Ernhart

I just got a kitten, and it has been the most awesome couple of months ever. DJ Cuddles lights up my life with her tiny mews, fluff-ball snuggles, and all around adorable hijinks. But it’s fleeting! Cathood is looming just around the corner. Sure, there are her razor claws, torn up toilet paper, and 5:00am wakeup calls—but she’s just so stinkin’ cute! Relive the magic of kittenhood forever with Sarah Beth Ernhart’s beautifully photographed book.

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By Sarah Beth Ernhart, Becker&Mayer! Books (Other primary creator)
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ISBN: 9781617690570
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Stewart, Tabori & Chang - October 1st, 2013

More Modern Top-Down Knitting by Kristina McGowan

How do I love top-down knitting? Let me count the ways. Trying on a garment as I knit is invaluable to me, allowing simple corrections to avoid later frogging nightmares. (I also particularly love the look of raglan sleeves—it does wonders for slimming my shoulders!) But seriously, you could make an entire wardrobe out of Kristina McGowan’s second volume of top-down patterns: uniquely styled hats, skirts, sweaters, cardigans, and even pants (no joke!).

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781617690334
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 5th, 2013

Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown

Covering pretty much every aspect of life, Kelly tells it like it is for those of us who may not have it all together. Some of my favs?
step #6: Stop enjoying things ironically. Just enjoy them.
step #24: Frames, not posters.
step#337:Doesn’t have to be a walk of shame. It can just be a walk.
step #119: Accept that some people are just jerks.
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ISBN: 9781455516902
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 7th, 2013

Just Little Things. by Nancy Vu

Normally, these touchy-feely self motivation “life is good” books makes me vomit a little in my mouth. But that’s because I’m a jaded loser who secretly hates life sometimes. That being said--this book is legit. I do love it when someone replies instantly. I do relish sweater weather. I do love being taken care of when I’m sick. I do f*cking love the smell of clean laundry.
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780399162978
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Published: TarcherPerigee - May 7th, 2013

Lost Cat by Caroline Paul

This is the most heartwarmingly funny book I’ve read all year! While bed ridden, Caroline Paul’s once timid cat mysteriously acquires a taste for adventure. Her physical and emotional recovery seem bound to finding out where little Tibby is going. To top it off, the tale is filled with wonderful Maria Kalman-esque artwork.
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By Caroline Paul, Wendy MacNaughton (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781608199778
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 9th, 2013

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

I was completely caught off guard by this book! I picked it up, expecting something light and silly, similar to his other novel Something Missing.* Instead, I found a beautiful exploration on the complexities of Autism, the power of friendship, and the burden of mortality. Insightful and compelling.

 

*which you should totally read, btw. It’s lovely.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250031853
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 7th, 2013

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Each of the eight stories in Karen Russell’s new collection is wildly different from the last--characters, tone, narrative structure, everything. Russell is either one of the most imaginative story writers out there or possibly influenced by some type of drug. Reading this book is an experience. I especially loved “Reeling for the Empire,” it haunted me for days
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ISBN: 9780307957238
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 12th, 2013

The Confessions of Max Tivoli by Andrew Sean Greer

Ohmygoshilovethisbooksomuch. That being said, Confessions of Max Tivoli is one of the most underrated fiction books of all time. In homage to Fitzgerald's (now) famous short story 'Benjamin Button,' Max Tivoli is aging backwards. His tale is full of dark self-loathing set against the glimmering gas-lit San Francisco of the early 1900s. A haunting read from a masterful storyteller.
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ISBN: 9780312423810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - February 1st, 2005

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