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Fall Recommendations from Bookshop Santa Cruz

Some of our staff's favorite books from the autumn of 2016

Shelter in Place

By Alexander Maksik
Narrated by James Patrick Cronin /  10 hours 6 minutes

Set in the Pacific Northwest in the jittery, jacked-up early ’90s, Shelter in Place is a stylish literary novel about the hereditary nature of mental illness, the fleeting intensity of youth, the obligations of family, and the consequences of all-consuming love.Summer 1991. Joseph March, a twenty-one-year-old working-class kid from Seattle, is... Read More »

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Mischling

By Affinity Konar
Narrated by Vanessa Johansson /  10 hours 56 minutes

Mischling

“Sisters Stasha and Pearl are accustomed to the imaginative interior life they share as twins, but in Josef Mengele's 'Zoo' at Auschwitz they must find refuge in that life in order to survive. Readers descend into the violence and despair of the Holocaust as experienced through the eyes of the twins but are protected by an innocence that is also urbane and by a sardonic playfulness that does not shy from horrors but transforms them into fortitude and resilience. Konar has achieved the unlikely -- Mischling simultaneously haunts and inspires.”

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Novel
By Amor Towles
Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith /  17 hours 51 minutes

A Gentleman in Moscow

“I believe A Gentleman In Moscow is without dispute a modern day masterpiece. Towles uses exquisite language to tell the story of Count Rostov, a charming and witty "man of intent", who is confined to a fabulous hotel in Moscow for all his days. But that doesn't stop the count from living a sumptuous and meaningful life and he, in turn, graciously affects all the lives around him. I can't praise this book enough.”

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Behind the Throne

The Indranan War: Book #1
By K. B. Wagers
Narrated by Ang?le Masters /  13 hours 34 minutes

Behind the Throne begins K. B. Wagers's action-packed science fiction adventure, with a heroine as rebellious as Han Solo, as savvy as Leia, and as skilled as Rey.
Hail Bristol has made a name for herself as one of the most fearsome gunrunners in the galaxy. But she can't escape her past forever: twenty years ago, she was a runaway princess of... Read More »

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Nevernight

The Nevernight Chronicle: Book #1
By Jay Kristoff
Narrated by Therese Plummer /  20 hours 10 minutes

Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her... Read More »

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Razor Girl

A novel
By Carl Hiaasen
Narrated by John Rubinstein /  12 hours 19 minutes

Razor Girl

“Welcome back to Southern Florida! In the land of flimflam artists, illegal substances, and scantily clad women, disgraced detective Andrew Yancy is just trying to get his job back. Merry Mansfield, master of the car crash scam, insinuates herself into Yancy's life with brazen confidence. As it turns out, he needs her more than he could ever anticipate. Reality TV stars, redneck kidnappers, mobsters, and corrupt developers cross paths throughout this novel in hilarious, nonstop action. Hiassen is at the top of his game with quirky characters, rapid-fire banter, and Wodehouse-like plotting.”

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A Great Reckoning

A Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #12
By Louise Penny
Narrated by Robert Bathurst /  13 hours 32 minutes

A Great Reckoning

“There is something rotten at the Surete academy, and the now-retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has been brought in to clean it up. In the meantime, a strange map has been found in Three Pines. Old friends, new characters, murder, and history combine in another irresistible tale from Penny, whose writing is always compassionate, funny, and literate. This latest in the series is not to be missed.”

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Narrated by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & John Green /  2 hours 53 minutes

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal

“This is the most fun and unique book I have held in my hands in a long time. It is a 'non-linear memoir' consisting of a quiz, random thoughts, poetry, essays, text message communications, family photos, and the captured moments of any given day. This textbook is an education in seeing the world through Rosenthal's magical viewpoint -- necessary for all who want to appreciate life's little gifts.”

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American Heiress

The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
By Jeffrey Toobin
Narrated by Paul Michael /  15 hours 23 minutes

From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history

On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag... Read More »

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