da Shop Staff Picks for the Holidays
It's no secret that we love to read and share our favorite books with you. With the increase of online shopping, we miss some of the in-person chats we used to have over a new release or a classic childhood favorite.
We hope the holidays can still be just as personal by offering our curation and passion for books to help you shop this holiday season. Our staff picks reflect our own varied tastes, interests, and curiosities. You can shop these titles in-store, online, or make a special order.
DAVE, da Shop owner
Aloha Spirit: Contemporary Artists From Hawaii curated by Imago Mundi
LANI, shop guardian
Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
This is a pithy series of meditations about silence that can be found almost anywhere--in the natural world, between the moments in music, and even within ourselves. Author Kagge also lends exploration into the lack of silence in our lives and the struggles that come with being still and silent. As a seasoned explorer and the first to have sojourned to the South Pole, he has experienced silence in the deepest and most intense ways. Part philosophy as well as personal musing, Kagge sows seeds of thought to consider how all humans can uniquely experience silence in their own ways. Hint: you don’t have to traverse across the globe, become a monk, nor perform extreme sessions of meditation.
MARIKO, resident artist & plant mama
At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life by Fenton Johnson
This is the kind of quiet, hard-to-classify book that is easily overlooked, so I’m giving it a boost, because I’m thankful it exists. In a culture that is obsessed with being coupled, having an active social life, collaborating… a voice that considers solitude a legitimate calling really stands out. This book came out just as the pandemic began forcing us into isolation, so while it wasn’t written with that kind of solitude in mind--what perfect timing! If, like me, you’ve been thinking a lot about solitude lately, this book might offer some comfort and inspiration.
DIANE, Events & Special Projects
The Bowl of Light by Hank Wesselman
Incredible first-hand telling of a personal, fated relationship with a Hawaiian Kahuna from Big Island that reveals ancestral spiritual knowledge and direction for the future of humanity. For anyone with an interest in spirituality, indigenous wisdom, Hawai‘i and Hawaiian culture, and who is looking to make sense of the world we currently live in and what our responsibility is within the larger picture of life on earth and beyond. Especially powerful for those that live on the islands, it’s an impactful star-map of a book that uplifts as much as it grounds.
This book surprised me and ended up being something different than I assumed. It is an allegorical tale of a young girl and her father who live in a remote northern forest and are completely self sufficient. Their bond as well as struggles with nature becomes a central theme and is animistic. Reading it while living on a Chippewa Ojibway reservation, and riding my bike through back roads and forests, made the story more personal and appealing. I see bears on rare occasions, deer, eagles daily and it was 45 degrees the last two nights. Winter is long and hard here....also a central theme in the novel. This book is a great escape, but odd and weird like it is everywhere this summer... our alternate universe.
KRISTEN, Blog and Newsletter Queen
I love Kyo Maclear's children's books so I was excited to read her adult nonfiction. Birds Art Life is a beautiful reflection on the writing life, on slowing down and observing, on paying attention to the details that surround us. Part memoir, part creative guide, this book is bursting with Kyo's poignant description and intimate curiosity that makes her picture books some of my absolute favorites. This is a great book for nature lovers, writers, and anyone who is looking for a meditative memoir.
JEN, Inventory & Operations
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
When people talk about COVID, not the virus itself, but its side effects of the shutdowns, time on our hands, etc., two books and themes come to mind: Tara Westover's Educated: A Memoir inspires you to rise out of a situation beyond your control. David Goggin's Can't Hurt Me inspires you to challenge yourself so that you can take and stay in control of the situation.
DIMPNA, Cheerleader & Education Specialist
‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis, Illustrated by Kenard Pak
RICH, Stock Manager
The Wild Robot & The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown