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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.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

I spent about a week listening to the audio version of this book, and it helped me clean out my entire closet, wash several loads of dishes and fold countless socks. Mindy Kaling's intelligent, quirky and hilarious voice will help you to achieve anything you set your mind to, whether you listen to her or choose to read the book.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780307886262
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Published: Crown Archetype - November 1st, 2011

Twain’s Feast by Andrew Beahrs

his book has it all: mouthwateringly good food writing, exquisite nature writing, including vivid descriptions of fields and forest, snippets of Mark Twain's transcendent musings about American food, and an incredible travelogue that spans many states and takes you back to Twain's childhood. One of my favorite books in recent memory.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143119340
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr

The title of this book is admittedly not very festive, but I promise you, great things await within. It's the incredible story of the birth of modern forensics, told through the story of a particularly twisted serial killer in France, and the brilliant scientist and criminologist who eventually stopped him.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780307279088
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Published: Vintage - November 1st, 2011

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

I have not been able to shut up about this book for six months now, and I'm pretty sure I will continue to talk about it for a very long time to come. This is the novel to give the people who need books in their lives, the people who crave amazing fiction and know all to well the sway that literature can have over a person.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780670022816
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Published: Viking Adult - June 9th, 2011

Chime by Franny Billingsley

This is one of the most lushly imagined books I've read in a long time, and it also happens to be one of the best love stories I've read in awhile as well. It's about a tortured young woman named Briony who is convinced that she is a witch, and that she was somehow responsible for her stepmother's untimely death. The language is an incredible blend of old-world English and modern-day poetry.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780803735521
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2011

Claire DeWitt & the City of the Dead by Sara Gran

The main character of this novel, private investigator Claire DeWitt, reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes – she has addictions, and isn't very friendly most of the time – but with a New Age twist (imagine Holmes using the I Ching to find clues, if you can). The story is set in New Orleans six months after Katrina, a time and place that is viscerally well realized.

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ISBN: 9780547428499
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 2nd, 2011

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Eugenides’ long-awaited third novel is a grand slam. It studies a love triangle between three recent college graduates, and the way they stretch into the world as they begin to truly grow up. If you’ve ever studied literature in an academic setting, you simply must read this book. It will have you in stitches. A moving and thoughtful treatise about how we learn to live and love

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374203054
Availability: Backordered
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 11th, 2011

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

This book gave me goosebumps. This book demands to be read with a hot toddie. This book is a strange combination of achingly beautiful nature writing and tense, riveting crime fiction. I will be recommending this book to people for the rest of my life – there were certain lines that I want to frame and hang on the wall. Read this book if you want to be caught up in something amazing.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812978803
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

When it comes to beautiful prose, this book has a spot at the top of my 2011 list. Van Booy’s sentences are so exquisite and perfectly weighted that you could spend an hour reading a single page. But you won’t, because the story and the characters insist that you continue. It takes place in Athens and circles around a peculiar love triangle between three lost souls. Just stunning.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061661488
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2011

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

This novel has been much-buzzed all year. It won the Orange prize and was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award. Here at Bookshop, we like to think we called it. This book enthralled us so much when it was excerpted in the 2010 Best American Nonrequired Reading that we practically begged for a copy, and when we got one we were not disappointed.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343848
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 1st, 2011

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