Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native has worked at Bookshop for six years and is our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.


From 1985 to 1987, a thousand workers, mostly Mexican women, went on strike against Watsonville Canning. In an era when unions were struggling, and while unprepared and disorganized, the workers came together, organized, and held the picket line for 18 months, not breaking it once. While they ultimately triumphed, they also sacrificed and struggled. I’m thrilled to see this important chapter in Watsonville’s history added to the local history section. —Flannery

 

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Song of the Stubborn One Thousand: The Watsonville Canning Strike, 1985-87 Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781608466801
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 25th, 2016

In time for the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor this December, Craig Nelson’s new book charts the path to the Pearl Harbor attack from both the American and Japanese perspectives, recounts the events of the bombing in thorough detail, and concludes with an examination of the lasting effects of the attack, starting with the United States’ entry into World War II. Using newly discovered and reanalyzed information, this is a painstakingly researched, absorbing account.  —Flannery

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Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781451660494
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 20th, 2016

During World War II, a young British officer conceived the idea of a special force that would operate in small groups, darting in and hitting the enemy before they knew what was happening. Thus began Britain’s Special Air Service, which helped shift the tide of the war in favor of the Allies. This new book tells the story of the men of the SAS and follows its influence on modern warfare. It’s perfect for military history enthusiasts.    —Flannery

 

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Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904169
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 4th, 2016

Because of her no-nonsense, eloquent speeches and her civil rights–minded court rulings, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of my heroes. This collection of writings, selected and introduced by Ginsburg and her authorized biographers, is filled with life stories and opinions on everything from gender equality to lawyers in opera. It gives us a glimpse into Ginsburg’s life, beliefs, and witty sense of humor and has a good doseof wisdom. —Flannery

 

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My Own Words Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501145247
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 4th, 2016

If you wonder what any new book can add to the story of Al Capone, this one might surprise you. It looks at the man behind the legend through a new perspective—that of his family. Written with the full cooperation of his surviving family, this engrossing book explores Capone’s life and legacy through the eyes of the people who loved him. It’s the story we know, but with new layers and depths. —Flannery

 

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Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385537155
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 25th, 2016

From my cozy home, I am unsure how anyone survived early Arctic explorations or why they kept going back, but I certainly love reading about them. This book follows a two-year expedition that becomes a five-year expedition and involves a drunken ship captain, a murderer, and all sorts of other disasters. If you enjoy reading about disastrous polar expeditions from the comfort of your armchair as much as I do, this is for you.                                                         —Flannery

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A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780393254419
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 1st, 2016

While I miss Jon Stewart, I’m enjoying the foreigner’s perspective that Trevor Noah brings to The Daily Show. Growing up in South Africa during apartheid meant that Noah’s very existence—the son of a white man and a black woman—was a crime. Poignant and hilarious, often at the same time, this memoir charts his life from childhood, offering insight into the life of the man behind the desk.  —Flannery

 

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

In this excellent new installment of Craig Johnson’s Longmire series, Walt is called to investigate an accident at a Wyoming motorcycle rally. Backed by Vic and Henry Standing Bear—who rides a motorcycle and quotes Sherlock Holmes—Walt encounters drunken bikers, a military vehicle, the firecracker namesake of Henry’s Thunderbird, and all kinds of trouble. This is a tight-knit, drily funny mystery that’s one hell of a good ride. —Flannery

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An Obvious Fact Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525426943
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Published: Viking - September 13th, 2016

Love music? Love crime? This is for you. Collected within are 20 short crime noir stories all revolving around music—from an Elvis Costello–loving serial killer to ladies out for revenge. Plus, there’s a delightful treat in the form of a surprise new Longmire short story from Craig Johnson! I’m not generally a huge short story fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed these little puzzles. This is has a bit of something for everyone. —Flannery

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Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir Cover Image
By Jim Fusilli (Editor), Craig Johnson (Contribution by), David Liss (Contribution by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941110454
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Published: Three Rooms Press - October 18th, 2016

Isaiah Quintabe may seem ordinary from the outside, but underneath he houses a fiery intellect that he uses to solve crimes in his East Long Beach neighborhood. When he takes a case involving an unusual assassination attempt on a semi-crazed rap mogul, he finds himself tangled in far more than he bargained for. Edgy and fun, this introduces a fresh, bold new voice in mystery. I’ll be looking forward to more from Joe Ide. —Flannery

 

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IQ Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316267724
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 18th, 2016

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