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Blair's Reviews

Blair began working at Bookshop Santa Cruz after working two years at the Del Mar Theatre and spending four years at UCSC studying media theory. She is interested in film and television, advertising, literature, and feminism. A few authors she enjoys reading are Haruki Murakam, Joan Didion, and Zadie Smith.

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Armstrong

If you like witty female-driven TV comedies like Girls and 30 Rock, then you have The Mary Tyler Moore Show to thank. You can read all about the behind-the-scenes decisions and drama, as well as the stories of many woman writers who based Mary Richards off of their own lives, in this charming book.
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Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451659221
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 29th, 2013

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

This book explores how talent and passion are entwined with identity. Some find huge success in creativity, while others flounder and fall back onto more practical careers, twisting their once-innocent relationships into ones of jealousy and guilt. I found this novel to be incredibly absorbing both because of its setting and its brutally honest insight into human nature.
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781594488399
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2013

Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain

I read this book after graduating from college, and I could relate to protagonist Jacob on nearly every front -- he knows he should be getting serious about his life but is content to loaf about with friends. Set in 1990s Prague (right after the Velvet Revolution), this book is a wonderfully leisurely meditation on what it means to grow up, as well as an adorable queer love story.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143122418
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Published: Penguin Books - August 6th, 2013

The Mysteries Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

It's the early 1980s, Art Bechstein has just graduated, and he has some choices to make: between glamour & responsibility, friendship & lust, men & women. On top of this, he has his mobster father to deal with, whose presence looms threateningly over his summer of self-discovery and adventure. A page-turner & a powerful catalyst for reflection about one's own life.
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062072238
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 3rd, 2011

Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion

Joan Didion is a master of revelation through restraint, and in none of her novels is that more apparent than this one. This entire novel, set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, is written in monotone, which fits protagonist Maria's vast feelings of emptiness. Maria slowly becomes more understandable to the reader as Didion reveals bits of her past. The result is a stunning character study.
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By Joan Didion, David Thomson (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374529949
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 15th, 2005

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

"The book was better than the movie" is a cliché tired enough to be put to bed, but I can't help but emphasize its accurateness in this case. Capote's most famous piece of fiction, about the charming and impossible Holly Golightly, offers a flood of mysterious beauty that the film adaptation, though well done, could never match
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$14.95
ISBN: 9780679745655
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Published: Vintage - September 28th, 1993

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Set at an elite all-male boarding school during WWII, John Knowle's tightly-written masterpiece examines what happens when friendship and love border too closely with envy and destruction. This book is great for anyone who loves coming-of-age tales, boarding school antics, and lots and lots of queer subtext to decipher.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780743253970
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman's fiction is by no means as impressive as his nonfiction, but Visible Man works because it takes the best elements of his essays -- the insightful pop culture references, the impossible ethical dilemmas, and the serious, almost scientific approach to inane subjects -- and inserts them into a compelling plotline.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781439184479
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Published: Scribner - June 5th, 2012

Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel

Bechdel's illustrations and writing take us into the history of psycho analysis and back in the pursuit of solving the complicated connection she feels toward her mother, who can be in turns judgmental, praising, kind and indifferent. Bechdel's queerness is a big issue between them, as is her decision to divulge family secrets in her work.

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ISBN: 9780544002234
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2013

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