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Fall Reading, 2019

An illustration of a tree spilling autumn leaves in-between city buildings, with a vertical sign in the background saying "Autumn Books"Some of the best books of the season, recommended by Bookshop Santa Cruz staff. See our recommendations for young readers here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akin by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donohue (best-selling author of Room) proves her prowess as a multi-talented author in her newest novel.  Whereas Room was powerful for its gut-hitting plot and heart-racing psychological story, Akin stands out for its humor and intimate character development. When widowed, elderly Noah gets a call from Social Services, he is thrown overnight into being the sudden guardian for his 11-year old great nephew Michael. Through a series of twists and turns, the two find themselves in Nice, France, Noah’s long ago child hood home. What follows is a delightful tale of intrigue and adventure, but what stands out, is Donohue’s gentle use of humor and heart, as we watch these two, old and young, forge a bond that they are each in desperate need of. - S.M.C.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316491990
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Shoutout to bookseller Karena for introducing me to contemporary romance through Alisha Rai. Her characters are diverse, flawed, and completely relatable (and the chemistry is hot as heck). I generally read non-fic, but Rai’s books have me hugging them and squeaking out happy noises because of how straight-up delighted they make me. Clear your mind of any preconceived notions of the genre and enjoy this amazing book. - Rachel

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062878090
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Published: Avon - August 6th, 2019

Automatic Eve by Rokuro Inui

This is the first story to surprise me with a twist in a very long time; the writing is visceral and merciless. It follows multiple storylines, and every character feels fleshed out and real. It’s definitely sci-fi, with a Japanese steampunk-esque twist. You will be confronted with the age-old question: What does it mean to be truly human? And honestly, I don’t think my answer would have been the same before I read it. - MJ

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By Rokuro Inui, Matt Treyvaud (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781974708079
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Published: Haikasoru - August 20th, 2019

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

This is a novel of urgent and aching beauty. It’s a story about coming of age, triumph in the face of tragedy, and the power of magic, love, and dreams—and holding on to those dreams even when the stately order of the world threatens to crush them beneath its grinding wheels. This is a stunning and gorgeously written debut historical fantasy with a ferociously beating heart, and its fabulously drawn characters, outstanding plotting and pacing, and gorgeous world-building will sweep you effortlessly into its story. - Stuart

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316421997
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Published: Redhook - September 10th, 2019

A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Strap in, kids, this one is a wild ride. With a slow-burn horror, Lovecraftian beginning, you won't be able to put this one down. Part family drama, part spine tingling spookiness, the Turner family and their woes will make any horror fan happy. Cosmology is perfect for anyone who has read through all of Stephen King’s back catalog and is itching for more. - J Gallo

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747671
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Published: Pantheon - September 17th, 2019

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gideon the Ninth is as if a liberated, lesbian Bronte sister wrote about necromatic death cult nuns in space, gothic drama and all. That is to say, this book makes dreams come true. Mouthy jock/swordswoman Gideon is pulsingly alive in the center of a mileu of fascinatingly macabre characters. High fantasy world building, brilliant, quick-witted dialogue—you can't ask for a more fresh, visceral, or mind-blowing fantasy debut. Read it! - Clara

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarcruz

Polish literary fiction? Animal rights-oriented crime novel? Astrologically guided former civil engineer with a penchant for Blake? Check, check, check. I wasn’t really sure which bucket to put this beautifully written pastoral in, but really it can fit anyone looking for stellar writing or a meditatively paced mystery. I think I’m going to have to dig up anything else Tokarcruz has available in English. - Dave

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By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541332
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

The Truth Behind the Lie by Susan Lovestam

Everyone’s lying, but which lies are dangerous and which are merely for self-preservation? In Sweden, a woman’s child has gone missing, but she can’t contact the authorities. She hires an Iranian detective who promises discretion. He has secrets of his own, but he also has connections that might help him find her daughter. It’s rare to find a fun, page-turning mystery that also takes on immigration policies and represents the underrepresented, but here it is! - Jess

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250300072
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 27th, 2019

Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen

Not quite a memoir, not quite a how-to, this is a new type of true crime book that caught me up and made me read it in one afternoon. Jensen shares his need to help the voiceless, the cold cases of people passed over, and this task leads to his friendship with Michelle McNamara. Braiding together his cold cases, her work on the Golden State Killer, and how he even ended up in this situation, he then tops it off with a common-sense intro to cold case detecting (if you are so inclined). It’s dark with horrible moments but also gives hope, a sense of community that’s waiting out there behind their monitors. - Rachel

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By Billy Jensen, Karen Kilgariff (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781492685852
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Published: Sourcebooks - August 13th, 2019

Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni

I’m a big fan of Archie Bongiovanni’s work, especially their short and sweet A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns. Bongiovanni’s art is spunky and cute, and they’ve got a great sense of humor. This collection will resonate really well with my generation of 20-something queer disasters (of which I am a proud member). Gift it to your friend who just came out, who’s been out and proud as long as you’ve known them, or anyone under the LGBTQIA+ rainbow who needs a good laugh about the dating scene. - J Gallo

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781684154111
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Published: BOOM! Box - September 3rd, 2019

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