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Bookshop's Top Gift Books of 2018

This year, Everyone Gets a Book - and Bookshop has something for everyone on your list. From the Literature Lover to the Stranger Things Fan, see our recommendations for each person below.

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Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780062801975
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Design - November 6th, 2018

Our Pick For the HGTV Obsessed

  • Shiplap & subway tiles galore!
  • Inside peek at Chip & Jo’s own farmhouse.
  • Perfect for the Fixer Upper Faithful!


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Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
$17.60
ISBN: 9781984854278
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

Our Pick for Your White Elephant Recipient

  • Great gift for literally anyone.
  • Sweet thoughts from the lovely Lin-Manuel Miranda.
  • Illustrations from the brilliant Jonny Sun.


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Becoming Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781524763138
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

Our Pick For Pretty Much Everyone

  • Michelle Obama!!!
  • Lovely, candid, real, inspiring.
  • I’m not crying, you’re crying. #happytears


Wild Land Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9781760760076
Availability: Backordered
Published: Thames & Hudson - November 6th, 2018

Our Pick for an Admirer of Beauty


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Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking Cover Image
By Jason Logan, Michael Ondaatje (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781419732430
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams - September 11th, 2018

Our Pick For the Foraging Creative

  • Foraging guide + actual ink recipes: pokeberry, anyone?
  • Beautiful and resourceful, perfect for Santa Cruz crafters.
  • Bonus: forward by Ondaatje…yes!


A Dream Called Home: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501171420
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - October 2nd, 2018

Our Pick As a Memoir That Matters

  • First-generation Latina University experience at UCSC.
  • The power of words, mentors, challenges and grit to follow your dreams.


Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion Cover Image
By Gina McIntyre, Matt Duffer (Foreword by), Ross Duffer (Foreword by)
$36.00
ISBN: 9781984817426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - October 30th, 2018

Our Pick  For the Stranger Things Fan

  • Behind the scenes look at this most excellent show.
  • Seriously, just look at it.
  • Interviews, photos, inspiration and easter eggs!


A Call for Revolution: A Vision for the Future Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866455
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - November 13th, 2018

Our Pick To Stuff Your Stocking

  • It’s the Dalai Lama.
  • For the Youth of today, and the youthful at any age.
  • A rallying cry, calling for real change, real compassion.


Santa Cruz Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Susie Bright (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617756221
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Akashic Books - June 5th, 2018

Our Pick For Your Hometown Sleuth

  • Keep Santa Cruz Weird meets our deep, dark secrets.
  • Local authors.
  • California golden shores or bloody shores?


The Snooty Bookshop: Fifty Literary Postcards by Tom Gauld Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462977
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 13th, 2018

Our Pick For a Literary Laugh

  • Hilarious! Just flip through a few pages, you won’t regret it.
  • Perfect for the literary postcard writer, or to decorate a literary space.
  • Tom Gauld is magic.


Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees Cover Image
By Hannah Fries, Robin Wall Kimmerer (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635860948
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - September 4th, 2018

Our Pick for This year’s Hygge (Hint: It’s Forest Bathing)

  • Be inspired, even if you don’t leave the house.
  • Full of quotes, prompts and real practice.
  • Give the gift of a forest walk, a breath of fresh air


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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524743444
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - September 25th, 2018

Our Pick For Speculative Fiction

  • Giant robot? Alien? Public Art? Let’s call it Carl.
  • Love letter to the digital age and its complications.
  • How people love, connect & create belief + science.


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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

Our Pick For the Animal Lover

  • Award-winning writer and her 13 favorite friends.
  • Beautiful tribute to the goodness of animals.
  • Sweet illustrations—the perfect gift.


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Transcription: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316176637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

Our Pick As a Novel for Everyone

  • A World War II espionage story told from the London homefront.
  • Witty and dry British humor perfected.
  • A delicate house of cards.


Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316421829
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 16th, 2018

Our Pick For the Persistent Resister

  • President Obama’s Official White House Photographer, “throwing shade” at Trump.
  • Portraits of courage vs. chaos.
  • A picture is worth a thousand tweets.


The Electric State Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501181412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Skybound Books - September 25th, 2018

Our Pick For Sci-Fi That’s Truly Special

  • Fantastic storytelling in an unusual format.
  • Beautiful dystopia.
  • Haunting and memorable.


The Incomplete Book of Running Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781451696240
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 30th, 2018

Our Pick For the Fitness Fan

  • Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me + running? Yes, please!
  • A how-to-guide on running through life's obstacles.
  • Humor and insight to last longer than 26.2. miles.


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Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393064445
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 11th, 2018

Our Pick For the Savvy Scientist

  • Neil DeGrasse Tyson gets real about the link between scientific advancement and the military.
  • Thoughtful, engaging and so important.


The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101986677
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - October 2nd, 2018

Our Pick For a Good Giggle (Ron-Swanson-style)

  • First of all, who doesn’t love Ron Swanson?
  • Full of advice and hilarious hijinks.
  • Will restore your faith in love everlasting.


State of Resistance: What Californiaas Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for Americaas Future Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781620973295
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Published: New Press - April 3rd, 2018

Our Pick For the Devoted Californian

  • The future of politics, immigration and work will be found in California.
  • The history of Reagan country turned resistors as a national lesson.
  • Call to action, call to hope.


