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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.

 

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Two very unlikely immigrants arrive in America at the turn of the century: Chava is a Polish golem, an anthropomorphic woman made of mud. Ahmad is a jinni from the deserts of Syria, trapped in human form. When the two wake to find themselves in New York City, they learn to pass for human while adjusting to a life that they never asked for. The charming story of their meeting, the trials they face in learning about their new lives, and the dark discoveries about their creation had me absolutely hooked—I read the second half of the book in one breathless, immensely satisfying sitting. Book groups will be sure to have lively discussions about the immigrant experience, culture shock, free will, and faith.
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062110848
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Don’t let the sentient malevolent car, the New England wormholes, or the supernatural kid killers fool you. This is not Stephen King, but his son Joe Hill, and he’s scary in a way that King has not been in 10 years (sorry, SK, but it’s true). As a kid, Vic McQueen discovers an ability to ride her bike from her backyard to faraway places. On one of her impossible trips, she encounters impossible-to-kill child abductor Charlie Manx. When Manx takes Vic’s own child, Vic follows him to the dreadful theme park he calls Christmasland. Drawing both on children’s fears and on the ways in which children can be terrifying, Hill makes this kidnapping tale unforgettably chilling.
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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

I read an advanced copy of this back in October, and I've been counting down the days to March so that I can press this into the hands of everyone I know who loves unreliable narrators, love triangles, and books about books about books. This utterly absorbing debut follows our narrator through several identity changes, romantic trysts, and missions to bring his unstable best friend, a brilliant writer, back from the brink of fame-induced emotional breakdowns. It has the feel of equal parts Great Gatsby and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - dreamy and irresistible.
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The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway

Time travel romance? Count me in! Ridgway has created an immersive world where a time travel guild helps accidental time-jumpers settle into the 21st century. Nick, formerly a 19th century aristocrat, is living comfortably in modern-day Vermont when the Guild recruits him to return to his past and do battle with their nemesis. Nick and his sweetheart Julia are drawn into an adventure with the future hanging in the balance.
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780525953869
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Dutton Books - April 23rd, 2013

Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

When her sister Hannah cuts ties with the family, Janie is charged with bringing her home. Her search for Hannah leads her to learn about their parents' past and a dark secret in Hannah's childhood. The sisters' story is entwined with Korean folk tales, history, and scenes from their childhood. I was really drawn into this novel about familial duty, culture shock, and tradition.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594486524
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung

Sisters Janie and Hannah confront xenophobia and culture shock when they move to the States as young girls, leading Hannah to later estrange herself from the family. When their father becomes terminally ill, Janie is charged with the task of bringing Hannah to Korea. The sisters' physical and emotional journey will teach them about the secrets that families keep from the rest of the world and from each other.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781594486524
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

Tenth of December by George Saunders

The New York Times called it "the best book you'll read all year," and I have to agree. Saunders' stories are completely unlike anything I've read before. At once profoundly disturbing, thought provoking, and enlightening, Saunders masterfully captures the odd, ragged edges of our life stories. This incendiary collection of mind-bending stories will tear you apart, then patch you back up with a kiss on the forehead.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993806
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Random House - January 8th, 2013

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

It's dangerous to go alone! Take this. Hyrule Historia is a wealth of information for the Legend of Zelda franchise. It contains concept art, a history of Hyrule, and an exclusive manga. Any hardcore Zelda fan would be stoked to add it to their inventory!

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$39.99
ISBN: 9781616550417
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Dark Horse Books - January 29th, 2013

Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

Baking recipes from this book is like playing Pretty Pretty Princess, but tastier. Each classic indulgence is lovingly prepared and impeccably decorated. You'll be the most stylish baker on the block once you have these nostalgic recipes in hand. My personal favorite is the Coffee Crunch Spiral: sophisticated and delicious!

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Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today's Sweet Tooth [A Baking Book} Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781607741022
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - July 31st, 2012

The Little Book of Heartbreak by Meghan Laslocky

The Little Book of Heartbreak is, despite its name, a fun and informative read. It begins by chronicling the history of love from the Middle Ages through modern times, then dissects failed relationships, from real life to film and literature, and asks what we can learn from them. Meghan Laslocky's friendly, upbeat style makes the study of heartbreak a delight.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780452298323
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Plume - December 31st, 2012

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