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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."

Moby-Duck by Donavan Hohn

Donavan Hohn travels far and wide in a journey to uncover the story behind a shipment of 28,000 rubber toys lost at sea. From Alaska, where the shipwrecked duckies floundered ashore, to the Chinese factory where they were made—this quest is both outright silly and environmentally poignant. Hohn not only explores the science and facts of the incident, he delves into the disposable nature of our culture.

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It's Superman by Tom de Haven

More than anything this is a portrait of the duality in life...the transition from adolescence to adulthood...big city bustle vs. small town charm...finding the thin line when the ends justify the means...and of course, the eternal struggle between good and evil. Lex would be nothing without Clark, and vice versa. I loved this retelling of a familiar story.

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It's Superman!: A Novel Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780345496751
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Published: Del Rey - January 25th, 2011

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Never have I read a novel with such a quirky and precocious protagonist as Flavia de Luce. Eleven year old Flavia lives in her family’s historic mansion in the British countryside circa 1950 where she spends her hours cultivating a love of chemistry. When a mysterious murder turns everything upside down, she begins to piece together a dubious plot generations in the making.

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Kimberly
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343497
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bantam - January 19th, 2010

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

There are so many things I love about this book; I don’t know where to start. It is a genius retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It paints a striking picture of Midwestern small town America. It depicts the joy and despair of man’s best friend. It explores our relationship with both emotional and physical muteness. And ultimately it is just a damn good story.

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Kimberly
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780061374234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - September 8th, 2009

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

Originally a short story depicting the creation of a supposed Vermeer painting, Vreeland expanded the vignette to tell the history of the piece from modern day to its inception. These 8 stories highlight significant moments in the work’s life, and intertwines the history of Holland with how lost masterpiece might make its way in the world—and the lives affected by it.

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780140296280
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2000

Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby

I love Hornby for his ability to capture the functioning dysfunctional life. He infuses these portraits with humor, wit, and just a little bit of grief. Juliet Naked is no exception. Three lives intersect: a fading indie musician, his biggest fan, and the girl that comes between them. A simple story of obsessive fandom and love belies a deeper truth behind the need for companionship.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594484773
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2010

Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Anouchka Grose

Around this time of year we often find ourselves asking this exact question…why love? Whether single, attached, happy, or miserable—navigating the treacherous world of romance is an fundamental human experience. Grose blends her knowledge as a psychotherapist with wisdom from philosophy, poetry, science, and even pop culture to create a straightforward guide to love.

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Kimberley
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781935639008
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Published: Tin House Books - January 1st, 2011

Simple Times by Amy Sedaris

Oh how we love Amy here at Bookshop! This smash hit crafting book is finally in paperback, filled to the brim with awesomely hilarious (yet legitimately creative) craft projects for all skill levels/attention spans. Whether it’s learning the joys of poverty or the versatility of nuts—Amy Sedaris will make your holiday gifting a cinch!

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Kimberley
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$20.00
ISBN: 9780446557047
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 1st, 2011

Vegan Pie in the Sky by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Trust me when I say that every one of these reci-pies will blow your mind. I’m not going to lie, I’m not actually vegan. Don’t tell. But I still love this cookbook with a fiery passion (or should I say piery passion?) Check out page 100s Key Lime Pie or page 62’s Blackberry Bramble Pie for some over-the-top deliciousness

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Kimberley
Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-This-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780738212746
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - October 25th, 2011

Pattern Magic 2 by Tomoko Nakamichi

Part mathematics, part origami, part sheer innovation—Pattern Magic 2 is simplicity in design at its best. As the author says, “unexpected shapes and forms can be converted into flat patterns and ultimately into garments…patterns are like documents that describe a garment, conveying its structure more eloquently than words.”

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781856697064
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - February 16th, 2011

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