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.

Do you feel intrigued? Titillated? If you’re embarrassed… don’t be! Moen and husband Matt use playful art, a diverse cast, and an admittedly pink palette to, yes, review sex toys – but also to clearly and comfortably explore sex practices, sexual health, and good communication. The cover reads “sex toy,” but this is all about empowerment, affirmation, education, and fun! - Jocelyn

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Oh Joy Sex Toy, Volume 1 Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781620103623
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Published: Oni Press - October 18th, 2016

A father-daughter relationship like none other – but heartbreaking in many familiar ways. A memoir that took Alison Bechdel years to write, she chronicles childhood through adulthood through a lens of discovery of both herself and her father – a man struggling with what he was and was not. With frank exploration of mental health and sexuality, this book is a revelation and just may make you feel right at home. - Jocelyn

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 2007

Jeff Change writes with clear and fluid prose simply but rigorously sourced facts to excavate and historically contextualize an important sample of the issues of race in our culture today – from political correctness to #BlackLivesMatter, Donald Trump to Beyonce. I walked into this book thinking I already knew what it had to teach me. I’m thankful to say I write here humbled, but much better educated and touched by this slim volume. - Jocelyn

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We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312429485
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Published: Picador USA - September 13th, 2016

More than ever, a lesson every person needs: history is not facts; history is a story. More specifically, the United States of America is a story carefully constructed out of selective historical facts and a vivid narrative that is not necessarily true. Noted historian James Loewen gives a sample of how the “history” of a nation is constructed and for what purpose – and leaves it to you to judge the “facts” for yourself. - Jocelyn

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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743296281
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 16th, 2007

When the world burns and you lose those you love, what do you do? Butler is one of the greatest American writers of science fiction we’ve ever known, and this is my favorite of her works – a dystopian future (before it was cool) where a young black woman on a post-apocalyptic road trip decides not just to survive, but thrive – and bring the rest of the world up with her. - Jocelyn

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Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 2000

Bendis began this story of a young (white) woman violently taking on corrupt police and politicians in 2010. It likely would be a different story had he waited just a couple more years. That said, this grey-area epic (with gorgeous art by Alex Maleev) of one average person taking matters into her own hands - because no one else will - cannot help but strike a chord today. - Jocelyn

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Scarlet, Book 1 Cover Image
By Brian Michael Bendis (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781302901523
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Published: Marvel Comics - August 2nd, 2016

Confession: reading To Kill a Mockingbird as an adult I was…not impressed. However, I adored this book. While Mockingbird lives safely in childhood, relying on heroes older & wiser, Watchman is harsher, calling present adults to account. This is a rawer book – more honest, with a greater message for those waiting for an Atticus today. - Jocelyn

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Go Set a Watchman Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062409867
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 3rd, 2016

Dead gods. Fallen empires. Old atrocities. And people trying to pick up the pieces after. Also, spies. And a murder. These are the ingredients making up a book incredibly fun to lose oneself in – and also shockingly thoughtful (amidst the espionage and monster fights) and resonant to real life questions of history, accountability, and the challenge of making a better future. - Jocelyn

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City of Stairs Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2014

It begins with a terrorist attack on San Francisco – but this book is about the resistance, led by a teenage boy caught in the aftermath, to the totalitarian-like crackdown of Homeland Security that follows. Doctorow has unabashedly laced a manual for modern-day resistance against a surveillance state in a fast-paced exciting story full of hope and heart. - Jocelyn

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Little Brother Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780765323118
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Published: Tor Books - April 13th, 2010

An excellently fun rom-com in our near future. Briddy’s about to get everything she wants—the man of her dreams and an escape from her invasive, crazy family—when the impossible happens. Now she’s stuck with the last person she’d expect, trying to fix the situation before she loses everything. Connie Willis’ sharp wit and social critique work to make the sci-fi–driven hijinks and romance into a thoroughly charming story. - Jocelyn

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CrossTalk Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345540676
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Published: Del Rey Books - October 4th, 2016

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