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What’s in the Shop Window?

One of the things we want www.bookden.com to do is to give site visiters an idea of what’s going on in the store. We are a real bookstore after all. So explore the links below to see what’s in the window, on the tables, and on the front book cases.

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New Paperbacks




Just published

August 26, 2014
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Heretics and Heroes

In Volume VI of his acclaimed” Hinges of History” series, Thomas Cahill guides us through a time so full of innovation that the Western world would not again experience its like until the twentieth century: the new humanism of the Renaissance and the radical religious alterations of the Reformation.

This was an age in which whole continents and peoples were discovered. It was an era of sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies–and of unprecedented courage, as thousands refused to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. In these exquisitely written and lavishly illustrated pages, Cahill illuminates, as no one else can, the great gift-givers who shaped our history–those who left us a world more varied and complex, more awesome and delightful, more beautiful and strong than the one they had found.

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Sycamore Row: A Novel

John Grisham takes you back to where it all began. One of the most popular novels of our time, “A Time to Kill” established John Grisham as the master of the legal thriller. Now we return to Ford County as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension.
Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

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Local author Brian Fagan’s latest book is now out in paperback. Fagan returns to the topics that made “The Great Warming” a “New York Times” bestseller as he explains the role of climate change in history, this time focusing on rising sea levels and how the ocean has given riches, and calamity, to humans on Earth’s coastlines.

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Adultery: A novel

In the latest novel from #1 best-selling author Paulo Coelho, a woman attempts to overcome midlife ennui by rediscovering herself in a passionate relationship with a man who had been a friend in her youth.

A woman in her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. In everybody’s eyes, she has a perfect life: happy marriage, children, and a career. Yet what she feels is an enormous apathy. All that changes when she encounters a successful politician who had, years earlier, been her high school boyfriend. As she rediscovers the passion missing from her life, she will face a life-altering choice.


Old Spanish Days Fiesta!

July 28, 2014

Old Spanish Days Fiesta, Santa Barbara’s biggest party, starts this Wednesday, July 30th. We, of course, have some books to offer:

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Erin Graffy de Garcia’s new book, Old Spanish Days: Santa Barbara History Through Public Art, is not a history of the Fiesta, rather a history of the Spanish period of illustrated by the public art on display around town. Organized by topic instead of chronology, it’s a fun way to learn more about our town’s history.

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Stella Haverland Rouse’s Santa Barbara’s Spanish Renaissance & Old Spanish Days Fiesta does cover Fiesta, but it’s also a good look at the city’s Spanish past, and that history’s adoption as the driving force in architecture and image in the early 20th century.

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Fiesta: The Celebration of Old Spanish Days, Santa Barbara, California a big, lavish photo book by A. Arthur Fisher.  His photography covers all of Fiesta in brilliant color. From Primavera and Los Noches de Ronda to El Desfile Histórico and the Desfile de los Niños, it’s all here.


New Deborah Harkness on sale Tuesday

July 14, 2014
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The highly anticipated The Book of Life  concludes Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. In the final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.