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2018 Winter Recommended Nonfiction

Holiday Gift Books & Winter Reading: Some of Bookshop Santa Cruz's favorite nonfiction titles of the season.

Why We Dream

The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey
By Alice Robb
Narrated by Christina Delaine /  8 hours 34 minutes

While on a research trip in Peru, science journalist Alice Robb became hooked on lucid dreaming—the uncanny phenomenon in which a sleeping person can realize that they're dreaming and even control the dreamed experience. Finding these forays both puzzling and exhilarating, Robb dug deeper into the science of dreams at an extremely opportune... Read More »

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The Souls of Yellow Folk

Essays
By Wesley Yang
Narrated by David Shih /  6 hours 35 minutes

The Souls of Yellow Folk

““For the title of his debut collection of essays on race, gender, and American society, Wesley Yang invokes W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1903 classic study of race in America. These 13 essays explore the ways in which the American dream shapes and distorts an assortment of people: chefs, strivers, pickup artists, and school shooters. Included here is ‘Paper Tigers,’ Yang’s personal, National Magazine Award–winning look at Asian-American overachievers. As Yang’s avid followers already know, his laser scrutiny spares no one—not even Yang himself.””

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Accessory to War

The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
By Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang
Narrated by Courtney B. Vance /  18 hours 37 minutes

Accessory to War

“If you found Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to be a fascinating journey through the cosmos, strap yourself in. The story of the connection between astrophysics and the military—laid out by the amazing Neil DeGrasse Tyson (of Cosmos fame) and Avis Lang—is full of fascinating actors, from lone people to whole governments to Earth itself.”

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$38.50 USD

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Brief Answers to the Big Questions

By Stephen Hawking
Narrated by Ben Whishaw /  4 hours 51 minutes

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

“In his last message to the people of Earth, the late Stephen Hawking uses his prodigious intelligence and signature wit to explore the biggest questions we have. As A Brief History of Time painted a picture of the past, Brief Answers to Big Questions projects into the future. Told in an accessible and insightful way, Hawking’s farewell is a terrific read for all Earthlings interested in the fate of the universe.”

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$21.00 USD

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Gmorning, Gnight!

Little Pep Talks for Me & You
By Lin-Manuel Miranda
Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda /  46 minutes

Gmorning, Gnight!

“Taken from the tweets of this excellent man of many talents, each page has a thought, pep talk, or sweet encouragement for your morning or evening. Illustrated by Jonny Sun, the man behind everyone’s a aliebn, this little book is just what I need to help me start and end each day. Truly lovely and the perfect little gift book for everyone.”

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$14.00 USD

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