Clytia's Reviews

Clytia is an ardent reader, she's the head of our Special Orders department, and she has worked at Bookshop Santa Cruz for the last eight and a half years.


Based on a historical scandal, this book is about coming of age in the 1940's and includes a modern day mystery. Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society, is kidnapping and selling children to wealthy families all over the county. Riveting and at times wrenching, it's ultimately uplifting and reminds us that the heart doesn't forget. - Clytia

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Before We Were Yours Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780425284681
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - June 6th, 2017

This is a beautiful story about love, friendship, elephants, the circus, and a mystery concerning a family history of abuse. The story is told by two women, with equally compelling voices, decades apart. It's heartbreaking, with moments of joy. I like having my heart tugged by what I’m reading, but if you’ve enjoyed my other recommendations, you'll love this one. - Clytia

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The Life She Was Given Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781617734496
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - July 25th, 2017

A moving story about a woman who gives up her own ornithological studies to follow her husband to his secret assignment at Los Alamos. But when she meets a Vietnam vet, she comes to realize there are choices she never thought possible. I really liked this one! - Clytia

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The Atomic Weight of Love Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

A Vietnam vet returns home and finds his specialty is rescuing children from abusive situations. It’s the only job that provides the adrenaline he needs that matches the war.  Keeping Watch  takes psychological suspense to its highest level. It’s also the best book I’ve read that conveys the psychological horrors of that war and it’s my favorite Laurie King stand-alone title. —Clytia

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Keeping Watch Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553382525
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Published: Bantam - February 3rd, 2004

This is an amazing look into what happens to the human body when it is struck by lightning. After being struck by lightning for the second time, this chronicles the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of this event. She also examines the fascinating ecosystem of the human heart. This is one you won’t forget. –Clytia

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A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140179378
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1995

This has to be one of my favorite true animal stories. It’s a Disney movie waiting to happen. It would be fun to read out loud on a car trip, but there’s no wrong way to enjoy this timeless story of friendship.  

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Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060929510
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 26th, 1998

I’ve read most of Jodi Picoult’s books and this one definitely puts her at the top of her game. It doesn’t hurt that I have a “thing” for elephants. A lost human mother, grieving elephants, and a surprise ending (of course), all make this a book you will have a hard time putting down. Highly recommended!
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Leaving Time Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345544926
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 14th, 2014

This is a bold and compassionate story about the woman known as Typhoid Mary. In this telling, Mary Mallon is a compelling, outspoken, and unforgettable heroine who suffered multiple injustices. This book is infectious, and a darn good read.
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Fever Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451693423
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 18th, 2014

I loved this one. It doesn't just tug at your heart, but rips it and questions your conscience as well. It's a bit of an emotional roller coaster, leaving you wondering what you would do. I think this is her best work to date! 
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The Lemon Orchard Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125563
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Bean (12) and her sister Liz (15) are left alone while their mother goes off to “find herself.” Afraid of the authorities, Bean and Liz take off to visit their Uncle Tinsley and end up learning many of the family’s secrets. Bean thrives, but things don’t go well for Liz. This is a deeply moving novel about triumph over adversity and about people who find a way to love each other and the world, despite its flaws. I found this one hard to put down.

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The Silver Star Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451661545
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 3rd, 2014

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