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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.

 

A Woman in the House (and Senate) by Ilene Cooper

It took women a long time to win the right to vote, and an even longer time to hold positions in the government. This great middle-grade book tells the story behind the fight for voting rights, the journey into Congress, and the history of all the women who blazed the way for others. It introduced me to amazing women I’d never heard of, and will give any girl new heroines to look up to.  –Flannery

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A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country Cover Image
By Ilene Cooper, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator), Olympia Snow (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419710360
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 11th, 2014

The U.S. Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey

The U.S. Constitution is undeniably an incredible document, but it can be a little tricky to read if you aren’t used to English from that era. That’s why this graphic adaptation if so great—it makes reading the Constitution much easier, and explains what every part means. For any kid who wants to better understand our nation, this is a fantastic way to get a grasp on the details of our Constitution.  –Flannery

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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780809094707
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hill and Wang - October 14th, 2008

Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is one of the best books on U.S. history ever written. It tells our history in the most thorough way possible—by critically examining it, and by telling the stories of those ignored by other history books. This young adult edition is a great way to get kids interested in the many aspects of American history. It’s fascinating, and will teach them all about the people overlooked and suppressed in history. Perfect for middle school or early high school kids.  –Flannery

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A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror (For Young People Series) Cover Image
By Howard Zinn, Rebecca Stefoff (Contributions by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781583228692
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Triangle Square - June 2nd, 2009

Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World by Penny Colman

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were the best of friends. They were also two of the women who did the most for the women’s suffrage movement, and their strong will changed the country. This book chronicles not only their fight for women’s right to vote, but also their friendship. Upon her death, Elizabeth Cady Stanton asked that Susan B. Anthony’s photo be placed on her coffin. Isn’t that the kind of friendship we should all aspire to?  –Flannery

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ISBN: 9781250073730
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Published: Square Fish - February 9th, 2016

It’s Your World by Chelsea Clinton

Anyone who’s been paying close attention to the presidential primary might feel anxious about our world’s future (I know I do). A lot of teens feel like they can’t possibly change anything. If you have a teen or middle schooler who could use some encouragement, this is a good book about the challenges we face in the world today, how kids can participate in solutions, and what kids have done to help.  –Flannery

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It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399176128
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Published: Philomel Books - September 15th, 2015

Redemption Road by John Hart

This book had me completely hooked by the end of the first chapter. Filled with morally ambiguous, damaged people fighting the various forces trying to bury them, plus some creepy bad guys and a serial killer on the loose, it had me totally engrossed in its blood-spattered pages. I can be a tough one to surprise, but I never saw the ending coming and I was left shocked and completely satisfied.  —Flannery

 

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ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King

Yes, friends, it’s here—the greatly anticipated new Laurie King book! I know the question you’re all asking: Is she going to kill off Mary Russell? I’m not going to tell you, but I will say that this is yet another wonderful book from our beloved local author. Not only are her books great mysteries, but each one is like a special visit with beloved friends, and The Murder of Mary Russell is no different.  —Flannery

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The Murder of Mary Russell: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804177900
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Published: Bantam - April 5th, 2016

Twisted River by Siobhan MacDonald

When two families do a cross-Atlantic house swap, they are both hoping for fun, relaxing vacations that will help repair their struggling relationships. That plan crashes and burns when New Yorker Oscar Harvey finds a body in the driveway of the Stokes’ Irish home. This fast, fun summer read took twists and turns that I never saw coming, with a unique and intriguing premise that I thoroughly enjoyed.  —Flannery

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143108436
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Published: Penguin Books - March 22nd, 2016

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

Detective Casey Duncan has a secret that has finally caught up to her. To save her life, she flees to a town where people go to disappear. But Rockton has secrets of its own, and Casey is about to be in the middle of them. I loved Kelly Armstrong’s fantasy novels, and her first foray into the mystery genre was a welcome surprise. The town and characters were particularly compelling, and I hope for a sequel!  —Flannery

 

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City of the Lost: A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250092144
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Minotaur Books - May 3rd, 2016

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

At long last, the wait is over! The final book in Justin Cronin’s trilogy has arrived, concluding the saga that began with The Passage. Revisiting characters you don’t expect, answering lingering questions (like what happened to the rest of the world), and catching up with our battered, stubborn band of heroes, The City of Mirrors will surprise you at every turn as it races to the final showdown that will decide the fate of humanity.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780345505002
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - May 24th, 2016

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