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Ivy's Reviews

Ivy grew up very close to Santa Cruz and is a UC Santa Cruz graduate. She is the head of the Hardback section, History, and helps with Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Her voracious reading appetite can include anything from history, fiction, graphic novels, and anything in between.



All Our Wrong Today's by Elan Mastai

Tom Barren is majorly messed up. After a time-travel accident born of arrogance and grief, he finds himself in the disastrous year 2016. Tom, you see, is from the world we were supposed live in. Hilariously funny and hyper aware of itself, this is a madcap roller-coaster ride from start to finish. Man, am I mad at Tom Barren for the present we have. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton - February 7th, 2017

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko unfolds like a family tree—a couple generations back, little is known but closer to the present details accumulate to build a complicated, interwoven whole. This gorgeous saga jumps from branch to branch of a Korean family as they struggle against poverty and prejudice. This timely refugee story touched me deeply; I read it a while ago but I’m still thinking about it. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781455563937
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

Refugee stories are massively important right now. This graphic memoir of tumultuous memories explores how to connect the past to the present and the long shadow it can throw on the next generation. The Bui family sought refuge from the fallout of the Vietnam war, but never imagined the lasting impact such trauma would have on their life in America. Drawn in an intensely personal style, I couldn’t help but be pulled into their story. - Ivy

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By Thi Bui
ISBN: 9781419718779
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Abrams ComicArts - March 7th, 2017

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey excels at creating lush worlds close to our own and this one is not to be missed. In this retelling of The Tempest, Miranda is left in the dark as to her father’s plans and even her own origins, but that won’t stop her from searching out the truth while also exploring her feelings for Caliban, her father’s ensorceled servant. Escaping to their island and immersing myself in this fantastical world was a major delight. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765386793
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2017

How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman

Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t cook. My husband makes all our meals. If you want bland chicken, I’m your gal. The one exception? Baking. Nothing gives me more pleasure than gifting home-baked goods. Mark Bittman has written a book that gives me every tool I could want in baking for the rest of my life. The recipes are easy to use and, nearly as important, accurate about how much time they take. A perfect gift for the baking enthusiast in your life.   —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780470526880
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016


Carrie Fisher is an actress, a geek icon, and a professional screw-up who does not hold back from her audience. She calls herself the product of “Hollywood incest” and never fails to find the humor in her life. My nerdy little heart can’t take the anticipation that is leading up to the publication of The Princess Diarist. Its secrets must be pretty juicy, as no one has yet been granted access to the book. In any case, it’s sure to be full of the wit and self-deprecation we expect from our foul-mouthed princess.                                                                —Ivy


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ISBN: 9780399173592
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Blue Rider Press - November 22nd, 2016

LOVE WARRIOR by Glennon Doyle Melton

When her marriage falls apart, Melton (a blogger by trade) does the only thing she can: She writes every brutal truth with surgical precision for the world to see. Glennon speaks secrets about being a person that you feel never should be voiced, but in a way that compels you to look at your own shortcomings and come to terms with them. This book tore me to pieces but left me with a pleasant ache of hope.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781250075727
Availability: Backordered
Published: Flatiron Books - September 6th, 2016

The Gradual by Christopher Priest

Art always has a special place in times of war, one highlighting the other. The Gradual promises both and has Priest’s ever-sharp prose. Alessandro Sussken is a composer living in a warring, fascist state. This book is said to force the reader to look at the world complexly and I can’t think of anything more necessary in this time that is overshadowed by demagogues. I devoured The Prestige in one night and can’t wait to see what Christopher Priest has in store this time. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781785653032
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Published: Titan Books - September 27th, 2016

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

Alan Moore has written a superbly meaty epic first novel. It provides a mythology for a family otherwise ignored by history over the span of a thousand years. The Warrens are not rich or famous, but Moore gifts them importance in their smallness. This book is long (more than 1300 pages) and well worth every second. For all its heft (physical and mental), I couldn’t put it down.  —Ivy

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ISBN: 9781631491344
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Liveright - September 13th, 2016

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker & Julia Scheele

I want to press this book into the hands of everyone I know. The authors have done a fantastic job in creating the perfect primer for the queer experience. There is still so far to go when it comes to equality, but this book is going to change future conversations about being gay. And it’s funny! The clean artwork perfectly encapsulates each of the important concepts that have led us to where we are now.  —Ivy


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By Meg-John Barker, Jules Scheele (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781785780714
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Icon Books - November 15th, 2016


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