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Locally & Independently Published Biography

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.

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Why We Left: An Anthology of American Women Expats

Author Bio: 

A familiar face around town, Janet Blaser wrote about food and music as a staff writer, editor and columnist at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Good Times and Student Guide for 15 years. She also managed the downtown farmers market and worked as assistant manager at the Cabrillo farmers market.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780578446226
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Published: Self-Published - April 2nd, 2019

Growing Up Psychic in Rio: Returning as Spiritual Healers

Author Bio: 

Barbara Helena Best was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, when she was three. Her mother was born in Canada, raised in New Jersey; her father was born and raised in BA, both with American-born parents. She has two grown sons and a beloved granddaughter.

Barbara has worked with young children and families throughout her life, was a partner with her husband in a construction company and returned with Bill as volunteer spiritual healers. Her degrees are in Human Development and Community Development.

Off the Rails: One Family's Journey Through Teen Addiction

Author Bio: 

Susan Burrowes is a presenter, teacher, trainer and project manager who holds a Master’s Degree in Communication, but took enough time out of her studies to produce the two extraordinary, challenging, wonderful, terrible children who continue to define her life.  Her career spans fifteen years in advertising, eight years teaching in the college classroom and another ten years training professionals in organizations how to communicate with each other, an irony that was not lost on her as she struggled to reach her addicted daughter.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631524677
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Published: She Writes Press - August 21st, 2018

Seven at Santa Cruz: The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa

Author Bio: 

Ted Edwards is an historian, who has enjoyed international careers in education and gymnastics.  Ted coached Virgin Islands gymnasts in three Pan American Games and served as Team Official in two Olympic Games.  He has happily adventured in the Sierras, Rockies, Alps and the Nepal Himalaya.  He holds a Masters in rehabilitation counseling focused on veterans and Masters and ABD degrees in American history.

Seven at Santa Cruz: The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley
$29.95
ISBN: 9781682472873
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Published: US Naval Institute Press - June 15th, 2018

Blessings and Betrayals: A True Story of One Woman's Fight for Freedom and Love

Author Bio: 

R J Blum shares, in her first book, a tragic story her family experienced. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science, RJ volunteered as a peer grief counselor for self-referred grieving clients. R J lives with her husband in Silicon Valley, California.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781634986342
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Published: Bookstand Publishing - April 11th, 2018

Return to Glow: A Pilgrimage of Transformation in Italy

Author Bio: 

Chandi is a world traveler, photographer, writer and historian. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Chandi has lived in Qatar, India, Italy, Switzerland and England, and has been returning to Italy with unremitting passion since she first lived there at age 20. She has a master's degree in Florentine Renaissance history and has taught at colleges in the US and overseas. She currently lives in Tuscany where she's working on her next book, and blogging about how to move to Italy. Her memoir, Return to Glow, is her first book.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780998463001
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Published: Chandi Wyant - April 2nd, 2017

Code 33: True California Cop Stories from the 1970s

Author Bio: 

Thomas Wamsley was privileged to serve as a law enforcement officer with the San Francisco Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department throughout the 1970s as well as the Marine Corps Reserve. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Sociology/ Criminology. After leaving law enforcement, he had a successful career in sales and management. Although retired from the corporate world, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his large family.

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By Thomas C. Wamsley, Melanie Mulhall (Editor), Robert Schram (Designed by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780998591001
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Published: Semper Vigilo Publications - April 15th, 2017

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