Father's Day

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18th
We have a wonderful selection of books, cards and gifts at our store for Father's Day, including the recommended titles below. And don't forget Bookshop Santa Cruz gift cards, available in any amount.
Thank you dads for all that you do!
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Born to Run Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501141515
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2016

"A virtuoso performance, the 508-page equivalent to one of Springsteen and the E Street Band's famous four-hour concerts: Nothing is left onstage, and diehard fans and first-timers alike depart for home sated and yet somehow already aching for more." --NPR

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Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501147838
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Touchstone Books - April 11th, 2017


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A Brief History of Surfing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452151946
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2017

Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet, as evidenced by The History of Surfing, Warshaw's definitive take on the sport. Now, he has honed that book into an abridged and excerpted edition for surfers everywhere.

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Thunder Boy Jr. Cover Image
By Sherman Alexie, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316013727
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451473011
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Published: Dutton Books - April 5th, 2016

After the great success of his autobiography, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman now focuses on the lives of those who inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes twenty-one heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning. He combines both serious history with light-hearted humor—comparing, say, Benjamin Franklin's abstinence from daytime drinking to his own sage refusal to join his construction crew in getting plastered on the way to work.

Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631491931
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2016

When he died in one of rock's string of tragic plane crashes, Otis Redding was only twenty-six, yet already the avatar of a new kind of soul music. The beating heart of Memphis-based Stax Records, he had risen to fame belting out gospel-flecked blues in stage performances that seemed to ignite not only a room but an entire generation.

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307957924
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 29th, 2016

COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED: From renowned birder, illustrator, and New York Times best selling author David Sibley, the most authoritative guide to the birds of the West, in a portable format that is perfect for the field.

I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin' Work Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250078957
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 3rd, 2016

Perfect for Father's Day or all year round What do daddies do with their children? They style hair, they carpool, they cuddle (after they look under beds for monsters). They play, they motivate, and they comfort. Dads may sometimes wonder if they're doing a good job. But one thing they're sure of is that they love every moment with their children.

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Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical "Hamilton" is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims our country's origins for a diverse new generation.

Jerry on Jerry: The Unpublished Jerry Garcia Interviews Cover Image
By Dennis McNally (Editor), Trixie Garcia (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780316389594
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - November 24th, 2015

These never-before-published interviews with Jerry Garcia reveal his thoughts on religion, politics, his personal life, and his creative process. Jerry on Jerry provides new insight into the beloved frontman of the Grateful Dead in time for the 50th Anniversary of the band.

Dad Magazine: America's #1 Magazine for
ISBN: 9781594748646
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Published: Quirk Books - April 26th, 2016

Packed with dad jokes and parenting humor, this parody "magazine" is the perfect gift for Fathers Day or cool dads anytime.

Mighty Dads: A Board Book Cover Image
By Joan Holub, James Dean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545890366
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Published: Cartwheel Books - April 26th, 2016

From James Dean, the New York Times bestselling artist of Pete the Cat, and bestselling author Joan Holub comes an action-packed construction story all about the ways dads love and support their little ones. A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, Mighty Dads is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you
Safe for all ages.

Mister Seahorse (World of Eric Carle) Cover Image
By Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399254901
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Published: Philomel Books - March 3rd, 2011

When Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs, she does it on Mr. Seahorse's belly She knows he will take good care of them. While he swims waiting for the eggs to hatch, he meets other underwater fathers caring for their babies.

Gator Dad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544534339
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 3rd, 2016

From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day. 

Guitars That Jam: Portraits of the World's Most Storied Rock Guitars Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608875252
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Published: Insight Editions - May 19th, 2015

Guitars That Jam is a journey through the world's most famous rock guitars, featuring the photography of Jay Blakesburg and commentary from more than fifty artists.

On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody's Favorite Games Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579656843
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Published: Artisan Publishers - April 19th, 2016

New York Times Bestseller

"Fascinating."--Men's Health, Best Beach Reads for Sports Fans

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Project Smoke: Seven Steps to Smoked Food Nirvana, Plus 100 Irresistible Recipes from Classic (Slam-Dunk Brisket) to Adventurous (Smo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761181866
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Published: Workman Publishing - May 10th, 2016

The Barbecue Bible for Smoking Meats

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

**Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography**

"Reading this guy on the subject of waves and water is like reading Hemingway on bullfighting; William Burroughs on controlled substances; Updike on adultery. . . . a coming-of-age story, seen through the gloss resin coat of a surfboard." --Sports Illustrated

This Is Ridiculous This Is Amazing: Parenthood in 71 Lists Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452129211
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 13th, 2014

Blogging sensation and family man Jason Good delivers a laugh-out-loud reminder that everything is easier and more fun when approached with a sense of humor especially parenting.

