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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.

 

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

Anda finds her calling in Coarsegold Online, a multiplayer online roleplaying game. When she is ordered to wipe out in-game gold farmers—players paid pennies a day to gather valuable items for other players—she does so without a second thought. But things change when she "meets" Raymond, whose work as a gold farmer may be his only hope at treating his very real illness. With Gamergate still very much a timely topic, this incredibly illustrated graphic novel should be required reading for anyone making enemies and friends online.

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By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596436589
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: First Second - October 14th, 2014

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Present day, an actor playing King Lear has a heart attack and dies. Fifteen years later, after a worldwide pandemic, a caravan of actors and musicians travel the ruins of the US performing Shakespeare and fighting for survival. When the two storylines come together at the book’s heartbreaking climax, you will be both terrified of the future and overjoyed to be human and alive. 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385353304
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - September 9th, 2014

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I am so overjoyed that this book exists. Not only does it feature characters who are Mexican-American (YES) and gay (HELL YES); it's beautifully written, painfully true, and unforgettably touching. It's an absolutely spot-on portrayal of friendship blossoming awkwardly and inexorably into love.

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

Lexicon by Max Barry

If you like language and thrillers and haven't read Lexicon yet, I'm stoked for you because it means you get to read it for the first time! It takes place in two timelines—one at a school for young people trained as "poets" to manipulate others through subtle spoken words, and one after a remote desert city has become a bloodbath. You won't foresee the incredible final twist. 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125426
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 1st, 2014

The Edge of the Sky by Roberto Trotta

The perfect stocking stuffer for a beginning stargazer or space enthusiast, this clever little book explains the origins of cosmology using only the thousand most common words in the English language. Substituting simplifications like "star-crowds" for "galaxies", and "all-there-is" for "universe", makes for an entertaining and thoughtful read. 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780465044719
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Basic Books - September 23rd, 2014

Encyclopedia of Trouble & Spaciousness by Rebecca Solnit

Thoughtful, truthful, and wry, Rebecca Solnit's essays are the kind that make enjoy nonfiction, a rare occasion for me. This collection spans a vast number of subjects and settings: the west coast's dwindling water supply, California's punk scene in the 70s, flora and ruins in the Arctic circle. Each essay is a little dark jewel that will open your eyes to something strange and new. 

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781595341983
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Trinity University Press - October 28th, 2014

The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham

This fantastic resource for new or budding cooks includes not only recipes, but guides on organizing, stocking, and cleaning your kitchen - including beautiful photographs of cooking spaces that will spur you to make your own kitchen dazzling. It's a perfect gift for someone who has just begun cooking or who has just moved into a new home. I read it from cover to cover! 

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$32.50
ISBN: 9780770434434
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 7th, 2014

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A devastating superflu and the subsequent fall of humanity serve as the background to a meditation on our mortality and obsession with material meaning. The direct and indirect interactions of a Shakespearean actor, a young survivor, a paparazzo-turned-paramedic, and a budding graphic artist come together in a feat of masterful storytelling. I burst into tears when I finished the last page and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385353304
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Knopf - September 9th, 2014

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

After humiliating herself on local television, 14-year-old Johanna transforms herself into Dolly Wilde, a cooler-than-cool music reviewer who’s big into sex, drugs, and rock and roll. All is well until Johanna starts to lose herself in her alter ego, at which point she questions where she ends and Dolly begins. A laugh-out-loud roller coaster ride through the best and worst parts about being completely embarrassed of your teenage self.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062335982
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2015

The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King

If you’ve never branched out from Laurie King’s beloved Mary Russell series, I heartily recommend her Stuyvesant & Grey books, set in the interwar years. The second in this sequence follows a U.S. Bureau of Investigation agent and his search for a missing woman among a dangerous crowd of artists obsessed with horror and death. King’s deftly woven words will transport you to the summery streets of Paris—and to all the darkness that lies beneath them.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780345531780
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Published: Bantam - October 7th, 2014

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