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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.