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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.

 

 

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller

Carrie Fisher’s legacy is complex and intriguing. A champion of mental health and nerddom, she wasn’t a perfect person, but she was so cool, famous for always being herself. This book is a love letter to Carrie. It also gives a deep look into the Hollywood royalty with whom she grew up. It is the perfect homage to our foul-mouthed space princess. I loved every dramatic minute of it. - Ivy

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374282233
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - November 12th, 2019

The New Way to Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi

My household is obsessed with The Great British Bake Off. Seriously, my partner and I have seen every available episode. Benjamina remains one of our favorite contestants. We were crushed when she didn’t make it into the top four. But now we get to bring home some of her impeccable flavors. Innovative and easy to follow, this cookbook is a real winner for me. I mean, Hot Chocolate and Halva Pudding. So. Good. I wish I could give her a Paul Hollywood handshake. - Ivy

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The New Way to Cake: Simple Recipes with Exceptional Flavor Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624148675
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Published: Page Street Publishing - November 5th, 2019

Rabbit and the Motorbike written by Kate Hoefler illus. by Sarah Jacoby

Change is hard, but that doesn’t make it bad. When Rabbit loses an old friend, he gains the friend’s motorbike. As someone who never left the farm, it seemed an odd gift, but one day Rabbit hops on and takes a chance on the great unknown. Gorgeously illustrated and lovingly told, it is a reminder that sometimes the hardest risks have the greatest rewards. Roads are long, but they all end somewhere new and exciting. - Ivy

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Rabbit and the Motorbike: (Books about Friendship, Inspirational Books for Kids, Children's Adventure Books, Children's Emotion Books) Cover Image
By Kate Hoefler, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452170909
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - September 10th, 2019

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

In 10 blocks, very different kids find themselves connected in strange and interesting ways. Dogs are avoided, comedy is tested, lists are made, and new love blossoms. Jason Reynolds’s way with words is enviable. Each kid is real and raw, dealing with issues most adults assume children can’t possibly have a grasp of. I took my time and savored every moment with this slim novel. Trust me, you will, too. - Ivy

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By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

As a teenager, historical fiction got me through some rough times. The Fountains of Silence would have been a panacea to my soul. Ana and Daniel come from very different worlds and Daniel’s lack of cultural understanding puts them both at risk. This story is lush and beautiful but exposes the sharp edges of a part of history. By shedding light on the history of fascism in Spain, Sepetys offers a harsh warning to modern readers. - Ivy

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780399160318
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

The House at the End of the Road by Kari Rust

There’s nothing quite like summer and the unexpected gifts exploration brings. When three cousins approach a dilapidated house, a face appears at the window and they run from the “ghost”. After spilling the beans to their grandmother, she makes them apologize to the kind old man living there and thus begins a beautiful intergenerational friendship. This excellent story uses the comic book form to draw you in. I won’t soon forget that kindness and friendship can be found in surprising places. - Ivy

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781771473354
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Published: Owlkids - September 17th, 2019

Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) by Sharon Robinson

In 1963, the Children’s March brought urgency to the Civil Rights Movement and the March on Washington planted Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s dream in the world’s heads and hearts. Thirteen-year old Sharon, daughter of baseball legend and activist Jackie Robinson, yearned to do her part, but felt small in a large movement. Robinson offers an amazing front row seat to some of the greatest moments in history. Her memoir is an excellent and necessary reminder for this uncertain age. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781338282801
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

The (Other) F Word by Angie Manfredi

We have to talk about the F word. No, not that one: “fat”. Media and even our beloved books send a clear message: fat people are not welcome. Their lack of representation in the aforementioned mediums is hurtful and causes many people to doubt their own worth. This lovely collection of essays by some of the most celebrated YA authors wants to remind you this invisibility is bullsh*t. The road to self love is long, but this book helps immensely. - Ivy

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Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce Cover Image
By Angie Manfredi (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419737503
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 24th, 2019

Me, Myself, They by Joshua M. Ferguson

The world is not black and white, so why do we approach gender as a binary? In Me, Myself, They, Joshua Ferguson breaks down on historical, scientific, and societal bases why a two-gender outlook ignores reality. The world is filled with so many colors and the idea that we all fit into one of two boxes is preposterous. This unflinchingly honest memoir made me rethink everything I know about gender and I can’t wait to give it to everyone I know. - Ivy

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$18.95
ISBN: 9781487004774
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Published: House of Anansi Press - May 7th, 2019

Notes to Self: Essays by Emilie Pine

This beautiful collection of essays covers a wide array of topics, from feminism to infertility to aging parents. Pine writes in a way that resonates in your soul and is completely devoid of bullshit. I was honored by her honesty and found her words a salve on my soul for all the nonsense I’ve gone through the last couple years. - Ivy

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781984855459
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 11th, 2019

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