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Erin Gleeson made her dream a reality when she left New York City and moved into a tiny cabin in a California forest in order to be closer to nature. The natural beauty of her surroundings and the abundance of local produce serve as the inspiration for The Forest Feast, based on her popular blog. Most of the book's 100 wholly vegetarian recipes call for only three or four ingredients and require very few steps, resulting in dishes that are fresh, wholesome, delicious, and stunning. Among the delightful recipes are eggplant tacos with brie and cilantro, rosemary shortbread, and blackberry negroni. Vibrant photographs, complemented by Erin's own fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering, showcase the rustic simplicity of the dishes. Part cookbook, part art book, The Forest Feast will be as comfortable in the kitchen as on the coffee table.
In the beginning of See's stellar ninth book, three young women, Grace, Helen, and Ruby, meet and form an unlikely but strong bond in San Francisco in 1938, as the Golden Gate International Exhibition is about to open. Grace has run from an abusive father in the Midwest; Helen is trapped by her traditional family in Chinatown after a devastating loss; Ruby is Japanese, desperate to pass as Chinese to stay employed as the U.S. moves closer to war with Japan. They become performers at the Forbidden City Nightclub and face the difficulty of being Asian in an Occidental world, as well as the additional conflict of prejudice within their own community. The novel spans 50 years, following the women's tumultuous personal lives and roller-coaster career choices. Yet somehow the three always find a way back to each other, and come through for each other in the darkest of times. The story alternates between their viewpoints, with each woman's voice strong and dynamic, developing a multilayered richness as it progresses. The depth of See's characters and her winning prose makes this book a wonderful journey through love and loss.
Based partially on real-life events during the mid-1600s in southern Canada near the shores of Lake Huron, this new book from Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Boyden (Through Black Spruce) centers on Bird, a Huron warrior and leader. Bird captures the Jesuit missionary Father Christophe and brings him back to his village with young Snow Falls, who is from the rival Iroquois tribe. Father Christophe immediately begins evangelizing but also absorbs the Huron nation's language and customs, while Snow Falls refuses to cooperate in any way with Bird or his people, being hostile to the point of wounding Bird, and herself, accidentally, which serves the purpose of uniting them instead. In this long and detailed story, Boyden seeks to re-create the rhythms and patterns of living a life close to nature, battling the elements, and surviving in a harsh climate. Dignified and penetrating, this work offers themes of clashing cultures and religions that resonate in today's world.
To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in Zooburbia. Urban and suburban residents share our environments with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more contact with wild creatures, and recognize the small and large ways animals enrich our lives, yet don't notice the animals already around us. Zooburbia reveals the reverence that can be felt in the presence of animals and shows how that reverence connects us to a deeper, better part of ourselves.
If you want to understand how America faced down the global financial crisis of the last few years, you could ask Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary from 2009 to 2013 and before that chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Here he is with an insider's account of what strategies were adopted and why they worked--or didn't. "Sensational... Tim's book will forever be the definitive work on what causes financial panics and what must be done to stem them when they occur." --Warren Buffett
Based on a notebook she started when she was 14 after a series of puzzling "dissociative" episodes that verged on the mystical, Ehrenreich, best-known for her polemics on issues of social justice (Nickel and Dimed), fashions an intensely engrossing study of her early quest for "cosmic knowledge."
Pint-sized Nino, fearless luchador, Popsicle enthusiast, and reluctantly attentive big brother, dons his red mask (he's already wearing his orange and yellow sneakers and blue-waistbanded tighty-whities), ready to take on all comers. He battles a series of formidable imagined foes from Mexican history and popular culture, each announced with poster-ready typeface, before facing the trickiest of opponents, las hermanitas! Working in a digital collage that includes watercolor, block print, and photography, Morales packs every polychromatic double-page spread with action, trying, not quite successfully, to contain Nio's energy within their frames. The saturated palette, dynamic composition, and copious spike-ballooned sound effects add ebullient visual noise. Beneath the furious fun, though, beats a tender heart. Nino's baby sisters obviously love him to bits, and he is powerless to resist them. In the end, the three join forces, and los tres hermanos are an undeniably unbeatable team. The endpapers, featuring program-style profiles of Nio and all of his competitors, and a final note about lucha libre round out this irresistable outing.
