Locally & Independently Published General Nonfiction

Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.

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Pat Hanson, Ph.D. is a veteran college Health & Human Sexuality instructor, public speaker, workshop leader and writer residing in Aromas, Ca. She lectures nationally on Aging Positively and is a columnist for a new magazine: Crone: Women Coming of Age. Former co-chair of Local 7 of the National Writers Union, she lives with her husband and ‘significant equal’ of 19 years in Aromas. She has two sons: one 30 a graduate of a US Military Academy and a Special Ops officer, the other a ski instructor in the Sierras. 

Invisible Grandparenting: Leave a Legacy of Love Whether You Can Be There or Not Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935530831
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Published: Health Matters DBA - November 13th, 2013

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Social healer and entrepreneur Suzanne Mathis McQueen is renowned for defining and employing natural rhythmic principles that are critical to female balance, optimal performance, and business expansion. Demystifying the female rhythm for women and men is at the heart of her work. She lives in Ashland, Oregon. 

: 4 Seasons in 4 Weeks: Awakening the Power, Wisdom, and Beauty in Every Woman's Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9780985895501
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Published: Tobacco Road Press - November 1st, 2012

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Santa Cruz author Craig McLaughlin is a former journalist who is currently focusing on memoir writing and storytelling. He regularly performs live at venues throughout the Bay Area and Central Coast. He has won numerous awards as a memoirist, investigative reporter, and newspaper editor, and he taught creative nonfiction as an adjunct faculty member at The Evergreen State College. He is also the coauthor of a graduate-level textbook on health policy. He holds a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in

Lions and Tigers and AIDS! Oh, My! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940462004
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Published: Herne Publishing - September 15th, 2013

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William J. Pardue. Born 1949 has always been fascinated with the deepest and most important mysteries about man's mind, body and spirit. He has tenaciously pursued the answer to the fundamental questions of God, Consciousness, Eternity, Good and Evil, Enlightenment and Justice through his books. He lives in Santa Cruz, California and is an Attorney and Author. He has previously published Visionary Perspectives on the Good Life and Why God? His latest book Visionary Perspectives Reincarnated is a search for the answer to
Visionary Perspectives Reincarnated Cover Image
ISBN: 9781909421240
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Published: Arena Books Ltd - November 25th, 2013

Why God Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449747879
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Published: WestBow Press - May 8th, 2012

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Sarah Rosedahl is an artist and recovering software engineer. After working in the high tech industry for 30 years in California and New Orleans, Sarah now lives on a small farm in Vermont where she is inspired by the wildlife and agriculture of the Lake Champlain Islands. Sarah works in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and especially enjoys painting birds, both wild and domestic.


Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z Cover Image
ISBN: 9780615810799
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Published: Tolba Farm Press - June 25th, 2013

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Bhāvani Maki has been immersed in the yogik tradition for over thirty years, and has taught Yoga, Yoga psychology, and philosophy for twenty years. She has made numerous trips to India to study with Srī K Pattabhi Jois, and Saṃṣkrta with Professor Narayanāchārya. She studied Aṣtānga Yoga with Baba Hari Dass of the Mount Madonna Center, and the Patañjali Yoga Sūtra with Rama Jyoti Vernon. Bhāvani offers Yoga classes, intensives, and teacher trainings internationally and on her home island of Kaua’i.


The Yogi's Roadmap: Patanjali Yoga Sutra as a Journey to Self Realization Cover Image
By Bhavani Silvia Maki, Mariana Caplan Phd (Preface by), Rama Jyoti Vernon (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781482378245
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 4th, 2013

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Laura Mayer, founder of SoulDancing Healing Practice, bridges clinical expertise and spiritual knowing. Laura’s gift and greatest joy is in opening people’s hearts and empowering others to be fully seen, fully heard and fully present. In workshops and individual coaching sessions, Laura incorporates her decades of experience as an Occupational Therapist, her intuitive prowess, and her healing practice of Soul Memory Discovery into a road map for anyone willing to step up the plate and take their life into their own hands.

Unlocking the Invisible Child: A Journey from Heartbreak to Bliss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452541907
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Published: Balboa Press - December 13th, 2011

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Portia Shao is a photographer and artist who loves to create unique and beautiful images. She combines watercolor and photography using the Polaroid SX-70 manipulation techniques for this book of unique images. Portia is a Certified Professional Photographer and a member of the Professional Photographers of America. She owns and operates her portrait studio Positive Vista Photography & Art in Santa Cruz, California. She loves animals, and is the volunteer photographer for the Santa Cruz SPCA. She loves to travel, and has at least one

Time-Zero Santa Cruz: Manipulated Polaroid Images from Santa Cruz Cover Image
By Portia Shao, Portia Shao (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781492191490
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 4th, 2013

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Authors Anna Ranieri, PhD and Joe Gurkoff, MA are both licensed psychotherapists with additional specialties in career counseling, executive coaching as well as consulting and training for corporate and non-profit organizations. 
How Can I Help?: What You Can (and Can't) Do to Counsel a Friend, Colleague or Family Member with a Problem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479255849
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Published: Createspace - December 20th, 2012

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Patricia has more than 25 years of experience working with people and/or their family members, many with myriad of diagnoses, including autism. She calls her work taking the dis out of dis-ease, using the word dis-ease as anything that stands in the way of a peaceful and happy existence. It is this experience that has inspired this series of books and classes. Patricia Leat L.Ac. Dipl. O.M., is a California Licensed, Nationally Certified Acupuncturist, Herbologist and Wholistic Coach. As a consultant she is known for her ability to "put her




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