Jocelyn's Reviews

Jocelyn began working at Bookshop Santa Cruz in 2010 after graduating from UCSC with degrees in Literature, History, and Theatre. She left in 2012 to attend graduate school in New York, but was happy to be able to return to work part-time during breaks. She has been working full time again at Bookshop after graduating with an MFA in 2015, and now wears multiple hats including IT, Magazines, Marketing, and more. You're most likely to find her reviews on nerd-things, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, as well as theatre, history, technology, and social justice.

One of the living masters, Francis Ford Coppola intends to turn us toward the future in Live Cinema—a fusion of film and television already being shown (such as Grease Live!) and movie theater broadcasts of opera, ballet, and theater. Although Coppola wrote this as a critical manual of a burgeoning form, he also shares insights about film overall and draws on anecdotes and stories from his own life. A must for the film nerd. - Jocelyn

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Live Cinema and Its Techniques Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781631493669
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017

What do you know about conductors—the women and men whose finger and baton tips somehow tie together dozens, even hundreds, of musicians to make the music we love? John Mauceri gives a breakdown of the techniques and passions of an almost undefinable art. He weaves the history of conducting into that of classical music, with stories and critiques of composition and performances that any music lover will find fascinating. - Jocelyn

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Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780451494023
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 7th, 2017

Year by year, date by date, this book collects the album drops, platinum hits, collaborations, deaths, and holograms that have formed the rich and thriving history of rap and hip-hop in the United States. With beautifully written contextualizing commentary from Chuck D and terrific art from the artist collective mADurgency, this is the perfect gift for lovers of contemporary American music. I’m now waiting for Chuck D to write a prose book…. - Jocelyn

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Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History Cover Image
By Chuck D, Shepard Fairey (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780316430975
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - October 10th, 2017

Legendary comedian and activist Dick Gregory gives a crash course in the people and events of U.S. history that we didn’t learn, or didn’t learn enough of—specifically, the black parts. Interwoven throughout are his own theories on unilluminated history, as well as continual calls to black Americans to stand up and take possession of their history and themselves. No matter your background, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book, learn something, and pay tribute to this late, great American. - Jocelyn

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Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062448699
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Published: Amistad Press - September 5th, 2017

The first thing you’ll notice is the writing—Amy Tan’s gorgeous prose. The second will be the almost casual references to her incredible family history and personal tragedy. You’ll be drawn in by the insight of one of our greatest living writers. Orbiting an emotional core, this collage of poetic thoughts and essays on art and language are intermingled with chapters of Tan’s heart-breaking real-life stories, creating a unique memoir that I can’t stop thinking about. - Jocelyn

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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062319296
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Published: Ecco Press - October 17th, 2017

Alice Waters opened the legendary Chez Panisse in 1971, and neither the cuisine of California nor that of the Western world has been the same since. Here in her first memoir, Waters puts together the pieces—female friendships and male lovers, childhood memories and adult journeys, music and art and France and the ’60s—that brought her to her legacy on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. Lovely and nostalgic with the hope of the last century, it will whet an appetite for beauty and change. - Jocelyn

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Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780307718280
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - September 5th, 2017

One day the most vulnerable will be given that which the most dangerous have. And the world will start numbering its days. Naomi Alderman has written a modern complement to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale that will grab you by the throat even as it gently slides a knife into your back. It will leave you gasping and bloody. So look, too, for the glimmers of hope that we can be better. That we might have that power, too. - Jocelyn

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The Power Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316547611
Availability: Backordered
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

Chris Ware is a Picasso of modern art and storytelling. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Ware, chances are you’ve seen his art and seen the work of those who have been influenced by him. Here you have the most unusual museum feature on a single artist contained between covers. Ware’s art, from early concepts to modern masterpieces, lays out his life with occasional commentary and great insight into an artist, the world he sees, and the art industry. - Jocelyn

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Monograph by Chris Ware Cover Image
By Chris Ware, Ira Glass (Preface by), Francoise Mouly (Introduction by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780847860883
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 17th, 2017

The biggest snowstorm in history hits New York in January 2016. In its midst, two aging professors and one young undocumented immigrant find themselves thrown together into an adventure none of them expected. Over the course of a few days, the storm, and their lives—from Chile to Guatemala to Brazil—will be woven together in personal tragedy and national revolution. A timely story, with unexpected twists of nature. - Jocelyn

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In the Midst of Winter Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501178139
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Published: Atria Books - October 31st, 2017

For anyone who loves video games – or is even just interested - this book is a whole lot of fun. Getting to know the people and stories behind some of the biggest (and most infamous) games of the last decade is intriguing and enlightening, and the burdens and joys of being a game developer are now much clearer and easier to relate to. A true-to-life anthology giving you another way to experience your favorite games. - Jocelyn

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Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062651235
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 5th, 2017

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