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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.

The View from the Cheap Seats

Selected Nonfiction
By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Neil Gaiman /  15 hours 29 minutes

An enthralling collection of nonfiction pieces on myriad topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories to comics, films, and literature—observed in award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

As Neil explains, “This book is not ‘the complete nonfiction of Neil Gaiman.’ It... Read More »



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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 /  7 hours 48 minutes

One of Amazon's Best Books of 2016 So Far

Music critic Steven Hyden explores nineteen music rivalries and what they say about life

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 say about us?

Music opinions bring out... Read More »



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Notes from a Loud Woman
By Lindy West
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... 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 /  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
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 /  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 /  15 hours 5 minutes

The long-awaited memoir by "the most prolific and popular of all contemporary composers" (New York Times)A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late twentieth-century classical music. Rapturous in its ability to depict the creative process, Words... 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 /  12 hours 23 minutes

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

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 war, and one community’s monumental contribution...
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The Gene

An Intimate History
By Siddhartha Mukherjee
Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris /  19 hours 22 minutes

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as... 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 /  9 hours 45 minutes

A New York Times bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of 2016

An Entertainment Weekly "10 Books You Have to Read in April"

An Elle "8 Books by Women for Bill Gates to Read This Summer"

2016 Goodreads Choice Awards finalist

11 Books to Read If You Loved Hidden Figures -- Entertainment Weekly

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The Big Picture

On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
By Sean Carroll
Narrated by Sean Carroll /  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 /  16 hours 41 minutes

Includes an extended behind-the-scenes conversation with author/narrator Rinker Buck with his brother and trail companion Nick Buck.

In the bestselling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck’s The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail... 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 /  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 /  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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