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Gift Guide Winter 2021


The Early Bird Gets the Worm Hello neighbors! We’re sure you’ve heard about the supply chain issues expected this holiday season. From paper shortages to shipping delays, the book industry in particular could really slow down at the end of this year. We’ve put together this gift guide as a friendly reminder/ kick in the pants to get started on your holiday shopping early this year. We’ve highlighted some fun gift items we’re carrying at Two Birds Books this winter, and we’ve also curated a few reading lists to help you find the perfect book for someone on your list...or, you know, yourself. Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday season, The Two Birds Books Crew (a.k.a. Gary, Denise, Tito, & Marsh)


2021’s Most Lauded Books




We loved this one!

* Hell of a Book Jason Mott

National Book Award Finalist

Cloud Cuckoo Land Anthony Doerr

National Book Award Finalist

Bewilderment Richard Powers

Booker Prize Shortlist

No One Is Talking About This Patricia Lockwood Booker Prize Shortlist

Zorrie Laird Hunt

National Book Award Finalist

The Prophets Robert Jones, Jr.

National Book Award Finalist

Great Circle Maggie Shipstead Booker Prize Shortlist

A Passage North Anuk Arudpragasam Booker Prize Shortlist

Matrix Lauren Groff

National Book Award Finalist

The Fortune Men Nadifa Mohamed Booker Prize Shortlist

The Promise Damon Galgut

Booker Prize Shortlist

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line Deepa Anappara

Postcolonial Love Poem Natalie Diaz

Edgar Awards, Best Novel

Pulitzer Prize, Poetry


Karen Tei Yamashita

The Thirty Names of Night Zeyn Joukhadar

Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

Lambda Literary Award, Best Transgender Fiction

Ring Shout P. Djèlí Clark

The Night Watchman Louise Erdrich

Nebula Award, Best Novella


Abdulrazak Gurnah

Network Effect Martha Wells

Nobel Prize in Literature


We loved this one!

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction

Nebula Award, Best Novel

Piranesi Susanna Clarke

Women’s Prize for Fiction

The City We Became N. K. Jemisin Hugo Award Finalist

Taste Stanley Tucci Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography Laurie Woolever Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionalized Food in America Mayukh Sen Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide Cecily Wong & Dylan Thuras Baking With Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple Dorie Greenspan The Cookie Book Rebecca Firth

Black Food: Stories, Art, & Recipes from Across the African Diaspora Bryant Terry Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave) David Chang & Priya Krishna Filipinx: Heritage Recipes from the Diaspora Angela Dimayuga & Ligaya Mishan Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love: Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer Noro Murad & Yotam Ottolenghi The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Recipes of Record Amanda Hesser Grains for Every Season: Rethinking Our Way with Grains Joshua McFadden & Martha Holmberg

Books for the Foodie on Your List

* This book will take your chocolate chip cookie game to the next level!

Books for Science & Nature Lovers

This Is Your Mind on Plants Michael Pollan

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law Mary Roach

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet Thich Nhat Hanh

On Animals Susan Orlean

Orwell’s Roses Rebecca Solnit

The California Field Atlas Obi Kaufmann

Fox & I Catherine Raven {memoir}

What Is a Dog? Chloe Shaw {memoir}

Where the Deer & the Antelope Play Nick Offerman {humor}

Finding the Mother Tree Suzanne Simard

The Heartbeat of Trees Peter Wohlleben

Rationality Steven Pinker

Books for a Better World

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Nikole Hannah-Jones


Four Hundred Souls Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain, eds.

The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois Honoree Fanonne Jeffers {fiction}

How the Word Is Passed Clint Smith

The Sum of Us Heather McGhee

Fight Night Miriam Toews {fiction}

Unbound Tarana Burke

Call Us What We Carry {poetry-out 12/7}

Amanda Gorman

American Made Farah Stockman

My Monticello Jocelyn Nicole Johnson {fiction}

On Freedom Maggie Nelson

Demystifying Disability Emliy Ladou

Locally made, locally sourced soaps

We carry a range of soaps from Field Notes Farm and Coastside Home Goods, both based in Bonny Doon.


These handcrafted products were such a hit last holiday season that we knew we had to bring them back. (We just can’t quit you, pizza rat!)

