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Natalie's Reviews

A young woman stands in front of the Bookshop Santa Cruz sign with a paper with the quote "Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything. Ever."Natalie is a Santa Cruz native who grew up devouring Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Nowadays, she reads a little of everything and delights (almost) just as much in her gardening pursuits, cooking experiments, and rock climbing (mis)adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Well-Tempered City by Jonathan F. P. Rose

How do we create harmonious, livable, equitable, and resilient cities? Learn about the history of urban life, as well as innovations in cities worldwide to build bike paths, equalize access to health care and mass transit, recycle water and waste in new ways, and more. This book inspired me to make my very own Santa Cruz a more livable, sustainable, and compassionate community. - Natalie

Afro-Vegan by Terry Bryant

Terry shares recipes, both traditional and “remixed,” that creatively highlight Southern and African diaspora foods and culture. Some, are simple and hearty, others are vegan comfort food, while others still are new takes on tasty greens. I loved everything I tried. Bonus: fantastic music suggestions for each recipe! - Natalie

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Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781607745310
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 8th, 2014

House Jungle by Annie Dornan-Smith

A joyfully illustrated guide to creating a “house jungle.” The perfect housewarming gift for serial plant killers and bright-eyed beginners, or just to inspire yourself. This book would look perfect on a shelf between houseplants, where it’d provide continuous motivation to keep your new plants happy. - Natalie

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House Jungle: Turn Your Home into a Plant-Filled Paradise! Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781612129440
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 8th, 2017

The Chinese Kitchen Garden by Wendy Kiang-Spray

This is gardening guide and cookbook is a joy to read. I enjoyed learning about how the author’s parents instilled in her a love of gardening and cooking with Chinese vegetables. The book is beautifully and simply laid out, providing all the information you need to start growing your own Chinese vegetables and make wonders with them in your kitchen. - Natalie

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The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604696776
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Published: Timber Press - February 8th, 2017

Private Gardens of the Bay Area by Nancy Berner & Susan Lowry

We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the world here in California. These two new books showcase many of them and are packed with gorgeous photos and creative ideas for the home gardener, garden enthusiast, and garden designer. Let The California Garden Tour be your guide to planning a garden-filled road trip, and keep Private Gardens of the Bay Area on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration. - Natalie

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By Susan Lowry, Nancy Berner, Marion Brenner (Photographs by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9781580934763
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Published: The Monacelli Press - October 17th, 2017

The California Garden Tour by Donal Olson

We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful and diverse gardens in the world here in California. These two new books showcase many of them and are packed with gorgeous photos and creative ideas for the home gardener, garden enthusiast, and garden designer. Let The California Garden Tour be your guide to planning a garden-filled road trip, and keep Private Gardens of the Bay Area on your coffee table for ongoing inspiration. - Natalie

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The California Garden Tour: The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604697223
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Published: Timber Press - August 9th, 2017

Grow Your Own by Nichole Graf

As cannabis legalization advances in California, regular aficionados will need to decide whether they want to go the commercialized route or try going DIY, which allows you to avoid pesticides while saving money and experimenting with your favorite strains. This well designed book is the best introductory guide I’ve seen for the casual backyard grower. - Natalie

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Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Marijuana Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781941040584
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Published: Tin House Books - September 26th, 2017

Near and Far by Heidi Swanson

This cookbook met my criteria: vegetarian, worldly, and somewhere in between easy and experimental. All the recipes I’ve tried so far, including salads, entrees, and drinks, have been remarkably simple and delicious. - Natalie

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Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607745495
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 15th, 2015

Dress [with] Sense by Christina Dean

Love fashion but feel guilty about contributing to dye-polluted rivers and sweatshop labor? This book is a cute and concise guide to conscious fashion—how and when to buy, how to properly care for clothing, and ideas for renting, swapping, recycling. It’s your pathway to out of the fast fashion trap that values quantity over quality. - Natalie

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Dress [with] Sense: The Practical Guide to a Conscious Closet Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780500292778
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 11th, 2017

Quiet by Susan Cain

Growing up an introvert in a society that favors extroversion, I’ve always felt like a bit of a freak. Reading Quiet changed my life. Cain shows us that our current society undervalues introverts, and that it hasn’t always been this way. She helps us imagine a world where introverts are properly understood and offers invaluable advice for introverts and extroverts alike! - Natalie

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

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