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Bookshop Santa Cruz staff recommendation:

The following books are recommended by our staff as great choices for book groups. Sign up for our Book Ends email newsletter to receive more great book group recommendations.

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Surviving 2020: Books That Will Make You Believe in Humanity
Strong Women Through the Ages
Book Group Sleepers: Great Books Your Group May Have Missed


  • Philosophy, ethics, and three great outdoor trips
  • Pulls no punches!
  • Like going on a hike with your best friend
  • Both heartfelt & hilarious

 

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Likes to Walk Outside By Nick Offerman Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101984703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - October 3rd, 2023



  • Calling all history nerds!
  • RIP to the dinosaurs but I'm different
  • Accessible, hilarious, and super-smart
  • From the Mesozoic Era to the modern day!

 

How to Survive History: How to Outrun a Tyrannosaurus, Escape Pompeii, Get Off the Titanic, and Survive the Rest of History's Deadliest Catastrophes By Cody Cassidy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143136408
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 13th, 2023



  • Relatable as hell
  • All-too-real feels
  • Perfect antidote to those "I hate the world" days
  • For the friend who, let's be real, is too cool for you 

 

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Quietly Hostile: Essays By Samantha Irby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315699
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2023



  • Cynical & irreverent
  • Learning to laugh about the pandemic
  • Poignant reflections on family, fame, and youth
  • Classic Sedaris humor & wit!

 

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Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316392433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 30th, 2023



  • The only gardening book you need for Bay Area gardening
  • Friendly, practical advice
  • What to plant for each season
  • Seasonal garden-to-table recipes

 



  • Perfect Gift for gardeners of every expertise level
  • Learn the fundamentals of garden design
  • Easy-to-follow DIY
  • Includes wildlife-friendly and sustainable practices

 

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Encyclopedia of Landscape Design: Planning, Building, and Planting Your Perfect Outdoor Space By DK Cover Image
By DK
$40.00
ISBN: 9780744084436
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DK - September 5th, 2023



  • A must-have for Mystery readers
  • Meticulously researched
  • Beautiful illustrations
  • Fun, quirky, & informative

 

Gardening Can Be Murder: How Poisonous Poppies, Sinister Shovels, and Grim Gardens Have Inspired Mystery Writers By Marta McDowell Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781643261126
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Timber Press - September 5th, 2023



  • Beautiful gift for plant lovers, and mind/body/spirit enthusiasts
  • Includes a section on a Santa Cruz garden
  • Anyone-can-do-it gardening advice
  • For all sizes and types of gardens

 

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Moon Garden: A Guide to Creating an Evening Oasis By Jarema Osofsky Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781797219936
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2023



  • For the literary gardener
  • Written by poet & scholar
  • Nature writing at its most welcoming
  • Weaves in motherhood, intersectionality, history, and more

 

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Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden By Camille T. Dungy Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982195304
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 2nd, 2023



winner of the the Nobel Prize for Literature
his new novel
a character's literary quest to unite a fractured country
going mad over Peruvian music
huachafería and the triumph of sentimentality over reason


 

Le dedico mi silencio / I Give You My Silence By Mario Vargas Llosa Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781644739563
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfaguara - October 31st, 2023


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