Grab your wand and join us on a new Harry Potter adventure!
Due out: 07/31/2016
To celebrate this new Harry Potter book, Bookshop Santa Cruz will be hosting two release parties. Tickets to the release parties are provided through the pre-purchase of Harry Potter & the Cursed Child -- Parts I & II.
This bilingual alphabet book is filled with rich, warm illustrations. It takes you from the fields and orchards into the lives of the people who work them. Each letter from the Spanish alphabet has a short poem written around the word, and between the lovely poems and illustrations, it celebrates the people who work the land. I love it. —Flannery
Whether you have long been a fan of Annie Dillard or are coming to her for the first time, prepare to be stunned. Dillard has selected essays from a lifetime of work, ranging from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek to An American Childhood, to illuminate her observations on the natural world and our very human place in it. Thoughtful, beautiful, harsh, real, fanciful, funny, and all out revealing—both in the ordinary and in wonder. What a gift. —Melinda
This is a fascinating exploration of FDR’s life and history through the lens of land conservation. We are all so familiar with FDR’s politics and his wartime leadership, that it was refreshing to see a different side to this American icon. Lovingly written and painstakingly researched, Brinkley chronicles how the love of the outdoors was instilled in him, and how that sense of responsibility and stewardship carried him through the rest of his life. —Jax
Set before and after the Revolutionary War, the Story of Land and Sea is an unusual and immersive novel. There is a gentleness to this story that makes you forget you’re reading about a war, and much of the story is intimately removed from the front lines. Instead we see the people – husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, quiet, steadfast, and ordinary lives that might otherwise be forgotten. —Kat
Seveneves is part disaster novel, part Science Fiction. It starts with the heart-stopping moment when the moon explodes and takes us through a rough and tumble ride to save the human race. It is an epic that spans thousands of years and takes many surprising turns along the way. It is definitely one I recommend.
This is a wonderful book for both writers and readers of memoir. Mary Karr, otherwise known as the queen of memoir for her best-selling books Liar’s Club, Cherry, and Lit, has written a brilliant book that celebrates the genre. With her characteristic wit and insight, Karr discusses her own writing process, focusing on unearthing one’s life story as well as taking us through excellent lessons and exercises on the mechanical how-to’s of writing autobiographical content. This inspiring book is one that you will continue to refer to. Make room on your shelf next to Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Steven King’s On Writing; Karr has taken on the genre of memoir and gifted us all.
This is the first work of theoretical physics I’ve read and I loved it! In Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, Randall artfully introduces her theory in ways that are accessible to an amateur audience. A disk of dark matter, she argues, may have been responsible for rerouting that infamous meteor toward Earth, resulting in the extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. If you’re not already one, Randall will leave you feeling like a physicist! --Ashley
Nimona’s got supervillainry in the bag, now that she’s Ballister Blackheart’s one and only sidekick. But who knew plotting evil was going to be so hard? For teens who like their humor sarcastic, smart, and fundamentally quirky. —Tera & Gā
“Danny Bowien is known for doing the unexpected—the original Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco began as a pop-up inside an existing Chinese restaurant—and in his new cookbook, he again defies expectation.” —Tasting Table. There are terrific recipes in The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook, including Bowien’s famous Kung Pao Pastrami, but the true treasure might be the “conversations” Bowien has with his staff, which give great insight into the challenges and demands involved in the meteoric rise of the restaurant and its chef. —S.B.
How do I talk about Simon Van Booy’s short stories? They feel like well-loved coins that I refuse to remove from my pockets, talismans that provide comfort even when I’m not actually reading them. I’ve been thinking about these stories everywhere I go—in traffic, at work, waiting to cross the street, even sometimes when I’m reading someone else’s book. For me it’s not just the immediate, hypnotic lyricism of his work that makes these stories so special, but the way they linger. —Kat