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Shop Small San Diego: Books and Art

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Bon Voyage Travel Journal, $17
(Boygirlparty)

A look at stories, designs and artworks by San Diegans

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We’re spotlighting items and boutiques that are exclusive to San Diego — everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry to books written by local authors.

We scoured the city to find items that should make for unique and thoughtful gift giving this season. Happy holidays!

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“Keeping Lucy”
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St. Martin’s Press, $27.99

Set in 1969, T. Greenwood‘s novel is about a woman gives birth to Lucy, a daughter with Down Syndrome, then fights institutional facilities to give her child a better life.

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MK Envision Galleries
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$189 at MK Envision Gallery
(Vincent Darmohusodo)

At MK Envision Galleries you’ll find a variety of affordable pieces, including “Surf Lineup” by Encinitas photographer Vincent Darmohusodo. He transfers his image of a “typical summer surf lineup at Cardiff by the Sea” onto upcycled wood panels from old fences.

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“How to Set Yourself on Fire”
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Dzanc Books, $16.95

Author Julia Dixon Evans takes us into the life of a woman adrift in her 30s. She inherits her grandmother’s box of secret love letters from a man who is not her grandfather.

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San Diego Art Institute
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$35 at San Diego Art Institute

Among the many locally-made items for sale at San Diego Art Institute‘s gift shop are these handmade, functional items from Tiny Badger Ceramics, a small-batch ceramics studio that brings a modern twist to classic pieces.

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“The Churchgoer”
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Harper Perennial, $16.99

Patrick Coleman‘s noir novel set in Oceanside follows a former evangelical youth pastor who has fallen from grace and sets to solve the disappearance of a young hitchhiker.

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Boygirlparty
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Chicken Enamel Pin, $10

On her website boygirlparty, illustrator Susie Ghahremani sells artwork of whimsical animals, like sloths, chickens, owls and hedgehogs available on pins, notebooks, onesies and more.

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“Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir”
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Penguin Random House, $27

Winner of the Pen/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize, this memoir explores writer and reporter Jean Guerrero’s quest to understand her father’s behavior between sanity and madness.

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Bhavna Mehta
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Paper, Pattern, and the Story of Gush, $15

Bhavna Mehta creates intricate worlds out of paper and embroidery. This book showcases her delicate, floral-inspired pieces made for the Oceanside Museum of Art.

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“Children of Blood and Bone”
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Henry Holt and Co., $18.99

Based on African history and mythology, Tomi Adeyemi‘s story takes place in a magical world ruled by a ruthless king and follows the young girl who rises up and fights oppression. It’s the first part of Adeyemi’s fantasy trilogy.

Artelexia

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Don’t Be Self Conchas sticker, $2

North Park’s Artelexia boutique embraces our love of conchas – Mexican sweet breads – in this whimsical sticker.

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“Stanley Will Probably Be Fine”
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HarperCollins, $16.99

Sally J. Pla tells the story of a sensitive and anxious middle school boy forced to overcome his fears at a very popular San Diego comic book convention.


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