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Bookshop Santa Cruz staff recommendation:

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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

  • Portrays Lincoln as a complex, ultimately human, person
  • Positive and uplifting
  • New perspective on an oft biographied president
  • Explores the power a president can hold


And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle By Jon Meacham Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553393989
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 17th, 2023

  • Award-winning poet
  • Story of his immigration from El Salvador to the US
  • Told through the eyes of a nine year old Zamora
  • Deeply moving and hopeful


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Solito: A Memoir By Javier Zamora Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593498088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth - June 6th, 2023

  • Coming of age story taking place in Berkeley
  • A search for belonging
  • Meditations on what friendship means
  • Overcoming grief


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Stay True: A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize Winner) By Hua Hsu Cover Image
By Hua Hsu
ISBN: 9780593315200
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - September 12th, 2023

  • Author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  • Written as a number of essays
  • Deep, insightful, emotional, yet also hilarious
  • Her experience being a non-white woman in America


Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir By Erika L. Sánchez Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593296950
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - July 11th, 2023

  • Spans 100+ years & 50+ countries
  • Organized into sections from joy to hope
  • Features diversity in race, sexuality, age, occupation, and politics
  • Inspiring interviews with famous women


Women: The National Geographic Image Collection (National Geographic Collectors Series) By National Geographic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781426223198
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: National Geographic - February 7th, 2023

  • What it says on the tin!
  • 50+ great photo examples
  • Concepts explained in a single page
  • For photographers at every level!

Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs By Henry Carroll Cover Image
ISBN: 9781399606950
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Laurence King Publishing - June 27th, 2023

  • Compiled by the son of the artist "Best known for knowing everyone who counted" after her death
  • Fast-paced, funny, and deeply immersive
  • Features everyone from de Kooning to Ginsberg
  • A "Ghostly archive" of a pivotal moment in art


The Loft Generation: From the de Koonings to Twombly: Portraits and Sketches, 1942-2011 By Edith Schloss, Mary Venturini (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250858726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - April 4th, 2023

  • The original beloved coloring book in a new deluxe edition!
  • Gorgeous and uber-detailed
  • Includes treasure hunt for items scattered across its pages
  • Perfect for a cozy, relaxing night in with a marker of every color


Secret Garden: 10th Anniversary Special Edition By Johanna Basford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781399616362
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Laurence King Publishing - September 12th, 2023

  • Quick, intelligent, and definitive
  • Great intro to art's most influential moments
  • Guaranteed to make you the most interesting person at the party
  • You know you want to see art's first gay kiss!


Art Firsts: The Story of Art in 30 Pioneering Works By Nick Trend Cover Image
ISBN: 9781399601436
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Laurence King Publishing - June 20th, 2023

  • Discover 200+ tattoos!
  • Worldwide & across time
  • Super-accessible and fascinating
  • Gorgeous illustrations!


The Tattoo Dictionary By Trent Aitken-Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781784729172
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mitchell Beazley - October 3rd, 2023


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