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Book Group Ambassador

Do you love books and want to share your excitement with the community? Become a Bookshop Book Group Ambassador!

Bookshop Santa Cruz is looking for passionate readers who want to share their literary knowledge with fellow book lovers and book groups. In this volunteer position, you would get exclusive, behind-the-scenes information about new books before they’re even published, then use that knowledge to share the latest book buzz with local readers.

  • Read books in advance of their publishing dates
  • Serve as an ambassador to local book groups by writing book reviews and presenting books at book group mixers and trunk shows
  • Get invites to exclusive bookstore pitches
  • Tickets and VIP seats to selected book group–focused author events
  • 35% ambassador discount on days you work for us

Bookshop will select 3–5 ambassadors for 2019. Deadline to apply is January 4, 2019. Learn more and apply here.


Santa Cruz Book Groups’ “Favorite Books”

What are Santa Cruz book groups reading and which books have generated the best discussions? We asked, and you told us. Here are a few reviews that describe why they made a great book group book. You might just find your group’s next favorite book. 

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The Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316547611
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

The Power chronicles a 10-year journey in which physical and thus political power shifts from men to women. The book generated a lively discussion about the nature of power and the notion of the world being a better place if it were run by women. Are women naturally kinder than men when “ruling,” or are people basically the same? You decide. Bookshop note: This book contains sexually violent content. —A Front for Food & Wine Book Group

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984965
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

An emotionally hard book to read, but a very important work about the death penalty, our legal system, and racism in America. We were all glad we read it, and it changed our thinking for the better. —Figi and 50 Book Group

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CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556347
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Reading the story of Circe—the goddess in Homer’s Odyssey who hosted Odysseus on her island during his return voyage from Troy—from Circe’s point of view was a pleasurable eye-opener, to say the least! One of our all-time favorite books, and we hope that more classics are rewritten from the women’s points of view. —The Sisters Book Group

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

I could not put this book down! I alternated between feeling anger, compassion, and ultimately deep admiration. Tara Westover is a remarkable human being who created a life while being “educated.” She is a shining light of hope and a person of immense strength who allowed education to change her world. An inspiring and well-written memoir. —Anonymous Book Group