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Melinda's Reviews

Melinda Powers is the head book buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz and is therefore responsible for choosing which of the 300,000 titles published each year will make their way to our shelves (not including the children’s section). Formerly at Capitola Book Café, she can’t seem to quit this wonderful community of readers, booksellers, and books. She is okay with this addiction.

Fifty Places to Surf Before You Die by Chris Santella

Santella’s newest addition to the Fifty Places outdoor adventure series is sure to find happy readers here, whether you’re planning your own vacation or needing inspiration while waiting out the big crowds and small waves of summer. Full of iconic and lesser known surf spots, travel tips, essays and full-page photos, it’s a bucket list in book form or fodder for the aspiring grom—the perfect way to spend your days when not in the water. - Melinda

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Fifty Places to Surf Before You Die: Surfing Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419734564
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 9th, 2019

The National Team by Caitlin Murray

Soccer friends, here is your perfect read in the run-up to the Women’s World Cup this summer. The National Team is a lively and substantive history of the U.S. Women’s National Team, from its scrappy early days in the ‘80s to the legendary ‘99ers and up to now. Moving beyond the highlight reel to the storied complexity of women’s soccer in America, this book sheds light on these tenacious, trailblazing athletes, not just as stars but as advocates for women’s rights and gender equity in sports and beyond. - Melinda

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The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419734496
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Published: Abrams Press - April 2nd, 2019

Some Stories by Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, brings it all together in this gorgeous, photo-filled book that spans his life and his many passions, from climbing to surfing, spearfishing to falconry, and business to environmental activism. A collection of essays, articles, letters, and poetry handpicked by Chouinard himself, Some Stories is likely as close to a memoir as we will get from this unequaled adventurer. In the preface, he writes, “I don’t consider myself much of a writer, I’m more of a story teller really”—and this is the perfect way to hear him speak. - Melinda

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Some Stories: Lessons from the Edge of Business and Sport Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781938340826
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Published: Patagonia - April 23rd, 2019

Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane writes with such agility and scope that when exploring the natural world that lies beneath us, he also plumbs the depths of our cultures, mythologies, and histories—not as an exercise in what has been, but in where we are now, and what can still be done. Tracking across time and the planet, each page is a revelation, a way to think more deeply and place ourselves more fully in the world, making Underland both pleasurable reading and important work. - Melinda

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Seasons: Desert Sketches by Ellen Meloy

I was unaware of Ellen Meloy before this posthumous collection of radio essays she wrote for her NPR station, but I wish I had her voice in my life sooner. In these perfectly bite-sized pieces, she is wide-ranging, observant, and sharply funny, whether she’s talking about the animal neighbors who share her desert Utah home or the quixotic humans who share her planet. Though written mostly in the 90s, these essays remain timely and much-appreciated today. - Melinda

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By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781948814010
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Published: Torrey House Press - April 16th, 2019

Landfill by Tim Dee

Tim Dee’s insightful book on gulls tells us as much about ourselves as it does about these highly visible, underappreciated birds. While many avian species retreat from human advance, gulls come closer, thriving within our urban centers and garbage heaps, mirroring us in ways that are both discomfiting and enlightening. Landfill is a playful, wide-ranging narrative, drawing on experience, literature, history, science, and the art of gulling, becoming not only a sociological study of gulls but of the author himself and all of us. - Melinda

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Landfill: Notes on Gull Watching and Trash Picking in the Anthropocene Cover Image
By Tim Dee
$25.00
ISBN: 9781603589093
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 12th, 2019

Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place, Identity, and Feminism

This exceptional collection of essays is as political as it is environmental, allowing for and celebrating the places we actually are, not just where we go, and how they inform who we are and how we live. With pieces by Belle Boggs, Camille T. Dungy, Lauret E. Savoy, Terry Tempest Williams, and others, Trespass brings intersectionality to environmental writing, exploring gender, race, and sexuality, reminding us that important place-based writing has always been about more than just the surroundings. - Melinda

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Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries Ofplace, Identity, and Feminism Cover Image
By May-Lee Chai (Foreword by), Belle Boggs (Contribution by), Camille T. Dungy (Contribution by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781940596297
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Published: Lookout Books - April 30th, 2019

No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco

Ani fans new and old will delight in this personable, powerful, truth-telling memoir from one of our most vital musicians and social activists Focusing specifically on her life to age 30, she takes us from emancipated teenager to working artist to independent record label pioneer. As in her songs, DiFranco writes with refreshing honesty and hard-won insight, and it’s empowering to watch her come into her own as a feminist, a singer/songwriter, an entrepreneur, and a force of wisdom. - Melinda

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No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225176
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Published: Viking - May 7th, 2019

Furious Hours by Casey Cep

When Harper Lee learned of the vigilante murder of Reverend Willie Maxwell, the many deaths that preceded his, and the lawyer who both defended him and his assailant, she knew she’d found the story she wanted to write, a true crime narrative with an underlying complexity of race, place, and politics. Almost 50 years later, Casey Cep has realized the same in her first book, a remarkable work of nonfiction that distills extensive research into a broad, insightful exploration of not only the reverend and his lawyer but of Harper Lee, her drive, her demons, and the book she never finished. - Melinda

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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$21.56
ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Wolfpack by Abby Wambach

Long known as a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field, Abby Wambach expands her play to the rest of the world with Wolfpack, an inspiring rally cry for a new way forward, based on her 2018 commencement speech at Barnard College. Her presence on the page is powerful, joyful, and inclusive; her rules are ones we should all adopt. Abby has found a new pack to lead, and we are so lucky to run with her. - Melinda

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WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250217707
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Published: Celadon Books - April 9th, 2019

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