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.

Nottage is one of our contemporary master dramatists, a writer whose work will be (and should be) performed and studied for decades to come. Heartbreaking and true, Sweat frames a truly modern American tragedy that examines generation, race, class, family, and friendship within a real working class town. - Jocelyn

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Sweat (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559365321
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

This is not normal. Forget the Whitehouse—politics now is not normal. Daley pulls together the story of how following Obama’s 2008 election, key Republicans developed a meticulous, well-funded, often illegal plan to take over the U.S., by gerrymandering congressional district lines to create the nigh-unbreakable majority (and extreme politics) we’re dealing with today. - Jocelyn

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Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631493218
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 4th, 2017

This book simply fills me with joy. Turn to any random page and Munroe has taken a completely unlikely scenario and demonstrated just what the scientific consequences and possibilities would be if it were real. With simple illustrations and easy-to-follow explanations, you can expand your scientific knowledge and imagination at the same time. - Jocelyn

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544272996
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 2nd, 2014

This book is hard to categorize, but so lovely and fun for the literary/history nerd. We’ll never know much about Shakespeare’s life, so Shapiro instead focuses on the events we know occurred during one of his most prolific years. Showing how those events likely influenced the content of Shakespeare’s plays opens up a whole new way of thinking about art and history. - Jocelyn

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 (P.S.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060088743
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 1st, 2006

In a far dystopic future that includes desert villages and a city seething with corruption, the main character, Onyesonwu (“Who Fears Death”) fights on in spite of persecution and hardship. The author builds a beautifully nuanced world filled with real people of diverse perspectives who must face the same dangers—both outside and within—to survive. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780756406691
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Published: Daw Books - June 7th, 2011

This book is beautifully crafted, drawing you in through multiple layers of community, family, art, literature, and life—even while circling death. The beginning of a series that’s become a modern classic, the story pulls you in so strongly you find yourself wanting to linger in the Quebec village where it’s set. A murder mystery with a deeply human core, it’s a great escape. - Jocelyn

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Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312541538
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Published: Griffin - September 30th, 2008

I came away from this book awed by a master. The chapters reveal the story of a great artist’s life, and show us layers of a personality we can’t quite trust but can’t help empathize with. The book captures a specific historical moment and, at the same time, evokes the dreams we all have of becoming our own people and the consequences of our decisions. - Jocelyn

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An Artist of the Floating World (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679722663
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Published: Vintage - September 19th, 1989

Meet Gerault of Rivia—the Witcher—a member of an elite but dying fraternity who fight monsters. Gerault navigates morality, kindness, monsters, and humanity in a world that borrows a lot from fairy tales but stays  close to home in terms of people. This collection of connected short stories delighted me with its characters and creativity. - Jocelyn

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The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316438964
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Published: Orbit - July 18th, 2017

Eduardo Galeano passed away in 2015, leaving behind a great literary legacy that ranged from journalism to fiction to history and everything in between. Here for the first time in English, you will find the pieces he was working on at the time of his death. Poetic parables on history, politics, and human life, these will echo in your mind and your heart. - Jocelyn

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Hunter of Stories Cover Image
By Eduardo Galeano, Mark Fried (Translator)
ISBN: 9781568589909
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Published: Nation Books - November 14th, 2017

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
ISBN: 9781631493669
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017



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