User menu

Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

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.

Bigfoots in Paradise is phenomenally original. Each story in Doug Lawson’s first collection has characters that are both surprising and real, making this a pleasure of a book. With its surreal elements and Santa Cruz settings, it will be especially delightful for local readers, who are sure to recognize the specific strangeness of our area. The relationships of friendships, families, and attraction are rendered with exasperation and tension that are deeply recognizable, and the gorgeousness of Lawson’s language will leave you feeling at once shaken and grateful to be alive. - Chorel

Staff Pick Logo
Bigfoots in Paradise Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781597096928
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - October 16th, 2018


From sweltering Barbados to London streets, Arctic ice to Moroccan heat, skies above to depths below, fear to love and back again, again, again. Esi Edugyan’s epic new historical novel follows the young Washington Black from the unrelenting brutality of slavery to the edges of the world as he searches for freedom, finding the complexities of the world, of the heart, and of humanity. A journey that vividly lingers long after turning the last page. - Jocelyn

Staff Pick Logo
Washington Black: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018


B.A. Shapiro’s novels (The Art Forger, The Muralist) make me fall in love with art. In her writing the canvas is only one side of a multilayered story about art, artists, and the events that make history. In The Collector’s Apprentice, her characters are chameleons, shedding identities as they revolve around the magnetic works of post-Impressionist mavericks like Matisse and Picasso. Death, scandal, romance, and mystery drive the twists and turns of this thrilling novel that I absolutely could not put down. - Clara                                                       

Staff Pick Logo
The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616203580
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2018


The first diamond I ever found in Bookshop’s markdown bins. Short stories that stutter your heart and build crystalline, perfect images in your mind, which will stay with you for years. Multicultural, complex, with narratives from highly differing perspectives… perfect for Jhumpa Lahiri readers. - a.c.

Staff Pick Logo
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories (Vintage International) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375704437
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - March 21st, 2000


Black comedy, short stories about the secret underbelly of red hot rage behind even the most polite veneer of “demure” femininity. It made me laugh out loud, and you should read it with red wine. An antidote for Trumpism, with some Southern Belle twists. - a.c.

Staff Pick Logo
American Housewife Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101970997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - October 18th, 2016


I think this is the most important book to be published in the entire time that I worked as a bookseller. Bryan Stevenson’s work in the criminal justice system made me see the abuses of our prison system so much more clearly, as a part of a dehumanizing whole… and yet his voice in sharing these topics was calm, clear, crystalline and reassuring as well as emotionally affecting. If you’re going to read about the U.S. prison system, this is the book with which to start. - a.c.

Staff Pick Logo
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015


"These books, I include for the reader who has been stuck for awhile, because we have all had those days. These are the books that have burst me out of a reading funk, because they let me just get caught up in a story without effort or hesitation....Did You Ever Have a Family? explores loss, difficulty, and the challenge of rebuilding a life after loss and mistake. A fire devastates the main character’s family home, and she has nothing-- this is the initiating point of the story. Even in light of the subject matter, I read it start to finish. Each character was so real that I felt I was living in their bodies, and I read through the darkest moments for the one, perfect promise offered by good contemporary literature: a reason to believe the worth of an individual human life, even after the darkest moments. If your reading funk is related to how you feel in general, read this. The book will understand any darkness in a reader, and help you believe in turning the next page anyway." - a.c.

Staff Pick Logo
Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476798189
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016


Kim’s emotional debut explores one Korean family’s struggle to survive the civil war and its enduring aftermath. At the novel’s heart is Haemi Lee, a spirited teenager who flees to a refugee camp with her widowed mother and sick brother, and must make difficult choices in the face of unabashed youth. Although satisfyingly steeped in young loves and family loyalties, it is ultimately a tale of identity, how one country and its people endeavor to find their place in a world ripped apart by years of war and occupation. This is a story both well-loved and refreshingly new. - Melinda

Staff Pick Logo
If You Leave Me: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062645173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - August 7th, 2018


This isn't an easy or quick read. It takes stiffening your spine and grinding your teeth. Not because the writing is bad, quite the opposite; Dalcher is a fantastic writer. The premise of the story centers on limiting the speech of women in a very real way by electrocuting them through a bracelet every time they go over their 100-word daily quota. Given today’s political climate, it was a scary and very unsettling read. I highly recommend it (with a very stiff drink). - Karena

Staff Pick Logo
Vox Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780440000785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - August 21st, 2018


The feelings evoked by the life story of Kya, the Marsh Girl, lingered with me long after I finished reading this beautifully crafted novel. Abandoned first by her mother, and then by the rest of her family, by age ten Kya was living on her own in the marsh of coastal North Carolina. This is a coming of age story, a romance, a murder mystery, and a remarkable love story about the living breathing marsh itself. - Trey

Staff Pick Logo
Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$20.80
ISBN: 9780735219090
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018


Pages