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.
Sara Baume has written a remarkable debut novel. With lyrical yet exacting prose, she unfolds the inner thoughts and history of a downtrodden older man, the town misfit, as he finds meaningful relationship with One Eye, the scruffy dog he adopts. Both loners and outcasts, their poignant story is told through the course of a country year and its seasons, and as one might suspect, they do not play lightly with your heart. —Melinda
This book is a classic. A collection of short stories by the poet Gary Soto, it shows how small daily events in our lives can have a much larger meaning. Based on his own experiences as a child in the Central Valley, this is a quiet, insightful book that tells the stories of eleven Latino children growing up in Fresno. It’s a lovely book that any child can relate to. —Flannery
For four hundred years to be Irish in Ireland was a crime. Its people, stubborn to a fault, did not take to fetters gently. Thomas Francis Meagher ached for a free Ireland though he spent most of his life in exile. Just in time for the centennial of the Easter Rising, Egan writes about Meagher with a fervor to match the man’s need for freedom. Meagher’s almost unbelievable life lit a fire in me. I couldn’t put it down. —Ivy
A fascinating and unusual story of World War II, told through the perspective of…books. Desperate for diversion, and fighting an enemy who burned books publicly, American soldiers wanted to read. Publishers came together to produce cheap, portable paperbacks of bestselling and classic titles that fit the pockets of a soldier. The effect that those books had on the war and on an entire generation of soldiers cannot be overstated. I promise you’ve never read a history book like this before. —Kat
Plum anticipates the awesome life she imagines will materialize after her weight-loss surgery. Then her happenstance encounters with a strange woman lead her to Calliope House, where the daughter of a deceased diet mogul looking to make amends folds her into a subculture of radical feminists rallying against the diet-industrial complex. This book is truly exceptional.
When a WWII aircraft is found buried in the moors with the pilot inside, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in and finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation. Revolving around a secretive aristocratic family and complicated by a film crew, this dryly funny book has an intriguing mystery and features the ever-endearing Ruth. I loved it!
When Mark Zuckerberg gave $100 million to reform the Newark, NJ school system, it became a test case for what is possible in American schools. With assured writing, Russakoff follows this project and its major players, as well as the teachers and students affected by the tumult, using the Newark experiment to highlight the issues surrounding schools nationwide. A compelling read and an important book.
Don your snorkel and swim alongside a half-dozen scientists as they search for octopuses in the coral reefs of Moorea, a small island just northeast of Tahiti in the South Pacific. In this latest addition to the Scientists in the Field series, author Sy Montgomery vividly describes the day-to-day work of this octopus team, from their vexing search for these very sneaky creatures to the personality tests they administer to each octopus they find. The chronicle of this snorkeling adventure is punctuated with details of the alien-like physiology of the octopus—with its brain wrapped around its throat and more than half its nerve cells in its arms—as well as the author’s very personal connection to Athena, an octopus who lived at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Captivating underwater photographs propel you to keep turning the pages in this marvel of a read-aloud for curious children and adults alike. —Michelle
Okparanta’s first short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, is a perfect example of the power of prose. Her stories shook me in places I thought myself durable beyond doubt. This new work centers around a young Nigerian woman unfortunately blossoming under the chaos of civil war; a fateful friendship with another displaced girl transforms into love, which must be hidden at all costs. If Udala Trees is written with the same clarity that has become Okparanta’s signature, a Lambda Award nomination will surely be hers. --Louise