When Zazie, the 14-year-old daughter of the proprietor of Aimee Leduc's favorite cafe, disappears, the girl's desperate parents approach the private investigator for help and, during the course of her investigation, Aimee discovers a terrifying secret neighborhood history that will leave lives in the whole quartier upended.
When Billie Breslin abandons college to work as assistant to the editor of Delicious! magazine, she's immediately known for her superhuman palate: she can taste any dish and list its ingredients and suggest the flavors it needs. She's known for another trait, too: Billie does not cook. When Delicious! is unceremoniously folded by its parent publisher, Billie is the sole employee kept on to honor the magazine's guarantee: Your money back if the recipe doesn't work. Between phone calls from wacky subscribers, alone in the yawning old mansion headquarters, Billie discovers a hidden room and a cache of quirkily cataloged letters from a young girl to Delicious! writer James Beard during WWII. In the search for each letter and the young letter writer herself, Billie finds a purpose and a heroine, and gathers the courage to face the past she's running from.
Years ago, a well-known expressionist painter named Jim Stegner shot a man in a bar. The man lived, Jim served his time, and he has learned to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Jim enjoys a quiet life in the valleys of Colorado. He works with a lovely model, he doesn't drink, he goes fly fishing in the evenings. His paintings fetch excellent prices at a posh gallery in Santa Fe. He is--if he can admit it--almost happy. One day, driving down a dirt road, Jim sees a man beating a small horse. Jim leaps out of the truck, tackles the man, and bloodies his nose. The man is Dell, a cruel hunting outfitter notorious among locals. Jim cannot shake his rage over the little horse. The next night, under a full moon, telling himself he is just going night fishing, he returns to the creek where Dell has his camp and kills him. As Jim tries to come to terms with what he has done, he must evade the police, navigate his own conscience, and escape the members of Dell's clan set on revenge. And he paints the whole time; trying to make sense of his actions.
The eternal tension between good luck and remorseless odds animates this loose-limbed jaunt through the world of high-stakes poker. Novelist Whitehead (Zone One) was staked to a berth in the World Series of Poker by Grantland magazine, a mission for which he frankly declares himself unqualified, owing to his rather desultory pick-up games, haphazard training regimen featuring yoga lessons, deep and semi-baffled immersion in the arcana of poker-playing manuals, and bus trips to Atlantic City for seedy practice tournaments. His journey unfolds in a series of jazzy, jokey riffs on the cultural detritus of poker: the take-over of the game by young "Robotrons" honed by online gaming; Vegas's "Leisure-Industrial Complex," a terrain of soulful soullessness where "your true self is laid bare with all its hungers and flaws and grubby aspirations." Along the way, poker emerges as the national sport of "the Republic of Anhedonia," his habitually depressive, fatalistic State of mind that recognizes that "eventually, you will lose it all" and that playing it safe is therefore the ultimate sucker's strategy. Whitehead serves up an engrossing mix of casual yet astute reportage and hang-dog philosophizing, showing us that, for all of poker's intricate calculations and shrewd stratagems, everything still hangs on the turn of a card.
What do you get when you stitch Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and The Cask of Amontillado together? Well, you get this rollickin' adventure in which Pocket, the royal fool introduced in Moore's Fool (2009), is lured to Venice, where he thinks he'll be having a fun time with the beautiful Portia, but where three men (including a fella named Iago) are actually planning to murder him.
There's a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care--nearly 44 percent of all deaths--and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Changing the Way We Die, by award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, is the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape, through gripping stories of real patients, families, and doctors, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own the market. Changing the Way We Die is a vital resource for anyone who wants to be prepared to face life's most challenging and universal event.
