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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.

 

Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz

This is a spectacular new book from one of photography’s luminaries, Annie Leibovitz. For this project, she traveled to a variety places that had meaning to her, places she chose solely because she wanted to, and photographed them the way she wanted to. The result is a soulful and beautiful collection. (The cover image of Pilgrimage is Niagara Falls, as seen from the lip of the falls—amazing!)

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By Annie Leibovitz, Doris Kearns Goodwin (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780375505089
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Published: Random House - November 8th, 2011

AHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers by the American Horticultural Society

A gorgeous guide to all the plants and flowers you could ever wonder about. The American Horticultural Society is a leading expert on the cultivation of plants, so this is just as full of thorough information as it is of pretty pictures. This fully revised edition is a great guide on how to grow, when to grow, and what to grow where. The new organization makes it easy to navigate and a pleasure to look at.

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ISBN: 9780756668570
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Published: DK - September 19th, 2011

Animal by David Burnie, Don E. Wilson & the Smithsonian

Dozens of scientists from across the globe collaborated to update the revised edition of this classic guide. Complete with newly discovered species and updated information, this covers over 2,000 amazingly different creatures. This is an incredibly detailed book, exploring pretty much everything you could ever want to know about animals, from anatomy to habitat and behavior. Such fascinating facts paired with tons of awesome color photos make this a must-have reference for every animal lover.

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By DK
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ISBN: 9780756686772
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Published: DK - August 29th, 2011

You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney

Think you’re smart? Think again! You aren’t, and McRaney is here to tell you why. Once you get over your chagrin, you may well find this a fascinating, funny, and very thorough exploration of our brains and why we behave the way we do. So give up your feelings of control, relax into it, enjoy the crazy experiments, and learn what makes your brain tick—and even better, why you can’t help it.

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You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592406593
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Published: Gotham Books - October 27th, 2011

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

In this intellectual page-turner, Greenblatt focuses on the birth of the Renaissance, as triggered by the 1417 rediscovery of Lucretius’ revolutionary text, On the Nature of Things, a book largely about the world being made of particles called “atoms” and the importance of the restrained seeking of pleasure. Lucretius’ text contained many philosophies we hold as fact today, and sparked massive change. This is a fascinating look at the invention of the modern world.

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ISBN: 9780393064476
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2011

The Ecstasy of Influence by Jonathan Lethem

Lethem is a brilliant novelist, and when he turns his considerable talents to nonfiction, the results are just as good. In this compilation of new and previously published essays, he takes on pop culture and the writer’s place in it. Witty, clever, and provocative, Lethem covers everything from Bob Dylan to movies to Normal Mailer. His insight, however, shines most brightly when writing about himself, his father, and his beloved Brooklyn.

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ISBN: 9780385534956
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Published: Doubleday - November 8th, 2011

Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

This fourth installment in Atkinson’s stellar mystery series starring Jackson Brodie is every bit as good as the previous ones. When Brodie and retired officer Tracy Waterhouse find themselves with unexpected, rescued charges, they find that there are startling repercussions for their good deeds. As with her earlier novels, the best parts of this book are the depth of the emotional and psychological lives of her characters, the intricate plot, and the sharp, dark wit.

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ISBN: 9780316066747
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 6th, 2011

MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman

I love Maus. Beautiful, shocking, and incredibly powerful, I read it in middle school and knew immediately that it was something special, different. I am certainly not the only one who thinks so. This new book is full of fascinating insight into Spiegelman’s process and answers to readers’ questions, and includes a DVD of historical documents and interviews with his father. This is an amazing addition to a perennial classic.

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MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375423949
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Published: Pantheon - October 4th, 2011

We the Animals by Justin Torres

This is a visceral account of three young boys growing up with a graveyard shift mother and temperamental father whose love is a dangerous, ferocious thing that simultaneously cements and fractures their struggling family. Together, these wild boys tear through childhood, creating and destroying; making this is an intense look at the childhood bonds that forever shape our lives. It may just be a slip of a novel, but it packs quite a punch.

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ISBN: 9780547576725
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - August 30th, 2011

1493 by Charles Mann

Columbus’ landing in North America sparked massive change, and not just in terms of immigration. Called the Columbia Exchange, driven by trade, it was the first and largest ecological exchange, spreading non-native species across the globe, to varying results. This is a complex, immaculately detailed examination of this era, and its consequences. Exhaustively researched, incredibly interesting and full of unexpected tangents and intriguing information, this book is hard to put down.

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ISBN: 9780307265722
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Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

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