Spring Reading, 2016

Some of the best books of the season, recommended by Bookshop Santa Cruz staff.

So, how did a small town in upstate New York turn into an artistic haven? If you’re a music fan you must read this book to find out. The cast of characters will be exactly who you expect, but not how you expected them. Because, in hindsight, what could a band of men singing sea-shanties in a pink house really have in common with the preeminent guitarist of psychedelic rock?  —Molly

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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306823206
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Published: Da Capo Press - March 8th, 2016

I had never before heard of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, so it was a delight to meet her through Danielle Dutton’s exquisite novel. Filled with small observations, sharp intelligence, and a bit of whimsy, it’s a deft look at 17th century England and the astonishing woman, novelist, dramatist and philosopher-scientist who was a paradox within it. While fully fleshing out the past, Mad Madge’s passions, struggles, and drive towards art over societal challenges continue to resonate.  —Melinda

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Margaret the First Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936787357
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Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2016



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