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.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already a fan of Lucky Peach, the quarterly punk-rock mash-up of literature, creative nonfiction, journalism, and food writing originally published by McSweeney’s. This is an issue on steroids, giving just what it advertises. Egg science, history, cultural exploration, stories, and of course recipes from all over the world, from the simple to the sublime, each with an explanation of its origin and ideal form. Delicious and engrossing. - Jocelyn

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Lucky Peach All about Eggs: Everything We Know about the World's Most Important Food Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780804187756
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - April 4th, 2017

My mouth started watering the moment I first heard about Shake Shack, two years before I moved to New York (where it was founded). Once I moved to New York, Shake Shack became the go-to any time anyone from out of town wanted to meet up. And any time anyone in town wanted to meet up. And any time for just me. Now that I live once more in sadly Shack-less Northern California, I can’t wait for this new book with (delicious) recipes and stories from the company that is redefining chain food in terms of locality and neighborhood. - Jocelyn

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Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories Cover Image
By Randy Garutti, Mark Rosati, Danny Meyer (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780553459814
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - May 16th, 2017

Whether you pick this up because of the San Francisco restaurant of the same name, out of intrigue, or from a desire to learn more about Burmese cuisine, you will not be able to help coming away from this cookbook delighted. Clear, easy-to-follow recipes are preceded by brief histories and information about dishes often unfamiliar in the Western world and are interspersed with gorgeous photographs and stories of the restaurant. Delicious and beautiful. - Jocelyn

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Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607749509
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Published: Ten Speed Press - March 28th, 2017

Geraldine DeRuiter is the first to tell you this is not your normal travel writing book. You won’t get great advice or learn interesting or relevant facts about the places she’s been. You will, however, get story after story of escapades with friends, life lessons, a weird family, and a love that, if you’re lucky, will remind you of your own. I hadn’t read DeRuiter’s renowned blog Everywhereist before, but you can bet I will now. - Jocelyn

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All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781610397636
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 2nd, 2017

Mozart had a starling, and so does Lyanda Lynn Haupt, who stole hers from a soon-to-be-destroyed nest while watching for errant soccer players. Carmen was meant to be a research aid, a connection to Mozart’s pet. She soon came to be much more, the bright spot of love and delight at the center of this book that explores history, science, music theory, linguistics, astrophysics, and yes, Mozart. Delightful, informative, playful, and cosmic, Mozart’s Starling connects humanity to a natural, harmonious order, starting with a starling. - Jocelyn

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Mozart's Starling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316370899
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 4th, 2017

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a delightful human who knows his stuff and is certain you can know yours too. Precise and detailed, he throws in everyday references just when you might get lost—stories about hot chocolate, and a discussion about why dark matter is our frenemy. Whether you’re a subscriber to Science or you’ve been too embarrassed to admit you slept through physics, this brief tour of the universe will have you smiling and feeling smarter than when you started. - Jocelyn

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Cover Image
$15.16
ISBN: 9780393609394
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2017

Jesmyn Ward gathers a diversity of writers of color and writing to address the injustices and dangers of this country for its citizens of color. But while ignited by flames of rage and despair for the deaths that gave birth to #blacklivesmatter, these pieces burn with love—for family and friends, for writers and poets and the unnamed dead who came before, for communities under fire, for children and self and hope for the future. - Jocelyn

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The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501126352
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 20th, 2017

Amy Thielen’s love affair with cooking began with butter-soaked Midwestern home cooking, was catalyzed by her homesteaded garden, and matured on the line of the fine-dining kitchens of New York. Her memoir covers all the phases of her unique life, from homesteader to New York dreamer, from Minnesotan child to new mother. Through it all, her gorgeous prose evokes the food, vibrant not just with taste but with the soul-deep feeling the right bite brings. - Jocelyn

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Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307954909
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - May 16th, 2017

In 2006, Al Franken was a writer, actor, talk radio host, and comedian on Saturday Night Live. In 2007, Franken was running for Senate against a conservative incumbent. In 2009, Franken became a U.S. senator, representing Minnesota. He has written since but never about his own journey from entertainer to lawmaker. Until now. We are fortunate, because when else would be better to read about the underdog fighting to take part in the political process? - Jocelyn

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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate Cover Image
$22.40
ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

Lyndsay Faye is a card-carrying Sherlock Holmesian—literally: she is a member of at least three Sherlock Holmes societies, including the Baker Street Babes—who fell in love with Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters as a child. Faye’s stories, collected here for the first time, reflect that deep and abiding love and respect. Echoing Doyle’s syntax, Faye brings her own depth and engrossing humanity to the seminal detecting duo that has preoccupied pop culture for more than a century. - Jocelyn

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The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125927
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Published: Mysterious Press - March 7th, 2017

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