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Spring Reading, 2018

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

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe

“Harley McKenna is possibly the most powerful, original female character we’ve had in decades.... Masterfully constructed, Barbed Wire Heart is an evocative work of darkness and redemption, hinting at times of Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy. An amazing debut novel. An exciting new voice in the world of books.” —New York Journal of Books

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ISBN: 9781538744093
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 6th, 2018

Torn by Rowenna Miller

Reminiscent of the French Revolution with a thread of magic (sorry not sorry), Torn is a fantastic tale of a woman who can stitch charms into her creations and is caught in the middle of her brother and his dreams for revolution and her own connections to the nobles who buy her services. I went in expecting a light fantasy and ended up in something that was complex and inspired conversation about how romance, politics, friendship, and loyalty can make us question who we are. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780316478625
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Orbit - March 20th, 2018

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

This reimagined take on the doomed Donner Party blends supernatural horrors with historical facts to create a fun and chilling tale. It was more than just brutal weather and an impossible route that terrorized the Party—something hungry, lurking in the shadows, was picking off members in gruesome and frightening ways. This tightly-wound plot is easy to devour, if you can stomach the fear. - Kelly

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ISBN: 9780735212510
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 6th, 2018

Space Opera by Catherynne Valente

This is what we’d get if Douglas Adams started writing in the ’80s instead of the ’70s. And was really into glam rock. And maybe had been jilted by David Bowie. And was, maybe, still a little in love with David Bowie. Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes, washed-up glitter punk multiracial Brit extravaganza missing their last Zero, are to sing, fight, and f--make friends to save humanity. A glorious, Looney Tunes-driven ride through planets and punk rock emotions, and what’s worth saving. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781481497497
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 10th, 2018

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill

This collection of short stories is by turns whimsical, bizarre, and deeply moving. I have been absolutely salivating for Barnhill’s first offering for adult readers, and it was well worth the wait; I was blown away and enthralled by these stories. I can’t promise that they will all (or even most) end happily, but if you enjoy beautiful writing and thought provoking supernatural weirdness, this is the book for you. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781616207977
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - February 20th, 2018

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

A spectacular return to the gritty, offline cyberpunk world of Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, and Neal Stephenson, this time with a floating city, and a nanobonded orca and polar bear. Beam fighters, scalers, crime syndicate bosses, noodle shop vendors and a defiantly gender neutral skate courier create a rich cast of characters that I’d love to meet again. - Dave 

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ISBN: 9780062684820
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Ecco - April 17th, 2018

Elastic by Leonard Mlodinow

The world really is getting faster, so be thankful that our brains are built for change. Science-writing favorite Leonard Mlodinow explores neuroscience with an entertaining voice and loads of pop-culture references. I was particularly drawn in by his analysis of the history and development of human thrill-seeking. Elastic is for the novelty-seeker, creator, and explorer within each of us that wants to thrive in a new world. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781101870921
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Pantheon - March 20th, 2018

Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Recently graduated from Harvard, and with big dreams of changing the world, Kuo moved to the Mississippi Delta to teach. One child in particular captured her heart, a quiet boy named Patrick. Kuo’s writing chronicles her friendship with Patrick and the many lessons they taught each other throughout the years. Full of poetry and self-reflection, Kuo’s story tugs at the heartstrings—inspires and devastates. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780812987140
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2018

All the Women in My Family Sing edited by Deborah Santana

There is a world of experiences out there and we tend to hear only a very specific set of stories in our usual media. This collection of essays shares some of those little-told experiences. These women talk about race, gender, body image, sexuality, and being incarcerated with prose that doesn’t allow you to be impervious. They are flesh and blood and their voices are there for us to take heed of. - Karena

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By Deborah Santana (Editor), America Ferrera (Contribution by), Natalie Baszile (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780997296211
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nothing But the Truth Publishing - January 30th, 2018

Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff & David Corn

Two respected and best-selling journalists piece together the story of Russia’s sophisticated, years-long effort to upend American democracy using cyber warfare before, during, and after Trump’s election. Isikoff and Corn are not only accomplished reporters, but they know how to both lay out the big picture as well as provide fascinating details. Since “Putin’s War on America” continues to unfold, with new developments and revelations seemingly every day, Russian Roulette is not a definitive look back on an ominous time in history; but it is a fascinating read that addresses not only the Russians’ role, but the contributions—wittingly and otherwise—of the Trump and Clinton campaigns, the F.B.I., and even President Obama. - S.B.

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ISBN: 9781538728758
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Twelve - March 13th, 2018


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