<img src="https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/Mikaela.jpeg" align="right"> Mikaela has always been a book hoarder, so coming to Bookshop Santa Cruz after finishing up her politics and modern literature degrees at UC Santa Cruz in 2013 turned out to be the perfect career progression. In the past she has been most interested in classic fiction and literature, and some of her favorite authors include Virginia Woolf, David Sedaris, Gustave Flaubert, and John Steinbeck. She also has interests in food politics (and cooking!), yarn crafts and travel.
This book gives novices and experts (and every kind of knitter in between) the tools necessary to make really beautiful, modern knitwear. I' m a little obsessed with not only how pretty the pictures are (a plus) but also how much information is packed inside. Melville is a genius, and one who has honed her craft to perfection, and I am all-too-happy to benefit from the product!
Bleeding Edge is one of those rare books that reads like a movie—it’s visual in character as well as literary. Thomas Pynchon, a well-known literary writer, is back in action with his tongue-in-cheek humor, dense historical landscapes, and complex, multifaceted characters all interweaving and creating a network of interesting plot points and twists. Perfect for the brooding literary family member or simply for someone looking for something off the beaten track, Bleeding Edge is one of those incomparable, unique reads that leaves a lasting mark.
This novel is simply amazing, as the title suggests. With The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan further demonstrates her already well-known ability to turn a simple story into something beautiful and heart-wrenching that also helps us look at ourselves differently. The story follows the main character Violet from her upbringing in a courtesan house in Shanghai to her topsy-turvy development into a young virgin courtesan. The novel is culturally enlightening, well researched, and extremely well written. A great read for the escapist in all of us.
This book is a condensed history of the human aspirations of flight and love, of the distinctions between god and earth, of the limitations as well as the miracles of humankind. Tracing the invention of the air balloon to the first flight in space, and the eccentricity of the characters surrounding these groundbreaking events, Julian Barnes (The Sense of an Ending) reveals his version of the levels and meanings of existence with stark and often jarring clarity.
Even if you're not a previously indoctrinated Sedaris fan, you will love this collection of essays in which Sedaris details seemingly mundane trials from his life in a way that makes you reflect a little differently on your own. With humor, wit, and sometimes painful self-awareness, this had me glued for hours. I couldn't put it down!