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2012 Nonfiction Staff Favorites

The Northern California Craft Beer Guide by Ken Weaver

The Northern California Craft Beer Guide is perfectly suited for the novice or the full-on snob. The best part is exploring the crazy whacked-up brews that Californians are toting in their alco-arsenal (I mean, BACON BEER, RIGHT?) This guide is the best thing since Lagunitas brought back the Brown Shugga'. Bonus: Santa Cruz haunts get great shout-outs!

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By Ken Weaver, Anneliese Schmidt (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781937359164
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 4th, 2012

Books to Die For by John Connolly and Declan Burke

The leading lights of today’s mystery and suspense fiction weigh in on their favorites. Think of your favorite mystery author and chances are you’ll find them in this volume. A great strength of the collection is that the editors know terrific writers from both sides of the Atlantic and have twisted a lot of arms to get this done. They’re crime writers. Don’t make them have to come twist yours. 

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Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels Cover Image
By John Connolly (Editor), Declan Burke (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781451696578
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - October 2nd, 2012

Because I Said So by Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings, the delightfully charming Jeopardy! champion and author of Maphead, returns to debunk the myths of childhood. Using examples in history, scientific studies, and his own experiences, Jennings uncovers the truth behind such classics as “Don’t swim after eating!” This is such a fast, fun read that you’ll completely forget that you’re learning!

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Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451656251
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner - December 4th, 2012

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Stayed

Before Wild, Cheryl Strayed was Sugar, an advice columnist on But calling Sugar an advice columnist is like calling Willie Mays some guy who played baseball. Her responses were full – both in length, advice, and emotion. Tapping into her own life, Sugar’s letters are blunt, story-like, and heartbreaking lovely. I simply adored this book; my copy is dog-eared to death.

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

Unexpected Houseplant by Tovah Martin

Do you want houseplants, but are bored with the classic fern and ficus tree? Why not try something carnivorous, or a conifer? This book will help you find the perfect plant to suit you and your home. Beautiful pictures showcase the plants, and growing tips will help you keep your choice alive and thriving. This will help you turn your home into a constant botanical surprise.

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ISBN: 9781604692433
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Timber Press - August 28th, 2012

Raw + Material = Art by Tristan Manco

If there was a contest for amazing books with terrible covers, this would win Grand Prize. This dull, orange cover in no way hints at the unbelievable art showcased inside. Wood, metal, plastic, even children’s toys are all used to create stunning, wildly inventive works of art. Do yourself a favor, look inside. You’ll be blown away, I guarantee it.

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Raw+Material=Art: Found, Scavenged and Upcycled Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500289914
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Published: Thames & Hudson - June 1st, 2012

Zooborns: The Next Generation by Andrew Bleiman

If you need the perfect gift for anyone who loves animals, this is it. Each page features a different adorable baby animal, from the incredibly rare, like the Sumatran Tiger, to the far more common, like the surprisingly dainty Caribbean Octopus (really, they’re darling). This book is almost overwhelming in its cuteness, and is guaranteed to produce squeals of joy.

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ZooBorns The Next Generation: Newer, Cuter, More Exotic Animals from the World's Zoos and Aquariums Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451661613
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 6th, 2012

I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marcuiliano

If cats could write, these are the poems they would pen, tackling important feline issues, such as being friends with a dog, and losing that favorite toy. Combine these hysterical poems with “Awww” inducing pictures of fuzzy kitties, and you have one ridiculously awesome book. Don’t believe me? Pick it up, read it, and then buy it for yourself and every other cat person in your life.

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I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats (Gifts for Cat Lovers, Funny Cat Books for Cat Lovers) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452110585
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - August 15th, 2012

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

For years I’ve enjoyed reading Hitchen’s thoughts on a variety of subjects, and I always found something valuable in his words. What topic more important for a mind like his than mortality? Though I am heartbroken at his passing, I am also grateful for this clear-eyed, compassionate book. The afterword, written by his widow Carol Blue, is wrenchingly beautiful. Required reading for searching minds.

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ISBN: 9781455502752
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Published: Twelve - September 4th, 2012

An Artist’s View of Santa Cruz By Lidia C. Hasenhauer

There are many books about Santa Cruz from which to choose, but Hasenhauer’s artwork is lovely, and each piece is paired with a detailed map, directing you to the exact spot that inspired her work. Charming pictures, and a delightful way to get to know the area through the eyes of a local artist.

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An Artist's View of Santa Cruz: Scenic Spots to Visit and Enjoy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468172065
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 30th, 2012


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