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Natalie's Reviews

A young woman stands in front of the Bookshop Santa Cruz sign with a paper with the quote "Because you are a girl is never a reason for anything. Ever."Natalie is a Santa Cruz native who grew up devouring Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Nowadays, she reads a little of everything and delights (almost) just as much in her gardening pursuits, cooking experiments, and rock climbing (mis)adventures.








Quiet by Susan Cain

Growing up an introvert in a society that favors extroversion, I’ve always felt like a bit of a freak. Reading Quiet changed my life. Cain shows us that our current society undervalues introverts, and that it hasn’t always been this way. She helps us imagine a world where introverts are properly understood and offers invaluable advice for introverts and extroverts alike! - Natalie

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307352156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - January 29th, 2013

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

We all know Cheryl Strayed as the author of Wild, but she is also an advice columnist and host of the “radically empathetic” podcast Dear Sugar. In these selections from her column, she expresses her advice beautifully, interspersing personal stories with poetic yet practical advice. In every response to her readers, her uncommon compassion shines through. Strayed is my empath hero. - Natalie

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Enter a world with two moons, then a town of cats. Meet a relentless fee collector, a hitwoman and a cram school teacher. Explore a shady religious sect and ponder the meaning of the mysterious Little People. 1Q84 is a strange, patient, lonely, and ultimately satisfying pursuit of true love and delicious revenge. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Saunders tries something utterly new and succeeds masterfully. Who knew the story of the death of Abraham Lincoln's son could be so entertaining, and poignant, when told through historical footnotes and a cast of irreverent dead people? Bonus: Listen to the stellar audiobook version, which features a 166-person cast with Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and many others. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9780812995343
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Border by Kapka Kassabova

Kassabova returns to the land of her childhood, Bulgaria, to explore the complex Balkan borderlands it shares with Turkey and Greece. Through extensive research, interviews with townsfolk, and personal reflection, she examines the forces that continue to shape this intriguing region. Lyrical and rich with stories, this book is travelogue, political history, and folklore all in one. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9781555977863
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

It's rare to find a memoir that fundamentally changes you. This is undoubtedly one of my favorites. Hope Jahren's enthusiasm about plants and science is infectious. Her expert storytelling—of growing up in Michigan, of motherhood, and especially of her best friend and lab partner, Bill—drew me in the most. You will leave this book fulfilled and inspired. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This book drew me in from the very beginning and I practically couldn't put it down until the end. The protagonist's trials force you to consider questions old and new. Which experiences make you who you are? What if you had lived your life differently? Are you the best version of yourself? Thrilling, thought-provoking, and emotionally intense—a great summer read. - Natalie

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ISBN: 9781101904244
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

With mastery and empathy, Alexander draws a line from American slavery to the Jim Crow era to modern mass incarceration. Upon finishing The New Jim Crow, you may be left feeling like the world has turned on its head, or perhaps the book will confirm and contextualize what you've already experienced. - ND

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By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781595586438
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

House of Plants by Caro Langton and Rose Ray

Indoor plants are trending, and for good reason. They add a sense of the outdoors, tropical living, and effortless style to any home-- all while filtering toxins out of the air. This beautifully designed guide features plenty of ideas and inspirations for styling and caring for indoor plants. - ND

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House of Plants: Living with Succulents, Air Plants and Cacti Cover Image
By Rose Ray, Caro Langton, Ro Co, Erika Rax (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9780711238374
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Frances Lincoln - November 8th, 2016

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi

This multicultural cookbook is one of my recent favorites. Every one of the 10+ recipes I've tried has turned out mouthwateringly amazing, even though I'm somewhat recipe-challenged. You may need a couple new spices and condiments, but the impressive results are well worth a little experimentation. - N.D.

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ISBN: 9781607743941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2012


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