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S.B.'s Reviews

Stefanie has been the cookbook buyer at Bookshop Santa Cruz for over 25 years and credits her love of good food (and good times) to being born in New Orleans. Her favorite thing in the world is to cook for family and friends.

An American Odyssey by Mary Schmidt Campbell

In An American Odyssey, Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College, delves into the life of artist Romare Bearden, a muralist and collagist whose large-scale public works came to symbolize the black experience during the Civil Rights era. I have always loved Bearden’s work and am fascinated to learn more about his art and life, including his collaborations with choreographer Alvin Ailey and how being a social worker (for nearly three decades) impacted his work. - S.B.

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An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780195059090
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 5th, 2018

Homebody by Joanna Gaines

The popular HGTV show Fixer Upper might be over, but its designer Joanna Gaines isn’t leaving us high and dry. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to use Joanna’s signature style in your own space (or wanted to get a room-by-room look at the Gaines’s own home), then pick up a copy of her new book. In Homebody, she shares her best tips and advice about creating a space that is warm and welcoming—and might just have a bit of shiplap and subway tile. This book is a must for Fixer Upper fans! - S.B.

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Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780062801975
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Published: Harper Design - November 6th, 2018

Make Something Good Today by Erin & Ben Napier

Erin and Ben Napier have gained a huge following from their show, Home Town, remodeling houses in their small hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, but fans may not know that they worked hard to rebuild and strengthen their community long before they landed on HGTV. In Make Something Good Today, the Napiers share that story and their years-long commitment to using their carpentry and design skills to transform homes into personal spaces that are comfortable, beautiful, and bring joy and pride to the owners—which, in turn, has made their town prosper. The charm and ease of this creative couple, so evident on their show, come shining through on the pages of their book. - S.B.

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Make Something Good Today: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501189111
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Published: Gallery Books - October 2nd, 2018

Ground Rules by Kate Frey

New gardeners will find so much to love (and value) in Ground Rules. Author Kate Frey (The Bee-Friendly Garden) distills her years of gardening expertise into 100 simple rules—like “be kind to your soil” and “plan for a long season of interest”—that will help beginners create a thriving garden. The layout of the book makes Frey’s advice easy to digest and not overwhelming, giving readers the confidence to get out there, get their hands dirty, and grow something beautiful. - S.B.

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Ground Rules: 100 Easy Lessons for Growing a More Glorious Garden Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781604698787
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Published: Timber Press - October 30th, 2018

Small Space Style by Whitney Leigh Morris

Whitney Morris is a firm believer that one doesn’t need to live large to live beautifully. She practices what she preaches in the tiny 362-foot home she shares with her husband, son, and two dogs in Venice Beach. On The Tiny Canal Cottage blog and in this book, Morris shares her tips for living well in a small space. Refreshingly, she does not think that the answer lies entirely in clever storage solutions, but rather in not having more stuff than you need. She also has smart advice about sticking to a color palette (even with dog toys!) so that when things are strewn about, they don’t look out of place. Small Space Style will help you create a home you’ll love, no matter the size. - S.B.

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Small Space Style: Because You Don't Need to Live Large to Live Beautifully Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781681882949
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Published: Weldon Owen - November 13th, 2018

GuRu by RuPaul

Whether through his hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race or his books, RuPaul’s positivity and messages of empowerment are absolutely infectious. GuRu gathers all of that wonderfulness into a visually dazzling collection of phrases (“You’re born naked and the rest is drag”) and quotes (“Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out”) that will inspire readers and help them own their greatness. “Everybody say love!” - S.B.

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By RuPaul
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062862990
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 23rd, 2018

House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger

It’s tempting to get swept up in the salacious narratives of recent books on Trump (“Can you believe he really said that/did that/thinks that?”), but for true big-picture analysis, Craig Unger’s book is the one with staying power. Unger cuts through the daily crazy and lays out what has been true and known for a long time (but maddeningly not reported by mainstream media): Donald Trump’s relationship with organized crime, specifically, the Russian mafia. Going back decades, Unger lays out the money laundering, bailouts, and power plays that led to a mobster, beholden to a foreign power, in the White House. - S.B.

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House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524743505
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Published: Dutton - August 14th, 2018

Edna Lewis edited by Sara B. Franklin

My hero, culinary and otherwise, is Edna Lewis. Reading her book The Taste of Country Cooking 30 years ago was a total game-changer (and life-changer) for me: It spoke to my heart and gave me a compass in life—along with an abundance of simple, seasonal, and delicious recipes. In this new book, food-world notables such as Francis Lam, Toni Tipton-Martin, Michael Twitty, and Alice Waters reflect on the life and legacy of Miss Lewis, who grew up in a town founded by freed slaves, spent years in New York as a chef and activist, and returned to the South, where she wrote her cookbooks. Miss Lewis had a reverence for food and for the pleasure of a meal; here, the reverence is all ours. - S.B.

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Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original Cover Image
By Sara B. Franklin (Editor)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781469638553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 13th, 2018

The Perfect Scoop: Revised & Updated by David Lebovitz

Why update a classic? Only to make it even better! Case in point: David Lebovitz’s outstanding book on ice cream, sorbet, gelatos, and granitas. Originally published in 2007, this new edition of The Perfect Scoop has fresh photography, a dozen new recipes, and an awesome selection of frozen cocktails. The first version of this book was already on my list of all-time favorites (not only because the Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream is perfection) but this revised edition seals the deal. If you have any interest at all in frozen desserts, The Perfect Scoop is a must-have. - S.B.

Soul by Todd Richards

“Food is a religion of its own. This is my sermon about my Soul food.” I love reading the words in Todd Richards’s book as much as I love cooking from it. Richards starts each chapter with a recipe that is relatively traditional in African-American cuisine (like Collard Greens with Smoked Ham Hocks) then follows it with recipes that explore new techniques and flavor combinations (such as Young Collard Greens with Bacon, Calamari, Tomatoes, Olives, and Mint). This book is a beautiful example of how honoring your heritage can give you the roots to grow. - S.B.

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SOUL: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780848754419
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Published: Southern Living - May 22nd, 2018

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