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a.c.'s Reviews

A ladder against a wall of books has two books placed cover-out on each of it's rungs. A woman with long, loose brown hair is hanging from the ladder, looking at the books and smiling.Bookseller Goodbye

Home is where your books are, and none of us ever really say goodbye to Bookshop Santa Cruz. My coworkers, this place, the community surrounding it and the very shelves of it have been home to me for the past four years. I’m braving a new challenge, soon, but I do so in the knowledge that huge pieces of my heart are stored safely in the stacks here. You may notice it sometimes in the rustle of certain pages: the spirit of booksellers past, like me, who never fully leave.

In the skylight room where we host events, and where the rain sounds exquisitely beautiful on winter days, there is a ladder which I have scrambled up over hundreds of times to adjust the sound before author talks. I said goodbye to it this Saturday! And goodbye to my books. Every title in this photo is one that once stopped my heart suddenly, raised my spirits, made me cry, made me pause, made me think or made me hope. I leave them with you! Please take them home. Don’t leave them to linger too long on these shelves, unread. Pass them around. Leave pieces of yourself between the pages.

My love to you always, Bookshop!

—a.c.

 

 

My Own Devices by Dessa

A virtuoso indie rapper who wields a philosophy degree and a reputation for unrequitable romance, Dessa is especially known for her Hamilton Mixtape track “Congratulations.” This exceptional memoir showcases the artist herself boldly acting out the poetic metaphors that make her music so powerful. In My Own Devices, Dessa works with neuroscientists to overcome the feeling of lost love. The autobiographical snapshots are anarchistic, beautiful, measured, anxious, eloquent, and brave. I loved it. - a.c.

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By Dessa
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524742294
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Published: Dutton - September 18th, 2018

Once You Go In by Carly Gelsinger

This is a memoir of a faith experience gone too far, in which a teenage girl from a small Northern California town feels drawn to the charisma and community of a Pentecostal church but eventually finds herself isolated—from other church members, from her family, her friends, her own previous joys and even sometimes from God. Gelsinger gives an affecting insight into the experience of young people in strict evangelist communities. -a.c.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631524295
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Published: She Writes Press - October 16th, 2018

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Brilliant! Hank Green has written an engrossing debut novel with a fun, vibrant, emotionally powerful and completely non sequitur plot. In a New York crosswalk, protagonist April May’s discovery of giant, sentient, maybe even alien omnipotent robots completely upends her life, both professionally and romantically. Through the eyes of this young, queer antihero and her robots, we see humanity in its modern context: how people love, connect, and create belief in a media landscape that sometimes degrades humanity. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781524743444
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Published: Dutton - September 25th, 2018

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Fans of The Essex Serpent will savor Perry’s deft and effortless character development. Melmoth, a modern-day gothic horror, opens when a haunted translator from Prague learns her friend’s secret, then disappears. The novel grapples with a beast: Melmoth, macabre, who stalks the guilty, compelling them to wander in shame or choose life. Is Melmoth real or abstract? A horror, a haunting metaphor, or both? - a.c.

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ISBN: 9780062856395
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Taught me about love and friendship during a critical time, when I was young and living in tough circumstances. Please hand this book series to every young reader! Hogwarts taught me to have an unyielding, warm and open heart. It’s nearly the holidays-- gift this one! I first read it as a Christmas present when I was 8 years old. - a.c.

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By J.K. Rowling, Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338299144
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 26th, 2018

My Own Devices by Dessa

This memoir-in-essays showcases a powerful musician turning an extended metaphor into a literal reality. Dessa works with neuroscientists to physically erase the feeling of love from her neurological landscape. In the mix, she writes about her family, about who she has been, and who she is becoming after the experiment. These autobiographical snapshots were alternatively anarchist, divine, measured, anxious, eloquent and brave. - a.c.

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My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love Cover Image
By Dessa
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524742294
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Published: Dutton - September 18th, 2018

Scattered at Sea by Amy Gerstler

Poetry-- which covers kissing, pulling long limbs out of bed, the love of trees, feminism, wanting to fight that guy who hurt your friend, and talking to the actual dead. It is one of my favorite collections, and among the most uplifting… although it did make me cry. - a.c.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126898
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

Application for Release from the Dream by Tony Hoagland

One of the most gorgeously skilled contemporary poets, Hoagland’s book is the equal and opposite of Gerstler’s in a way. These poems also vividly appreciate life and connection, but **oooh boy** they are rough to read, because they appreciate the best of life as it is set against the backdrop of existential void. Did that make sense? Listen, I love this book. - a.c.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977184
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 2015

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Briefly, there are giant robots, Schroedinger’s social media (will it doom humanity? will it save us?), and some really loveable yet flawed young characters. This was light, prepossessing, uplifting, and an excellent commentary on our present moment. Hank Green writes this love letter to the digital age by asking us all how we plan to face global problems of a pressing nature: with all of humanity at our side, exercising trust and kindness, or with fear? - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781524743444
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Published: Dutton - September 25th, 2018

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