Time Together: Me and Dad Cover Image
By Maria Catherine, Pascal Campion (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781479522538
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Published: Picture Window Books - March 1st, 2014

Snapshots of a father and child enjoying every day moments together. From reading a book to playing outside, these small moments are the ones that create big memories.

How to Tie a Tie: A Gentleman's Guide to Getting Dressed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804186384
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Published: Potter Style - April 21st, 2015

"A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life," quipped Oscar Wilde, a fashion genius who could knot an ascot as well as he could turn a phrase.

For the rest of us, there's How to Tie a Tie. Whether you have always wanted to master a classic Windsor knot or simply need to rustle up an acceptable bow tie, this is your personal guide to dressing seriously well.

Dad Is Fat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385349079
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - April 22nd, 2014

Jim Gaffigan never imagined he would have his own kids.

Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff: Projects You Can Build for (and With) Your Kids! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761171478
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Published: Workman Publishing - May 7th, 2013

The Snail Soup Can Decoy to keep the candy stash safe. The Customizable "Keep Out" Sign to deter meddlesome siblings and parents. A Bunk Bed Communicator made from cardboard tubes ("Psst Can you keep the snoring down?"). Clever, whimsical, and kind of genius, here are 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero that his kid(s) will adore.

Daddy, Papa, and Me Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582462622
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Published: Tricycle Press - June 9th, 2009

One of the only original board books about gay parents A perfect purchase for new parents, baby showers, and more

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By Kim Norman, David Walker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781454901303
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Published: Sterling - January 3rd, 2013

Celebrate the imagination--and the love between father and son--with this new board book edition of the fun, rhyming, and totally original story. On a hot summer's day, a young boy playfully sets out on a "crocodaddy hunt" in the lake. Following the creature's shadow, dark and wet, he's soon taking a wild ride on the grinning croc's back.

Tad and Dad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399256714
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 21st, 2015

Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein's expressive tale about familial love is full of funny, tender family dynamics that will evoke nods of recognition and lots of laughs.

Daddy Cuddles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811846745
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 21st, 2005

Animal babies are so adorable that their daddies can't help but cuddle and love them. In this celebration of parental love, each daddy shows how much he loves his baby in his own special way.

Papa and Me Cover Image
By Arthur Dorros, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060581589
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Published: HarperCollins - April 22nd, 2014

In Papá and Me, a young boy and his papa may speak both Spanish and English, but the most important language they speak is the language of love. In this beautiful bilingual picture book, Arthur Dorros portrays the close bond between father and son, with lush paintings by Rudy Gutierrez.

Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316277280
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2015

Meet Rory, the dinosaur. He loves spending time with his dad, but today he wants to go on his own adventure and explore his island home. He can't wait to tell his dad all about the things he can do all by himself, from crossing rivers to finding shelter from the rain. Little does Rory know, his father is never far behind.

Higher! Higher! (Leslie Patricelli Board Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763644338
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 27th, 2010

One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go Higher! Higher! Add Leslie Patricelli's wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pasttime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy.

Prodigal Father Wayward Son: A Roadmap to Reconciliation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781611250374
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Divine Arts - April 14th, 2015

In the long awaited sequel to Fire in the Belly father and son authors Sam Keen and Gifford Keen write the next chapter of one of the defining books of the men's movement.

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Dad Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938170157
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Published: Spry Publishing LLC - April 2nd, 2013

2013 Mom's Choice Awards(R) Winner

MEN: Ever wonder about stay-at-home dads? What in the name of testosterone do they DO all day with those kids? I mean, are they really men at all, or are they some strange, invasive alien species, sent to Earth to defy and destroy all gender stereotypes?

The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150 Makers Working at the Intersection of Art, Science & Technology Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616286095
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Published: Weldon Owen - February 4th, 2014

This Is Not Your Average Art Book.


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