15 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA   93101      805-962-3321
Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM

What’s New?




Meet Alex Sheshunoff

Author of

A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise: 9 Steps to Giving Up Everything

9 Steps to Giving Up Everything So You Too Can: Move to a Pacific Island, Wear a Loincloth, Read a Hundred Books, Build a Bungalow, Diaper a Baby Mony, and Maybe, Just Maybe, Fall in Love.


No Indoor Voices
Oreana Winery
205 Anacapa Steet
Santa Barbara

March 2, 6 – 8 PM



Pulitzer Prize winners 2016

The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016 were announced on April 19th. For us at the Book Den, these books are the most significant:

In the category of Biography or Autobiography, the winner is Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan.

[ View Details ]
Extraordinary [ Barbarian Days] is in many ways, and for the first time, a surfer in full. And it is cause for throwing your wet-suit hoods in the air If the book has a flaw, it lies in the envy helplessly induced in the armchair surf-traveler by so many lusty affairs with waves that are the supermodels of the surf world. Still, Finnegan considerately shows himself paying the price of admission in a few near drownings, and these are among the most electrifying moments in the book There are too many breathtaking, original things in Barbarian Days to do more than mention here observations about surfing that have simply never been made before, or certainly never so well. The New York Times Book Review

In the Fiction category, we have Viet Thanh Nguyen’s first novel, The Sympathizer.

[ View Details ]

[A] remarkable debut novel . . . [Nguyen] brings a distinctive perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless . . . The nameless protagonist-narrator, a memorable character despite his anonymity, is an Americanized Vietnamese with a divided heart and mind. Nguyen s skill in portraying this sort of ambivalent personality compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carre. . . . Both thriller and social satire. . . . In its final chapters, “The Sympathizer” becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet. Philip Caputo, in the New York Times Book Review


New book by Santa Barbara author Jenna McCarthy

[ View Details ]

When their mother dies, sisters Jules, Brooke, and Lexi breathe a collective sigh of relief. Their days of being hurt and controlled by Juliana Alexander are over.

It turns out, Juliana isn t about to let a little detail like death stop her.


We have some of Jenna’s earlier books, too:

[ View Details ]

Edgy and honest, this resource was written to amuse, enlighten, and help new and veteran parents find humor in one of life’s wildest rides. Packed with insight, wit, and hard-won wisdom, it delivers the message every fledgling parent longs to hear: you are not alone. This mother of two shares her experiences from the moment of conception through pregnancy, labor, birth, and baby’s first steps.


[ View Details ]

McCarthy presents an uproarious but insightful peek behind the curtains at the unholy state of matrimony. With ballsy wit and bawdy humor, she explores everything from male domestic idiocy and the frustrating misfires in spousal communication to how to stay true to the peskiest of vows: “forsaking all others.”




Newly Acquired Photography Monographs

Photo Table

Sally Mann, Vivian Maier, Sebastiao Salgado, Josef Koudelka, Jacques Lartigue, and others.