Ethical & Adorable

Global Goods Partnership is a nonprofit that provides artisan women in the Global South access to an international marketplace and reinvests proceeds back into the makers’ businesses. All products pictured are crafted in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Fun Books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8-12)

Cat Kid Comic Club Perspectives Dav Pilkey {out 11/30!}

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot Jeff Kinney

Egg Marks the Spot Amy Timberlake

Samira Surfs Rukhsanna Guidroz

* Willodeen Katherine Applegate

Death & Sparkles Rob Justus The Beatryce Prophecy Kate DiCamillo {Hint: The Screaming Goat is a perfect companion gift for The Beatryce Prophecy!}

The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor Shaenon K. Garrity

Books for People Who Love to Laugh


* A Carnival of Snackery David Sedaris

Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes Phoebe Robinson


We loved this one!

The Guncle Steven Rowley

An Atlas of Extinct Countries Gideon Defoe

Subpar Parks Amber Share

Several People Are Typing Calvin Kasulke

This Book Is Literally Just Pictures of Animals Silently Judging You

The Man Who Died Twice Richard Osman

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Books About Books & Bookish Gifts for the Avid Reader in Your Life

A Little Bit of Something for Everyone on Your List: A Few of Gary’s 2021 Favorites and the Next Books on His To-Read Pile

No One Is Talking About This Patricia Lockwood

Termination Shock Neal Stephenson {out 11/16}

How Lucky Will Leitch

A Marvellous Light Freya Marske

A Psalm for the Wild-Built Becky Chambers

Comfort Me with Apples Catherynne M. Valente {out 11/9}

Project Hail Mary Andy Weir

The Perishing Natashia Deón {out 11/9}

Good Reads for a Wintery Weekend

Harlem Shuffle Colson Whitehead Crossroads Jonathan Franzen

The Sentence Louise Erdrich {out 11/9}

These Precious Days: Essays Ann Patchett {out 11/23}

State of Terror Louise Penny and Hillary Rodham Clinton

Wish You Were Here Jodi Picoult {out 11/30}

Oh William! Elizabeth Strout

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone Diana Gabaldon {out 11/23}

Cool Coffee Table Books

Family-Friendly Games

Made in Santa Cruz Local woodworking artist Sean Curren’s sustainably sourced magnets and openers are popular for a reason-- they capture the local spirit perfectly. We also carry some ornaments and keychains from Sean.

Made in San Francisco How adorable are these dog bandanas and squeaky bones from The Foggy Dog? We have a range of fall and winter styles we think your best friend will love. The Foggy Dog donates food to local animal shelters with every purchase!

Made in Santa Cruz These eco-friendly, sustainably sourced soy wax candles are hand-poured in Santa Cruz and inspired by Melissa & Josh’s love of the region--each one is a thoughtful homage to a local site. Burn time 20-25 hours.

Books for the Travel-Minded

World Travel: An Irreverent Guide Anthony Bourdain with Laurie Woolever

California 50 Hikes with Kids Wendy Gorton

Travel Goals: Inspiring Experiences to Transform Your Life Lonely Planet

Where to Go When: Unforgettable Trips for Every Month DK Eyewitness

* Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy Nathaniel Philbrick

The Lincoln Highway Amor Towles

* Windswept: Walking the Paths of Trailblazing Women Annabel Abbs

The Guide Peter Heller

The Literary Tea Gift Box includes… Alcott’s Green Tea Blend Angelou’s BLack Tea Blend Austen’s Black Tea Blend Brontë Sisters’ Black Tea Blend Dickinson’s Jasmine Tea Blend Poe’s Black Tea Blend Potter’s Organic Herbal Tisane Blend Shakespeare’s Black Tea Blend Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Green Tea Blend Thoreau’s Herbal Tisane Blend

These loose leaf teas are a perfect gift for the book lover in your life. Available in 4 ounce tins (approx. 50 cups of tea)--o or gift boxes with 10 packets (approx. 8 cups of tea per flavor/80 total).


Other ways you can support us this holiday season: Have books shipped directly to your loved ones from our storefront at Order an audiobook from Purchase a Two Birds Books gift card!

Thank you for shopping

local this holiday season, and also for the very warm welcome to the neighborhood in our first year of business! Two Birds Books 881 41st Avenue Santa Cruz, CA (831) 900-5588 @twobirdsbooks Th-Tu 10-6


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