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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.

 

Patriot Acts compiled and edited by Alia Malek

After September 11th, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act in record time. Since then, civil liberties have been cast aside in the name of defeating terror. Unfortunately, ordinary citizens have had their rights violated because of their race, religion, political beliefs, and more. This is an examination of this trend, with heartbreaking interviews from people who have been affected. This law needs to end, and this book gives you plenty of reasons why.

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Flannery
Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice (Voice of Witness) Cover Image
By Alia Malek (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781936365388
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: McSweeney's - August 23rd, 2011

Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson

Smart, sassy Brett is a talented tattoo artist with her own high-end parlor on the Vegas strip, and a knack for finding trouble. When her cop brother requests her expertise, she and a handful of colorful cohorts find themselves wrapped up in murder. Short and sweet chapters always end in a cliff hanger, making for a fast, fun read you don’t want to put down.  

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The Missing Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780451227461
Availability: Backordered
Published: Berkley - July 7th, 2009

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The first book in Pullman’s complex, mind opening, and gripping His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass introduces Lyra, a headstrong and incredibly brave girl whose life is about to be changed forever, and who will, eventually, change the world. Deftly weaving religion, physics, and fantasy, this is an exceptional feat of storytelling, and one of my all-time favorites. 

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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780375823459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2002

Look at Me by Jennifer Eagan

After falling in love with A Visit from the Goon Squad, I was compelled to read Egan’s other books, which cemented her status as my new favorite author. After a horrific accident, Charlotte is left to come to terms with her still beautiful, but changed, face. This is a sharp, edgy, and incisive look at identity, image, and our culture.

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Look at Me: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385721356
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - October 8th, 2002

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

As their alligator wrestling theme park falls into decline, the Bigtree clan falls apart. Chief, the patriarch, disappears, elder brother Kiwi runs off to the mainland, oldest sister Ossie falls in love with a ghost, and young Ava is left to try and save them. This is an incredibly weird book, with dark undertones, a surprisingly light voice, and wildly eclectic characters. 

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Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2011

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

After a horrific crime shocked a small town, the hunt for the guilty was on. After the arrests, Capote spent time in the town, at the trial, and with the criminals involved, hearing the stories, and observing the proceedings. The result of his efforts is this chilling, unique, and thorough examination of a horrific crime, its aftermath, and the people involved.  

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In Cold Blood (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

The title is a dead giveaway that this isn’t a happy-ending kind of book. It is, however, the kind of book that proves that sad doesn’t mean bad. In a frightening future where books and the written word are now obsolete, Lenny still loves them. He also wants to live forever. Funny and insightful, this is a heartbreaking look at the importance of emotion and the ties that bind us.
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Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812977868
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2011

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

This whip-smart book skips through time, style, and tone with ease, as a dazzling array of complex characters struggle with who they’ve become, and with the violently changed world they find themselves in. Egan’s writing is subtle but has some pointed things to say about life, change, and humanity in general. Funny, melancholy, and captivating, this is a fresh, vibrant story that thrums with the energy of a finely tuned bass. I loved it.
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A Visit from the Goon Squad Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307477477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - March 22nd, 2011

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