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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.

 

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

In Winspear’s lastest, the indomitable Maisie Dobbs tackles a case close to her heart. After a childhood friend dies, Maisie delves into the mystery of whether the simple horse whisperer was murdered, and finds herself brushing against the some of the highest political powers. Strong-willed, intelligent Maisie is a wonderful heroine, and Winspear’s attention to historical detail gives an extraordinary sense of time and place. An excellent addition to a fantastic series.
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062049582
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 30th, 2012

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Love is tricky. It can be daunting, painful, and overwhelming. For these times, there is Sugar (aka Cheryl Strayed), an advice columnist like no other. Drawn from her own experiences, Sugar’s responses are full (both in length and content), bluntly honest, and utterly heartfelt. This is a not a book to devour in one sitting, but one to savor, a few letters at a time, whenever you need it most. I really, really love it.
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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307949332
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Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

This is your typical love story—girl meets wolf, wolf becomes boy, boy and girl fall in love, boy becomes wolf. Ok, maybe not typical, and you may think you’ve read this one before, but with Stiefvater’s lovely, simple storytelling, what could have been a clichéd werewolf novel is transformed into a tender, thoughtful love story with unique werewolf mythology and two strong, sympathetic characters. This is a great first book in a stellar trilogy.
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ISBN: 9780545123273
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2010

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Keturah is lost in the woods the day Lord Death claims her as his bride. She spins a tale and Death spares her for the night so he might hear the story’s end the next. So begins this beautifully written tale of a girl trying to find her true love—to save herself and her village. Keturah is a bright, resourceful heroine, devoted to her home and family, and this is a wonderfully sweet story.
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$9.95
ISBN: 9781590789490
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Published: Boyds Mills Press - October 1st, 2012

Quiet by Susan Cain

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.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780307352156
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Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

Because I Said So by Ken Jennings

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!

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781476706962
Availability: Backordered
Published: Scribner - October 8th, 2013

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

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.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780679785897
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Published: Vintage - May 12th, 1998

Darth Vader & Son by Jeffrey Brown

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!

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781452106557
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 18th, 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

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.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781400067558
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Published: Random House - February 7th, 2012

Because I Said So by Ken Jennings

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!

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ISBN: 9781451656251
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Published: Scribner - December 4th, 2012

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