Kimberly's Reviews

Though Kimberly may be a bookseller at heart, she is lucky enough to currently run the Gift Department at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Some of her favorite things include: unrubbed kitten tummies, iced coffee, pizza, hoarding yarn, and Settlers of Catan (or just CATAN, as its current incarnation is so boldly called). Ah, but books, you ask? She loves books with quirky narrators and unlikely love stories. She likes off-beat historical fictions, pretensiously literary sci-fi, and anything that has beautiful pictures with words like "low-sew," "pizza stone," and "from Imbibe Magazine."

From the bestselling author of I Could Pee on This comes a little book that will solve all your life problems. Key tips like "always stay 30 feet away from loved ones," or "indecision shows that you're thinking," will help you navigate the treacherous waters of love, work, and happiness. And remember: just because others don't see it, doesn't mean you shouldn't chase it!

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You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452138916
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - September 1st, 2015

I've been stenciling Lotta designs on my furniture and walls forever and have made dozens of Simple Sewing’s curtains over the years, so this book is a little like seeing the design of my home in clothing form. But the beauty of this collection lies not in the oh-so-Lotta printed fabrics but in the wonderful simplicity and range of the patterns. Straightforward looks, all modeled by Lotta and her close friends—real women with real lives who want real and accessible wardrobes. But fear not, beginners! The author is a self-professed sewing novice; this truly is a book for everyone. These timeless styles are easy to sew and universally flattering.  —Kimberly

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Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style: Key Pieces to Sew + Accessories, Styling, and Inspiration Cover Image
By Lotta Jansdotter, Jenny Hallengren (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781617691744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - November 3rd, 2015

Through a patina of darkly humorous wit, Fforde thumbs his nose at our own society’s obsession with class and race; his invented world of Chromatica is strictly divided by one’s ability to see a particular color. When Eddie Russet (a Red) is banished to East Carmine for a mandatory chair census, everything he knows is thrown into question...like why spoons are forbidden, the truth behind mystical High Saffron, and the possibility of falling in love with a Grey.  —Kimberly

 

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Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143118589
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2011

There’s nothing more magical on a hot day than the perfectly crafted margarita. Now try 72 of them! The Tippling Bros. have compiled the ultimate no-nonsense guide to exploring everything to do with tequila, limes, and a shaker. My personal obsession is the Blood Orange Margarita (with cinnamon simple syrup)—but with step-by-step instructions and tips from more than 30 years in the cocktail industry, there’s something for everyone.

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The Tippling Bros. a Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780544302327
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 21st, 2015

Junior cartographer T.S. Spivet maps what he sees: translating the world as he knows into diagrams and detailed drawings. His (fully annotated) journey from Montana to the Smithsonian combines, as Stephen King puts it, “Mark Twain, Thomas Pynchon, and Little Miss Sunshine.” Like nothing else I’ve read before.

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The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143117353
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - April 27th, 2010

The editors of Imbibe magazine have put together a fantastic collection of inventive toddies, crowd-pleasing punches, and cocktail flavor profiles right out of mom’s kitchen. Deliciously festive ingredients like cinnamon, cranberry, and apple cider interweave with more exotic (but wholly worthwhile) components like Chartreuse, Cherry Heering, and rose syrup. If you love the holidays (or love drinking your way through them), this cocktail guide was made for you.
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Cocktails for the Holidays: Festive Drinks to Celebrate the Season Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781452127828
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chronicle Books - September 16th, 2014

Greer captures an inherent melancholy that slips his characters forever into my heart. Greta Wells is no exception; after the devastating loss of her twin brother in 1985 she undergoes a medical treatment that inadvertently sends her back in time. She experiences two different, potential versions of herself (1918 & 1945) providing an interesting look at what it means to be happy and drawing a striking parallel between the Lost Generation and the U.S. AIDS epidemic.
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The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062213792
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco Press - April 15th, 2014

Cocktails with a literary twist, you say? Sign. Me. Up. Not only is each recipe hilariously punny, it also features a fact filled blurb about the book itself as well as user friendly directions for a delicious cocktail. Check out Infinitely Zest (vodka & lemoncello), Romeo & Julep (bourbon, mint, & peach schnapps), or the Fahrenheit 151 (take a guess). Plus drinking games!
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Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780762448654
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Published: Running Press Adult - April 23rd, 2013

This super detailed coloring book by UK based illustrator Megamunden is perfect for honing your “coloring in the lines” skills. Or for the rebel in you, take liberties inking outside the line- work by adding and improvising on Munden’s classic tattoo art. Skeletons to geishas, roses to ravens in top hats—this book covers all your badass tatt needs.
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The Tattoo Coloring Book [With 2 Pull-Out Posters] Cover Image
By Oliver Munden, Jo Waterhouse (Compiled by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781780670119
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Laurence King - November 5th, 2013

Deborah Schneider understands what it means to make delicious hearty food. Classic one pot meals, typical Mexican street fair, soups, sauces, stocks—her book is filled with recipes designed to maximize flavor and ease.  Basically, there’s nothing better than coming home from a long day to chicken mole simmering away. Oh, and you’ll never buy canned beans again, I promise
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The Mexican Slow Cooker: Recipes for Mole, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Chile Verde Pork, and More Favorites Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781607743163
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 31st, 2012

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