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.
Mary Jo Bang’s much anticipated collection of poems is smart and dark, sharp medicine we could all use in these times of geopolitical strife and environmental damage. As she writes in her poem “Worn,” “The form of the dream I just had / is a fact. A serious talk. An inner / outward.” This is how I read her poetry, chastened, hardened, amazed. With tense, evocative imagery, she pulls no punches, but alas we need to be punched.
Faber has written an incredible book, packaged beautifully—what a gift. I couldn’t help but be completely taken by it. Like all great storytelling, it contains a little bit of everything, but not too much of anything. It’s a moving exploration of relationships, faith, acts of grace and salvation, of humanity. Pick it up, read the description if you must, but then give yourself the book.
I am completely stunned by Black’s first novel. I have enjoyed a lot of books lately, but, until reading this, I did not realize how much I’ve been missing the whole body impact of a book. Beautiful writing, effortlessly pinpointed to emotion without being emotive, Black writes life itself, tackling marriage, grief, trust, art, inspiration, friendship, motherhood, all of it.
There are a thousand ways to write a sentence and Merritt Tierce seems to find the newest, best one, unique, not all put together, and exactly perfect. It’s not the most uplifting tale, one of a young waitress struggling to find herself amidst the sex, drugs and poor decisions of early adulthood, and yet there is so much heart to Marie, so much hope in spite of herself.
Hello, daily dose of pure joy! It matters not whether you already have Underwater Dogs or whether you even like dogs, I dare you to resist smiling as you turn each lavishly photographed page. These wide-eyed, wondrous, adventurous, delightfully adorable puppies are a natural endorphin rush. I swear, this book is good for your health.
This is one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Beyond being funny and visually amazing, it is genuinely inspiring. I honestly felt like a more confident, beautiful person after reading it. - Flan Amy Poehler’s book is fantastic of course (plus, pictures!) but some stories are just meant to be heard. I loved listening to her entirely. I dare say we’re BFFs now.