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Favorite New Nonfiction

Some of Bookshop Santa Cruz's favorite nonfiction titles of the season, as seen in our Summer Newsletter.

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The View from the Cheap Seats

Selected Nonfiction

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 15 hours 29 minutes

The View from the Cheap Seats

“I must be one of the few people to love Neil Gaiman most for his nonfiction. Over the years, I've scoured the shelves and online for his speeches, his introductions, his forewords, even his tweets and blog posts, so this book is a thing of wonder. Filled to bursting with his humor, wisdom, and hope, all articulated in the thoughtful, generous prose we know and love, The View From the Cheap Seats will keep you company, give you solace, and help you think deeper, smile harder, and breathe easier.”

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Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me

What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life

By Steven Hyden
Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
Length: 7 hours 48 minutes

Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life in this "highly entertaining" book (Rolling Stone) perfect for every passionate music fan.

Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Who do you choose? And what does that say about you? Actually -- what do these endlessly argued-about pop music rivalries... Read more »

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Notes from a Loud Woman

By Lindy West
Narrated by: Lindy West
Length: 6 hours 9 minutes

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can't be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible -- like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you -- writer and humoristLindy West... Read more »

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Double Cup Love

On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China

By Eddie Huang
Narrated by: Eddie Huang
Length: 5 hours 47 minutes

From the author of Fresh Off the Boat, now a hit ABC sitcom, comes a hilarious and fiercely original story of culture, family, love, and red-cooked pork

Eddie Huang was finally happy. Sort of. He’d written a bestselling book and was the star of a TV show that took him to far-flung places around the globe. His New York City restaurant was... Read more »

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Catastrophic Happiness

Finding Joy in Childhood¿s Messy Years

By Catherine Newman
Narrated by: Catherine Newman
Length: 5 hours 25 minutes

A comic and heartwarming memoir about childhood's second act from Real Simple journalist Catherine Newman.

Much is written about a child's infancy and toddler years, which is good since children will never remember it themselves. It is ages 4-14 that make up the second act, as Catherine Newman puts it in this delightfully candid, outlandishly... Read more »

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The Seven Good Years

A Memoir

By Etgar Keret
Narrated by: Alex Karpovsky
Length: 3 hours 33 minutes

A brilliant, life-affirming, and hilarious memoir from a “genius” (The New York Times) and master storyteller. With illustrations by Jason Polan.

The seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret’s son and the death of his father were good years, though still full of reasons to worry. Lev is born in the midst of a terrorist attack. Etgar’s father... Read more »

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Words without Music

A Memoir

By Philip Glass
Narrated by: Lloyd James
Length: 15 hours 5 minutes

World-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, andfilm scores, Philip Glass has almost single-handedly crafted the dominantsound of late twentieth-century classical music. In Words without Music, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice: that of a born storyteller and insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes recollections allow one... Read more »

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The Mathews Men

Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats

By William Geroux
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
Length: 12 hours 23 minutes

“Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping."
—Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat

From the author of The Ghost Ships of Archangel, one of the last unheralded heroic stories of World War II: the U-boat assault off the American coast against the men of the U.S. Merchant Marine who were supplying the European...
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The Gene

An Intimate History

By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 19 hours 22 minutes

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Non-Fiction

The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
The basis for the PBS Ken Burns Documentary The Gene: An Intimate History

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what... Read more »

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Rise of the Rocket Girls

The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

By Nathalia Holt
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 9 hours 45 minutes

The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.

In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and... Read more »

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The Big Picture

On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

By Sean Carroll
Narrated by: Sean Carroll
Length: 17 hours 21 minutes

*An instant New York Times Bestseller*
*Publishers Weekly #1 Most Anticipated Science Book of Spring 2016*
"You will be enthralled." — Wall Street Journal
"A tour de force." —

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest... Read more »

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The Oregon Trail

A New American Journey

By Rinker Buck
Narrated by: Rinker Buck
Length: 16 hours 41 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • #1 Indie Next Pick • Winner of the PEN New England Award

“Enchanting…A book filled with so much love…Long before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Amazing…A real nonfiction thriller.” —Ian Frazier, The New York... Read more »

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The Soul of an Octopus

A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

By Sy Montgomery
Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

In this astonishing book from the author of the best selling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. Read more »

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Trespassing across America

One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike across the Heartland

By Ken Ilgunas
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes

Told with sincerity, humor, and wit, Trespassing across America is both a fascinating account of one man's remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves-both physically and mentally.It started as a far-fetched idea-to hike the... Read more »

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