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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."

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Johnson takes us into a fictionalized landscape of North Korea from prison camps to tunnels under the DMZ, bringing to life this fascinating and frightening place. You might be thinking, “It only won the Pulitzer for being socially edgy.”—but it’s so much more! Three narrative voices (including a propaganda loudspeaker) weave a story that is suspenseful, romantic, and politically savvy.
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ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

A ragtag group of seven pilgrims sets off together, each hoping to find answers on the planet Hyperion. To pass the time they take turns telling their tales-- dark pasts and darker secrets. By far the most literary sci-fi I’ve ever read! If Chaucer could have imagined interplanetary travel, this would be his favorite book.  Read ‘The Priests Tale,’ afterwards you won’t be able to stop.  Still socially poignant, despite being written over 20 years ago.

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780553283686
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Published: Spectra - February 1st, 1990

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Now that we’re through with that pesky cluviel dor, we can get down to the business of murder, mystery, and my undying love of Eric. It’s been a rough decade in not-so-sleepy Bon Temps, Louisiana, and while I long for the naïve Sookie of the past, this hardened, post-torture version is somehow still the everywoman I want her to be--even when the whole parish seems to turn against her. If she can stand up to lost loves, lost loved ones, and lost innocence, so can I. What an exhausting yet satisfying journey we have been on, Sookie and I. I’m sad to see the series end, but as with any good friend, I am glad to put Sookie’s troubles to rest.

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ISBN: 9781937007881
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Published: Ace Books - May 7th, 2013

Pretty Powerful by Bobbi Brown

The name Bobbi Brown has become synonymous with clean natural makeup, and her newest book does not disappoint! Filled with tips and recommendations for all ages and skin tones, Bobbi will keep you looking beautiful day and night. Pretty Powerful also includes interviews with women famous and obscure on what inner and outward beauty means to them. Empowering stuff!

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By Bobbi Brown, Sara Bliss (With)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811877046
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 26th, 2012

Starting an Etsy Business for Dummies by Allison Strine

In our increasingly digital world, selling handmade wares is becoming a viable option for income (and fun!). You need this book if you have a product to sell, and you want easy to follow tips for every aspect of creating and maintaining an online store. Seriously, this guide is so thorough that even your most un-tech-savvy crafting grandmother could rock an online business.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780470930670
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Published: For Dummies - September 1st, 2011

Adornments by Myra Callan

Instantly transform any outfit into something sumptuously feminine with these lovely handcrafted accessories. Adornments gives easy to follow directions for creating hair pieces, necklaces, earrings, belts, and more. I dare you to flip through this book and not want every item in it.

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By Myra Callan, Elizabeth Messina (Photographer)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781440229343
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Published: Krause Publications - September 18th, 2012

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

It’s easy to get swept up by Gabaldon’s Outlander. I mean, Scottish highlands, bandits, rebellion, Nessie, time travel, steamy sex, kilts, and sword fights… how could I not like it? But this book is more than just sensational plot devices—Claire and Jamie’s story is a beautifully crafted romance played out on a meticulously researched historical stage. A book that defies genre classification, it’s my go-to for restoring my faith in the power of love.
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ISBN: 9780440212560
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Published: Dell - June 2nd, 1992

Literary Knits by N. Lohr

If you’ve ever had a hard time deciding whether to knit or read, you’ll understand how 100% awesome this book is. How could you not love mittens based off civil war-era patterns and a copy of Little Women? Or a cabled fisherman’s sweater and Moby Dick? A lined hood with a color-worked ermine and The Golden Compass? A hand warmer muff and Anna Karenina? It’s time: knitters and bookworms, UNITE! 

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$22.99
ISBN: 9781118216064
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Published: Wiley - November 1st, 2012

Q & A a Day for Kids: A Three Year Journal

Each day has one question, and a place for you answer it—simple, yet so wonderful. Encourage a kid in your life to write and contemplate life with three years of prompts. Questions range from basic (“what are you wearing that’s green?”) to soul searching (“who loves you a lot?”). Fun all year long. And check out the original version for adults!

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Glamping with MaryJane by MaryJane Butters

This nifty how-to will help you add savvy and glamour to your camping experience--whether that means hitting the road in your Airstream or creating a refuge in your own backyard. Maryjane, a 30 year camping veteran, has DIY advice on absolutely everything: buying and restoring a trailer, delicious open-flame cooking, toilets, mechanics, décor, and much more.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781423630814
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Published: Gibbs Smith - September 1st, 2012

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