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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.

 

Command and Control by Eric Schlosser

This is two stories—that of an almost forgotten disaster at a missile silo in the sleepy town of Damascus, Arkansas, and the overarching history of our nuclear arms and the dangers of keeping and handling such devastating weapons. While the size and subject matter may seem daunting, I was impressed by how Schlosser’s extensive research and colloquial writing made the topic gripping and accessible, even for someone who doesn’t know much about nuclear weapons.
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Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781594202278
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Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

Dancing with the Enemy by Paul Glaser

While visiting Auschwitz, Catholic-raised Paul Glaser was stunned to find a suitcase bearing his Aunt Rosie’s name. Alternating between Glaser’s discovery of his family’s secret history and diary entries chronicling the vivacious Rosie’s life, including her unorthodox method of survival (teaching SS officers to dance), this moving story chronicles the persecution of the Dutch Jewish population, and one resilient young woman’s refusal to give up in the worst of circumstances.
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Dancing with the Enemy: My Family's Holocaust Secret Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385537704
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2013

Tamalpais Walking by Tom Killion

This beautiful collaboration between woodcut artist Tom Killion and poet Gary Snyder illuminates the history of Mount Tamalpais, which rises above the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and Marin. The text alternates between Killion and Snyder, and their prose lovingly brings to life the history of the mountain, and their connections to it. Illustrated with Killion’s exceptional prints, and containing poems by Snyder, this is a truly lovely book.
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Tamalpais Walking: Poetry, History, and Prints Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781597142595
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - September 1st, 2010

Death in the City of Light by David King

Like The Devil in the White City? Check this one out. This gripping, well researched book intersperses the tale of a horrifyingly prolific serial killer in Nazi occupied Paris, with snippets of what life was like in Paris at that time, including stories of such luminaries as John-Paul Sartre, Gertrude Stein, and their famous friends. This is an utterly fascinating read.
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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307452900
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Published: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli

Think your OCD is bad? Check out this guy! In an impressive feat of artistic compulsion, Ursus Wehrli deconstructed everyday things--alphabet soup, a parking lot, the checkout line at the grocery--and then rearranged them by size, color, etc. The result is both visually striking and highly entertaining. My favorite is probably the checkout line.
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By Ursus Wehrli, Geri Born (Photographs by), Daniel Spehr (Photographs by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452114163
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - February 19th, 2013

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins is a lovely novel with vivid, complex characters who struggle with love, their futures, and life. Walter deftly weaves the storylines into a satisfying conclusion, while his lyrical, fluid prose evokes the beauty of Italy just as easily as it does the otherworldly vibe of Hollywood. This charming, clever novel will sweep you away, making it an excellent summer read.
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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061928178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 2nd, 2013

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Life in post WWII America brims with possibility, but for Nick, perfection begins to unravel, so she and her cousin Helena take their children and escape to the shore. What initially seems like a straightforward book about rich folk summering beachside quickly becomes darker and more complex as deeply hidden family secrets come to light. Beautifully written and carefully plotted, this is a wonderfully gothic debut novel by an author I’ll be watching closely.
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780316211321
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 18th, 2013

The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau

The summer of ’83 should be great, but when Allie’s jerk of an ex ruins everything, she has no choice but to steal a bag of coke and take off to LA in search of her long lost parents. This darkly funny, sex and drug fueled haze of a novel will appeal to those looking to check out of reality and into the kind of outrageous, ridiculous summer read that’ll make you laugh out loud.
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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062199553
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 28th, 2013

The Uninvited by Liz Jensen

Across the world, a terrifying violence has begun, shocking crimes perpetrated by children, and Hesketh Lock, an anthropologist with Asperger’s, begins to decipher a startling, complex pattern between the cases he observes and in his beloved, yet oddly behaving stepson. Hesketh is an analytical, matter-of-fact narrator who gives a deadpan humor to an otherwise chilling tale that blends folklore, fantasy, and classic thriller elements into a jarring, thought provoking book that lingered in my mind.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781620401170
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 11th, 2013

Kingdom of Strangers by Zoë Ferraris

Both thrilling mystery and fascinating glimpse of police work in an incredibly different culture, this is a fantastic book brought to dazzling life by Ferraris, whose lyrical writing, vivid imagery, and deft characterization make the personal lives of the detectives as gripping as the twist-filled case. Reading this, I could feel the heat of the desert sun and see the endless waves of sand, and while I wanted answers, I didn’t want it to end.
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780316074254
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 4th, 2013

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