Locally & Independently Published General Nonfiction

Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.

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Trevor Strudley, MSc, MBA, CRPC®, CFP®, has three decades' experience with technology, covering the spectrum of information technology, biotech, and clean-tech. He spent two decades launching new technology products and companies, internationally and domestically, from small startups to large multinational corporations. After the excitement of pre-IPOs, IPOs, and private-equity investing, he became a partner in his wife's private wealth-management practice, focused on making work optional for Silicon Valley technology executives and their families.


Tech Success: How Tech Executives and Their Families Manage Meaningful Wealth Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599326740
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Published: Advantage Media Group - March 20th, 2017

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Julianne Skai Arbor, aka TreeGirl, has been on the forefront of the fields of ecotherapy and nature connection since she began creating self-portraits with trees in 1995. She is certified as an arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture, as a California naturalist through the University of California, and has taught interdisciplinary college-level conservation education for over ten years, including pioneering the first program in environmental arts. She holds graduate degrees in Environmental Education and Arts and Consciousness Studies.

Treegirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692726044
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Published: Treegirl Studios LLC - January 15th, 2017

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The author lives and trains in California and is married and a father of two children and has five grandchildren. The author has been a student, training and teaching martial arts and Zen style of meditation since 1984 after earning a Cho Dan (1st degree) Black Belt in the Korean styles of Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do martial arts almost simultaneously. Later, Len earned a 3rd Dan Black Belt in an authentic Korean fighting art called Soo Bahk.

Tao Te Ching: The Way of the Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9781537772349
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - September 19th, 2016

Curing Mental Illness Cover Image
ISBN: 9781539893370
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 2nd, 2016

The Space Flight History of Phm Technology Cover Image
ISBN: 9781540366863
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 11th, 2016

How GPS Won Funding from the Department of Defense Cover Image
ISBN: 9781544005850
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - February 28th, 2017

Confucius Analects: A Western Interpretation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780976749110
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Published: Sanlen Publishing - June 30th, 2016

How to be a Better Couch Potato Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692804902
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Published: Lexiley Press - December 6th, 2016

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Katlin Bowman grew up near Youngstown, Ohio and received her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Wright State University in 2014. She is currently an oceanographer at the University of California in Santa Cruz and enjoys writing about science in her free time.

To the Top of the World: One Scientist's Expedition to the North Pole Cover Image
ISBN: 9780998176819
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Published: Art Bookbindery - January 1st, 2016

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Arlene Gotshalk, MA, SPHR, has over thirty years of experience in education, nonprofit management, and business administration.  While caring for my aging parents, I felt exhausted and frustrated. I didn’t know what to do or how to do it.  I looked for help—read books, looked for systems, and found nothing that could really help me.  “Arlene,” I said, “it’s up to you. Use your training and education to put a workable system together.” And so, the CareGiving Toolkit book was born!

CareGiving Toolkit: Sanity Saving Survival System Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996600606
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Published: CareGiving Toolkit Company - January 1st, 2016

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Kitty Nevin is a freelance writer and editor. Newport & Kibesillah - A Tale of Two Mendocino County Coastal Logging Towns in Northern California is her first book. Kitty started researching Newport & Kibesillah in 1996, when she lived in Mendocino, while she was the editor of the Mendocino Art Center’s Arts & Entertainment magazine. She was a regular contributor to the Mendocino Beacon, and occasionally wrote for the Fort Bragg Advocate-News and the Ukiah Daily Journal.

Newport and Kibesillah -- A Tale of Two Mendocino County Coastal Logging Towns in Northern California Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692420126
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Published: Kathleen M. Nevin - May 1st, 2015

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Founder of the Personal Policy Institute. Jeff is a possibility advocate and rebel with a cause to help others lead their best life. Armed with endless curiosity he has studied psychology, philosophy, theology, physics, mindfulness, spirituality and more in search of modern answers to timeless questions. His unique approach to personal growth shares practical ideas on awareness, acceptance, priorities, transitions, purpose, gratitude and more. He lives in Northern California.

Putting Wisdom to Work: Practical Mindfulness for Maximal Living Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692774663
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Published: Jeff Hotchkiss - September 1st, 2016

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Patricia Cavanaugh directs the 3rd Act, a life coaching and retirement planning organization. She has a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley and Sebastopol.

A Basket of Words: Twenty Years of Writing Together Cover Image
ISBN: 9780990589402
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Published: Driftword Press, Berkeley, CA - December 2nd, 2014

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Dave Mrus is a recent Student at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. An Artist of multiple mediums, Monotasker and Visual Synthesizer who lives in Capitola, California. A propagator of rare and endangered California Native plants who rediscovered the Cut Leaf Chinquapin, Chrysolepis chrysophylla laciniata in 2006. He continues the elusive challenge of Chinquapin cultivation. “California’s greatest horticultural failure.” - James B. Roof, Founder of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden.

The Hook, the Hill and Lilly Too !: Sunrise and Sunset in Capitola, California. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991336906
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Published: David Mrus - June 28th, 2016



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