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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.



Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir

Women are frequently shunted to the side or ignored altogether in history, but they have often played a vital role in shaping our world. Alison Weir, with her signature meticulousness, puts the powerful women in the palace at the very center of history in this first of four planned volumes. I was more than happy to read about these important women and hope they will soon become household names, as they well deserve to be. - Ivy

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates exploded into our world after Between the World and Me hit the shelves. He has a keen eye for the issues facing America and uses his blistering words to highlight what needs to be done. His newest work is no exception. He has collected some of his best articles and combined them with his own personal stories. What emerges is a powerful look at the Obama years. By looking back, Coates has given us hope for the future. - Ivy

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy By Ta-Nehisi Coates Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590566
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

Grant by Ron Chernow

I’m a huge history and Hamilton fan. I adored every second of reading Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, so when I heard he had a new book, I snatched it right up. Ulysses S. Grant is quite the divisive historical figure, seen as a great general and a degenerate drunk at the same time. Chernow seeks to set the record straight once and for all. This book is quite hefty, but I am savoring every moment of it. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781594204876
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Press - October 10th, 2017

It Devours! by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Nilanjana is a scientist and that is Important. However, when Night Vale’s citizens begin to disappear, leaving only a gaping maw in the ground, Nilanjana is thrown headlong into the world of a strange new religion…cult…mob? A battle between religion and science ensues, and you may be surprised by the outcome. You truly don’t need to know anything about the podcast to enjoy the heck out of this story. Just be ready for an excellent ride through the strangest town you’ve never heard of before. - Ivy

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It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel By Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062476050
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

Going Into Town by Roz Chast

Roz Chast is a master of the graphic memoir. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant pushed the very boundaries of the genre, showing the world that comics are so much more than “just comic books.” Her new volume promises both an insider and outsider view of Manhattan, a strange yet beautiful city. I can’t wait to crack this one open and soak up Chast’s newest love letter to New York City. - Ivy

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Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York By Roz Chast Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620403211
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 3rd, 2017

The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch

To grow up in the midst of a violent revolution, especially with the soul of a poet, is to be forever marked. Marina comes from a well-off Russian family. Her life is also poised on the edge of the Russian Revolution. This is a story of passion, betrayal, and revolt. I was utterly drawn in by Marina’s story and read it on the edge of my seat. - Ivy

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The Revolution of Marina M.: A Novel By Janet Fitch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316022064
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

This is a distinctly Irish story and one not often told. Until 1993, it was illegal to be homosexual in Ireland and we see the fear many faced through the eyes of Cyril Avery. In an era sweeping story, Cyril guides us from his dramatic birth to slow death touching many important parts of history on the way. I loved growing up and old with Cyril even with the hardship and I hope you will as well. - Ivy

Crash Override by Zoe Quinn

Zoe Quinn was the eye of the Internet storm known as #gamergate. Some claim it was about “ethics in videogame journalism”, but the truth is so much scarier. The details are startling and upsetting, but this book has good steps for combating cyberbullying and keeping your information safe. Through it all, Quinn manages to tell her story with humor and even has a positive spin on the outcome. A must read especially if you know nothing or very little of the Internet. - Ivy

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Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate By Zoë Quinn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610398084
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: PublicAffairs - September 5th, 2017

Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart

Grief has a powerful influence over art. When Tom Hart lost his daughter at a young age, he poured out a gorgeous attempt at healing. Rosalie struck like lightning as her name implies and the following thunder will reverberate in Hart forever. This book got me through a really tough time and opened up much needed flood gates to cry. Have tissues handy. - Ivy

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Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir By Tom Hart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250049940
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 12th, 2016

Hostage by Guy Delisle

Guy Delisle is a master of the graphic novel form and this is no exception. When a man working for Doctors Without Borders is kidnapped in Chechnya, what follows is a harrowing tale of solitary confinement. Beautifully rendered, this story breaks down what it means to be human. In my opinion, this volume will be listed among the classics in no time. - Ivy

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Hostage By Guy Delisle, Helge Dascher (Translated by) Cover Image
By Guy Delisle, Helge Dascher (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781770462793
Availability: Backordered
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 25th, 2017


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