The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904190
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Published: Crown - September 18th, 2018

Our Pick As the Armchair Spy

  • Espionage triangle between the US, Britain and the Soviet Union.
  • Page turner for fans of John le Carre.
  • Ancient history or current affairs? You decide.


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21 Lessons for the 21st Century Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525512172
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 4th, 2018

Our Pick For the One Drink Philosopher

  • Yuval Harari does it again.
  • Turns his eye to the immediate present.
  • Excellent writing, though provoking insights, unique observations and big questions.


On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385541152
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - October 2nd, 2018

Our Pick For the History Buff

  • Master storyteller of one of the most heroic battles in US Military history.
  • A call to remember this history and the extraordinary ordinary men involved.


My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780385544238
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Published: Doubleday - November 20th, 2018

Our Pick As One Satisfying Read

  • One sit read that will keep you gripped to your seat.
  • Murder and comed—a perfect combination.
  • Wholly original.


Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781524731656
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2018

Our Pick For the Armchair Investigator

  • Inside scoop on bio tech start up, Theranos.
  • Gripping story of its rise and fall.
  • The investigative reporting book of the year.


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1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781523504459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 2nd, 2018

Our Pick For Your Bookish Friend

  • New Year’s resolution that can change your book life.
  • Perfect family conversation starter.
  • Only 1000?


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Beastie Boys Book Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780812995541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - October 30th, 2018

Our Pick For the Music Lover

  • So much in her to love.
  • Written by Mike D and Ad-Rock…the real deal.
  • Decades of Beastie Boys, music and cultural history.
  • Epic trip down memory lane.


Everyday Magic: Rituals, Spells & Potions to Live Your Best Life Cover Image
By Semra Haksever, Nes Vuckovic (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781784881924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hardie Grant - October 2nd, 2018

Our Pick For Your Coven

  • Rituals, spells and potion to live your best life.
  • Self-care with magic.
  • Good for the beginner for experienced occultist.


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Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604698787
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - October 30th, 2018

Our Pick For Your Green-Thumbed Friend

  • Years of gardening experience distilled into 100 simple rules.
  • Fun, easily digestible format.
  • Perfect for the blossoming green thumb in your life.


Just Kids Illustrated Edition Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062873743
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - October 23rd, 2018

Our Pick For the Poetically Inclined

  • Patti Smith is a poet in any form—beautiful writing, exquisite memoir.
  • Generously illustrated with photos and ephemera.
  • A love story to life, to youth, NYC and Robert Mapplethorpe.


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In the House in the Dark of the Woods Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780316411059
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 16th, 2018

Our Pick As the Dark, But Damn Good Read

  • Gothic and atmospheric haunted woods story.
  • Perfect to frighten and east-to-devour.
  • Wolves and witches galore.


The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid Cover Image
By Dylan Thuras, Rosemary Mosco, Joy Ang (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523503544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 18th, 2018

Our Pick For the Budding World Traveler

  • A world passport for adventurous kids.
  • Mysterious, beautiful and educational.
  • Showcases the interconnectedness of the world.


Dungeons and Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780399580949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 23rd, 2018

Our Pick for the D&D Fanatic in Your Life

  • Big, beautiful book on the history of D&D.
  • Nerd catnip.
  • Perfect for buttering up your DM.


The World Stormrider Surf Guide Cover Image
$59.95
ISBN: 9781908520449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wilderness Press - November 20th, 2018

Our Pick For the Surfer in Your Life

  • Comprehensive and fully updated, bringing regional guides into one volume.
  • Perfect for any surfer so much to explore.
  • A must-have on any surfer’s bookshelf.


The Lost Words Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781487005382
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

Our Pick Because it’s Just Lovely

  • Beautiful ode to nature.
  • A way to remember the words recently removed from the oxford children’s dictionary.
  • Meditation of what is still important in the world.


The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781419727726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Press - September 4th, 2018

Our Pick as an Engaging Biography


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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374113346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 2nd, 2018

Our Pick as the Quirky Bio (Plus Birds!)


How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735220140
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - September 18th, 2018

Our Pick for Your Quirky Scientist

  • Manual for your broken-down time machine
  • Instructions to reinvent civilization
  • Review of actual science from the Stone Age to now, and beyond


Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399592522
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - October 9th, 2018

Our Pick for the Inspired


Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250066206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - November 27th, 2018

Our Pick for the Literature Loving Whodunnit


The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250153708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - July 17th, 2018

Our Pick for Your Adventure Seeking Goblin


Evening in Paradise: More Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374279486
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 6th, 2018

Our Pick for the Literature Lover

  • More short stories by Lucia Berlin, author of A Manual for a Cleaning Women, which took the literary world by storm
  • A posthumous collection, so savor each story
  • Think Carver, Munro, Chekhov


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French Exit: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062846921
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2018

Our Pick as a Novel of Clever Absurdity


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Washington Black: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

Our Pick as a Literary Romp


Best Bear Ever!: A Little Year of Liz Climo Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780762463626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Running Press Adult - September 11th, 2018

Our Pick for the Delightful & Amused


Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419729478
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams - October 16th, 2018

Our Pick for the Conscientious Crafter


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Bigfoots in Paradise Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781597096928
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - October 16th, 2018

Our Pick for Short Stories with Character


The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781615195176
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Experiment - October 23rd, 2018

Global Economy as You've Never Seen It


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