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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.