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Melinda's Reviews

Melinda Powers is the head book buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz and is therefore responsible for choosing which of the 300,000 titles published each year will make their way to our shelves (not including the children’s section). Formerly at Capitola Book Café, she can’t seem to quit this wonderful community of readers, booksellers, and books. She is okay with this addiction.

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie

In her elegant collection of essays, acclaimed Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie considers how time and place shift within a rapidly changing world, unearthing the past and untethering the present, whether while on an archeological dig in Arctic Alaska, in the Highlands, or stopped along a country road. A combination of longer think pieces and shorter meditations, with lyrical simplicity as its through line, Surfacing is itself a welcome practice in timelessness. - Melinda

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143134459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2019

Home Work by Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews begins her second memoir where her first, Home, left off, with her Hollywood entrance and the quick succession of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Writing with heart, candor, and an authentic invitation into her world of hard work, show business, family, and self, Andrews has crafted the most considerate tell-all possible, taking care with her reader as well as with the movies and experiences that have made her life so extraordinary. It is a delight to spend time with her, practically perfect in every way. - Melinda

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316349253
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Hachette Books - October 15th, 2019

Nomad by Emma Reddington

Nomad is equal parts dream board and resource guide, exploring the life less conventional and how best to live it, whether in a converted van, a tiny home, a school bus, or a boat. Profiling people worldwide (including one family in the Santa Cruz Mountains!) who have defined home for themselves in simplified, revitalizing, workable ways, this gorgeous design book is perfect for those in need of everyday inspiration as well as those in search of trailheads for a new path forward. - Melinda

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Nomad: Designing a Home for Escape and Adventure Cover Image
By Emma Reddington, Sian Richards (Photographs by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781579658137
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Artisan - October 15th, 2019

Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat

At last, Edwidge Danticat (Krik? Krak!) returns to the short story, bringing her strong, clear, compassionate voice to the Haitian experience, whether in Miami, New York, or Haiti itself, and then beyond to the universal human experience. Examining loves lost or being found, families reimagined, and personal strength in the midst of crisis, Danticat cradles the complex heart of each, in vibrant, life-affirming prose. In her story “Dosas,” there is an altered sticker that claims “Everything inside is worth dying for” — an equally apt way to describe this collection. - Melinda

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780525521273
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

Eyes to the Wind by Ady Barkan

Ady Barkan is a force to be reckoned with, both before he received his devastating ALS diagnosis at the age of 32, and even more so now, three years in and bringing power and honesty to his roles as political activist, husband, and father. Writing with incredible intimacy, vitality, and humor, Barkan lays it all out in this memoir, his career as an organizer and his journey with illness. He has written a gift that is not just inspiring, but real. - Melinda

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Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982111540
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Atria Books - September 10th, 2019

Fifty Places to Surf Before You Die by Chris Santella

Santella’s newest addition to the Fifty Places outdoor adventure series is sure to find happy readers here, whether you’re planning your own vacation or needing inspiration while waiting out the big crowds and small waves of summer. Full of iconic and lesser known surf spots, travel tips, essays and full-page photos, it’s a bucket list in book form or fodder for the aspiring grom—the perfect way to spend your days when not in the water. - Melinda

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Fifty Places to Surf Before You Die: Surfing Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419734564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Image - April 9th, 2019

The National Team by Caitlin Murray

Soccer friends, here is your perfect read in the run-up to the Women’s World Cup this summer. The National Team is a lively and substantive history of the U.S. Women’s National Team, from its scrappy early days in the ‘80s to the legendary ‘99ers and up to now. Moving beyond the highlight reel to the storied complexity of women’s soccer in America, this book sheds light on these tenacious, trailblazing athletes, not just as stars but as advocates for women’s rights and gender equity in sports and beyond. - Melinda

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The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419734496
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Abrams Press - April 2nd, 2019

Some Stories by Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, brings it all together in this gorgeous, photo-filled book that spans his life and his many passions, from climbing to surfing, spearfishing to falconry, and business to environmental activism. A collection of essays, articles, letters, and poetry handpicked by Chouinard himself, Some Stories is likely as close to a memoir as we will get from this unequaled adventurer. In the preface, he writes, “I don’t consider myself much of a writer, I’m more of a story teller really”—and this is the perfect way to hear him speak. - Melinda

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Some Stories: Lessons from the Edge of Business and Sport Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781938340826
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Patagonia - April 23rd, 2019

Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane writes with such agility and scope that when exploring the natural world that lies beneath us, he also plumbs the depths of our cultures, mythologies, and histories—not as an exercise in what has been, but in where we are now, and what can still be done. Tracking across time and the planet, each page is a revelation, a way to think more deeply and place ourselves more fully in the world, making Underland both pleasurable reading and important work. - Melinda

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy

I was unaware of Ellen Meloy before this posthumous collection of radio essays she wrote for her NPR station, but I wish I had her voice in my life sooner. In these perfectly bite-sized pieces, she is wide-ranging, observant, and sharply funny, whether she’s talking about the animal neighbors who share her desert Utah home or the quixotic humans who share her planet. Though written mostly in the 90s, these essays remain timely and much-appreciated today. - Melinda

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By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781948814010
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Torrey House Press - April 16th, 2019

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