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

A New York Times Notable Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Barnes & Noble Discover Pick
An Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Flavorwire Best Book of the Year
An Elle Best Book of the Year

"One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year" (Anthony Doerr) about twin sisters fighting to survive the...
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A Gentleman in Moscow

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

“The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for.” Ann Patchett

“How delightful that in an era as crude as ours this finely composed novel stretches out with old-World elegance.” —The Washington Post

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

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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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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

The new full-tilt, unstoppably hilarious and entertaining novel from the best-selling author of Skinny Dip and Bad Monkey

When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield--the eponymous... Read More »



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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

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes.
Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It... Read More »



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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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

The bestselling author of Encyclopedia an Ordinary Life returns with a literary experience that is unprecedented, unforgettable, and explosively human.

Ten years after her beloved, groundbreaking Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, #1 New York Times bestselling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal delivers a book full of her distinct blend of nonlinear... Read More »



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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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