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Kat's Reviews

KatsronautKat first came to Bookshop Santa Cruz by winning the short story contest in 2008. She convinced the management to give her a job, and went on to become an event host, the used book manager and an avid connoisseur of fiction. In her other life, she is often found enjoying tacos. She now works for the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks managing their ParkStores.

SUN MOON EARTH by Tyler Nordgren

Mark your calendars: On August 21st, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in America for the first time in 40 years. Over time, eclipses have been interpreted in dramatically different ways across the globe, and this book serves as a tour of that fascinating history. What better way to wait out the year?                                                    —Kat

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ISBN: 9780465060924
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Published: Basic Books - September 13th, 2016

THE MOTH SNOWSTORM by Michael McCarthy

If there was ever a book to sum up this strange moment we’re in—longing for the natural world as we witness its destruction—this is it. The Moth Snowstorm veers between the rhapsodic and the elegiac, then ties the two together and calls it love. I’ve never read a book like this before, and I can’t stop thinking about it now. —Kat

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ISBN: 9781681370408
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Published: New York Review Books - October 4th, 2016

The Trespasser by Tana French

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you, and Detective Antoinette Conway knows this better than most. The acidic, sharp detective from The Secret Place returns for the fight of her life against her own colleagues. Tana French is my absolute favorite mystery novelist, and The Trespasser, with its slow, twisty unfolding, reminded me why. —Kat

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ISBN: 9780670026333
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Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

Mary Russell’s War by Laurie R. King

What I perhaps love most about the Mary Russell series is that we are frequently treated to trips back in time, to moments that reveal something new about Mary and Sherlock. Imagine my delight in an entire collection of these gems! With stories of Mary Russell’s first sleuthing adventures in San Francisco, as well as a murder by bees and even a glimpse of Mary at age 92, this collection will delight fans of this fantastic series.  —Kat


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ISBN: 9781464207334
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 11th, 2016

The Wonder by Emma Donohue

When a young girl in Ireland claims to have gone four months without eating, a nurse named Lib is sent to her bedside. Skeptical from the start, Lib intends to use her nurse’s training to sort the miraculous from the mundane. The Wonder is an engrossing novel with a satisfying ending that took me by surprise. —Kat


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ISBN: 9780316393874
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 20th, 2016

When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Anyone who has ever stayed up late tracking the movements of local mountain lions on the Puma Project’s website will absolutely love this book, which seeks to change the way we see our wilder neighbors. These stories of citizen science and grassroots efforts to let the wild be wild make peaceful coexistence seem possible—no small feat in today’s world.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9781597143462
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Published: Heyday Books - August 1st, 2016

The People in the Trees By Hanya Yanagihara

This novel is the perfect smart beach read for August. Norton Perina, a young, arrogant doctor, accepts an invitation to travel to a remote tropical island to study the native inhabitants, who seem to live for hundreds of years. The People in the Trees is dark, consuming, and crackling with energy.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780345803313
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Published: Anchor - May 6th, 2014

Crow Planet by Lyanda Haupt

Lyanda Lynn Haupt has long been keenly observing the natural world around her, but in Crow Planet she focuses on a bird that is familiar to all of us. More than just a compendium of fascinating crow facts, Crow Planet also enlightens on what wildness really is, and how to preserve it in our neighborhoods. —Kat

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ISBN: 9780316019118
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 21st, 2011

Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy

There is nothing like the feeling of opening a new novel by Simon Van Booy. Father’s Day is a gentle and absorbing story about a woman named Harvey and her adoptive father, a felon with a violent past. Shifting between scenes of Harvey as a girl and as a self-assured woman in Paris, Father’s Day is a meditation on the immense effect one human life can have on another. I couldn’t put it down.  —Kat

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ISBN: 9780062408945
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Published: Harper - April 26th, 2016

Grunt by Mary Roach

Oh, the places Mary Roach has gone! She’s floated in zero gravity, she’s stuck her hand inside a cow, and she’s gotten busy in an MRI machine. Now she’s on to something completely different: the military. Turns out there is a lot of science that goes into equipping our men and women in uniform, and much of it is quite bizarre. I cracked up twice during the first chapter alone. Don’t miss our event with Mary Roach on June 24th. See page 17.  —Kat


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ISBN: 9780393245448
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2016


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