Sara's Reviews

Sara moved to Santa Cruz in 2013 when she became a member of the Bookshop family. Three years later she had the privilege of taking over the sidelines department as the head Gift Buyer. You can find her tinkering in the Toys section, fussing in the fun gifts section, or gazing longingly at books throughout the store.

 

"Reading is not a subject. Reading is a foundation of life, an activity that people who are engaged with the world do all the time."

--Rafe Esquith

Naomi doesn't remember why she was running when a group of migrants found her as a lost child outside a field, but she devotes her adult life to answering that question for other lost girls. A private investigator, Naomi is skilled at tracking down lost children. But when a new case draws her back into the broken memories of her past, Naomi is scared of what she might find. A beautiful, chilling tale of loss and redemption. - Sara

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062659057
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - September 5th, 2017

This charming, funny story tells of a widow and her struggle to continue life with her two young daughters. Lilian, an illustrator, is tasked with drawing vegetables for an upcoming book, and so enrolls in a gardening class. There she meets a group of very different​ strangers, all of whom touch her life. This quirky novel is full of humor, joy and hope. - Sara

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780399583582
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Published: Berkley Books - May 2nd, 2017

This post-apocalyptic endeavor is a beautifully written, terrifying journey into a future that feels real. We follow a caravan of musicians and actors who call themselves the Traveling Symphony, performing for forlorn survivors as they traverse the desolate landscape of what was once the Great Lakes. A fantastic look into human nature and the will to survive. - Sara

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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Ignore the gimmicky title - Ruth Ware's writing is only getting better. The Lying Game has the fun, suspenseful feel of The Woman in Cabin 10 and the true-to-life characters of Into the Woods, but with richer character development. Four best friends meet at Salten, a boarding school near the Reach, a tidal estuary - a perfect setting for sneaking out to drink and smoke, swimming under the stars, and perhaps even...murder. My heart was racing through to the end. - Sara

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781501156007
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 25th, 2017

Lo, a journalist for a travel magazine, gets a lucky break when she receives an assignment on a luxury cruise. Her ideal job turns into a nightmare when she believes she witnesses a body being thrown overboard in the night. However, all passengers are accounted for, and Lo finds herself an unlikely detective as she refuses to believe she imagined the murder. She is pushed to overcome her personal insecurities in order to solve a mystery that apparently does not exist. - Sara

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The Woman in Cabin 10 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501132957
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 11th, 2017

The Expatriates interweaves the lives of three very different women who come to Hong Kong for various reasons but who are all bound together by each other’s choices. Mercy, a young woman struggling to find her place, makes a mistake that she discovers will define her. Margaret has trouble coping with a family tragedy. Hilary, a lonely housewife, cannot navigate the cultural differences. But together these women find strength, hope, and ultimately home, in this beautifully written novel.  —Sara

 

                                             

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143108429
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Published: Penguin Books - October 11th, 2016

In the midst of a successful academic career, Fechtor experiences a burst aneurysm—and recovers with wit, wisdom, and food. Fechtor’s charming writing drew me in with her anecdotes, like when she met her husband-to-be (“he was totally annoying”), then pulled me back into the raw with her hospital tales. It is “the story of a broken brain—and oh, by the way, there will be recipes.”  —Sara

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101983638
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Published: Plume Books - April 5th, 2016

Girl in the Dark is the terrifying true story of one woman's harrowing experience of a rare affliction of the skin. Lyndsey must face her life in the confines of a completely black room, the only place where she can avoid the burning of not just the sun, but any form of light, natural or man-made. Her resilience, paired with her beautiful writing that reads like a novel, will enrapture the reader. –Sara

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101872123
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Published: Anchor Books - February 23rd, 2016

Kate Hamer has a unique voice: smart, creative, and addicting. When her daughter Carmel goes missing, Beth struggles with her new reality, and will not rest until she finds her. Like The Girl on the Train, this mystery is heartbreaking, thrilling, and will keep you at the edge of your seat through to the end. A powerful and moving tale.  --Sara

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781612195001
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Published: Melville House Publishing - February 16th, 2016

Ever a master of historical fiction, Geraldine Brooks delves into the life of King David, as seen through the eyes of those closest to him: his jealous brother, his weary mother, his bitter wife, and his loyal prophet, Natan. David asks Natan to document his life, not through glorification, but “to be known as a man.” I was enraptured by the beautiful writing, inspired by the strong female characters, thrilled by the battles, and empowered by the ending.

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The Secret Chord Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670025770
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

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