All Things Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is an amazing town. Check out our selection of All Things Santa Cruz, from local authors to local history and even some local travel guides.

Locally and Independently Published Works


A Selection of Recently Published Works from Santa Cruz Authors

ISBN-13: 9781568857527
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Published: Journeyworks, 10/2013
228 Interesting, Odd, Beautiful & Historic Things to See in Santa Cruz County is an indispensable guide for locals, students, tourists and anyone who loves this county. In this book you will read about oddities and curiosities. You will discover interesting gardens, sculptures, murals and memorials. You will learn about historic buildings and lesser-known museums and galleries. You will see early images of Santa Cruz and you will be directed to places throughout the county where you will have wonderful views. If you think you've seen everything of interest in Santa Cruz County, think again. ...more

ISBN-13: 9781607743972
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Published: Ten Speed Press, 10/2013

The long-awaited cookbook by one of the San Francisco Bay Area's star chefs, David Kinch, who has revolutionized restaurant culture with his take on the farm-to-table ethic and focus on the terroir of the Northern California coast. 

Since opening Manresa in Los Gatos in 2002, Kinch has done more to create a sense of place through his food—specifically where the Santa Cruz Mountains meet the sea—than any other chef on the West Coast.

The restaurant’s thought-provoking dishes and unconventional pairings draw on techniques b...more

ISBN-13: 9780374182212
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 10/2013

A great American writer’s confrontation with a great European critic—a personal and intellectual awakening

A hundred years ago, the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus was among the most penetrating and farsighted writers in Europe. In his self-published magazine, Die Fackel, Kraus brilliantly attacked the popular media’s manipulation of reality, the dehumanizing machinery of technology and consumer capitalism, and the jingoistic rhetoric of a fading empire. But even though he had a fervent following, which included Franz Kafka and Walter Benjam...more

Santa Cruz Is In the Heart: Volume II

In what is a second volume of character portraits, stories and essays on Santa Cruz County history and culture, fourth-generation Santa Cruz writer Geoffrey Dunn captures the spirit of this diverse community with a fierce, albeit, endearing passion. He has the unique capacity of breathing life into his historical portraits and placing his contemporary pieces in an illuminating context. This second collection of his writings is truly a community treasure.

About the author: Award-winning author and filmmaker Geoffrey Dunn has written about Santa Cruz County and its history for 40 years. The recipient of more than two-dozen journalism and film awards throughout his career, he was recently honored with a Gail Rich Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce.


ISBN-13: 9780615961910
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Published: Dan Haifley, 3/2014
50 Years of Safe Harbor, a selection of writings from Dan Haifley’s Santa Cruz Sentinel column “Our Ocean Backyard,” charts the history of the Santa Cruz harbor--from its roots in Woods Lagoon through the Army Corps construction, the tsumani devastation, and beyond. This collection highlights the people who have shaped the life of our beloved harbor and the problems it has faced. Haifley’s passion for this sheltered port is contagious as he champions its crucial role in our community....more

ISBN-13: 9780230342194
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Published: Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 7/2013

What happens when work is no longer a place but a state of mind: when the trappings that have defined the economy as we knew it are stripped away and we start from the bare essence of what it means to make a living? From corner coffee shops to Fortune 500 companies, workers from all different backgrounds are creating a new reality and prosperity. The Rise of the Naked Economy shows readers how to achieve both personal and professional success in an economy that does not guarantee lifetime employment. Pioneers Coonerty and Neuner report from the front lines ...more

ISBN-13: 9780142180822
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Published: Plume, 3/2014

“A gripping, bighearted book.” —Khaled Hosseini

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award

One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2013 and named by The Christian Science Monitor as one of the top 15 works of fiction

The New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club introduces a middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one.
Meet the Cooke family: Mothe...more

ISBN-13: 9781620453728
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Published: Turner Publishing Company, 9/2013
In this era of information overload and real-time communication where anyone can publish and broadcast to millions of people with the click of a button, there is no shortage of people talking about the need to get their message across, or having a "narrative." But for business, marketing, and political campaigns, there is no definitive how-to on crafting a compelling narrative that achieves lasting results. And without a narrative, no amount of framing, complex messaging, or facts will succeed.
"On Message" solves that problem, illustrating how effective communicators understand the power ...more

ISBN-13: 9780345531766
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Published: Bantam, 9/2013


New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, beloved for her acclaimed Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, consistently writes richly detailed and thoroughly suspenseful novels that bring a distant time and place to brilliant life. Now, in this thrilling new book, King leads readers into the vibrant and sensual Paris of the Jazz Age—and reveals the darkest secrets of its denizens.
Paris, France: September 1929. For Harris Stuyvesant, the assignment is a private...more

Furious (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780805082838
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 4/2013

We were only three angry high school girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.

We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.

Yes, th...more

The Matchbox Diary (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780763646011
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2013

Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline tell a breathtaking immigration tale with appeal across generations.

"Pick whatever you like most. Then I’ll tell you its story."
When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual object to learn about: an old cigar box. What she finds inside surprises her: a collection of matchboxes making up her great-grandfather’s diary, harboring objects she can hold in her hand, each one evoking a memory. Together they tell of his journey from Italy to a new ...more

ISBN-13: 9780615693705
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Published: Palanquin Press/ Community Publishing, 3/2013
An uplifting, compelling new book of poems by Patrice Vecchione celebrating the extraordinary in the ordinary....more

The Cruz by Kirby Scudder

Santa Cruz, California, 2003 - 2013. A Northern California Coastal Community that became one of the NAtion's important creative meccas. A look at the people who that happen and why.

"Since 2006, my guests on KUSP Public Radio's 'Art Studio' have expounded on the arts and culture in Santa Cruz. Here s what some of them have said." --Kirby Scudder


The Complete Guide to Wilder Ranch State Park
Model: 9780989039215
"Wilder is known as much for its creation story as for its natural and historic features, including miles of hiking and biking trails, secluded pocket peaches and sweeping coastal plains. At one point, it was eyed for a massive development before local residents voted to preserve it as open space.

The book tells some of the stories of the ranch's origins and of the Wilder family itself. It traces its transformation from a dairy farm to a beef cattle operation, which included a stint as a locale for rodeos and the gambling that came with them.

But much of the book is utilitarian, providing maps and trail info, and details on different plants and animal species found in the park. [...] Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Executive Director Bonny Hawley said the group worked with Henze because the park offers many things to visitors. Whether going mountain biking or for a walk or to learn more about the history of natives peoples on the land, the book has something for everyone." -Santa Cruz Sentinel...more

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