Bookshop Santa Cruz offers a great way for Book Groups to save 10% on the titles they read, get special invitations to Book Group mixers, and receive email recommendations on excellent Book Group titles.
Register your Book Group at our information desk and get 10% off your Book Group picks (when ordering 5 or more copies) and have us hold the titles in one place for easy pick up for all your group members! Browse our new Book Group shelves in the Fiction room for staff recommendations, local book group choices, and information on running Book Groups.
Below are some staff recommendations of great books for Book Groups.
In her best-selling graphic novel Fun Home, Alison Bechdel explored her relationship with her father; in Are You My Mother?, she turns her focus to her mother. The psychological intent of this memoir is fascinating. In trying to understand the gulf between mothers and daughters, Bechdel visits with 20th-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, then with Virginia Woolf, then with her current partner, and finally, back to her mother. A wonderful, fun, and smart read.
Kristen Iversen grew up downwind from a plant that produced plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs, and her parents and neighbors were told that the land, water, and air were perfectly safe from contamination. This was not true. Decades later, Iversen twines her own intimate family history with piercing investigative journalism, and reveals a level of corruption and incompetence that is just staggering. The result is a powerful, horrifying, and very important memoir.
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Published: Broadway Books, 6/2013
Anna Quindlen is a best-selling author and a Pulitzer Prize winner. She is also a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and a successful woman with a lot to say about the ups and downs of getting older. Chapter by chapter, she shares her philosophies on motherhood, marriage, friendship, solitude, and faith, weaving them all together into a warm and candid memoir about the changes, the lessons, and the losses we all (women in particular) experience as time goes by.
On the heels of his award-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as health care, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor. “Savage is that rarity, a liberal—verging on radical—who defends his positions with steel-trap logic and scornful humor laced with profanity and stripped of politically correct cant.”
This is an inspiring story of a young man and his dying mother who form a book club of two that brings them closer as her life draws to an end. Schwalbe and his mom read titles ranging from classic literature to current bestsellers, poetry to mysteries, fantasy to spirituality. As Will recounts their wide-ranging, deeply personal conversations, we hear their passion for reading and their love for each other. They—and we—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we connect with the world around us.
The men who were picked to become the first U.S. astronauts were subject to a number of strict requirements, including one that might seem odd today: They had to be happily married. The Astronaut Wives Club explores the extraordinary lives of the women married to America’s heroes, women who became instant celebrities and often struggled with their new public personas. It’s a breezy, fascinating book that would be perfect for summer book club meetings.
Winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize!
“The characters in Good Kings Bad Kings made me laugh over and over again, and cry, and cheer. This is fiction at its best. The story’s sharp eye allows no one to take shelter, and it doesn’t flinch; it is simply and breathtakingly honest. A stunning accomplishment.” —Barbara Kingsolver