Locally & Independently Published General Nonfiction
Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.
I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received my medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1971. I came to California to do an internship at the Santa Clara Valley Medical in San Jose with the intention of returning to practice medicine in Milwaukee as my father and grandfather had done. But California grabbed a hold of me and never let go.
Sierra Nasr wrote and illustrated Mama Gaia Gives Birth : Her Internal Journey. Sierra is a certified holistic birth doula, a poet, an abstract artist, a flautist, a dancer, a gardener and a lover of nature. She was inspired by the Matrona course she took taught by Whapio Bartlett. She was supported by her "book doula" Jena Lee Mercer, who believed in her when the birth of this book seemed impossible. Sierra's approach is to bring an artistic and metaphorical vision to the journey of labor as a map for new mothers, siblings or anyone interested in birth.
Nancy Hillis, M.D. lives in Santa Cruz, California. She's an abstract artist, author and Stanford trained existential psychiatrist. She’s founder of The Artist's Journey courses, workshops and presentations. Nancy blogs about the inner landscape of artists at https://nancyhillis.com.
Artist Clara Ines Thomas has been a painter and teacher of philosophy for 25 years. She feels that being artist and philosopher compliment each other, as each serve an inspiration to the other trying to figure out the inscrutable world. So, her artwork has developed an imaginary world parallel to the real life in order to establish a new artistic “walkie-talkie” using colors, brushes, canvas, paper...and more. She is an self-taught in arts, although she studied Graphic Design in Santa barbara City College and now she is studying Visual Arts in Cabrillo College.
Ryan J. Bush, Ph.D. is a fine-art photographer, Reiki master/teacher, and author based in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He has been photographing seriously since 1996, using techniques such as abstraction, multiple exposure, 3-D photography, and video art to explore themes of consciousness, the visionary experience, our connection with nature, and the sacred hidden in the mundane.
Regina is a western-trained practitioner who works with the 5 Elements of Chinese medicine. At first Regina’s work with the 5 Elements was a journey of self-discovery. Now, she has woven the wisdom of the elements through various cases and experiences in this amazing book. What Color is Your Medicine? is a gift for anyone who is seeking to uncover the deeper insight and medicine our bodies hold. The healing of our emotional and physical bodies by way of our connection and opening to spirit is the primary message in her book.
Jonathan Simon is Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore observable vote counting and electoral integrity as the basis of American democracy. As a result of his prior experience as a political survey research analyst in Washington, Dr. Simon became an early advocate for an exit poll-based electoral "burglar alarm" system, independent of media and corporate control, to detect computerized vote shifting in Election 2004.
After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BA in psychology, Anahata Meta earned her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Montana. She resides in sunny Santa Cruz, California, with her daughter, and she's currently in the process of gaining licensure in the state of California as a practicing psychotherapist. She is looking forward to writing another book exploring a wide range of experiences in meeting people around the world.