User menu

Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Sarah Broom’s memoir of her family in New Orleans—and the house that defined them while it was standing and as it was torn apart during Hurricane Katrina—is a searing portrait of identity, politics, race, and class. The urban history of New Orleans seeps both literally and figuratively through their family’s home and their tale of survival is a powerful story of displacement and connection throughout generations. This book is a must-read biography of our time. - Casey

Staff Pick Badge
The Yellow House: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - August 13th, 2019

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

Jia Tolentino's debut essay collection navigates our absurd modern world. Each one is fatalistic and filled with quick wit covering everything from identity, celebrity culture, feminism, and religion. Tolentino expertly binds these disparate topics with her cynical humor and intelligence. Every essay is filled with Tolentino’s refreshing voice and provides empathy and relief when redemption in this country feels impossible. - Natalie O.

Staff Pick Badge
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Whose Story is This? by Rebecca Solnit

In her latest essay collection, Solnit once again grapples with the injustices of our time and then provides a hopeful path forward. She addresses a wide range of topics, from the #MeToo movement to climate change, in a rational, non-confrontational manner. Her writing is eloquent and accessible and is both a great introduction for readers who aren’t familiar with feminist writing and a thought provoking read for those versed in the subject. - Jade

Staff Pick Badge
Whose Story Is This?: Old Conflicts, New Chapters Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781642590180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Haymarket Books - September 3rd, 2019

Gods of the Upper Air by Charles King

A fascinating look at the female anthropologists who revolutionized the way our society perceives gender, race, and sexuality and their transgressive ringleader; Franz Boas. Though many of their methods are now outdated, they paved the way for future generations and their research has had a lasting impact on western culture. You don’t need to know anything about anthropology to enjoy this book, and I think that its content is particularly relevant in our current cultural climate, where people are being divided and persecuted due to the fictional construct of race. - Jade

Staff Pick Badge
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385542197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

Eyes to the Wind by Ady Barkan

Ady Barkan is a force to be reckoned with, both before he received his devastating ALS diagnosis at the age of 32, and even more so now, three years in and bringing power and honesty to his roles as political activist, husband, and father. Writing with incredible intimacy, vitality, and humor, Barkan lays it all out in this memoir, his career as an organizer and his journey with illness. He has written a gift that is not just inspiring, but real. - Melinda

Staff Pick Badge
Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982111540
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - September 10th, 2019

The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina

New York Times investigative journalist Ian Urbina spent several years and traveled thousands of miles to research this book, and his dedication shines through. This deeply immersive account of illegal fishing, piracy, and human slavery on the high seas gripped me right away. A real eye-opener, Urbina sheds light on the true cost of the seafood industry and its devastating effect on our oceans and the people who inhabit them. - Jade

Staff Pick Badge
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780451492944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - August 20th, 2019

Silver, Sword, and Stone by Marie Arana

From the very first line, Silver, Sword & Stone instantly drew me in and transported me to a Latin America I never knew: from the heights of the Peruvian Andes, into the depths of violent revolutions, and into what it means to be a Catholic in Central America. Widely published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and National Geographic, among others, Marie Arana describes the lives of contemporary Latin Americans with exacting prose and a conversational tone. - Aric

Staff Pick Badge
Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501104244
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 27th, 2019

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

Fair warning: this book is not for the squeamish of stomach. But if you have a fascination (and sense of humor) with the science of death and/or the macabre, this will be oh-so-rewarding. Caitlin Doughty writes as if you were sitting with your snarky friend who knows so much you’d hate her a little, if you weren’t so interested and entertained, answering questions received from real, live, uncensored children. Need I even mention the cute, creepy, absolutely beautiful illustrations by Dianné Ruz? If you or anyone you know—or better yet, a child you know—thirsts for blood-knowledge, pick this up. - Jocelyn

Staff Pick Badge
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Dianne Ruz (Illustrator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393652703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 10th, 2019

Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski

Queer Eye, for those not already completely obsessed like me, is the most wonderfully encouraging and radically empathetic makeover show to ever exist. Antoni Porowski, the resident Food & Wine Expert of the show, is best known for his quiet demeanor, intense love of guacamole, and modelesque looks. This book is full of wonderful recipes for any food lover in your life. Antoni has the incredible ability to teach even a novice chef how to make wonderful hors d’oeuvres and prove to more advanced chefs that even the simplest of dishes don’t have to taste simplistic. - Nicole

Staff Pick Badge
Antoni in the Kitchen Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328631343
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 9th, 2019

Fabulosa! The Story of Polari, Britain's Secret Gay Language

If you have any interest in linguistics or LGBT history, you will not be disappointed in picking this up. Paul Barker details a thorough, but accessible, history of the secret LGBT language Polari. Intermixed is Barker’s own story of his relationship with Polari. Highly entertaining, you’ll find yourself figuring out the proper way to read “Varda the bona palone?” off the page, and connect in some way to those whose love and lives depended on this language. - Jocelyn

Staff Pick Badge
Fabulosa!: The Story of Polari, Britain’s Secret Gay Language Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781789141320
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Reaktion Books - August 1st, 2019

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Fall Reading, 2019