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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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One Way of Seeing by Don Rothman

Author Bio: 
Don Rothman taught writing at UCSC for 34 years and was (founding) director of the Central California Writing Project, a think tank for teachers on the role of writing in a democracy, for almost three decades. He is currently vice president of the Shakespeare Santa Cruz advisory board.

Encaustic With a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf

Author Bio: 

Daniella Woolf holds an M.A. in Design from UCLA. Over her career she has worked in a variety of media, including fiber, collage, jewelry, installation and most recently encaustic. She is a principal of Wax Works West, a school for the encaustic arts in Corralitos. She teaches all over the West for for R and F Paints, and independently around the world. She is a 2007 recipient of the Gail Rich Award for excellence in the arts in Santa Cruz, and the 2008 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Her current work is is exhibited nationally and internationally.

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ISBN: 9780984517909
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Published: Waxy Buildup Press - April 1st, 2010

Dating for Fun and Profit by Cynthia James

Author Bio: 
Cynthia James and her three siblings were raised by their widowed father, a naval aviator, in the US and abroad. After attending high school in California she graduated with a degree in Economics from UCSC. She began her business career at The Santa Cruz Operation and now has over twenty years of successful sales and negotiation experience in the male-dominated field of high tech. Her new book blends socio-biology research, extensive interviews, and negotiation techniques into a different perspective on relationship and dating for women.
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ISBN: 9781439257111
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Published: Booksurge Publishing - November 20th, 2009

Dr. Greg's Dog Dish Diet by Greg Martinez DVM

Author Bio: 
Greg Martinez graduated from U.C. Davis in 1980. After seeing the effects of easy, practical, nutritional changes on common medical problems, he wrote Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet. Following his tips could help you prevent and cure chronic conditions of the skin, ear, bowel, urinary, and even seizures! More at
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ISBN: 9780984127801
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Published: Riparian Press - October 1st, 2009

Choosing Health by Rebecca Rovay-Hazelton

Author Bio: 
Rebecca Rovay-Hazelton, author of Choosing Health: A One-Size-Doesn't-Fit-All Guide To Diet, Exercise & Motivation is a licensed nutritionist and fitness consultant. Rebecca gives regular health lectures in Santa Cruz at The Way of Life and New Leaf. She consults with both individuals and families to encourage healthier living.
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ISBN: 9780557439430
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Published: Lulu Press - April 24th, 2010

Letters to Zerky by Bill Raney

Author Bio: 
Bill Raney, Joanne Walker Raney and Erik Xerxes Raney (Zerky) moved to Santa Cruz in 1968 to start the Nickelodeon theatre, immediately after the completion of their thirteen-month-long journey that is the subject of Letters to Zerky, a Father’s Legacy to a Lost Son and Road Trip Around the World.
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ISBN: 9780982138410
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Published: Nickelodeon Press - November 1st, 2011

Elements of Poker by Tommy Angelo

Author Bio: 
"Poker chose me to be her slave when I was but a boy. For the first 15 years of servitude, I complained bitterly about the pain and injustice of it all. Then I became a professional poker player in 1990 and over the next 15 years, I started to see that everything is always fair. And now I thank poker, my tormentor, for this and hundreds more life lessons." --Tommy Angelo
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ISBN: 9781419680892
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Published: Booksurge Publishing - December 10th, 2007


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