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Winter Reading Program

Our Winter Reading Program has begun, and runs through February 28, 2021.

We are challenging our customers to read at least three of eight great books selected by Bookshop Santa Cruz. Upon completion, adults will receive a $5 gift card to Bookshop Santa Cruz, a cookie from Pacific Cookie Company, and a complimentary tasting flight on the sidewalk patio at the downtown Santa Cruz Birichino Tasting Room. Read all about the eight books in the program below.

Pick up an official Winter Reading Program bookmark in the store, or download one here.

Join us for our virtual Winter Reading Program Mixer on Wednesday, January 6th. Whether you are looking for your next read or are just starting our Winter Reading Program, our booksellers will present a lively discussion about each of the awesome titles in the program. 

Be sure to check out the Crowdcast replay of our recent Winter Reading Program mixer here.powered by Crowdcast

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The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062868084
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

Jess Walter magnificently draws upon history to create an epic tale of two day laborer orphan brothers and the union organizers, tycoons, police officers, burlesque performers and private eyes that cross their path during the turn of the century in Spokane, WA. The outcome is a cinematic and entertaining tale, filled with unforgettable characters and a still relevant story about the ongoing progressive fight around income inequality. It is the most fun you’ll have reading a novel all year. —Casey

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The Travelers: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525576204
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth - September 1st, 2020

Regina Porter’s novel moves through time and characters with such agility and craft that it’s deliciously hard to believe it’s a debut. Playful in form and inspiration, at its center is the compelling narrative of two interweaving families, from the 1950s to the first year of Obama’s presidency, whose story also tells the greater American experience with an exacting, compassionate touch. —Melinda

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Cantoras Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563433
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2020

Make no mistake: Carolina de Robertis has written an epic to stand in the annals of the Western canon. Set in Uruguay, with five protagonists. Women protagonists. Queer women protagonists. Building love, family, and future amidst a violent dictatorship and cultural oppression that would deny them themselves. This novel sings through decades and heartbreak to be vibrantly, fiercely alive and free, as the stories of these five cantoras unfold with vivid, sometimes aching, truth of nation and humanity. —Jocelyn

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Devil in a Blue Dress (30th Anniversary Edition): An Easy Rawlins Novel (Easy Rawlins Mystery #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982150341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press - October 6th, 2020

Thirty years ago, Walter Mosley busted open the LA noir crime novel, taking us to the backroom gin joints that Chandler never could. His laid-off worker turned detective, Easy Rawlins, has to navigate the racist seamier underside of the seamy underside of Los Angeles that most fictional gumshoes tread. It's a smoke-filled, bourbon-soaked, jazz-fueled and intensely atmospheric trek through the Harlem of the West Coast, expanding the idea of what LA noir could mean. Still one of the best detective novels I’ve read. — Dave

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This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534430990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

This collaboration between Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar(!) is what dreams are made of. In addition to all the slick, sci-fi cat-and-mouse games you could ask for, the emotional payoff is achingly devastating. Two android agents on opposite sides of a time war jump through strands of reality in this highly poetic epistolary novel. —Clara

I am obsessed with Sherman the donkey and his crazy story of becoming a marathoner with his human, the great runner and writer Christopher McDougall. After he is rescued from an abusive owner, Sherman’s new family and the larger rural community surrounding his new home come together to save his life and introduce him to the joys of life, friends, and running. If you’re looking for a feel-good book this holiday season, this is one you’ll want to check out. —Jax

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Vesper Flights Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128812
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk, delivers a profoundly moving collection of nature essays that weaves unexpected and exciting connections between the natural world and our own. This is nature writing at its finest—steeped in enticing details, openly personal and emotional, unafraid to explore tough themes. Macdonald herself perfectly describes the collection as a Cabinet of Curiosities, and I look forward to going back through each drawer. Vesper Flights is a book to be savored. —Tori

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We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062864499
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - September 3rd, 2019

In 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through the United States territory of Puerto Rico, destroying homes, power and water, ultimately causing 2,975 deaths. Chef Jose Andres vividly brings the disaster to life, depicting weeks of building a network of private chefs and restaurants that ultimately fed thousands a day, as the US government failed. Part memoir, part manifesto, reading this re-ignites outrage, but also provides guidance for a better way to help the survivors of future disasters. —Jocelyn