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Clytia's Reviews

Clytia is an ardent reader, and she has worked at Bookshop Santa Cruz for the last 14 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane by Robin Maxwell

This book turned out to be a total surprise for me. I was initially put off by the cover, but once I started reading it, I really loved it! It’s a great adventure story with enough romance to tug at your heart. Even Jane Goodall says, “Finally an honest portrayal of the only woman of whom I have been really, really jealous.” Now, I want to read Tarzan again, after more than fifty years.

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ISBN: 9780765333599
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Published: Tor Books - September 18th, 2012

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Something about it reminded me of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle—maybe the beauty of language, the spareness, or the originality of the story. Set in a verdant valley in the Pacific Northwest during the early years of the 20th century, the characters in this debut novel don't say much but they feel and experience a lot. If you like debut novels, unique plots, and memorable characters, I highly recommend it! You'll be telling your friends about this one.
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ISBN: 9780062188519
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 5th, 2013

The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

Every year, the monarch butterflies fly more than two thousand miles to return to their winter home in Mexico. Now Luz Avila makes that same perilous journey south as she honors a vow to her beloved "abuela"--the grandmother who raised her--to return her ashes to her ancestral village. As Luz departs Milwaukee in a ramshackle old VW Bug, she finds her heart opened by a series of seemingly random encounters with remarkable women. This is a beautifully written story of family, place and the migration of the monarch butterfly.

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ISBN: 9781439170687
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Published: Gallery Books - April 17th, 2012

Grace by T. Greenwood

This is a harrowing story of a troubled family on the brink of disaster. After reading the first two pages, I HAD to find out how a father and son could possibly get to this place. This is a story about a dysfunctional family, school bullying, and the misunderstanding that tears them all apart. This one wrenched my heart.
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ISBN: 9780758250926
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Published: Kensington - April 1st, 2012

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

A beautifully written story told from the point of view of three WWII military wives. Sexism, racism, anti-Semitism and consumerism all play a big part in the lives of these women. During a time when you were taught to keep private pain private, all three find themselves coping with the damage done by war and history.
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ISBN: 9780812982411
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Published: Random House - May 15th, 2012

Part Wild by Ceiridwen Terrill

In and out of abusive relationships with men, Terrill is drawn to a wolfdog named Inyo as a protector and fellow adventurer. Over the course of three years, their adventures are both hilarious and heartbreaking. While it’s impossible to keep Inyo contained, Terrill finds herself constantly moving and often taking long runs in the middle of the night to wear off some of the wolf’s energy. This is not a sentimental memoir, but a story about the alluring call of the wild, and the danger and responsibility of heeding that call.

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ISBN: 9781451634815
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Published: Scribner - October 11th, 2011

Lucy by Lauren Gonzales

This book is absolutely delightful! I admit, when I saw it was a story about a young girl who is half human, and half bonobo, I thought it might wind up a bit corny. But I completely fell in love with the characters. This book will appeal to both young adult and adult readers, and hit all the right discussion points.

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ISBN: 9780307473905
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Published: Vintage - July 12th, 2011

Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware

History and character come alive in this new novel by Ciji Ware. Architect Amelia Bradshaw returns to San Francisco in 1906 to work with Julia Morgan (yes, Ware makes real-life Morgan, the first licensed female architect in California, a character in her book). Bradshaw is hired on in an architectural firm, due to Morgan’s influence, but no sooner does she get hired, than the April 18th earthquake strikes—demolishing the city. The tragedy becomes a catalyst that changes all of the characters. As Bradshaw struggles to start a life for herself and help rebuild the city, she faces corruption, politics, sexism and unforeseen romance. This is great summer read that ends up being more layered than you expect.

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ISBN: 9781402222696
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - April 1st, 2011

A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer

This book has it all: love, intrigue, espionage, and a bit of history holding it all together. Taking us back to a time when a scraped knee could lead to death, Life photojournalist Claire Shipley is assigned to report on the development of penicillin, a drug that could save the war. If you like historical fiction with a strong female lead, I highly recommend this one.
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ISBN: 9780061252525
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 29th, 2011

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