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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.

 

Mountains to the Moon by I. J. Kay

With its experimental style and writing, Mountains of the Moon will not appeal to everyone, but those who enjoy it really will. Skipping between past and present, reality and imagination, proper English and a child’s choppy prose, this is a dizzying exploration of self and existence. The kind of book that begs to be reread to uncover the many layers behind the words, this is one of the most unique debuts I’ve ever read.
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ISBN: 9780143123453
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Set in the Victorian era of mythical land, this is the autobiography of Lady Trent, dragon naturalist extraordinaire. Though renowned today, she was once simply Isabella, a young woman fascinated by dragons who wished to be free of the constraints set on upon her. This beautifully written and illustrated book, as intelligent and lovely as Isabella herself, recounts her first brushes with dragons. This is an enjoyable, charming read with a delightfully willful heroine.

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$29.99
ISBN: 9780765331960
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tor Books - February 5th, 2013

Silver by Rhiannon Held

I was over werewolves until picking up this fiercely original debut novel, which sucked me into its dark, twisting story, well-constructed pack dynamics, and complex characters. When Andrew Dare finds Silver wandering with Death as her companion, he’s drawn to her, and their bond deepens as they hunt a deadly enemy. This sharply written and highly original book kept me reading all night. Plus, book two, Tarnished, just came out, and it’s great, too!
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ISBN: 9780765368157
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Fantasy - April 30th, 2013

Over Tumbled Graves by Jess Walter

Before Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter wrote mysteries. His first book, Over Tumbled Graves, is a riveting, cerebral thriller that uses the chilled drizzle of Spokane to capture the mood as two troubled detectives search for a serial killer while struggling with the confusion and uncertainty of a high profile police investigation and their own issues. This is a well-crafted, tense and thought provoking mystery by an incredibly talented writer. 

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780061712838
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 18th, 2009

Bay Bridge by Donald MacDonald & Ira Nadel

I have always loved the Bay Bridge—which is so overshadowed by its golden sister—and this is its year, with a new eastern section and the opening of an art installation. Bay Bridge commemorates the history of the San Francisco–Oakland bridge, and celebrates the design and construction of the new section. This is a beautiful book for a beautiful bridge!

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ISBN: 9781452113265
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Published: Chronicle Books - June 12th, 2013

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

In this gripping new book, Zuckoff deftly weaves the tale of three downed planes in Greenland in World War II, the tireless efforts to rescue the surviving crew while battling the Arctic winter, and the present-day search for one of the lost planes. Zuckoff’s gift for bringing history to life and his wit and dry sense of humor during the obstacle-ridden search make this a compulsively readable book.

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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062133434
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Published: Harper - April 23rd, 2013

High Price by Carl Hart

Growing up in Miami during the ’70s, Carl Hart watched drug addiction overtake his neighbor. After joining the Air Force and attending college to become a neuroscientist, he was inspired by his life experiences to begin researching drugs and addiction in new, often controversial ways. This powerful and inspiring memoir weaves his life with his groundbreaking research. Fascinating and thought provoking, Hart will make you rethink your views on drugs, addiction, and society.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062015884
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Published: Harper - June 11th, 2013

The Western Garden Book: The 20-Minute Gardener by Sunset Magazine

If you’ve always wanted a garden but have never had the time or any idea about where to start, the experts at Sunset magazine are here to help! Their newest gardening book takes you step by step through everything from design and landscaping ideas to figuring out which plants to buy and when to grow them. This is a straightforward guide that can help anyone set up an amazing garden in no time.
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ISBN: 9780376030061
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Published: Sunset - February 5th, 2013

The Beautiful Edible Garden by Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner

While most edible-garden design books focus on how to grow and tend the plants, this in-depth new book takes a different approach, focusing instead on the elements of design. Covering topics from the different types of edible gardens, to attracting pollinators, to window and container gardening, this thorough guide is ideal for established gardeners looking to create or expand their own edible paradise.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781607742333
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 26th, 2013

The California Native Landscape by Greg Rubin & Lucy Warren

As water becomes a more precious resource, having a thirsty, nonnative lawn and garden makes less and less sense. Luckily, it isn’t hard to create a beautiful, low-maintenance garden that helps restore our native ecology, and if you don’t believe me, maybe this book will convince you! Full of design tips and plant ideas, this is a great guide for homeowners looking to restore their home to its native grandeur.

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$39.95
ISBN: 9781604692327
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Published: Timber Press - March 5th, 2013

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