Louise has been working at Bookshop Santa Cruz since 2012, and is now Head of Receiving. When she's not absorbed in a book (be it a law dictionary or a biography) she likes to play strange games with her cat Heyhey and discuss the more refined aspects of Star Trek. Louise is a transplant from the Central Valley of California, where she spent a lot of time developing a hay allergy and sitting on the edge of her bed playing guitar.
The Northern California Craft Beer Guide is perfectly suited for the novice or the full-on snob. The best part is exploring the crazy whacked-up brews that Californians are toting in their alco-arsenal (I mean, BACON BEER, RIGHT?) This guide is the best thing since Lagunitas brought back the Brown Shugga'. Bonus: Santa Cruz haunts get great shout-outs!
James Meek parades before us a string of fascinating characters: among them a lecherous washed-up rock star, a dangerously ambitious biologist, a smug and repulsive tabloid editor, a vulnerable yet brilliant gene therapist, and an IRA operative turned poet. All of their stories intertwine to create a portrait of misguided love and despair. Hands down, the best book I've read in years.