Classics scholar Jack Wiseman, in the last throes of pancreatic cancer, entrusts an enamel locket to his granddaughter, imploring her to find the rightful owner. It's the only thing he's ever asked of her. During WWII, Jack had been a soldier in charge of storing the possessions found on the gold train, which contained the accumulated wealth of Hungarian Jews who had been shipped off to concentration camps. The contents were all meticulously accounted for. But who was there to receive them? The responsibility weighed heavily on Jack, not least because of his involvement with Ilona, a survivor whose shockingly black sense of humor both upsets and entrances him. As Waldman takes us back to Hungary, first in the aftermath of the war, then to the years preceding it, she evokes what it feels like to have your identity and your community stripped from you and how impossibly foolish it can be to think your personal destiny is within your control. With its complicated politics and moral ambiguity, this provocative novel tells a fascinating story.
In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.
"Emma Donoghue writes my favorite historical fiction. She has a knack for that great alchemy of turning research (letters, family trees, old newspaper articles buried in archives) into fiction that lives and breathes on the page. Frog Music, a vivid, atmospheric crime novel, brings to life the boiling streets of San Francisco just after the Gold Rush. The story of Blanche and her murdered friend Jenny (which is based on true events) has a frantic pulse that makes it hard to put down. This is the kind of book only Donoghue could write, and I’m so glad she did." --Kat
We have autographed copies of Bark available.
A new collection of stories by one of America’s most beloved and admired short-story writers, her first in fifteen years, since Birds of America (“Fluid,
cracked, mordant, colloquial . . . Will stand by itself as one of our
funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.” —The New York Times Book Review
We have autographed first editions of And the Dark Sacred Night available.
The award-winning author on her best subject—family secrets—in the story of a middle-aged man who searches for his father, upending relationships beyond his own and changing forever the way he fits into the world he thought he knew so well.
We have autographed first editions of Under Magnolia available.
A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life.
This lovely text illuminates all the possibilities a day offers, the opportunities and chances that won't ever come again, and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet. Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant's poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure's stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this picture book not only timeless, but appealing to all ages, from one to one hundred.
Readers join a mother and child on their trip to the farmers market, meeting vendors and learning how they prepare their goods for sale. A page turn takes readers back to the orchard, field, smoke house, garage or barn where their goods originated--earthy, realistic scenes captured brilliantly through bold, black lines and the use of a single color associated with each item.
Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, Mary Roach investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as why crunchy food is so appealing, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis.
A special paper over board TWENTIETH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION of the first novel of the acclaimed Mary Russell series by Edgar Award-Winning author Laurie R. King. This wonderful edition will be available in late May and Ms. King will be signing copies at our store once they arrive. Orders will ship after that point.
In cut-paper artist Nikki McClure's latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers "how to be a cat"--how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast--while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten's attempts to imitate an adult cat's mastery of each skill. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound.
After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own.
From the award-winning writer of Easter Island, comes a powerful story of love, loss, and redemption amidst the ruins of war-torn Italy. Reminiscent of Pat Barker’s Regeneration, The Secret of Raven Point is a war saga capturing the experiences of soldiers after the battles have ended. And as few novels have done, it depicts the ravages of war through the eyes of a young woman.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
Gather, Navigate, Welcome, Fortify, Surrender, Save, Listen, Make Mistakes. These are some of the messages renowned artist Nikki McClure affirms in this gorgeous monograph of her paper cuts. Organized by season, these delicate pieces exude an optimism that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both urban and rural landscapes. McClure's work reminds us of the important things: the change of seasons, slowing down the world for a moment so we can actually taste it, looking up at the stars to dream.
May the stars drip down light on you
And you close your eyes to see the moon,
And sleep will pull you through.
May the starlight find you.
Thus begins the gorgeous lullaby "May the Stars Drip Down" by indie rock band Cub Country, now adapted into a beautiful bedtime book with illustrations by the acclaimed cut-paper artist Nikki McClure. McClure's tender and intricate images, inspired by nature and the intense bond between parent and child, perfectly complement musician Jeremy Chatelain's soothing lyrics. An audio download of the song is also included.
