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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.

 

America’s Other Audubon by Joy M. Kiser

This is beautiful book tells the largely unknown story of Genevieve Jones, a girl who endeavored to illustrate the birds that Audubon forgot and the family who labored to finish the work in her memory after her untimely death. The story is remarkable, marked as much by dedication and love as it is shadowed by tragedy and loss. Filled with luminous illustrations, this is an exceptional piece of art and natural history.
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America's Other Audubon: (original color lithographs, archival photographs, and field notes on the nests and eggs that Audubon omitted) Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781616890599
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - May 2nd, 2012

My Two Moms by Zach Wahls, with Bruce Littlefield

In 2011, one young man stood up and told the Iowa House of Representatives that having two moms had not damaged his character. A video of the eloquent message instantly went viral. This is his story of life with two moms and the struggle of growing up different. It is a timely, moving story that serves as testimony to all that strength, love, and character matter more than conformity or tradition.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781592407132
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Published: Gotham - April 26th, 2012

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

Nesbø is becoming the king of Scandanavian mystery, and he more than delivers in the lastest Harry Hole installment. A serial killer is murdering women and leaving behind nothing but snowmen. As gruff, stubborn Harry battles his own demons, he finds himself pulled further into the killer’s tangled web, and the case becomes increasingly complex and personal. This taut, psychological thriller exudes a wintery chill while keeping you on the edge of your seat.
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The Snowman: A Harry Hole Novel (7) (Harry Hole Series) Cover Image
By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307742995
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - April 17th, 2012

Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

Pat Tillman was a true American hero. An All Star football player, he gave up his career to join the Army, only to be killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, a fact which the government covered up. Krakauer delves into the story, following Tillman's life as well as the actions that lead to his death, and cutting through the web of lies woven around it.

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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307386045
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Published: Anchor - July 27th, 2010

Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto

Ever wonder where the word "vampire" originated? If so, look no further than page 554! This is one of those books that is useful, as well as just plain fun, because once you look up one word, you just want to keep going. This is a great book for aspiring writers, or just word nerds in general.

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Dictionary of Word Origins: The Histories of More Than 8,000 English-Language Words Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611450538
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcade - April 1st, 2011

Fruitless Fall by Rowan Jacobsen

For some, the idea of a world without bees may be appealing, but the reality would be devastating. Sparked by the mysterious death of 30 billion bees in 2007, this book serves as a warning about the potential for a future with no pollinators, and therefore no agriculture. With a history of the honeybee and stories of clever beekeepers, this book is simultaneously sobering and delightful.

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Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596916395
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 20th, 2009

The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey

Every year, Great White Sharks migrate to a jagged group of rocks of the coast of San Francisco called the Farallone Islands. The islands are largely inhabited by birds and seal, but a small group of intrepid people stay on the habitable island to study the sharks. This is a fascinating look into a little known local phenomenon, as well as an engrossing insight into a mysterious local creature.

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The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805080117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 30th, 2006

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

I love James Herriot. As a child, I aspired to be a country vet because of him. This collection recounts his first years as a small town vet, and is full of stories that are by turns heartwarming, sad, and comforting, and reveal the best, deepest nature of our animal friends. His love of life and all creatures is infectious, making this a sweet, funny, and uplifting book.

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ISBN: 9780312965785
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 15th, 1998

Yoga in Bed by Naomi Sophia Call

I'm lazy, and I'm not ashamed to admit it, but I know I need to get some exercise. So when a yoga instructor told me she loved this book, I had to give it a try, and I'm glad I did! It's a good introduction to yoga, it easily fits my schedule, and it's a great way to start the day!

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Yoga in Bed: Awaken Body, Mind & Spirit in Fifteen Minutes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781844095315
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Findhorn Press - August 1st, 2010

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

This vividly detailed book follows the lives of various slum dwellers, all with different positions and castes, over almost four years, hinging on one event that ties them all together. Boo completely removes herself from the narrative, letting the people tell their story, and the result is a fascinating look at an extremely different culture that reads like a novel. It kept me up late into the night, anxious to know what would happen.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400067558
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - February 7th, 2012

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