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Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.

 

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

You’ve probably never heard of Alexander von Humboldt, but you’ve seen his name. A naturalist and explorer in the 1800s, Humboldt essentially invented the concept of nature as we know it and was extremely influential, yet today he’s all but forgotten. With this thorough biography, Andrea Wulf makes his place in history known. Filled with history, science, and adventure, this will make you proud to know the story of Alexander von Humboldt.

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ISBN: 9780385350662
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Published: Knopf - September 15th, 2015

The Wave by Susan Casey

Casey explores all aspects of her subject, monster waves, with respect and awe. Deftly weaving tales of big wave surfing with the science, history, and future of these giant waves, her vivid descriptions bring every detail to roaring life, although the mere idea of a 1,740ft. wave is enough to give me chills. I absolutely love this thrilling, eye opening book.

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ISBN: 9780767928854
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Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2011

My Pantry by Alice Waters

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of Alice Waters’—legendary founder of Chez Panisse—pantry looks like, this is your chance to find out! Waters explains that she views the pantry as an extension of one’s identity as a chef. She divulges the contents of her pantry and talks about her favorite dishes to make from those ingredients. This lovely book will make you want to revamp your pantry and start making your own condiments!  —Flannery

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My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients That Make Simple Meals Your Own: A Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804185288
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 15th, 2015

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl

When Gourmet magazine closed, editor Ruth Reichl was left with no job and feelings of failure. To sort through the unexpected, heartbreaking change, she turned to her kitchen and spent a year cooking her way to clarity. This book chronicles that year. Alternating between a narrative of Reichl’s personal life and the recipes she cooked, this charming book is filled with great cooking ideas and beautiful photographs. Reichl fans will eat this up.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9781400069989
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Published: Random House - September 29th, 2015

Wildlife of the World

Produced with the Smithsonian Institute, this beautiful book brings you face to face with creatures from every ecosystem in every corner of the world. Brimming with information and large, up-close pictures, Wildlife of the World offers insights into animal life that will surprise all but the most die-hard animal lover. If you know someone who’s a fan of the furred, feathered, and scaled, this is the book for them (or you!). —Flannery

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ISBN: 9781465438041
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Published: DK - October 6th, 2015

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Forty-eight hours after reluctantly arriving at an estranged friend’s bachelorette party in a glass house deep in the woods, Nora awakens in a hospital with one thought: “What have I done?” Thus begins a twisting, slightly creepy tale that shifts between the party—where tensions rise and old wounds fester—and Nora’s struggle to remember what happened that final night. I devoured this book in two sittings—it’s a total pleasure.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9781501112317
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 4th, 2015

Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004–2014

I have long admired Andy Goldsworthy’s intricate, stunning artwork. Working outdoors almost daily and using materials found on site, he creates complex, symmetrical structures and designs. As these works are often temporary and frequently collapse during their creation, this requires immense patience and concentration. This book features about 200 works, selected by Goldsworthy himself, that showcase his career and creative process. It is indescribably beautiful. It leaves me speechless every time I look at it.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9781419717796
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 13th, 2015

Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

Exiled librarian Li Du arrives in Dayan, on the Chinese-Tibetan border, shortly before a festival honoring the emperor. The last thing he wants to do is stay, but when a Jesuit priest is murdered, Li Du is ordered to catch the killer before the emperor arrives. Set in 1708 and rife with political and religious tensions, this richly descriptive, clever mystery will appeal to mystery lovers and historical fiction fans alike.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9781250072320
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 1st, 2015

The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

When a WWII aircraft is found buried in the moors with the pilot inside, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in and finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation. I’ve read this entire series (starting with The Crossing Places), and this is my favorite so far. Revolving around a secretive aristocratic family and complicated by a film crew, this dryly funny book has an intriguing mystery and features the ever-endearing Ruth. I loved it!  --Flannery

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

You probably know Carrie Brownstein from Portlandia, but long before donning wigs comedy, Brownstein was the fierce singer/songwriter/guitarist of one of the greatest female punk rock bands ever: Sleater-Kinney. In this visceral memoir, she recounts her childhood and adolescence and tracks the rise and fall of the band, writing with the insightful intensity and clever wordplay that marks her lyrics and comedy. I was blown away by this searing rock memoir.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9781594486630
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 27th, 2015

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