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Jax's Reviews

Jax Caldwell-Dunn is a bookseller and buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz who loves table-top roleplaying in addition to books. She cannot resist the urge to make something (like a staff profile) more nerdy when given a chance.

 

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, & Ella Morton

I kind of freak out every time I look through Atlas Obscura, a travel guide, atlas, and chronicle of the fascinatingly beautiful and ridiculously odd wonders of our world. In this revised and updated edition you will find city guides, gorgeously shot photos, and a pull-out world map with a dream itinerary. A perfect gift for the curious and the travel-minded. I hope to see you somewhere between the synchronized fireflies and the Sourdough Saloon. - Jax

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Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781523506484
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 15th, 2019

Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall

I am obsessed with Sherman the donkey and his crazy story of becoming a marathoner with his human, the great runner and writer Christopher McDougall. After he is rescued from an abusive owner, Sherman’s new family and the larger rural community surrounding his new home come together to save his life and introduce him to the joys of life, friends, and running. If you’re looking for a feel-good book this holiday season, this is one you’ll want to check out. - Jax

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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781524732363
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Last Call by Brad Thomas Parsons

If you knew your time was up and you only had one more drink at the bar while the closing song played, what would you order? That’s the question Parsons puts to bartenders around the country, and here he chronicles their closing-time rituals as well as what they would want to pass through their lips before that eternal last call. Full of stories, recipes, and tips on where to go after last call. - Jax

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Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399582769
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 22nd, 2019

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao written by Kat Zhang illus. by Charlene Chua

Amy has stolen my heart, with her fierce determination to conquer…bao. I so identify with her quest to master snack time and her refusal to give up on a family tradition. The art is wonderful and this heartwarming story of creative problem solving in the face of challenges is sure to delight. I especially loved that Zhang included a recipe so that we can enjoy bao with our own families. - Jax

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By Kat Zhang, Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534411333
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Walking by Erling Kagge

Kagge speaks to the importance of walks not only in his own life but for everyone, and the ways walking in the world is good for our bodies and minds. Each section is a little gem, a seed of thoughtfulness that I admit I took with me when I set out my own front door. So come on, take a walk with this book. It’s good for you, after all. - Jax

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Walking: One Step At a Time Cover Image
By Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781524747848
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Pantheon - April 23rd, 2019

Batch Cocktails by Maggie Hoffman

I like to play the part of the perfect hostess but prefer to work smarter, not harder. This is where Hoffman’s book comes in: Now I can just make a pitcher or two of drinks that have amazing flavor and complexity and then sit back and relax for the rest of the evening. With drinks for every occasion, including the one where you get to come home to a ready-made (aged!) drink, this book is a godsend. Take a look. I know what I’ll be bringing to the season’s first barbeque! - Jax

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Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399582530
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 19th, 2019

A Californian's Guide to the Mammals Among Us by Charles Hood

My husband is a ranger, so when I say this gets our stamp of approval for wildlife guides, it shows it has earned the accolades. Accessible to both the novice and the experienced wildlife observer, A Californian’s Guide takes you through the do’s and don’ts and introduces the many species of mammals you’ll find throughout California. I especially appreciated that a lot of the photos in the book and the parks Hood describes are from the Central Coast, which is sure to delight locals. - Jax

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$21.00
ISBN: 9781597144438
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - April 2nd, 2019

Gender Queer A Memoir by Maia Kobab

I am so very excited for this heartfelt graphic novel from Kobabe, discussing gender, family, and one person’s struggle to find their identity. E has such a lovely art style and such a personal way of speaking that one can’t help but be swept along. Chances are, you know someone who identifies somewhat differently on the gender spectrum than as either straightforwardly him or her even if you don’t realize it, and I look forward to Kobabe’s work adding to the stories that normalize these experiences. - Jax

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Gender Queer: A Memoir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

Captain America, Volume 1: Winter in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates, the writer for the most recent and critically acclaimed run of Black Panther among many other things, tackles the Star-Spangled Avenger and boy what a ride this was. America is still reeling from a Hydra invasion that nearly stamped out freedom the world over, and though Cap wants nothing more than to be the hero, it’s not that simple. But trouble’s brewing that’s got Russia written all over it, and standing idly by was never Steve Rodgers’ strong suit. I can’t wait to see what happens next! - Jax

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By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by), Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302911942
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Marvel - March 5th, 2019

Greek to Me by Mary Norris

I found myself telling everyone I knew how much I enjoyed reading this, and how they needed to read it right now! Norris takes us through her interest in all things Greek, from the language to the place to the literature and how she relates to it all. Her genius lies in moving agilely from one topic to another, giving insight and sparking interest while never letting the reader become weary of the subject. Perfect to delight the brain, spice up your dinner conversation, and to transport you to “the wine-dark sea.” - Jax

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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324001270
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

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