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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.


Bed by David Whitehouse

Every sentence in this book explodes with complexity, lyricality, and emotional fervor. I never expected this from a story about a man who stops caring about life and crawls into bed, becoming monstrously obese. Mal changes the lives of his parents, his brother, and the woman both he and his brother love. Spend some time with this one; each line deserves to be savored.
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ISBN: 9781451614237
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Scribner Book Company - August 7th, 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

With Foer's crafty storytelling and Oskar's unconventional narration, you can almost forget that this is a story about a boy who lost his father on September 11th. It becomes a story about 9-year-old Oskar's treasure hunt, his way of making everyday occurrences seem spectacular, and the strangers that he befriends along the way. Precocious Oskar's story is as entertaining as it is moving.
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ISBN: 9780618711659
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mariner Books - April 4th, 2006

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Never let it be said that bunny rabbits don't make a convincing cast of characters--a seer, a soldier, a fearless leader--in an epic adventure story. My heart pounded during the chase scenes and I cried at the deaths. I'm so glad I never had to read this in school, because I don't think I would have appreciated it when I was younger. Now it's a new favorite that will stick with me forever.
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ISBN: 9780743277709
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2005

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

This is a rainy-day favorite of mine. Actually, I could read it any day, rain or shine. Salinger's dialogue- and detail-heavy prose turns some people off of this novel, but I find it charming and enjoyable. The quirky relationship between the Glass siblings sets a beautiful backdrop to Franny's spiritual crisis, and the glimpses into their past through letters and stories are so beautifully told.
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ISBN: 9780316769495
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

Little Bee by Chris Cleve

I leapt into this book not knowing anything about it, and I was so surprised and fulfilled by the remarkable story. It was darker than I expected, but Cleave has a way of getting into each character's head that stayed with me for a long time after I was done reading. It's an insightful look into the terrifying situation of illegal refugees in the UK, told through Little Bee's unwaveringly hopeful eyes.
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ISBN: 9781416589648
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2010

Cartoon History of the Universe, Part I by Larry Gonick

If you have a thirst for history knowledge but a short attention span, this series is the way to go! Larry Gonick's detailed research and his lighthearted sense of humor make the eons pass by in a breeze. Covering the Big Bang theory and through the beginning of Western civilization, Cartoon History is a great read for historians of any age.
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ISBN: 9780385265201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - September 10th, 1997

The Double Game by Dan Fesperman

Washington Post reporter Bill Cage gets drawn into the spy world of his Le Carre-esque idol Lemaster in a very unexpected way. Years after an interview in which Lemaster admits that he considered working as a double agent for the Soviets, Cage receives a note—composed of cutouts from his favorite classic spy novels—telling him to find out what really happened. The Double Game is a fast-paced espionage adventure for the Cold War buff. Don't miss it!
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In Between Days by Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter masterfully presents each of his characters' experiences with stunning believability: Elton losing his longtime job as a respected architect, Richard developing as a poet but struggling with his relationships with other men, and Chloe discovering the consequences of her radical boyfriend's actions. When Chloe drops out of college and returns home, she sets into motion a chain of events that sparks a reaction from everyone around her. I was struck by the air of secrecy and helplessness that pervades the story, mirroring the hushed secrets and misunderstandings that fuel the plot. And even when I knew how Chloe's story would inevitably end, I had to keep reading just to see how Porter would tie everything together. This is a beautifully written, suspenseful tragedy.

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