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Andrea's Reviews

Andrea's favorite reads are tragic love stories, gruesome murder mysteries, and clever fantasies. She judges books by their covers more frequently than she should. She spends her Bookshop days shelving new hardcover releases, science fiction/fantasy, and IndieBound picks and bestsellers. Her favorite kinds of book questions are the ones that begin, "I don't remember the title and I don't remember the author, but it's got a blue cover..." When she's not at Bookshop, Andrea can be found participating in competitive trivia downtown, completing logic puzzles in the sunshine, or forcibly cuddling cats. She is a firm believer in the Oxford comma.


Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Set in 1950s San Francisco, this is a beautiful coming-of-age story of a young Chinese lesbian girl. Lily enters her senior year with newfound curiosity about herself and why she was interested in a club that features Tommy Andrews: Male Impersonator. Upon befriending Kathleen, she has an in at the club and, in turn, discovers a place where she belongs. This book was nothing like I’d read before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it to the very end. —Andrea

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780525555254
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

The Soul of a Woman / Mujeres del alma mía by Isabel Allende

Best-selling Chilean author Isabel Allende passionately delivers a memoir on what it means to be a feminist woman. Allende carries us through her rebellious childhood and her quick antagonism with the machista culture prevalent in many Latinx households, to her riding the second wave of feminism, to current reflections of love at her now older age. In The Soul of a Woman, Allende illustrates her life through her feminist ideology and proves to us that there are things to continue to fight for. — Andrea
Also available in Spanish as Mujeres del alma mía. Disponible en español titulado Mujeres del alma mía.

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$22.99
ISBN: 9780593355626
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

In her debut novel, Morgan Rogers melts us away with this modern queer love story. We are proposed with an almost anti-uhaul lesbian premise: married after one drunken night together in Vegas and live on opposite ends of the country. Our protagonist Grace Porter must face the consequences while battling her own post-grad identity crisis. Honey Girl tenderly shows us queer love through its romance, found families, and the act to love oneself. —Andrea

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son by Kent Russell

Darkly funny Kent Russell examines men and masculinity from some extremely unusual angles: a self-immunizer who regularly injects himself with snake venom; a massive gathering of the clown makeup-painted music fans who call themselves Juggalos; and firstly, and lastly, his own father. Each vignette was strange, thought-provoking, and a pleasure to read.
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780385352307
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 10th, 2015

A Spy Among Friends by Ben MacIntyre

I really enjoy Cold War fiction and period piece spy films, so I was thrilled to come across this real-life story of the man who inspired the title character of Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Kim Philby worked in British intelligence but was a double agent for the KGB. This is the story of how his duplicitous career came into being and was finally unmasked.

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By Ben Macintyre, John le Carré (Afterword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804136655
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - May 12th, 2015

The Hero and The Crown by Robin McKinley

Aerin, the king's daughter, can't seem to perform magic and isn’t suited to court and castle life. So she takes her father's old war horse and some fireproof ointment, and decides to become a dragon-slayer. The way her personal story effortlessly unfolds alongside that of the kingdom's greater struggle against evil is a mark of McKinley's divine storytelling.
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$8.99
ISBN: 9780141309811
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Published: Puffin Books - October 2nd, 2000

You by Austin Grossman

You isn’t just about the magical moment when you first laid eyes on a video game console. It’s about everything that goes into creating a game: fleshing out imaginary universes sentence by sentence and tearing out your hair writing code at 3 in the morning. The magical realism and ☆90s flashbacks☆ made this emotional, introspective look at the development of gaming super enjoyable to read.  —Andrea

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780316198547
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - April 8th, 2014

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Lovely queer Victorian heroines and a series of misunderstandings convoluted enough to rival Shakespeare--Fingersmith has it all! Susan agrees to pose as Maud's maid to steal her substantial inheritance, but develops affection, and then something deeper, for her target. Everything seems to be going according to plan, when sudden disaster strikes and one girl is held captive while the other is dumped into a madhouse. You will read the last hundred pages with bated breath.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781573229722
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 1st, 2002

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

How does Donna Tartt keep creating protagonists with whom I identify so deeply, even though I’ve [probably] never stolen a famous painting and then become a drug-addicted furniture swindler? Each sentence is so multifaceted and drenched in feeling that it demands to be dissected, and your heart will be scraped raw by the end. Am I exaggerating? Now that this Pulitzer Prize winner is in paperback, there's no better time to discover The Goldfinch for yourself.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780316055444
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

Shuffle & Deal: 50 Classic Card Games for Any Number of Players by Tara Gallagher

This beautiful guide to classic and popular card games (blackjack, gin rummy) plus lesser-known ones (dou dizhu, suicide) would be an excellent addition to your vacation cabin or board-game nights this summer. Each of the 50 games is presented with rules and variations, with the objective and course of play clearly laid out. You’ll want to read it cover to cover before deciding which game to try first.    

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062385833
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Harper Design - June 16th, 2015

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