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.


At long last, a book about the A’s! And not just any A’s, but the rowdy championship team of the 1970’s. From the drama behind the scenes and on the field to the mustaches and garish uniforms, Turbow brings the larger than life personalities of the team to life while charting their rise and fall, making this a rollicking ride through one of the most entertaining team’s baseball has ever boasted. - Flannery

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Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544303171
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

I know what you’re thinking: “Another book about Nazi Germany? What could that possible add to our knowledge?” One word: drugs. So. Many. Drugs. This is no sensationalist story, but rather a thoroughly researched examination of the integral role drugs played in the rise and fall of the Third Reich—from the meth that fueled the troops to Hitler’s favorite cocktail of drugs, this book ensures that you will never look at the Third Reich the same way again. - Flannery

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

I gleefully tore through Mayne’s first two books about magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood, and am thrilled to get my hands on a new one! Blackwood’s unorthodox upbringing in a family of magicians gives her unique insight into unusual crimes. In Black Fall, she finds herself pulled into two seemingly unrelated investigations that begin to converge, and may involve her nemesis, The Warlock. If you want a fast, fun thriller, look no further! - Flannery

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Black Fall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062491985
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 21st, 2017

Skipping through time and character perspective, Ill Will is an ambitious, complex work seven years in the making. Teasing out the details of a long-ago crime with reverberations in the present and the possibility of a serial killer preying on frat boys, it demands to be paid attention to and savored as unexpected turns make you reevaluate what you thought you knew. If you want a literary thriller, this is not to be missed. - Flannery

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Ill Will Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345476043
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 7th, 2017

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
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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

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