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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.

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How to Stop a Coup: And Other Tips

Author Bio: 

When I was eight years old my Uncle Bill took me to a Civil Rights demonstration. African Americans were being banned from swimming in a public pool in the suburbs of Detroit.  A week before that, he bought me a used, but excellent camera. I didn’t know it at the time, but those two events changed my life. I spent my youth taking photos, while my Uncle taught me how I could use that camera as a political tool.

How to Stop a Coup...: And Other Tips By Gerry Courtney Cover Image
$35.99
ISBN: 9780578593234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bay Company Books, Inc. - November 5th, 2019

Love Letters to trump By Gerry Courtney Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780692199206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bay Company Books, Inc. - November 6th, 2018

What Color is Your Medicine?

Author Bio: 

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.

What Color is Your Medicine? By Regina Powers, Michael K. Ireland (Editor) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781732195509
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Powers Publishing House, LLC - September 16th, 2018

52 Weeks, 52 Dates

Author Bio: 

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.

52 Weeks, 52 Dates By Anahata Meta Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781542906814
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(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 28th, 2017

Going Coastal: Santa Cruz County and Beyond

Author Bio: 

Elizabeth Ivanovich is a native of California’s Central Coast. She attended Watsonville schools before earning a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s degree in drama, both from Stanford University. Her work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, Santa Cruz Style, South Bay Accent, Student Traveler, The Writer, and the anthologies Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth (Feral House, 2001) and Lost In The Grooves (Routledge, 2005).

Going Coastal: Santa Cruz County and Beyond By Elizabeth Ivanovich Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781632634665
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(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Booklocker.com - October 1st, 2014

State of Mind in the the Classroom

Author Bio: 
Ami Chen Mills-Naim is author of The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth. A former award-winning journalist, Ami has worked with schools, families, children and youth for more than 25 years. She co-founded the Center for Sustainable Change with her father, Roger Mills, and was the first director of the National Community Resiliency Project, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. She is a radio show and podcast host. Ami is married, a mother of two, and a member of her local PTA. She serves on the School Site Council at her daughters’ elementary school in California.
State of Mind in the Classroom: Thought, Consciousness and the Essential Curriculum for Healthy Learning By Ami  Chen Mills-Naim, Roger C.  Mills Ph.D. Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780991613403
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Published: Self Published - April 28th, 2014

How Could I Forget You! A Creative Way to Remember Names and Faces

Author Bio: 

Linguist, crossword constructor, and recovering stand-up comic, Brent Sverdloff brings his passion for wordplay to his first book, How Could I Forget You! A Creative Way to Remember Names and Faces. A practitioner of memory techniques since his teens, Brent has helped countless students and professionals around the country improve their powers of recall. Learn more at www.flexyourmemory.com

How Could I Forget You! A Creative Way to Remember Names and Faces By Brent Sverdloff Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780615986227
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Published: Self Published - August 1st, 2014

An Artist's View of Santa Cruz by Lidia C. Hasenauer

Author Bio: 
Lidia C. Hasenauer has been painting in oils and exhibiting her work since 1993. Prior to taking up painting, she worked as a graphic designer creating park maps for the County of San Diego and designed publications for Chambers of Commerce nationally.
An Artist's View of Santa Cruz: Scenic Spots to Visit and Enjoy By Lidia C. Hasenauer Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781468172065
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 30th, 2012

Riffs & Ecstasies by Rita Bottoms

Author Bio: 
Artist, writer, & publisher Bottoms worked with many photographers, writers, musicians, publishers, artists & filmmakers in her earlier incarnation as head of Special Collections in the Library at UC Santa Cruz. Bottoms is currently working on Riffs & Ecstasies, Book 2 and was just awarded a Residency from The Emily Harvey Foundation to work in Venice, Italy for two months! It will be a great inspiration living in the city she has visited several times, the Muse she is always ready to greet again.
Riffs & Ecstasies By Rita Bottoms Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780979184611
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Published: Cafe Margo - September 1st, 2011

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