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Spring Reading, 2017

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

Mustache Shenanigans by Jay Chandrasekhar

This book delivered exactly what I hoped for from the main creative forces behind Broken Lizard. There are about as many “colorful” jokes as one might imagine, including hilarious misadventures with sex, drugs and the comedy high life. But those jokes are very funny, and his writing is honest, engaging and full of good advice about film, comedy, and just living. 

Check it out, right meow. - Jax

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Mustache Shenanigans: Making Super Troopers and Other Adventures in Comedy By Jay Chandrasekhar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101985236
Published: Dutton - March 28th, 2017

The Ambulance Drivers by James McGrath Morris

My favorite thing about this book is that it leaves you wanting to read more; full of literary references and name-dropping galore! A biography that’s more adventure than simply a book of facts, Hemingway and Dos Passos, saving lives to great effect. Two literary giants inspired by wartime woes, dodging bullets while their writing skills grow. It’s a quick read and lot’s fun, especially if you're like me and into WWI. - Ashley

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The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War By James McGrath Morris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306823831
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017

Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic by Jason Turbow

At long last, a book about the A’s! And not just any A’s, but the rowdy championship team of the 1970’s. From the drama behind the scenes and on the field to the mustaches and garish uniforms, Turbow brings the larger than life personalities of the team to life while charting their rise and fall, making this a rollicking ride through one of the most entertaining team’s baseball has ever boasted. - Flannery

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Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s By Jason Turbow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544303171
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 7th, 2017

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco & Lauren Oyler

I’m pretty sure Alyssa Mastromonaco is my new best friend and, omg, what a dynamic bestie to have! By age 35, Alyssa was serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Obama and her memoir romps through that experience as well as her life path getting there. Although I came for the nostalgia and much needed escape, I stayed for her humor, intelligence, and inspiring message which was conveyed not so much as manifesto but by example—hilarious, hardworking example. - Melinda

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House By Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler (With) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455588220
Published: Twelve - March 21st, 2017

The Moth Presents All These Wonders ed. by Catherine Burns

If you don’t know about The Moth yet or haven’t been obsessively listening to The Moth Radio Hour—where have you been? Welcome to the legendary live storytelling event that showcases the transformative power of empathy, deep listening, and community. True tales as diverse as you can imagine (told by astronauts, refugees, moms, and celebrities), now in print, that might even give you a spark of hope for this stormy world. - Julia

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The Moth Presents: All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown By Catherine Burns (Editor), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Catherine Burns (Editor), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781101904404
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - March 21st, 2017

Printer's Error by Rebecca Romney & J.P. Romney

Rebecca Romney, rare-book specialist on Pawn Stars, serves up an always spicy—and sometimes scary—collection of stories about books, book people, and book making, including words of wisdom such as “everything’s worse with chlamydia” and “you know you’re involved in a snobby movement when printing Shakespeare is considered selling out.” Gutenberg, Mercator (of map-making fame), Benjamin Franklin, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Dickens all get amazing, and quite often appalling, chapters.


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Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History By Rebecca Romney, J. P. Romney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062412324
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - December 4th, 2018

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott wants us to start living like we value forgiveness and humility more than we value being right and winning. Unlikely in these divisive times, you say? Yet Hallelujah Anyway makes a reasonable case that we can, and should, start within our personal lives, weaving lofty spiritual wisdom with a dose of cynicism and silliness. In true Lamott fashion, even the God-talk isn’t dogmatic, but resonates as inspiring and relevant. - Julia

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Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy By Anne Lamott Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735213586
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my favorite writers and her new book only solidifies that. In Dear Ijeawele, she offers advice to her friend on raising her child to be a feminist in fifteen suggestions. Adichie is passionate and eloquent in her delivery, making you feel as if she’s talking to you personally. - Karena

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Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524733131
Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

South and West by Joan Didion

The first of the two pieces collected here is a draft of an essay that traces a road trip Didion took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, through the south in 1970. The second is a series of “California Notes” which she recorded for an assignment for Rolling Stone (that she never completed) on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. She later expanded them to include her thoughts about San Francisco, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento, and published it as part of her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From. If you’re a Didion fanatic, as I am, you’ll be gobbling this up. - Rico

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South and West: From a Notebook By Joan Didion, Nathaniel Rich (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Joan Didion, Nathaniel Rich (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781524732790
Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler & Shaun Whiteside

I know what you’re thinking: “Another book about Nazi Germany? What could that possible add to our knowledge?” One word: drugs. So. Many. Drugs. This is no sensationalist story, but rather a thoroughly researched examination of the integral role drugs played in the rise and fall of the Third Reich—from the meth that fueled the troops to Hitler’s favorite cocktail of drugs, this book ensures that you will never look at the Third Reich the same way again. - Flannery


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