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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.

 

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Blackthorn has promised to withhold her revenge and provide healing in exchange for her release from prison. She and former fellow inmate Grim are hired by a prince who suspects that his betrothed is not at all what she seems, and it may be difficult for Blackthorn to keep her promise. Marillier’s breathtaking fantasy novels always bring me to tears with gorgeous prose, and she works wonders in her favored setting of early medieval Ireland.
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As You Wish by Cary Elwes

If you’re of a certain age and pop culture persuasion, I can say “Inconceivable!” or “My name is Inigo Montoya” and you, without even thinking about it, will reply with the corresponding line. This is the book for us, written by Westley himself. It’s all about how The Princess Bride—one of my favorite films of all time—came to fruition, and includes interviews with costars, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner. An excellent treat for your favorite six-fingered count or the swashbuckling Dread Pirate in your life.
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Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This book is the equivalent of that warm-crazy-high feeling you get when you're in a car during a storm with your best friend who you have feelings for and you don't know whether or not you're going to kiss them. And I didn't know how to put that feeling into words until I read that very beautiful scene. It's one of the most honest and amazing literary portrayals of coming to terms with your sexuality and identity.

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

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

A retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by one of my favorite authors of all time! Juliet Marillier places the story in an intriguing Transylvanian setting and walks the line between fantasy and historical fiction. The sisters' encounters with the otherworldly Night People and their travels to and from their dark kingdom provide a lush background to this story of sibling bonds and young love.

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780375844744
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 25th, 2008

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I normally roll my eyes at the mention of multi-generational family sagas, but Middlesex is in a class of its own. Its intersex narrator Cal describes in omniscient detail and affectionately disparaging tone the love affairs and circumstances that lead to his unique condition. From a small Greek village to the streets of Prohibition Detroit, Cal's story is one of identity, nature vs. nurture, and how our choices make us what we are.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780312427733
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - June 5th, 2007

My Education by Susan Choi

An intelligent, idealistic undergrad is entranced by her older literature professor--until she becomes fixated on his alluring wife. The language throughout this novel is so effortlessly sensual, with each sentence a treasure to be dissected and savored. It's a taut, smart story about desire and obsession and sex, and Regina is a powerful headliner in the woefully underpopulated world of gender-ambivalent protagonists.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125570
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

This is a quiet, sad reverie about friendship, faith, love, and family, and how war changes everything and yet nothing. Each time I read it, I am transported to the raucous apartments of Oxford, the magnificent Brideshead estate, and the gloomy fields of the English countryside. The language is divine and the characters—especially eccentric, charming Sebastian—are unforgettable. A perfect end-of-summer book. 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316216456
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

Make It Ahead by Ina Garten

Ina Garten, the woman who makes entertaining in the Hamptons look as easy as boiling water, tackles one of my new favorite kitchen practices: prepping and assembling meals in advance. With recipes for make-ahead cocktails, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and her complete Thanksgiving menu, you’ll be free to entertain and mingle as your guests enjoy warm, sophisticated-yet-understated dishes that are so very Barefoot Contessa.
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307464880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 28th, 2014

The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham & Faith Durand

An hour after I’d discovered the Kitchn blog in college, I was sautéing farmers’ market vegetables and herbs, with fresh flowers and lemons festooned all over the place. Kitchn writers offer simple dishes, clean presentation, encouraging organization tips, and informative articles on both basic cooking techniques and advanced tricks—and you’ll find that and more in this cookbook. I heartily recommend it to cooks of all skill levels who want a solid, stylish kitchen reference.
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$32.50
ISBN: 9780770434434
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 7th, 2014

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

In 17th-century Amsterdam, young Petronella arrives at her new husband's doorstep and is greeted with coldness and secrecy. To occupy her time, he gives her a cabinet replica of their house, wrought in extraordinary detail. Nella commissions an enigmatic craftsman, but gets a shock when the delivered items portend violent mishaps in the family's future. With a style as bewitching as the miniaturist's crafts, this debut is a great pick for book groups.
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