Don't Give Up, Read Up!

The morning after the election, Bookshop started the hard work of defining our role as we faced the new political reality of our country. First, we gathered together at our morning meeting and rededicated ourselves to the core of our mission. The statement that we posted shortly after opening best describes the sentiments we shared with each other that morning:

"Today Bookshop Santa Cruz rededicates itself to being a safe place in this community. A safe place for all people. A safe place to share ideas and to evaluate options. A safe place to escape through books if needed. A safe place to find empathy within pages. A safe place to further discover what defines our community."

Since then, we have discussed various ways that books can help our community process, evaluate, spur action, escape and heal. We are not alone. In the weeks following, more than 400 children's authors pledged to "help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others" by planting "seeds of empathy, fairness and empowerment through words and pictures." (Read about their statement here.) These authors understand that books hold power. It is our hope that there are thousands of ways that we use books during the next four years to bring light to our lives in the form of understanding, connection, and hope.

To start this process, we've compiled a reading list of books that move the conversation forward. We will continue to add to it, and to find ways to create dialogue around these books both in and outside the store. We hope you will join us.

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781608465767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - March 15th, 2016

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781620972250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Press - September 6th, 2016

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement Cover Image
By Angela Y. Davis, Frank Barat (Editor), Cornel West (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608465644
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - February 9th, 2016

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$22.39
ISBN: 9780062300546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

America at War with Itself Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872867321
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: City Lights Books - September 6th, 2016

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780670785971
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - June 21st, 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780553447439
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 1st, 2016

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They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316312479
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 15th, 2016

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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781451697391
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374534608
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 4th, 2014

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The New Jim Crow Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595586438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

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Heat and Light Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061763298
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - May 3rd, 2016

Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781627795395
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Metropolitan Books - March 15th, 2016

The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780997126440
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Columbia Global Reports - October 5th, 2016

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608462117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - August 7th, 2012

The Democrats: A Critical History Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608461929
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - August 7th, 2012

No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781931859356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - July 2006

From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781608465620
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2016

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: Essays and Conversations Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781608467174
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - October 4th, 2016

The United States of Fear Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608461547
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - December 13th, 2011

Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781931859233
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - May 2006

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009 Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781608462599
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - November 27th, 2012

The Nazis, Capitalism, and the Working Class Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781608461370
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - August 7th, 2012

Rich People Things: Real Life Secrets of the Predator Class Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781608461523
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - October 18th, 2011

Palante: Young Lords Party Cover Image
By Young Lords Party (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Michael Abramson (Photographer), Iris Morales (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781608461295
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - July 26th, 2011

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Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781608464661
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - September 2015

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

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The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9780385542364
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781618931719
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Time Home Entertainment - August 23rd, 2016

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States Cover Image
By Pauline Maier (Introduction by)
$3.99
ISBN: 9780553214826
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bantam Books - June 30th, 1998

 

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