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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."

Q & A: A Five Year Journal

Each day has one question, and a place for you answer it--for 5 years in a row. Questions in this fabulous little volume range anywhere from basic (Are you wearing socks today?) to soul searching (Who are you fooling?). My go-to birthday gift; I firmly believe there is a place for this book in everyone's lives, complementing avid writers and occasional journalers alike.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780307719775
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Potter Style - November 23rd, 2010

Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman

I love the seasonal layout of this all-encompassing guide to style, beauty, home, food, and entertaining. This summer I've learned how to utilize local fruit, make a mint julep, find the perfect vintage sun dress, and give myself beachy tousled hair. To look forward to this fall? Wearing tights right, rocking bright lipstick, and decorating for Halloween on a budget.
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Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781419702105
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Published: Abrams Image - August 1st, 2012

Lavender Lover's Handbook by Sarah Bader

One of my favorite things about springtime in Santa Cruz is the wild abundance of lavender. This lovely compendium of everything lavender will take you step-by-step through different varieties, where to find them, and how to use them. Included are fantastic recipies for sweet and savory dishes, simple syrups, and even center pieces. Redundant, I know, but I love this book!
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781604692211
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Timber Press - May 1st, 2012

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams

For all the fixating, photographing, enlarging, clothing, and unclothing we do to that jiggly pair of fleshy bits, isn't it odd that they're the one body part that doesn't have their own medical specialist? Especially when you consider that breast milk is the number one indicator of the chemicals we ingest. This is a study of how we made such a big deal out of a simple pair of baby-feeders.

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ISBN: 9780393063189
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2012

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The existence of magic does not make Grossman’s dysphoric characters any more capable of dealing their own unhappiness. This book perfectly so captures the soul crushing ennui of emotional purposelessness; I want to hate Quentin and his pals, but there is too much of myself in there to do so. Littered with Narnia and Harry Potter homages, The Magicians is a realist take on the magical world.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780452296299
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

There is no other historical writer like Erik Larson. He goes to great lengths to present the diary entries, letters, and other accounts from his research in such a candid, prose-like manner that one cannot help but forget that one is in fact reading nonfiction. In the Garden of Beasts brings to life the lurid contrast between the “roaring ’20s” feel of 1930s Berlin and the juggernaut of the Third Reich’s growing menace.

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307408853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - May 1st, 2012

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Art of Fielding is not so much about baseball as a game. Though the outward plot focuses on Henry Skrimshander’s rise (and fall) as a college shortstop genius and the resulting miraculous/calamitous season that ensues, this introspective narrative goes deeper than that. Baseball is simply a stage setting to the tiny soap opera of what it means to find one’s place in the world. Harbach’s subtle style of writing is hard to resist, regardless of one’s own feelings about our great American pastime.
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316126670
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 1st, 2012

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

As someone who shares the same love, I fell easily into this all too common tale of the high-functioning alcoholic. The honesty with which Knapp writes is refreshingly undramatic. There are a lot of gritty rock-bottom memoirs out there, but Drinking manages to have the soul baring quality of a best friend’s confidence without the gut wrenching cringe factor.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780385315548
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - May 12th, 1997

The Beginning Runner’s Handbook by Ian MacNeill

There are so many reasons to start running, but saying that it’s easy really isn’t one of them. Sure, all you need is a good pair of shoes and a solid surface…but if you are just starting out—stepping out the door can be the hardest part. The basis of this book is a generous 13-week plan, which is a fabulous way to physically ease your body to running. The rest is pure mental motivation.

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781553658603
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Published: Greystone Books - March 27th, 2012

Cables & Arans: 250 Stitches to Knit by Interweave Press

Covering basic to complicated stitches, this Harmony Guide to cables is one of my all-time most used knitting references. Cabled stitches may look complicated and scary, but realistically are not that difficult! With this Harmony Guide's super easy to follow stitch charts by your side, you'll be able to add warmth and texture to any piece--and not to mention impress all your friends.

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By Erika Knight (Editor)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781596680586
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Published: Interweave Press - October 1st, 2007

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