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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.
For a successful society, thinkers are just important as doers, yet in the last century we have come to emphasize action over thought. This is an eloquent, incisive examination of how our culture came to devalue introversion, and why the suppression of this trait is to all our detriment. This excellent book will empower introverts and educate extroverts.
Did your mom ever tell you not to swallow your gum because it would stay in your stomach for seven years? Ever wonder if that was true? In his new book, Jennings, the witty, charming Jeopardy! champ, gets to the bottom of the old wives’ tales your parents told you and uncovers the truth. This is such a delightful book, perfect for those who like to laugh and learn at the same time. And if you’re giving it to someone who has kids, this is a great read, so they can lie informatively, and if you’re giving it to someone who doesn’t have kids, they can undermine their friends who do!
I'd seen Fear & Loathing a half dozen times before finally picking up the book. Expecting a drug and booze filled Vegas story, I was instead impressed by the (drug and booze filled) biting social commentary. Thompson was an extremely talented journalist, and I was won over by the depth and wit of his writing. This is one hell of a ride by one hell of a writer.
I'd never considered what it would have been like if Vader had been the one to raise Luke, but I'm glad that Jeffrey Brown did. Turns out, it would have been delightfully, adorably hilarious. Full of awesome movie references, this book makes me ridiculously happy. Now this would be a Star Wars movie I could get behind!
This vividly detailed book follows the lives of several slum dwellers, all with different positions and castes, whose lives intersect through one event. Boo completely removes herself from the narrative, letting the people pull you in, and the result is a fascinating look at a violently different culture that reads like a novel. This is non-fiction at its best.
Ken Jennings, the delightfully charming Jeopardy! champion and author of Maphead, returns to debunk the myths of childhood. Using examples in history, scientific studies, and his own experiences, Jennings uncovers the truth behind such classics as “Don’t swim after eating!” This is such a fast, fun read that you’ll completely forget that you’re learning!