Brenda Laurel's Computers as Theatre revolutionized the field of human-computer interaction, offering ideas that inspired generations of interface and interaction designers-and continue to inspire them. Laurel's insight was that effective interface design, like effective drama, must engage the user directly in an experience involving both thought and emotion. Her practical conclusion was that a user's enjoyment must be a paramount design consideration, and this demands a deep awareness of dramatic theory and technique, both ancient and modern.
This board book features Nikki McClure’s collection of alphabet paper cuts. (Nikki had a show in Los Angeles earlier in the spring of 2005 where she sold all of the pieces from this collection.) Each paper cut features a baby exploring the world in some way, and is accompanied by a letter of the alphabet through the letter N, at which point, the baby nods off to sleep. This is a high-concept alphabet book--beautiful enough that adults would want to buy it but also accessible to children.
Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from—"Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?).
Mac's power of the pen is at odds with Adam's brush, and Chloe's story hangs in the balance. Can she help them out of this quandary to be the heroine of her own story?
This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn. But it turns out it isn’t. With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
Winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award!
Apple follows the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature. The youngest readers will delight in following the journey of the bright red apple—the only splash of color in the otherwise black-and-white illustrations—as it travels from tree, to harvest, to snack, to compost, and finally to sprout. A single word complements each illustration, urging early readers to reflect on each stage in the apple’s life.
Young children see the passage of time through the seasonal changes to the world around them in this charming book, illustrated with Nikki McClure’s extraordinary cut-paper art. A little boy who can’t wait for summer keeps asking his mama, “Is it summer yet?” Mama says, “Not yet, little one,” then points to the signs that spring is turning to summer—the softening of the earth, the nest-building of squirrels, the singing of birds—and encourages her son to savor the beauty of spring.
We have autographed copies of Dept. of Speculation available.
“Breathtaking . . . Reminiscent of Renata Adler’s Speedboat but with a less bitter edge . . . Dept. of Speculation
charts the course of a marriage through curious, often shimmering
fragments of prose . . . Moves quickly, but it is also joyously
demanding because you will want to keep trying to understand the why
of each fragment and how it fits with the others . . . .” —The New York Times Book Review
We have autographed first editions of Archetype available.
An addictive tale of futuristic lies and secrets, it will appeal to fans of Meyer’s The Host and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
It had “dual identities warring with each other” and ”societal
infertility turning women into slaves” themes. It was very accessible,
and very character driven, with lots of emotions and feelings, and it is
sure to keep you up all long past your bedtime. --Nici
We have autographed first editions of Still Life with Bread Crumbs available.
A superb love story from Anna Quindlen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rise and Shine, Blessings, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life.
Ishmael Beah made his mark in 2007 with A Long Way Gone, his striking memoir of the time he spent as a boy soldier in war-torn Sierra Leone. In Radiance of Tomorrow, his first novel, he revisits Sierra Leone to examine not only what happens to those communities devastated by war, but also their traditions and the outlook for their future. What begins as a story of survivors returning to what used to be home and attempting to reconstruct the rhythms of normal life takes several surprising turns as Beah carefully unfolds his elegant and layered narrative.
We have autographed first editions of Under the Wide and Starry Sky available.
From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank,
comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable
love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous
American wife, Fanny.
We have autographed first edition copies of Garrison Keillor's O, What a Luxury.
O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound is the first poetry collection written by Garrison Keillor, the celebrated radio host of A Prairie Home Companion.
Although he has edited several anthologies of his favorite poems, this
volume forges a new path for him, as a poet of light verse.
We have autographed first editions of Enon available.
Paul Harding’s debut novel Tinkers won the Pulitzer Prize, and has been required reading for literary fiction fans ever since. His second novel Enon is about Charlie Crosby (grandson of George Crosby of Tinkers), and the year following the death of his daughter. Enon maps unthinkable and strangely beautiful landscapes of grief and remembrance, and it is haunting and immersive and difficult to put down. Sure to be one of the best literary novels of the year. --Kat, Bookshop Santa Cruz
We have autographed copies of The Great Morgani available.
A wonderful pictorial journey through the many creative costumes and incarnations of The Great Morgani, this book provides an inside look at the street musician who has become such a Santa Cruz staple.