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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."

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book was, for me, the pure definition of a page turner. Yet the eternal dilemma of the bookseller still remains: I cannot really tell you what was so wonderful without giving away all the good parts. Therein lies the rub. I can say: I loved the journal-entry style narration, how my loyalties were constantly changing, and the scary plausibility of it all.

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ISBN: 9780307588364
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - June 5th, 2012

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Fforde is the master of silly-yet-socially-poignant fiction. His Thursday Next books have delighted us for years--and this new young adult series does not disappoint! Whip-smart heroine Jennifer Strange must deal with ailing magicians, corporate sponsors, and tyrannical kings -- all while wading through the intricacies of finding moral balance in a media-driven world.

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ISBN: 9780547738475
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2012

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s project,, is a cross-cultural community that brings writers, photographers, directors, musicians, and artists together to create unique collaborations. An open-source studio, it allows people to upload their work and have others download it, remix it, and send it on its way again. This second volume of The Tiny Book is a collection of stories and illustrations created in this manner from artists around the world working together. A powerful literary publication, and also just an adorable mini-book.

P.S. If J.G.L. happens to be reading this review, just know that I love you, and would marry you in a heartbeat. Just FYI.

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ISBN: 9780062121639
Availability: Backordered
Published: It Books - November 13th, 2012

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

Lonesome Dove is one of those quintessentially sweeping epics that stands as a shining star of the historical fiction genre.. Reading McMurty’s beautiful prose fills me with such an overwhelming desire to travel the country, sleeping under the stars, that I want to pack a tent tonight and take off.
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ISBN: 9780671683900
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Pocket Books - December 15th, 1988

Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan

This book is flawlessly summed up by author Neil Pollack: “If Camus and Bukowski had written A Confederacy of Dunces, and combined it with the screenplay for Office Space, it would have been this book.” There are simply no better words to describe this hilariously bizarre, somewhat offensive, delve into the 9 to 5. Perfect for any and all jaded minimum wage workers.
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ISBN: 9780312352196
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 26th, 2007

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Sometimes I feel like a good romantic chick-lit, and Sophie Kinsella is the perfect scratch for that itch. Lexi Smart wakes up in the hospital to find that the last 3 years gone from her memory. Seemingly she has gained everything she wanted out of life—but as Lexi pieces together the missing time, the thin veneer of perfection begins to crumble.
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ISBN: 9780440242406
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dell Publishing Company - September 29th, 2009

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

On the surface, this story is nothing new: a gutter-bound London prostitute aspires for more. Yet Faber’s magnetic narrative voice, like an actor breaking the 4th wall, makes us conspirators in Sugar’s rags-to-riches campaign. Vibrant, sexy, and smart, Crimson Petal is simply a masterpiece of storytelling. Those 834 pages will fly by and have you begging for more.
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ISBN: 9780156028776
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2003

History of the World According to Facebook by W. Overstreet

Hello, my name is Kimberly and I am addicted to Facebook. It's been about 12 minutes since I last used. I can't help it. I think this book is hilarious. You or someone you love might need this.
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ISBN: 9780062076182
Availability: Out of Print
Published: It Books - October 11th, 2011

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches by Susan Russo

Like Joey on Friends, sandwiches are definitely my favorite food. I could probably live off them alone. Some of the all-stars included in these delicious pages: the Hoagie, Cubano, Monte Cristo, French Dip, Chicken Salad, Hamburger, BLT, Denver, Falafel Pita, and SO MUCH MORE. My only advice: avoid the Doughnut Sandwich on page 78. Everything else: two thumbs up.
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By Susan Russo, Matt Armendariz (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781594744389
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Quirk Books - April 5th, 2011

Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh

Put on your top hat and prepare to class it up, Ted Haigh’s insightful recipes (with surprisingly easy to obtain ingredients, despite “forgotten” in the title) will elevate your cocktails to the next level. Filled to the brim with anecdotes and vintage artwork, this awesome compendium details the history behind cocktail culture. Practical and fun--it simply can’t be missed.
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ISBN: 9781592535613
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Quarry Books - October 1st, 2009


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