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.
Dr. Maureen Rozenn, LAC, DAOM, FABORM Dr. Rozenn has practiced Oriental Medicine for over a decade, giving thousands of fertility enhancement treatments to men and women. She was the first female Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine to become certified in Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She has spent the last ten years teaching in Five Branches University's Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine program.
Melissa Stone Santangelo - The Groovy Goddess, is the founder of a full service holistic fitness, wellness and skin care center, Balance Studio Spa. Located in a serene spot amongst the redwoods of Felton, CA, with flowering gardens and her mosaic art, she created her dream by opening the first of its kind spa in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in 2003.
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.
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.
Marker is the Executive Director and Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund
(CCF)—an international nonprofit globally recognized as a leader in protecting
the cheetah and its habitat.
1990, Dr. Marker helped establish CCF and built its headquarters in Namibia in 199. From humble beginnings in a tiny
farmhouse in rural Namibia, the CCF headquarters are now the epicenter for
cutting edge science and are an unparalleled model for predator conservation.
Mike Dillon is a peripatetic soul who has, unfortunately, been trapped in the body of a middle-aged corporate attorney. When he can fit in a vacation, you can find him kayaking, cycling, backpacking or traveling in various parts of the world.
Mary Beth Harris is an award winning author, consultant and speaker. “When I was caregiving for my mother I found it so much harder than I ever expected. I knew that millions of Baby Boomers would soon find themselves in this challenging situation and I wanted to share my knowledge and help them navigate their way through these rough waters. That was the inspiration for writing the book. From the book came speaking engagements. Caregiving is not just about children taking care of parents but parents taking care of a disabled child, or a spouse taking care of a spouse.
Linda Donovan, a marketing consultant and owner of Thought Leadership Success, LLC, has 20+ years of experience in the aerospace and software industries. Her articles on technology have appeared in many leading industry publications worldwide. Donovan is also an experienced hospice grief support volunteer, where she helps people move through the stages of grief with compassion.
Doug Nelson is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has worked with veterans for much of his public service career. He struggles with post-traumatic stress. As a Veterans Services Representative for the six years before his recent retirement, he was called upon to motivate veterans to seek help for PTSD and to file disability compensation claims.